Blogger The Rabid Paladin did some excellent sleuthing, and managed to track down the origin of that list of 100 random-ish books that’s been making the rounds lately.
“Well, at this point I abandoned the Big Read as a likely red herring and went for list composition. The ordering of the list is specific and that should be something I can search against, right? After all, how many lists start off with Pride and Prejudice, right?”
Long story short: the list was the result of a poll, which explains some of the oddities. (Like the inclusion of both “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” AND “The Chronicles of Narnia.”