In lieu of a post requiring thought …

It’s Tuesday night, which means I’m exhausted.  So here’s a meme:

BBC Book List

1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen X+
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (totally not interested)
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte X+
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (read the first one, won’t continue)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee X
6 The Bible X (I’ve never read it straight through, but I’m sure I’ve covered it all at some point)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte X+
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell X
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman X+
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens X
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott X+
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy X
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller *
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Only some — maybe a dozen plays and some sonnets, and would like to read the rest)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier *
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – X
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger X
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot X+
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell X
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald – X
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens X
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy X
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh *
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky X+
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck X
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame (can’t remember, maybe)
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy X
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis X
34 Emma – Jane Austen X+
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen X+
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis X
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (these last few don’t seem to fit in.  Probably won’t read them)
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell X
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (listened to it on audio)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez X
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving X
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins X+
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery – X+ (read multiple times!)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy X
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood *
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding X
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan (Listened to on audio)
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel (Audio)
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen X+
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens X
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley X
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon X+
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck – X
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov X+
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt *
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (Hobgoblin may convince me to read this some day)
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac X
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy X
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (Audio)
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie X
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville X
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker X
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – X+
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce X
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath X
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome (Never heard of it)
78 Germinal – Emile Zola *
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray X
80 Possession – AS Byatt X+
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens X
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell X
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro X+
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert – X
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry (Audio)
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White X+
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom (highly unlikely I’ll read this …)
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Some of them)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad X
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams X+
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole * (maybe)
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare – X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl X
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


Filed under Books, Lists, Memes

9 responses to “In lieu of a post requiring thought …

  1. For once a list I can say I have read most of! I think I would rather poke myself in the eye than read Albom’s book. His first one was so syrupy I barely survived it.


  2. I can’t tell you how happy I am to find out that not only do you have no interest in Tolkien, but you have also not read beyond the first Harry Potter. I have not read any Harry Potter, and do not care to. And that probably goes double for the Twilight books that are so popular now…


  3. What a funny combination of things this list is — after thinking about it, I decided it is the lifetime reading list of someone who grew up in Britain before people started spending huge amounts of time watching television and playing electronic games — mainly because the list of children’s books seems so resolutely British (the Wind in the Willows, Enid Blyton, the Swallows and Amazons books, Winnie the Pooh, Sherlock Holmes), and then some classics and some popular literature, the sort of thing someone who loves to read would continue to read as an adult.

    The Swallows and Amazons books are a lot of fun, by the way — one of my sons went through many of those and liked them. (My impression is that they’re set in England, between the wars, and involve a lot of going around in boats and pretending to be pirates and maybe also having other adventures, which the adults are not privy to.)


  4. There’s loads on here I haven’t read. It’s all a bit canonical for me (she says, by way of excuse). You (and Stefanie) have read tons and I’m most impressed! There’s many a book there I’d like to get around to one day, including David Mitchell and Alexandre Dumas.


  5. Stefanie — good that we agree on Albom. A poke in the eye would hurt, but the pain would pass quickly, right? 🙂

    Debby — oh, yes, no Twilight books for me either. Hobgoblin is a Tolkien fan, but this is just one of the many ways our reading tastes differ, and we can live with that 🙂

    Bloglily — isn’t it a nice challenge to figure out what kind of person creates these lists? It’s highly likely you are right about this one, and it would explain why some of the titles are completely new to me. Very good to know about the Swallows and the Amazons — it’s always great to find good YA books.

    Litlove — I’ve read something like 60 of these, which leaves me plenty left to read, even excluding those I will never read (the Albom!).


  6. I’m with Hobgoblin–The Count of Monte Cristo is a very fun read. I read the complete and unabridged version and would love to read it again someday. However I’m with you on the Tolkien, I think it’s just not my thing (and the Albom as well). Fun list, though there are some odds and ends in there.


  7. So, I was going to tag you for this on Facebook and then thought, “But she doesn’t do memes.” Life is full of surprises. I can highly recommend Corelli’s Mandolin (the creators of this meme confused the title of the movie with the book). I’m pretty sure you’d like it.


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