Thursday, September 3, 2009

For the Book Freaks

I'm stealing this idea from Michele of Jeweled Concrete who in turn stole from G.
It is a list of books obviously loved by the British.
In bold you will find the ones I've read.
It seems I have a way to go on the British list.

The BBC list of the most beloved books:

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller

12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks

14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Lo
uis de Bernieres - Hated the movie... do I really NEED to read the book?
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
- OMG -This really was a good read
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot

28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving

29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
- How similar to today's world is all of this?
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll - How similar to today's world is all of THIS?
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez

33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute

38. Persuasion, Jane Austen

39. Dune, Frank Herbert

40. Emma, Jane Austen
Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
- Need to read this one again.
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher

51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck

The Stand, Stephen King - I re-read this about every decade.
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome

Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer

60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
- I just wanted to slap Father Ralph and tell him to wake up!
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett

66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton

67. The Magus, John Fowles

68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
- Read on suggestion of a friend... now I have MANY more books to read... such as number 69
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett

Lord Of The Flies, William Golding - Heard lots of wonderful things about it, had it in my hands once... just need to get it all together for this one.
Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett

74. Matilda, Roald Dahl

Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt

77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins

78. Ulysses, James Joyce

79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson

81. The Twits, Roald Dahl

82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith

83. Holes, Louis Sachar

84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake

85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
- How wonderful!
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
- Didn't read, but I did love the movies.
The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton

96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer

Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson

99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot

100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

How about it? Am I missing out on some awesome books here? What is your favorite from this list? What should BE on this list.

1 comment:

Nocha said...

Hi I just stumbled upon your blog. I love to read & when I saw the book list I decided to comment because yes, you *are* missing out on some awesome books!

-) Absolutely everything by Terry Pratchett, they should all be on the list. But looking at 68 I think you're already turning into a fan =)

3.His Dark Materials. Can take on LotR any time. Creative, fantastic & with a pinch of religion for spice.

59.Artemis Fowl. Said to be a YA book but I think everyone should read it. Well written & great characters.

71.Perfume. Just awesome.

87. Brave New World. Deserves to be a classic. If you liked 1984, BNW is your book to read.

So...those are my recommendation. Hope you'll have a great time reading =D

Regards, Nocha