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‘Read More Books’ Challenge: Week 1: 1-52 of the list of 623 of the best books ever!

Are you ready for the challenge?

Thanks to Erik of This Kid Reviews Books, my challenge now has a name: Read More Books Challenge.

Please go to THIS SHORT POST first if you don’t know what I’m talking about.


Because I know you love to read – or read and write – I have decided to give you the list I found, and I got permission to do so. (Thank you, Stuart!) You could go HERE for the list of “623 of the best books ever written” and see them all at once for yourself, and/or you can follow the list here a few at a time.

The reason I thought you might enjoy the list in sections is so that you can see which ones you have already read – a few at a time – and then —


… you will have a week to buy or borrow the ones you want to read before my next installment of more of the list. I was going to divide it between six posts, but changed that to twelve posts because the shorter lists are easier to work with if you want to shop for a book each week. How’s that for a little incentive for those of us who can find time to read more often? Besides, it might be fun! 🙂 And who doesn’t appreciate an excuse to book shop?

Each Thursday I will post another portion of the list of “623 of the best books ever written” until we get to the end of twelve posts. NOTE: On the fourth Thursday of each month it will not be posted because we have Sue Harrison’s writers workshop that day – and I don’t want to mess with a good thing!

Here are the first 52 books of “623 of the best books ever written” as compiled and listed on a list of books website.

  1. The Great Gatsby — by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. The Grapes of Wrath — by John Steinbeck
  3. Nineteen Eighty-Four — by George Orwell
  4. Ulysses — by James Joyce
  5. Lolita — by Vladimir Nabokov
  6. Catch-22 — by Joseph Heller
  7. The Catcher in the Rye — by J. D. Salinger
  8. Beloved — by Toni Morrison
  9. The Sound and the Fury — by William Faulkner
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird — by Harper Lee
  11. The Lord of the Rings — by J. R. R. Tolkien
  12. One Hundred Years of Solitude — by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
  13. Brave New World — by Aldous Huxley
  14. To The Lighthouse — by Virginia Woolf
  15. Invisible Man — by Ralph Ellison
  16. Gone With The Wind — by Margaret Mitchell
  17. Jane Eyre — by Charlotte Brontë
  18. On The Road — by Jack Kerouac
  19. Pride and Prejudice — by Jane Austen
  20. Lord of the Flies — by William Golding
  21. Middle March — by George Eliot
  22. Anna Karenina — by Leo Tolstoy
  23. Animal Farm — by George Orwell
  24. A Passage to India — by E. M. Forster
  25. In Search of Lost Time — by Marcel Proust
  26. Wuthering Heights — by Emily Brontë
  27. The Chronicles of Narnia — by C. S. Lewis
  28. The Color Purple — by Alice Walker
  29. Midnight’s Children — by Salman Rushdie
  30. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man — by James Joyce
  31. Winnie-the-Pooh — by A. A. Milne
  32. Heart of Darkness — by Joseph Conrad
  33. Mrs Dalloway — by Virginia Woolf
  34. Slaughterhouse-Five — by Kurt Vonnegut
  35. War and Peace — by Leo Tolstoy
  36. Of Mice and Men — by John Steinbeck
  37. Moby-Dick — by Herman Melville
  38. Little Women — by Louisa Mae Alcott
  39. Native Son — by Richard Wright
  40. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — by Douglas Adams
  41. Great Expectations — by Charles Dickens
  42. The Sun Also Rises — by Ernest Hemingway
  43. Rebecca — by Daphne du Maurier
  44. The Stranger — by Albert Camus
  45. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass — by Lewis Carroll
  46. For Whom the Bell Tolls — by Ernest Hemingway
  47. The Hobbit — by J. R. R. Tolkien
  48. Madame Bovary — by Gustave Flaubert
  49. The Wind in the Willows — by Kenneth Grahame
  50. The Handmaid’s Tale — by Margaret Atwood
  51. Tess of the D’Urbervilles — by Thomas Hardy
  52. Their Eyes Were Watching God — by Zora Neale Hurston

From the above list:

  • Which books have you read?
  • Which books do you want to read?
  • Which books are you going to obtain this week?(Even if you are not taking the challenge I would love to hear about your reading.)

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂


Are you up for a reading challenge?

Are you up for a challenge?

As you may know …

I   love   books.   I love to read books.   I love to collect books to read.


This week, when I did a search for the best books ever, I found a website with lists of books. Only lists of books!

Books you can’t live without.

Books that are best sellers.

Books that are the greatest of all time.

The list consists of a compilation of 13 lists of top 100 books, a list totalling 623 books! (It’s the odd number 623 because some titles were on more than one list so only mentioned once when the lists were condensed into one. Make sense?)

NOTE: Unfortunately, most of the 623 books are more for adults and only a few are for young readers.

I was disappointed and a little surprised to discover I have read only 21 books on that combined list! But, there are a few books I had started and didn’t finish (I have to dig those ones out and start over) and there are many more I want to read. 

I would be interested in knowing how you size up when it comes to what on the list you have read and if you plan to read others on there. Sooooo …. I decided to offer you a challenge!  Yes, a reading challenge!  Are you up for it?

