Last year, I posted this list of the top 100 books according to NPR. Those I read I crossed out - I decided to revisit the list and see how I'm doing with twelve months in between this post and last post. (I highlighted the recent changes in red) 1. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling 2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 3. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini 4. Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding 5. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen 6. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells 7. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald 8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams 9. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg 10. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
11. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger 12. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel 13. The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan 14. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien 15. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 16. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell 17. Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett 18. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien 19. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides 20. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
21. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain 22. The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver 23. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith 24. The World According to Garp, by John Irving 25. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller 26. The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy 27. Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel 28. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman 29. The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler 30. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer (really? top 100? hmm.)
31. A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole 32. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck 33. The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant 34. Beach Music, by Pat Conroy 35. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 36. Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier 37. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card 38. Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry 39. The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough 40. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon
41. Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett 42. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy 43. Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice 44. Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier 45. Empire Falls, by Richard Russo 46. Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes 47. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas 48. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, by Tom Robbins 49. I Know This Much Is True, by Wally Lamb 50. Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
51. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott 52. The Stand, by Stephen King 53. She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb 54. Dune, by Frank Herbert 55. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows 56. Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 57. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll 58. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov 59. The Godfather, by Mario Puzo 60. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
61. Animal Dreams, by Barbara Kingsolver 62. Jaws, by Peter Benchley 63. Good in Bed, by Jennifer Weiner 64. Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner 65. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson 66. The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway 67. The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand 68. Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut 69. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut 70. The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler
71. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway 72. The Hunt for Red October, by Tom Clancy 73. Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Ann Burns 74. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding 74. Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe [tie] 76. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte 77. Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon 78. The Shell Seekers, by Rosamunde Pilcher 79. Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver 80. Eye of the Needle, by Ken Follett
81. Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck 81. The Pilot's Wife, by Anita Shreve [tie] 83. All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy 84. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson 85. The Little Prince, by Antoine De Saint-Exupery 86. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy 87. One for the Money, by Janet Evanovich 88. Shogun, by James Clavell 89. Dracula, by Bram Stoker 90. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera
91. Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow 92. Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger 93. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt 94. Dead Until Dark, by Charlaine Harris 95. Summer Sisters, by Judy Blume 96. The Shining, by Stephen King 97. How Stella Got Her Groove Back, by Terry McMillan 98. Lamb, by Christopher Moore 99. Sick Puppy, by Carl Hiaasen 100. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
A grand total of 25 books already read on this list. How much different is this number from last year? FOUR BOOKS. I know I have read about 100 books in my life time - the sheer volume of our home library is a testament to the truth that Russ & I love our books. And, although some of these books are absolutely stellar, some titles which made it to this top 100 list have surprised me. I mean, I know I've read more than four books this past year.
Over the next four days I'll take four of my favorites from this list and write about what makes me love them oh-so much. I may even do a follow up series of books I despise. Sounds favorable. (And probably much, much easier to explain why I hate Billy Budd so much as opposed to why The Stand had me reeling for weeks on end.)
Where do you stand? How many of these books have you read? Which one is your favorite?