Zero to 100

December 27, 2013 at 4:17 am (Education) (, , , , )

Go From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books (as per Book Riot)… I wanted to see how “well-read” I already am.  I put two * after it if I’ve already read it.

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain **
  2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle **
  3. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton **
  4. All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque
  5. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay  by Michael Chabon
  6. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy **
  8. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery **
  9. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  10. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  11. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  12. Beowulf
  13. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak **
  14. Brave New World by Alduos Huxley
  15. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  16. Call of the Wild  by Jack London **
  17. Candide by Voltaire
  18. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer **
  19. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  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. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  24. The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson **
  25. The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe **
  26. The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor 
  27. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  28. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky **
  29. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  30. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller **
  31. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes **
  32. Dream of Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
  33. Dune by Frank Herbert **
  34. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  35. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  36. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  37. Faust by Goethe
  38. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley **
  39. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  40. The Golden Bowl by Henry James
  41. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  42. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  43. The Gospels **
  44. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck **
  45. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens **
  46. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald **
  47. Hamlet by William Shakespeare **
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  49. Harry Potter & The Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling **
  50. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad **
  51. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  52. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams **
  53. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien **
  54. House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
  55. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  56. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins **
  57. if on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino (* haven’t finished it yet)
  58. The Iliad by Homer **
  59. Inferno by Dante **
  60. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  61. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison **
  62. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman **
  63. Life of Pi by Yann Martel **
  64. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis **
  65. The Little Prince by Antoine  de Saint-Exepury
  66. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov **
  67. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez **
  68. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert **
  69. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville **
  71. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf **
  72. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie **
  73. The Odyssey by Homer **
  74. Oedipus the King by Sophocles **
  75. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  76. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster **
  77. The Pentateuch **
  78. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen **
  79. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  80. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  81. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare **
  82. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne **
  83. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut **
  84. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  85. The Stand by Stephen King
  86. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  87. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  88. Their Eyes Were Watching by Zora Neale Hurston **
  89. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe **
  90. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  91. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee **
  92. Ulysses by James Joyce
  93. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  94. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  95. Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
  96. Watchmen by Alan Moore
  97. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  98. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte **
  99. 1984 by George Orwell **
  100. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

So barely  more than half. These lists always make me feel as though I have fallen so short as a human! But 50 Shades? Really, that makes you well read? Hmmm.  Somehow I feel like that book is entirely out of place here.  There are some on the list I may have read, but I can’t remember whether I did or not.  I did not * those.

Which ones have you read? What do you think of Book Riot’s list?


  1. Meb Bryant said,

    I’ve read about twenty on the list, including the 50 Shades trilogy which does NOT belong on any well-written list. But then again, what do I know? I was raised on Reader’s Digest Condensed books (many turned into blockbuster movies).

    My reading tastes are like my wine favorites…I know what I like.

  2. musingsfromthetardis said,

    I know theses lists are so random…I always wonder how I can read so much and check off so few…

    50 Shades must be on there for the less avid readers….

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