Book Lovers: Here's A Real Book List Challenge

Book Lovers: Here's A Real Book List Challenge

I love books. I hate sanctimonius lists of books that make me feel like a complete ignoramus and thus booted out of the “real” book lovers club.

These come around from time to time—the BBC Book Challenge being the most popular. Those snotty Brits. Always thinking they’re better than us—more well-read than us. Bastards.

I tried to note the books I read out of the list of 100. I lied on several fronts. I haven’t read “Pride and Prejudice.” But I have read “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” And that check I gave myself next to “Gone with the Wind?” Bullsnot. I saw the movie, though. “Sense and Sensibility?” MOVIE.

Why does the BBC get the last word on what makes a person well-read? Listen, if you’ve read 100 books outside of what you were required to in high school and college, you ARE well-read.

Give this book list challenge a try. A REAL book list. I bet you’ll fare better.

  1. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (Judy Blume)
  2. A Wrinkle in Time (Madeline L’Engle)
  3. Flowers in the Attic (V.C. Andrews)
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J. K. Rowling)
  5. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
  6. Bridges of Madison County (Robert James Waller)
  7. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
  8. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
  9. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
  10. The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
  11. Fifty Shades of Grey (E.L. James)
  12. Like Water for Chocolate
  13. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Helen Fielding)
  14. The Double Bind (Chris Bohjalian)
  15. The Stand (Stephen King)
  16. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  17. The Leftovers (Tom Perrotta)
  18. The Art of Fielding (Chad Harbach)
  19. The Dinner (Herman Koch)
  20. Motherland (Amy Sohn)
  21. Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris)
  22. Lean In (Sheryl Sandberg)
  23. Rules of Civility (Amor Towles)
  24. Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
  25. My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Picoult)
  26. Good in Bed (Jennifer Weiner)
  27. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
  28. The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)
  29. The Fault in our Stars (John Green)
  30. Little Bee (Chris Cleave)
  31. The Light Between Oceans (M.L. Stedman)
  32. Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean Auel)
  33. Firestarter (Stephen King)
  34. Hollywood Wives (Jackie Collins)
  35. The Talisman (Stephen King and Peter Straub)
  36. 11/22/63 (Stephen King)
  37. The Great Santini (Pat Conroy)
  38. Love Story (Erich Segal)
  39. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
  40. Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Richard Bach)
  41. Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice)
  42. The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
  43. The Lovely Bones (Alice Seabold)
  44. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
  45. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
  46. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
  47. Delta of Venus (Anais Nin)
  48. Scruples (Judith Krantz)
  49. Presumed Innocent (Scott Turow)
  50. The Lorax (Dr. Suess)
  51. The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)
  52. The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey)
  53. Free to be You and Me ( Marlo Thomas et al)
  54. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
  55. Wifey (Judy Blume)
  56. Wild (Cheryl Strayed)
  57. Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)
  58. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
  59. Bel Canto (Ann Patchett)
  60. The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
  61. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
  62. The Husband’s Secret (Liane Moriarty)
  63. Animal Farm (George Orwell)
  64. Jobs (Walter Isaacson)
  65. In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
  66. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
  67. Rabbit, Run (John Updike)
  68. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
  69. Roots (Alex Haley)
  70. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
  71. The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
  72. The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
  73. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
  74. Fried Green Tomatoes (Fannie Flagg)
  75. 1776 (David McCullough)
  76. World War Z (Max Brooks)
  77. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
  78. The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides)
  79. The Things They Carried (Tim O’Brien)
  80. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
  81. Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
  82. Where The Sidewalk Ends (Shel Silverstein)
  83. The Shipping News (Annie Proulx)
  84. Snow Falling on Cedars (David Guterson)
  85. High Fidelity (Nick Hornby)
  86. The Tipping Point (Malcom Gladwell)
  87. Game Change (Mark Halperin and John Heilemann)
  88. Atonement (Ian McEwan)
  89. Life of Pi (Yan Martel)
  90. Nickel and Dimed (Barbara Enrenreich)
  91. Room (Emma Donoghue)
  92. The Sense of An Ending (Julian Barnes)
  93. Divergent (Veronica Roth)
  94. A Visit from the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan)
  95. Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
  96. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
  97. American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
  98. This is Where I Leave You (Jonathan Tropper)
  99. This Dark Road to Mercy (Wiley Cash)
  100. Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)

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