Bitten by the BBC type-listy book bug...

by tosca on Monday, January 11, 2010

Nothing flash, just with it being a new year and all I'm prob going to come across screeds of top reads lists etc. One that caught my eye was the BBC's 'The big read - top 100 books' in particular. I have read most of them although there are a few I hadn't, so those will be on my TBR list for 2010 - you'll know them by my rather pithy comments in brackets (. Italicised titles are ones I've read:

BBC's The Big Read - Top 100 Books
1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (have read book 1 - does this count as 1 book or 3 then?)
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. 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 (have shelved it heaps and never read it eep)
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks (it looks depressingly long)
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. 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
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. 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
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson (umm nope not yet), not read it)
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez (started it, never finished)
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett (oh, it looks like a very long book)
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute (meant to, good intentions and all that)
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh (read only part of it, never finished it)
46. 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 (I prob judged it by it's cover and never touched it)
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth (started it, never finished it)
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome (never heard of it, does that make me a pillock?!)
58. 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
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett (I detest Pratchett, had a friend who used to quote him at me, ugh)
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles (this didn't even make my 'tbr' list - what is it?)
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (Gaiman is the one saving grace here)
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett (more bloody Pratchett - ok I'll try them!)
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind (say what?)
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell (sounds rude - is it?)
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett (*groans* aww jaysus, I get the hint, already)
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins (never read it 'cause I look bad in white heh)
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson (read 1 of hers and this ain't it)
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake (I don't like to read what I can't pronounce heh)
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy (couldn't get past the title)
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson (I'm sensing I should read her books)
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett (bloody Brits and their fondness for Pratchett)
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton (meant to, just never got to it)
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson (my sibling said this is a good 'un)
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie (read others of his but not this one)

My mother swears up and down that I must be a changeling because she couldn't stand the classics. As a kid I used to dream that my biological parents were coming to get me. I'm 34 and I'm still waiting. Does it make me look dumb when I know my parents ARE my biological parents? LOL

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