Starting October 3, once a week a new part of the list will be here for you to see and let me know how you are doing. Until then I will be getting those posts of lists ready and scheduled. I also have set up the Milestone widget so you can see the notice and reminders of upcoming installments, and I will include links each week to past posts of the list in case you miss any.

I know this time of year is very busy for most of us, and I think we have to learn to de-stress. When you need a break for a little time to yourself what is better than curling up with a good book … even for fifteen minutes or half an hour?

Now that I think about it, I should take on this challenge myself! I have so many books on hand to read and some of them are on the list I will be sharing with you. Shall we do it?

Who is willing to join me in this reading challenge?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

A List: 64 most-liked books

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

I like to read — but I think you knew that. 😉 

I also like checking out lists. If you do, too, here is one you might enjoy. Scholastic believes you are what you read. They compiled a list of sixty-four most-liked books, and even though these are included in the adult books list, a few are children’s books. You will notice that some on this list are complete sets and a few of those in the sets are also listed as single books.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird – by Harper Lee
  2. The Hunger Games – by Suzanne Collins
  3. Harry Potter Boxed Set – by J. K. Rowling
  4. Pride and Prejudice – by Jane Austen
  5. The Giving Tree – by Shel Silverstein
  6. Charlotte’s Web – by E. B. White; Garth Williams (Illustrator)
  7. The Bible – “unknown”
  8. The Diary of Anne Frank – by Anne Frank
  9. The Giver – by Lois Lowry
  10. The Great Gatsby – by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  11. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer – by J. K. Rowling
  12. Twilight – by Stephenie Meyer
  13. Gone With The Wind – by Margaret Mitchell
  14. A Wrinkle In Time – by Madeleine L’Engle
  15. The Catcher In The Rye – by J. D. Salinger
  16. The Help – by Kathryn Stockett
  17. The Lord of The Rings – by J.R.R. Tolkien
  18. Jane Eyre – by Charlotte Brontë
  19. The Hobbit – by J. R. R. Tolkien
  20. The Outsiders – by S. E. Hinton
  21. Where The Sidewalk Ends – by Shel Silverstein
  22. Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott
  23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – by by J. K. Rowling
  24. Catching Fire – by Suzanne Collins
  25. The Secret Garden – by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  26. Green Eggs And Ham – by Dr. Seuss
  27. Where The Red Fern Grows – by Wilson Rawls
  28. Where The Wild Things Are – by Maurice Sendak
  29. The Twilight Saga Collection – by Stephenie Meyer
  30. Anne of Green Gables – by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  31. Of Mice and Men – by John Steinbeck
  32. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – by C.S. Lewis
  33. Wuthering Heights – by Emily Bronte
  34. The Book Thief – by Markus Zusak
  35. Mockingjay – by Suzanne Collins
  36. The Kite Runner – by Khaled Hosseini
  37. 1984 – by George Orwell
  38. Love You Forever – by Robert N. Munsch; Sheila McGraw (Illustrator)
  39. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn – by Betty Smith
  40. Fahrenheit 451 – by Ray Bradbury
  41. The Little Prince – by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Illustrator); Katherine Woods (Translator)
  42. Nancy Drew series – by Carolyn Keene
  43. Night – by Elie Weisel
  44. Lord of the Flies – by William Golding
  45. The Chronicles of Narnia complete collection – by C. S. Lewis
  46. Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass – by Lewis Carroll
  47. Eat, Pray, Love – by Elizabeth Gilbert
  48. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – by J. K. Rowling
  49. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy – by Douglas Adams
  50. Little House on the Prairie – by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  51. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – by J. K. Rowling
  52. The Alchemist – by Paulo Coelho
  53. Eclipse – by Stephenie Meyer
  54. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – by Dr. Seuss
  55. Matilda – by Roald Dahl
  56. The Shack – by William P. Young
  57. New Moon – by Stephenie Meyer
  58. Breaking Dawn – by Stephenie Meyer
  59. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – by Mitch Albom
  60. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – by J. K. Rowling
  61. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – by J.K. Rowling
  62. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  63. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret – by Judy Blume
  64. The Stand – by Stephen King

How many on the list were you able to check off? Are your favourites on there; if not, what would you add? Are any of these books on your to-be-read list?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂


101 great books to read

A friend who loves books directed me to this list tonight.  It is called “101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers”.   Some titles are also on the ‘100 books’ list I posted here in January.

Have you read any of these?  I did even worse with this list than the other one, having read only four of these and parts of four others.  (If I get bogged down I usually put the book away to pick up later – much later.)

