Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lit List

I got this from Keris' blog. She hasn't tagged anyone but said we could nick it if we liked. I'm not sure what the list is, whether it's 'Books you should have read' or '100 top books of all time' or some random selection of books that some person with time on his/her hands drafted one day during a lull in the cricket...

Anyway, here goes

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.

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 (some)
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 (I don't think so, or I've started it and given up)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (all???)
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
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
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 (never want to read it again - too distressing)
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]
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

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] (one of my fave books of all time)
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 [Bridget Jones's 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 - A. S. 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

So that's 57/100 except that one is missing so it's 57/99. There are one or two I'm not sure whether I've read them or not, so put not just in case. I've never heard of about 5 of them. I didn't study Hamlet at school, but I have seen it. I'm not one to dip into Shakespeare for a quiet read.

Well, I'm relieved to see I'm moderately well-read. I'd be more impressed if I hadn't forgotten practically everything except a basic idea of the plot though, and sometimes not even that...!


  1. Well, I can't be bothered to reprint the list but I just wanted to say that one of my favourite books of all time is "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro. I really think you ought to read it! Then again, perhaps we haven't got the same taste in books - I really didn't enjoy reading A S Byatt. Love all of Jane Austen though.

  2. Do you have to have FINISHED them??

  3. Gigi, although we both might have great minds, we don't have to have identical great minds. Variety is the spice... etc.

    Julie - I burst out laughing at your comment. Not sure what the official critical mass is you have to get through to consider them read, but to be on the safe side I'd say Yes, you have to have finished them.

  4. Oh dear, oh dear, I have practically read all of least 6/10th....and no way am I well read...just read it all, and probably forget it all, but am always "under influence" during and after.

  5. Don't bother with "On The Road". Instead, read "Off The Road" -- a highly cynical account by Kerouac's ex-wife detailing what REALLY went on from the female perspective. Terrific.

    btw I'm back from the Lodèvois, with blissful memories of vin rosé and huitres be Bouzigues.

  6. OMG that is virtually what my list would have looked like, although I admit I have read the Harry Potter series. I started Atonement but just couldn't finish it, so I'm about to watch the DVD instead: cop out, I know.

  7. Best to let others wade through the toughies, WM, and weed out the best bits to repackage them into a more palatable film. I'm all for cop-outs.

    That was quick, expat!


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