Sunday, August 03, 2008


A few days ago, Gary Andrews tagged me with a book meme.
Basically the rules are thus. Below is a list of classic books.

You are supposed to:

Look at the list and:
  1. Bold those you have read.

  2. Italicise those you intend to read.

  3. [Bracket] the books you LOVE.

  4. Reprint this list on your own blog.

Although I should be doing some work, I shall, nevertheless, indulge in this quickly.
  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 [well, most of it—know your enemy and all that...]

  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 - JD Salinger

  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

  20. Middlemarch - George Eliot [If there were a way to mark the books that you utterly loathe and think that you could make a good argument for being a load of crap, then this would definitely be marked so.]

  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 Hitchhiker’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’s Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll][although I prefer Through The Looking Glass.]

  30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

  31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

  32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

  33. [Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis] [and, again, I prefer his sci-fi trilogy. More obviously religion-based, but more interesting for all that. Besides, That Hideous Strength is possibly the greatest book title ever.]

  34. Emma - Jane Austen

  35. Persuasion - Jane Austen

  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis [haven't we done this?]

  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. +++ UPDATE +++
    Whilst anally converting these to proper ol format, I noticed that 44 is also missing. So, I am going to add in another favourite of mine.
  45. [Alms For Oblivion series - Simon Raven]
  46. +++ /UPDATE +++

  47. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins [The Moonstone is far superior.]

  48. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

  49. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

  50. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

  51. [Lord of the Flies - William Golding]

  52. Atonement - Ian McEwan

  53. This one seems to have gone missing, so I shall add in [Fire and Hemlock - Dianna Wynne-Jones], which is simply astonishing. But then, she is one of the best writers in the English language.

  54. Dune - Frank Herbert

  55. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

  56. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

  57. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

  58. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  59. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

  60. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

  61. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

  62. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  63. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

  64. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

  65. [The Secret History - Donna Tartt]

  66. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

  67. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

  68. On The Road - Jack Kerouac

  69. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

  70. Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding

  71. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie

  72. Moby-Dick - Herman Melville

  73. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

  74. Dracula - Bram Stoker

  75. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

  76. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

  77. Ulysses - James Joyce [almost as crap as Middlemarch.]

  78. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

  79. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

  80. Germinal - Emile Zola

  81. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

  82. Possession - A. S. Byatt

  83. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

  84. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

  85. The Color Purple - Alice Walker

  86. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

  87. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

  88. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

  89. Charlotte’s Web - EB White

  90. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

  91. [Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle]

  92. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

  93. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

  94. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

  95. [The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks] [I prefer his sci-fi work: Use Of Weapons, The Player of Games and Look To Windward are just brilliant.]

  96. Watership Down - Richard Adams

  97. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

  98. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

  99. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

  100. Hamlet - William Shakespeare [again, haven't we done this?]

  101. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

  102. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I'm not going to pass this on because I'm too lazy. Do feel free to pick it up and run with it if it pleases you to do so though...


asquith said...

You will enjoy reading Brave New World if you get around to it. Allow me to recommend Huxley's other work, all of which is excellent. Especially "Island".

Also, if you haven't read the less famous Orwell, do go & explore it.

Anonymous said...

No love for The Fountainhead?

Anonymous said...

Bit of a cop out to lump all Shakespeare's work in together, and the whole Bible too... I'd have settled for just one of the testaments rather than the whole trilogy.

Plus, who thought some books should be in there anyway? Parts of it seem like a snobbish collection, definitely intended only for "real intellectuals" with the odd concession for the plebs.

Not nearly enough pleasurable junk in there for me.

Anonymous said...

Is there no key for 'started reading it on the recommendation of people who were obviously insane' or 'got half-way through before hurling it at a wal'..?

Anonymous said...

No Philip K Dick?

Possession is an interesting read - an insight into earnest undergraduate feminist thought processes: all the men are 2 dimensional or twerps or sometimes both. The poetry is gruesome - I left it.

I could never get to grips with LotR, it seems to me to be like a boring road movie. Even the films were pointless.

Anonymous said...

Also no Solzhenitsyn.

Devil's Kitchen said...

"Also no Solzhenitsyn."

And now he's dead...


Anonymous said...

You didn't italicize Confederacy of Dunces, so I'm assuming that that means that you have not read it and do not intend to read it. But I have read it, and although I would have stopped reading it after the first chapter or two if it had not been so highly recommended to me, by the time I had read the first 50 pages I could NOT put it down. It ended up being one of the top 10 or 20 books that I have ever read.

I must say that I admire anybody who has read LOTR. I have tried several times, but have never made it past the first few chapters. Does it get a lot better as it progresses? I have noticed that nearly everyone who thinks that LOTR is great is male. I am female. Is LOTR too guy-oriented for most women?

Anonymous said...

Yes, LOTR gets better. After spending the first half of the first book describing the flowers by the side of every footpath that the hobbits follow, Tolkien picks up the pace a bit.

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