The Complete Works of Classic Lit Vol. 1

This one comes from Max the Dork.

The average adult has read only 6 of the following 100 books. Put the ones you’ve read in bold and add up the total.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (Uh…no. Not even one.)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible (14 years of Catholic church, religion class and Sunday school. Maybe I didn’t read every single page but I’m counting it.)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 1984 – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (It doesn’t seem fair to most people that this is all bunched together, but I’ve definitely read it all.
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (Many, many times. Also, between the 2 of us, B. and I own 4 copies of this book. No, I don’t think that’s cause for concern.)
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (Ugh.)
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (And all the rest. Why are these grouped together?)
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame (Booooring.)
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (And again with the bunching. But yep, I got em all.)
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen (I read all-a that ho’s books.)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (Whaaat? What is the Chronicles of Narnia then.)
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (I am so fucking offended that this book is on this list.)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert (Love the Lynch movie though. Probably cos I’ve never read the book)
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (It’s a lot like that one Police song…)
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (Shut up. It was in the break room at a temp job.)
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce (Seriously! And I understood it! Thank you, English class!)
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (LOVE this book.)
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare (OK, I know this one is in that “Complete Works” collection I have. Badly done, list.)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Total: 48


  1. I’ve read just 29, I think. Really, you have read every single play and every single poem by Shakespeare?? Where did you find the time? By the way, I’m not impressed with the person who wrote this list – obviously he or she was somebody who felt that many of the bland bestsellers written over the last 10 years – at least those that got turned into Hollywood movies – deserve to be placed amongst the classics. I mean come on, nothing by Faulkner, but “5 People You Meet in Heaven”?!?

  2. I got the Complete Works of Shakespeare in high school. We read a lot of the plays and some of the sonnets in class. I was also in A.P. English so we got a little more in depth there. On top of that, I was kind of a lonely child who didn’t get to go out all that much so I read a lot. I also had some goth tendencies so reading all the sonnets seemed like the thing to do.

    Then I was a Lit major in college so I read a couple more plays there that I didn’t get around to in high school. I’m not saying I have them memorized or even remember plot points of “Troilus and Cressida” or “The Merry Wives or Windsor”. I’m just saying I read them once.

  3. PS: I agree this list sucks. A lot of great books are missing. There isn’t a single Hemingway or Mark Twain. No “Scarlett Letter” either which is something I know almost everyone had to read. Furthermore, probably a lot of people would have read “Dubliners” or “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” over (or at least in addition to) “Ulysses”.

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