Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tuesday Thingers: Most Popular Books

This week's Tuesday Thinger's entry:

"Since some of us in America may be busy or traveling this holiday week, I thought I would keep things simple for Tuesday Thingers.

Here is the Top 100 Most Popular Books on LibraryThing. Bold what you own, italicize what you've read. Star(*) what you liked. Star multiple times(***)what you loved! I hope all the American participants have a great Fourth of July weekend!"

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling ****
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling ******
3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling ***
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling ***
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling ***
6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 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 by J.K. Rowling ***
10. 1984 by George Orwell *****
11. Pride and Prejudice 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 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 by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
25. The Fellowship of the Ring 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 by J.R.R. Tolkien *****
29. The Odyssey by Homer (I read this in high school, but have it marked as unread in my library since I've forgotten much of it. Hopefully I'll get around to re-reading it this year.)
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 by J.R.R. Tolkien ***
34. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
35. American Gods: A Novel by Neil Gaiman
36. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
37. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams ****
38. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
39. The Lovely Bones : A Novel by Alice Sebold ****
40. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
41. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
42. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
43. Dune by Frank Herbert
44. Emma by Jane Austen *****
45. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley ***
46. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
47. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
48. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
49. Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
50. Wicked 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 by Jane Austen
56. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
57. The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
58. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
59. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
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 by John Steinbeck
65. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
66. 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
70. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
71. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
72. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
73. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
74. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
75. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
76. The Alchemist (Plus) by Paulo Coelho
77. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
78. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
79. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by William Strunk
80. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
81. The Subtle Knife 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 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 by James Joyce
91. The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel by Milan Kundera
92. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
93. Neuromancer by William Gibson
94. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
95. Persuasion 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

Not bad -- I've read about a third of the list. I expect more of these titles to be in bold tomorrow, as I have no doubt I'll be getting some books for my birthday.


  1. Wow, that's great - books make the best gifts! Happy birthday and happy reading!

  2. happy bday :) I always ask for books too!