TITLE                       AUTHOR
1. Beowulf   –  —
2. Things Fall Apart  – Chinua Achebe
3. A Death in the Family  – James Agee
4. Pride and Prejudice   – Jane Austen
5. Go Tell It on the Mountain  –  James Baldwin
6. Waiting for Godot  – Samuel Beckett
7. The Adventures of Augie March  – Saul Bellow
8. Jane Eyre  – Charlotte Brontë
9. Wuthering Heights  –  Emily Brontë
10. The Stranger – Albert Camus
11. Death Comes for the Archbishop  – Willa Cather
12. The Canterbury Tales  – Geoffrey Chaucer
13. The Cherry Orchard  – Anton Chekhov
14. The Awakening  – Kate Chopin
15. Heart of Darkness  – Joseph Conrad
16. The Last of the Mohicans  –  James Fenimore Cooper
17. The Red Badge of Courage  – Stephen Crane
18. Inferno  – Dante
19. Don Quixote  – Miguel de Cervantes
20. Robinson Crusoe  – Daniel Defoe
21. A Tale of Two Cities  – Charles Dickens
22. Crime and Punishment  – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
23. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass  – Frederick Douglass
24. An American Tragedy  – Theodore Dreiser
25. The Three Musketeers  – Alexandre Dumas
26. The Mill on the Floss  –  George Eliot
27. Invisible Man  – Ralph Ellison
28. Selected Essays  – Ralph Waldo Emerson
29. As I Lay Dying  –  William Faulkner
30. The Sound and the Fury  – William Faulkner
31. Tom Jones  – Henry Fielding
32. The Great Gatsby  – F. Scott Fitzgerald
33. Gustave  –  Madame Bovary Flaubert
34. The Good Soldier  – Ford Madox Ford
35. Faust  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
36. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
37. Tess of the d’Urbervilles  – Thomas Hardy
38. The Scarlet Letter  – Nathaniel Hawthorne
39. Catch 22  – Joseph Heller
40. A Farewell to Arms  – Ernest  Hemingway
41. The Iliad  – Homer
42. The Odyssey  – Homer
43. The Hunchback of Notre Dame  – Victor Hugo
44. Their Eyes Were Watching God  – Zora Neale Hurston
45. Brave New World  – Aldous Huxley
46. A Doll’s House  – Henrik Ibsen
47. The Portrait of a Lady  – Henry James
48. The Turn of the Screw  – Henry James
49. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man  – James Joyce
50. The Metamorphosis  – Franz Kafka
51. The Woman Warrior  –  Maxine Hong Kingston
52. To Kill a Mockingbird  – Harper Lee
53. Babbitt  – Sinclair Lewis
54. The Call of the Wild  – Jack London
55. The Magic Mountain  – Thomas Mann
56. One Hundred Years of Solitude  – Gabriel García Marquez
57. Bartleby the Scrivener  – Herman Melville
58. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
59. The Crucible  –  Arthur Miller
60. Beloved  – Toni  Morrison
61. A Good Man is Hard to Find  – Flannery  O’Connor
62. Long Day’s Journey into Night  –  Eugene O’Neill
63. Animal Farm  – George Orwell
64. Doctor Zhivago  – Boris Pasternak
65. The Bell Jar  – Sylvia Plath
66. Selected Tales  – Edgar Allan Poe
67. Swann’s Way  – Marcel Proust
68. The Crying of Lot 49  – Thomas Pynchon
69. All Quiet on the Western Front  – Erich Maria Remarque
70. Cyrano de Bergerac  – Edmond Rostand
71. Call It Sleep  – Henry Roth
72. The Catcher in the Rye  – J.D. Salinger
73. Hamlet  – William  Shakespeare
74. Macbeth  – William Shakespeare
75. A Midsummer Night’s Dream  – William Shakespeare
76. Romeo and Juliet  – William Shakespeare
77. Pygmalion  – George Bernard Shaw
78. Frankenstein  –  Mary Shelley
79. Ceremony  – Leslie Marmon Silko
80. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich  – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
81. Antigone  – Sophocles
82. Oedipus Rex  – Sophocles
83. The Grapes of Wrath  – John Steinbeck
84. Treasure Island  –  Robert Louis Stevenson
85. Uncle Tom’s Cabin  – Harriet Beecher Stowe
86. Gulliver’s Travels  –  Jonathan Swift
87. Vanity Fair  – William Thackeray
88. Walden  – Henry David Thoreau
89. War and Peace  – Leo Tolstoy
90. Fathers and Sons  – Ivan Turgenev
91. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  – Mark Twain
92. Candide  – Voltaire
93. Slaughterhouse-Five  – Kurt Jr.Vonnegut
94. The Color Purple  – Alice Walker
95. The House of Mirth  – Edith Wharton
96. Collected Stories  – Eudora Welty
97. Leaves of Grass  – Walt Whitman
98. The Picture of Dorian Gray  – Oscar Wilde
99. The Glass Menagerie  – Tennessee Williams
100. To the Lighthouse  – Virginia Woolf
101. Native Son  – Richard Wright

So how did you do? Are you looking forward to reading any of them?  Or have you already enjoyed any which are now among your favourites?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

Have you read these 100 books?

In Nov. ’09 I read the following article, and when checking it over I found  that I can easily check a dozen books that I have read completely (inc. the Bible), a couple I’ve read in part and another dozen that I’ve seen on TV – but that doesn’t count.  So, which ones do you believe are must reads?

The BBC believe most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?
Instructions: Look at the list and mark the books you have read.

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
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible –
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philis 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
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
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
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34.Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
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
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
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 – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
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
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
76 The Inferno – Dante
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
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