The Great American Read

Some of you have probably seen this and you may have seen the pilot episode even, but if not, KUED/PBS is hosting something called The Great American Read. It’s an eight-part series talking about American’s favorite novels. It has nothing to do with literary merit. In a national survey, these 100 books were listen as the top favorites.

Do I agree with all of them? No. But, I agree with a lot of them. And, reading is so subjective that it doesn’t matter whether I agree or not, to be frank. I’m just glad that my top three favorites are on this list. 😉

The fun part about this series is that they want to narrow down the list of 100 books to America’s most beloved book. Between now and October we can vote once a day for our favorite book(s). If you know me at all, you know which book I’m voting for–DUNE! If you want to vote, click here and scroll down.

Anyway, here’s the list of 100 books.

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  3. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  4. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  7. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  8. Alex Cross Mysteries (series) by James Patterson
  9. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  10. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  11. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  12. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  13. Another Country by James Baldwin
  14. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  15. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  16. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  17. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  18. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  19. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  20. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  21. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  22. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  23. The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by C.S. Lewis
  24. Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
  25. Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
  26. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  27. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  28. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  29. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  30. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  31. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  32. Doña Bárbára by Rómulo Gallegos
  33. Dune by Frank Herbert
  34. Fifty Shades of Grey (series) by E. L. James
  35. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
  36. Foundation (series) by Isaac Asimov
  37. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  38. Game of Thrones (series) by George R. R. Martin
  39. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  40. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  41. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  42. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  43. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  44. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  45. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  46. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  47. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  48. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  49. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  50. Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
  51. Hatchet (series) by Gary Paulsen
  52. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  53. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  54. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  55. The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins
  56. The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy
  57. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
  58. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  59. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  60. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  61. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  62. Left Behind (series) by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
  63. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  64. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  65. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  66. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  67. The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  68. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  69. The Martian by Andy Weir
  70. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  71. Mind Invaders by Dave Hunt
  72. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  73. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  74. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  75. Outlander (series) by Diana Gabaldon
  76. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  77. The Picture of Dorian by Gray Oscar Wilde
  78. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  79. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  80. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  81. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  82. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  83. The Shack by William P. Young
  84. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  85. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  86. The Stand by Stephen King
  87. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  88. Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
  89. Tales of the City (series) by Armistead Maupin
  90. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  91. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  92. This Present Darkness by Frank. E. Peretti
  93. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  94. The Twilight Saga (series) by Stephenie Meyer
  95. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  96. Watchers by Dean Koontz
  97. The Wheel of Time (series) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  98. Where the Red Fern by Grows Wilson Rawls
  99. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  100. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

It’s a very interesting, eclectic list, isn’t it? Which one of these do you hope wins? Also, I’ve read 21 of these 100. How many have you read?

A New Bookish Tradition

While Corey was at his conference in San Francisco last week, I bummed around the city a little bit. One of my favorite places is Ghirardelli Square because of the little shops they have there. I stopped off in one of the shops called Lola because it made me think of LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, which I adore. ❤

I normally buy magnets when I travel, but I don’t really have a place to put my magnets anymore and since I’ve been to San Francisco a few times, I already own several magnets from previous trips. As I walked around the store, deciding what, if anything, to purchase I came across a couple of bookmarks. I thought to myself, “Why buy magnets when I could buy bookmarks? A bookish person never has too many bookmarks, right? Right! Plus, these bookmarks are super cute!” I also found another bookmark at the Golden Gate Bridge gift shop, so I came home with three new ones.

I love when new traditions are born. I’m excited to start collecting bookmarks from the places I travel. Now, I just need to plan some more trips! 😊

Do you have any bookish traditions when you travel?

The BBC’s The Big Read Top 100

You’ve seen that list that claims The BBC thinks the average person will only have read six out of the 100 novels on it, right? Well, I used to be obsessed with that list because I was determined to increase the number of books I had read on that list. I don’t know why I was obsessed, but I was.

Recently I found out the list was a fraud. 🤯 The BBC never claimed that. Some arbitrary person did. Said person based it off a survey The BBC’s The Big Read conducted in April 2003 to find The United Kingdom’s most loved novels. Interesting, right? I thought so. I also thought if I’m going to measure myself against some arbitrary list that doesn’t hold any meaning, I should do it against the right one. 😉😂

Without further ado, here’s the real list.

  1. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
  8. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  13. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  14. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  15. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  16. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  17. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  18. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
  20. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  21. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  22. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
  23. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
  24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
  25. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  26. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  27. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  28. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  29. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  30. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  31. The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
  32. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  33. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  34. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  35. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  36. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  37. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  38. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  39. Dune by Frank Herbert
  40. Emma by Jane Austen
  41. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
  42. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  43. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  44. The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  45. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  46. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  47. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  48. Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  49. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  50. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
  51. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  52. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  53. The Stand by Stephen King
  54. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  55. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  56. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  57. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  58. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  59. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  60. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  61. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  62. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  63. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  64. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCollough
  65. Mort by Terry Pratchett
  66. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  67. The Magus by John Fowles
  68. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  69. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
  70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  71. Perfume by Patrick Süskind
  72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  73. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
  74. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  75. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  76. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  77. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  78. Ulysses by James Joyce
  79. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  80. Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson
  81. The Twits by Roald Dahl
  82. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  83. Holes by Louis Sachar
  84. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
  85. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  86. Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson
  87. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  88. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  89. Magician by Raymond E Feist
  90. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  91. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  92. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel
  93. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  94. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  95. Katherine by Anya Seton
  96. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
  97. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  98. Girls In Love by Jacqueline Wilson
  99. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  100. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

It’s a very different list from the other one, isn’t it? I’ve read 20 of these 100. How many have you read?