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“words make my mouth excercise”

February 18, 2009

From whatsername:

I’m such a sucker for meme’s on books or movies… (me too, though music is more my poison than movies.)

BBC Book List

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.
1) Bold those you have read.
2) *Star the ones you loved.
3) Italicize those you plan on reading. (I’m not sure how to approach this. I don’t plan my reading, it’s mostly spontaneous. Or nonfiction; it’s vastly nonfiction.) I’m replacing this rule with “Color the ones that are on my header bookshelf” because i just realized how much of that shelf is here, excepting that there is no Hemingway on this list. Huh!

*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 (Liked! But loved would be pushing it…am i being too picky about the language?)
*5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (Goldstein’s Book was good, the rest, not so much.)
*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 (Can i put this in semi-bold, perhaps? I think i’m up to everything but the histories at this point.)
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 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 (So, i’m including things my Mom read to me.)
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
*33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (Starred by memory – i read these in third grade, but i did love them.)
*34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
*36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (As with all the Narnia)
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
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 (I tried. It was just painful. Perhaps i was too young, but i’m inclined to think that i’m simply too literal.)
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 (Started it, but then i gave it to my mom.)
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 (One of two books i ever didn’t read for school. I tried and failed.)
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (Another read-aloud from mom. I hated this book when i was 8.)
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce (Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was the other book i failed to read for school. Me adn stream of consciousness do not mesh.)
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 (Another read-aloud)
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
*94 Watership Down – Richard Adams (First book i ever re-read. It’s amazing how much you mature between 9 and 11, hehe.)
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
(First “real book” i ever read!)
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Lady Brett

“Add It Up” – Violent Femmes

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2009 2:54 am

    I have read sixteen and I have thumbed through a few others. Starting from the bottom.

    91. Heart of Darkness
    89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    87. Charlotte’s Web
    83. The Color Purple
    81. A Christmas Carol
    57. A Tale Of Two Cities
    48. The Handmaid’s Tale (highly recommended!)
    36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
    33 Chronicles of Narnia (technically 7 books)
    28. Grapes of Wrath
    25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    22. The Great Gatsby
    16. The Hobbit
    11. Little Women
    6. The Bible
    2. The Lord of the Rings (technically 4 books)

  2. Ellis permalink
    February 19, 2009 8:05 pm

    I counted and I’ve read 39 of those on the list :) Just under a dozen I didn’t finish because I owed them back to the library/they were so dull/ I couldn’t find the time. I think it’s thank to the fact I had an obsession when I was 17 with reading as many “classical” books as possible and soaking up their influence. Incidentally, Far From The Madding Crowd is the name of a pub nearby to me in Oxford. Charged me £5.80 for a double vodka and lemonade once >:(

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