100 book challenge: my running tally

In July 2014 I set myself the challenge to finish 100 must-read books before I die. Here is the list of books and my ongoing tally.

  • Total books read: 46
  • Books to go: 54
  • Time passed: 6 years, 10 months

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Pride and Prejudice cover

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (11th book read – finished 28 March 2015, 428 pages over 33 days, read my review here)

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

jane-eyre3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (45th book read – finished 7 February 2021, 592 pages over 55 days, read my review here)

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

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5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (23rd book read – finished 11 September 2016, 307 pages over 8 days, read my review here)

6 The Bible

Wuthering Heights cover

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (26th book read – finished 17 April 2017, 316 pages over 52 days, read my review here)

19848 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (46th book read – finished 9 May 2021, 297 pages over 7 days, read my review here)

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

great expectations

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (15th book read – finished 7 October 2015, 484 pages over 65 days, read my review here)

Little Women cover

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott (22nd book read – finished 1 September 2016, 504 pages over 70 days, read my review here)

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Catch 22 cover

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (14th book read – finished 3 August 2015, 518 pages over 82 days, read my review here)

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

Rebecca cover

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier (29th book read – finished 10 November 2018, 448 pages over 21 days, read my review here)

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien (41st book read – finished 30 June 2020, 310 pages over 41 days, read my review here)

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

catcher in the rye cover

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (7th book read – finished 14 December 2014, 220 pages over 5 days, read my review here)

Time Traveler's Wife cover

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (6th book read – finished 8 December 2014, 518 pages over 35 days, read my review here)

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

great gatsby

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (13th book read – finished 12 May 2015, 215 pages over 32 days, read my review here)

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

My beat-up (but personally signed) copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide

25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (1st book read – finished 23 August 2014, 509 pages over 31 days, read my review here)

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

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29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (24th book read – finished 28 September 2016, 327 pages over 12 days, read my review here)

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

Emma cover

34 Emma – Jane Austen (30th book read – finished 29 December 2018, 574 pages over 48 days, read my review here)

Persuasion cover

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen (27th book read – finished 1 July 2017, 301 pages over 70 days, read my review here)

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36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis (17th book read – finished 13 November 2015, 185 pages over 5 days, read my review here)

Kite Runner cover

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (21st book read – finished 17 June 2016, 340 pages over 6 days, read my review here)

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

Da Vinci Code cover

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (33rd book read – finished 27 July 2019, 608 pages over 35 days, read my review here)

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

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47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy (36th book read – finished 8 December 2019, 445 pages over 33 days, read my review here)

978178470823848 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (44th book read – finished 13 November 2020, 319 pages over 13 days, read my review here)

lord of the flies

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding (10th book read – finished 14 February 2015, 223 pages over 10 days, read my review here)

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51rxevlljul._ac_sy400_51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel (43rd book read – finished 27 November 2020, 354 pages over 18 days, read my review here)

Dune cover

52 Dune – Frank Herbert (20th book read – finished 10 June 2016, 562 pages over 99 days, read my review here)

cold comfort farm cover

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons (16th book read – finished 4 November 2015, 233 pages over 15 days, read my review here)

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

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58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (2nd book read – finished 31 August 2014, 206 pages over 8 days, read my review here)

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

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon (39th book read – finished 4 April 2020, 268 pages over 5 days, read my review here)

Love in the Time of Cholera

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (38th book read – finished 31 March 2020, 424 pages over 34 days, read my review here)

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61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (25th book read – finished 23 January 2017, 121 pages over 1 day, read my review here)

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

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64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (31st book read – finished 8 January 2019, 328 pages over 4 days, read my review here)

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

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68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (35th book read – finished 5 November 2019, 310 pages over 11 days, read my review here)

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

1-f5466f0aa9-moby-dick70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville (42nd book read – finished 8  November 2020, 634 pages over 104 days, read my review here)

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

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72 Dracula – Bram Stoker (28th book read – finished 5 January 2018, 613 pages over 35 days, read my review here)

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73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (19th book read – finished 10 March 2016, 298 pages over 6 days, read my review here)

Notes from a small island

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson (5th book read – finished 19 October 2014, 265 pages over 17 days, read my review here)

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

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell (40th book read – finished 19 May 2020, 529 pages over 45 days, read my review here)

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

charlottes web

87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White (8th book read – finished 21 December 2014, 175 pages over 7 days, read my review here)

Five people heaven

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom (12th book read – finished 10 April 2015, 196 pages over 14 days, read my review here)

sherlock holmes

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (9th book read – finished 7 December 2015, 508 pages over 17 days, read my review here)

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

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93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks (4th book read – finished 24 September 2014, 184 pages over 11 days, read my review here)

Watership Down cover

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams (37th book read – finished 24 February 2019, 470 pages over 77 days, read my review here)

Confederacy of dunces cover

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (34th book read – finished 14 October 2019, 429 pages over 47 days, read my review here)

Town Like Alice cover

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute (18th book read – finished 7 February, 2016, 359 pages over 85 days, read my review here)

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

Hamlet Shakespeare cover

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare (3rd book read – finished 13 September 2014, 337 pages over 14 days, read my review here)

Charlie Choc

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (32nd book read – finished 13 June 2019, 155 pages over 35 days, read my review here)

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

(This list has been copied from here at List Challenges.)

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62 responses to “100 book challenge: my running tally

  1. Marg jackson

    Well done Jessie. Did you enjoy it? What’s the next on your reading bucket list?

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  3. Marg jackson

    Sorry Jess – I read this one before the full commentary, where you told us what you thought of it. I would hate to think that if you persevere and get to the end of a book you are not enjoying, it might discourage you from reading more.

    • Oh I’m not discouraged! I still think it was worth the experience. Next up is Brave New World. Starting it tonight. It’s much shorter so it shouldn’t infuriate me too much 🙂

  4. Marg jackson

    Oh Jess I would love to see this not as task to be accomplished but as an opportunity for you to find a book that you get so immersed in that you can’t put it down. So that you are looking for the next great book to enjoy. Not every book i read is like that but I have read enough of the “Can’t put this down” books to make reading as essential as breathing. I can remember sitting cross legged in the middle of my stripped bed with the cupboards emptied around me and in total disarray and me in the middle of spring cleaning, and devouring a book I’d raced up to the library to get when I’d been notified it was in. That book, that as you close the last page you say out loud ”that was amazing” and wanting to talk to someone about it. The book that you don’t want to end even though you have been racing to find out the end, because you feel like you are losing a friend.But you must be true to yourself and you wouldn’t be such a prolific writer if you spent too much time reading.
    I recently bought a book by Virginia Wolfe that I thought I ‘should’ read. but have put it aside after the first 3 pages . Maybe one day I’ll get back to it. Maybe i need to persevere into a few chapters until I get immersed – or maybe not.

    • I would love to have that moment when reading a book! ! Although I’m sure other commitments would have to suffer (not unlike your spring cleaning!) I’ve moved into Shakespeare’s Hamlet now. Enjoying the writing, even though I’m far from understanding it all!

  5. Jessie – I can’t imagine that you’ll get through this list without finding a book that you love to bits. Hopefully I won’t have fallen off the perch before you find it so I’ll be waiting to hear what it is.

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  15. I’ve read ten of them and have thirteen of them added to my “To Read” list already – makes me think that I should add a few more of them to my list if they are considered such a “Must”.

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