The Big Read

I know this meme has been floating around forever, but I spotted it on the lovely Claire’s blog, and since I’ve been sorting out all my books over the last week, it seemed like a good time to do it. As a quick aside, I’m reading Wildwood by Roger Deakin at the moment, and can highly recommend it.

Ok, here goes. You have to look at the list and put in bold the books you have read. Then underline those that you intend to read. Finally italicise the books you LOVE.

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 – J D 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
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
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
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
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’ 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 – 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
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

Thirty. Not bad!! How about you?

11 thoughts on “The Big Read

  1. Well, I’ve read 41 of them, but someone has been playing with the list. This isn’t the original BBC Big Read list (I can tell by the absence of Jacqueline Wilson novels, which are going to turn up if you ask pre-teen girls to vote in their droves). On the original list I’ve read 49, which is good if you take the average which is supposed to be 6, but very bad if you take the plan I had to read all 100, back in 2003. If you are interested in the original list, it is, but I’m sure that you’ll probably find you’ve read less (I’m guessing that your love of children’s books doesn’t extend to modern children’s fiction, although some of it on that list is actually very good – Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman springs to mind).

  2. Like the previous commenter, I’d read more from the original list – I’ve read 46 from this one.

  3. Two of my most favouritest books, unread by you – rectify! The Time Traveller’s Wife and A Fine Balance; both, in *very* different ways, absolutely brilliant.

  4. I´ve read 38 of the list but was very surprised not to find_any_author in german language 😉
    I highly recommend (for those who are interested) Thomas Mann: The magic mountain and Buddenbrooks, Heinrich Böll: The clown, Michael Ende: Never ending story (the best childrens´ book ever written) , any book by Stefan Zweig (above all: Marie Antoinette) , Max Frisch, Dürrenmatt ….

  5. I hadn’t realised the list had been edited – although I did notice the distinct lack of Pratchett – and the duplication – so we had The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I too score more on the original list…
    And Dee… Please give A Town Like Alice a go. It’s one of my favourites!

  6. 24 this list, 34 old one.
    ‘Perfume’ is missing form this list – fab book.

    For The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as a fan of audio books you should see if you can get hold of the original radio series from which the books were written – I heard them first when I was ……. young…….. & they turned me on to the radio forever after.

    If I can find them I’ll lend you them…….

  7. I’ve read 60 of this list, which I’m quite pleased about. I haven’t read the Complete Works of Shakespeare, but I have read several of them, so should I include that as a yes or a no? Likewise, the Bible – I’ve read some of it, but not all – so do I include it or not?

  8. Frighteningly I’ve read over 60 on this list – funnily enough, most of them were prior to the arrival of children 9 years ago! Not sure that I’ve seen the original list either but I have now read a lot of Jacqueline Wilson so that might help on recent reads … There are a few in there that I have read more than once including the Gabriel Garcia Marquez books. Love in the Time of Cholera is amazing. I also love William Boyd – none of his are on here but are very amusing. No Milan Kundera either :o(