Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Book List!

Here's a great list of books that popped up on a blog -Pearls Journey I saw. Apparently:
It's a list from the Guardian paper in the UK, and seems to be a slightly edited version of that provided by the Big Read at the BBC. “The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.”
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
5) Gray out those you are unfamiliar with.
6) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

So, what have I read from this list?


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 (parts)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte +
8 Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell +
9 His Dark Materials - Philip 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 - William Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier +
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien +
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
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 Bernières
39 The Time Travelers Wife- 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-time - 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 Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
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 Misérables - Victor Hugo

So I've read 35 on the list. I guess I better get reading. I have to say that there are some on the list I would never put there and a few good books are missing!
How 'bout you? What does your list look like?
Cheers, Denise

5 comments:

Jackie said...

Hi Thanks for your comment.
I've read 29 but I am very familiar with a bout 15 others to the point where I may as well have read them. I've heard them read/dramatised on the radio or 'seen the film'. I know thats no substitute!
I am glad you enjoy my blog. Do you wanyt to be in the draw?

abeadlady said...

Very interesting list. I've read 40 of them. There are a few I'd still like to read, but probably won't. LOL

The Lone Beader said...

Wow. I like to read, but I haven't read a good portion of those - I like to read non-fiction usually. But, I do LOVE To Kill a Mockingbird. I've also read 5 People U Meet in Heaven, and some of the kids books on the list. Had to laugh at the Bible... LOL.

Also, thanks for your comment! I really appreciated it! :D

KV said...

Hmmm -- guess I must be a very "old" coot since I have read 65 titles on this list. That, or I can claim that I started reading at an extremely young age, right?


Kathy V in NM

Hélène H said...

Interesting list. I've read about 20 of these, which is not bad for someone who is only half english I think. A few of them I never finished though.

Like Jackie I've seen the films for a few more. I bought a few more and gave them away without opening them - shame on me ! :o)