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BBC’s top 100 reads November 24, 2008

Posted by Lauren Cooke in Uncategorized.
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I’ve shawmlessly nicked this from Secondhandshopper‘s blog, judging that as she stole it from someone else, it would be ok! I don’t personally agree with a number of the choices, so am currently developing my own list – keep an eye out in the next few days. Plus, I couldn’t resits putting my own commentary…

BOLD = Read
NOT bolded = Unread

Red – bad, Blue = Good!

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien – hated this book with a passion – I like LOTR copycats, and loved the Hobbit though!
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen – also not a favourite!
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman – changed my life, and I exaggerate not!
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams – hilarious – I am currently trying to get Ben to read this as he would love it!
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling – in my opinion not super-di-dooper, but a good fun yarn nonetheless!
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – forced to read this (due to my speedy reading) some 20 times in English language – I now, unfortunately, hate it.
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne – not my fav, but a fun book especially for kids
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell – still mean to read this!
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis – this was my childhood tale as I grew up, so I obviously adore it
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë – on my “to read” list
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller – started this, and promptly forgot about it – I must try again one day!
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë – excellent book, though I have no idea why it is billed as a love story – I find it dark, disturbing, and deliciously depressing
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks – one of my all time favourites!
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier – another all time favourite, this book has the best ever opening line – “last night I dreampt of Manderley again…”
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame – a bit odd, and I remember finding this very disturbing
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens – dark and dreary, but great!
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres – I still need to read this!
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy – a bit intimidating, I am ashamed to admit –  it’s a tome!
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell – hate the film, thus presume I will hate the book
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling – really, only one of the Harry Potters needed to be on this list (Prisoner of Azkaban, or course)
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 – lovely read, it is such a shame I didn’t like LOTR
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- on my “to read” list – again
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll – I prefer through the looking glass, but loved the psychadelic surrealism of this book!
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson – great books for teenagers, and surprisingly deep and insightful
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl – I LOVE Roald Dahl!
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams – the film makes me cry, so does the book 😦
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell – so political, and I honestly view this a literary masterpiece
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens – doesn’t count if you’ve just seen the film, does it…?
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian – sad sad sad sad sad
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett – yet another imagination fest, leaving me as a kid wishing for more
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King – one of the few SK books I haven’t read… is it really better than IT or the Shining?
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy – I have read three pages so far…
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth – on my “to read” list
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl – my favourite book as a child
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell – the book made me cry, and then as a youngling the film made me sob… and sob… and sob
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer – great fun!

60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky – eeks, yet another tome!
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman – a thought provoking, lingering book, up then in the higher echelons of teenage fiction
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden – sparked a fascination with the East, and a truely astounding novel
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett – any Pratchett book with Death in is fantastic!
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton – another childhood favourite, this and Mallory towers in particluar were special
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – as a huge Neil Gaiman fan, I am very very disappointed that i am yet to read this book…
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding – excellent and creepy
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind – I have seen the film – it’s great!
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl – another Dahl…
75. 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 – yet another book I am trying to get Ben to read… an excellent example of literary twists!
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy – I have been meaning to read this…
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley – I have rad some Leonard Huxley, keep meaning to read his Dads (Uncles?) work…
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 – Yay, this made it into the list! I have the whole series and have been waiting for nearly a decade to see if there will be another. I have a terminal love affair with these..
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett

94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. 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


My list to follow…



1. T - November 24, 2008

Interesting list, from which i would happily admit the following :


fav being from when i was a wee little man is 56


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