Tuesday, July 1, 2008

LibraryThing 100

I saw this on Katie(babs) and Kristie(j) , Sarai, and Nadia. It looked like fun and rather interesting on what is considered "classics." Personally, Harry Potter was good, but I don't think it's the top classics.

Here is the Top 100 Most Popular Books on LibraryThing. Bold what you own, italicize what you've read.

All these books are so-so for me except maybe five, so I eliminated the ****. Yes, I'm a brat. I think it's been rather evident. ;)

1. Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone by J.K. Rowling

2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) by J.K. Rowling

3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) by J.K. Rowling

4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) by J.K. Rowling

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) by J.K. Rowling

6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) by J.K. Rowling

7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J.K. Rowling

10. 1984 by George Orwell

11. Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Classics) by Jane Austen

12. The catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger

13. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

14. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

15. The lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

16. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

17. Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics) by Charlotte Bronte

18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

19. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

20. Animal Farm by George Orwell

21. Angels & demons by Dan Brown

22. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

23. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

24. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah's Book Club) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez TBR pile

25. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) by J.R.R. Tolkien

26. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

27. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

28. The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Part 2) by J.R.R. Tolkien

29. The Odyssey by Homer

30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

31. Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut

32. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

33. The return of the king : being the third part of The lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

34. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

35. American Gods: A Novel by Neil Gaiman (TBR)

36. The chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (TBR)

37. The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams (TBR)

38. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

39. The lovely bones: a novel by Alice Sebold

40. Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1) by Orson Scott Card (TBR)

41. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) by Philip Pullman

42. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman (TBR)

43. Dune by Frank Herbert

44. Emma by Jane Austen

45. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

46. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Bantam Classics) by Mark Twain

47. Anna Karenina (Oprah's Book Club) by Leo Tolstoy

48. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

49. Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides

50. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

51. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

52. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

53. The Iliad by Homer

54. The Stranger by Albert Camus

55. Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen

56. Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens

57. The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel by Margaret Atwood

58. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

59. Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (TBR)

60. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

61. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

62. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

63. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

64. The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition) by John Steinbeck

65. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

66. The Name of the Rose: including Postscript to the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

67. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

68. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

69. The complete works by William Shakespeare (read most of it)

70. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

71. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

72. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

73. Hamlet (Folger Shakespeare Library) by William Shakespeare

74. Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) by John Steinbeck

75. A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens

76. The Alchemist (Plus) by Paulo Coelho

77. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

78. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics) by Oscar Wilde

79. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by William Strunk

80. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez TBR pile

81. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book 2) by Philip Pullman

82. Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan

83. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

84. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

85. Dracula by Bram Stoker

86. Heart of Darkness (Dover Thrift Editions) by Joseph Conrad

87. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

88. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

89. The amber spyglass by Philip Pullman

90. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Classics) by James Joyce

91. The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics) by Milan Kundera

92. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

93. Neuromancer by William Gibson

94. The Canterbury Tales (Penguin Classics) by Geoffrey Chaucer

95. Persuasion (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen

96. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

97. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

98. Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt

99. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

100. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

What I find really fasinating is the fact I don't remember most of these books that I've read. I'm sure I've read more of those listed, but seriously, what makes a classic 'classic?' Is it the drama? The tortures writers place their characters through? The biographical or snapshots of a time period/person? Or is it sales? So many books were the 'classics' of their times, or the completely obscure books turn into 'classics' after a time. Some stay classics, but why? How? Should I really honestly care?

I can name so many books not considered classics that made more of an impact on my life. And surprisingly, quite a few are romance. *wink*


  1. LOL, I just did this too. I've figured about 58 or so read and some of these I don't even recognize. Totally agree with the 'classics' question. Feel that some SciFi should be there that I didn't see in addition to the romance.

  2. Great list, Alice!

    And the list is ONLY the most POPULAR books on the shelves at LibraryThing. It doesn't mean these books are considered classics. Just popular.

  3. Amy-58 is super high. Half the time, I don't even know why certain books are being read. Have to agree with Christine on her post that if lots of peeps are reading cuz it's recommended by a famour person...well...
    We should compile a list for romance novels! Oh wait, DIK is similar to that. LOL ;)

    Christine-Thanks! You're right, it's not "classics." I don't know anything about LibraryThing so...oops. Although, why a few of the books on there are considered popular makes me worry about the direction of literature. Seriously, so many other awesome books should totally be on that list, right? :D

  4. Yeah I don't think half of those are classic and seriously what about the crap I read I mean where's Kresley Cole and stuff?

  5. I know! Kresley Cole, Lisa Kleypas, Nalini Singh! I mean, come on!

    We make our own list...in DIK form. Hahahaha.