Thursday, August 21, 2008

Great - a book list (disguised as a meme!)

I picked this up at Chris and Carol in Thailand's blog. I know it will probably give me a complex but there goes:

Look at the list of 'classics' and:

1) Bold those I've read.
2) Italicise those I intend to read.
3) [Bracket] the books I love.
4) Pass it on to a few others.

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
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
(15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier)
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’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 Hitchhiker’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’s Adventures 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 Bernieres (but have read Red Dog by same author - great book)
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - 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
where is 44?
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 Magus - John Fowles
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 - Carols 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 - A. S. 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 Miserables - Victor Hugo

So I've read 33 out of the top (allegedly) 100 classics, it felt like more as I was going through but leaves me a few I would love to read and never think of as I am standing in the bookstore looking for inspiration!!   And of course I am sure I must have read 44 :)

Feel free to join in, I'd love to know what your absolute favourite is. I read A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry but much preferred Family Matters. I will also say that Up the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton and Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame remain two of my all time favourites and I made sure I read them with my children and they loved them too.

Over to you....


Lehners in France said...
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Lehners in France said...

Duuurrrghhh Spelling!!!
But you have read 33 more than I have! Debs x

aims said...

I counted up 43 on my part. I think some of the classic classicals are missing off the list though. And I noted that some new ones were considered classics? I thought there was a different classification for 'classics' than just being popular.

That's probably my university english studies coming out - or just plain snobbery....who knows.

Breezy said...

My score is 13 not surprising really as my preference is for Sci Fi & Fantasy but I heartily recomend Germinal by Zola for a view of France during the industrial revolution

Stinking Billy said...

I'm sorry to say that I haven't read any of them, not one. In fact, the only book I've read in years is Wife in the North - and I enjoyed it.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I think I have read 22 out of that list, and when did Bridget Jones Diary become a classic???? A lot I read a school.

As you know I just received a pile of books and am glad to see you have ordered some, at a $1 per book you can't go wrong, even though they are not classics.


Gill - That British Woman said...

I forgot to ask you how many books did you end up ordering for book close outs?


softinthehead said...

Books are some of my favourite things - I like to know I have a couple in reserve to read.
Debs - I haven't fallen off or been kicked by nearly as many horses as you or (even as an estate agent!) had such fun selling a house! :)
aims - I knmow exactly what you mean, I am a grammar snob, double negatives and the like set my teeth on edge - I'm sorry, but it actually changes my impression of someone - there you go one of my guilty secrets:)
Breezy - the nearest I came to Sci Fi is Hitchhiker's Guide which I loved. I also love Dr. Who ( so excited as the next series is just about to start here - sad eh?)
SB - I am almost at the end of Wifey - I also enjoyed it very much.
Gill - I ordered 10 (one for someone else) the rest are all MINE! I must say I gave up around the letter L - there is not enough time in the day. I may go back and start from Z!
Thanks for dropping by everyone!

travelling, but not in love said...

I'm sadly only up to 39. Lord, that's not good.

And I know you'll be surprised to know that the bible is one of them. Cover to cover. That's what a religious childhood does for you.

My favourite of this lot? Donna Tartt, the secret history is SO good, as is the Shadow of the Wind. But they are beaten into a cocked hat by Phillip Pullman and His Dark Materials. Actually, I think that is my favourite. Of all time.