Friday, April 13, 2012

BBC Book List

I posted this list on facebook awhile back.  I have since gone through a few more of the books listed here, so I'm posting it again.  Wondering now, which one will be my next book... hmmm...

These are the ones that tempt me most:
Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Dracula - Bram Stoker
The Divine Comedy - Dante

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. (This is extremely sad, especially considering that several of them are popular books that practically everybody reads regardless of quality.)

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you've read in their entirety. Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish. Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (Loved this book!)
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling  
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (Read since last time)

6 The Bible (at least, I think I made it through, it was awhile ago...)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (A very dark book, but the end is worth it.)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell  (Read since last time.  I understand why it is a book to read, and I would recommend it, just because there IS a message in there, but I did not ENJOY the book.  It isn't that kind of book.)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (This one I am never going to read because he admits himself that he wrote it as a kind of counter-Narnia, to encourage children to do away with their parents' (silly) beliefs in God.  Apparently, "God" dies in the last book.)
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (I haven't quite finished it, but I'm sure I will in the next few days, I'm at the end.)

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Has anyone read the complete works?  There are so many.  Let me see, I've read:  Romeo and Juliet - of course, Ceasar, Hamlet, King Lear - didn't like that one so much, Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew - liked that one, some of his sonnets, and my favourite - Macbeth.  I got to see Macbeth and Taming of the Shrew in theatre too.
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (I saw the movie - does that count?  I should read the book though)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Where is # 23?
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (I have this book - in French - and never got through the first chapter.  I should probably make myself go on, bring it to someplace I have nothing else to do)
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

26 Where is #26?
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 (I have this book too.  I got it as a child, I didn't like it.  Frog and toad were just too... silly?)

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 - A.A. Milne (I know I read the first book... I think I read the others too.  There were others, we had them when I was little.)

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (Not interested)
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 (I read the whole series and a few others of her books)
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  (A very, very good book - I loved it!)
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 (I bought this for my sister, and I hope she read it because I was tempted to keep it for myself.  I saw the movie recently, and I think I'll have to get myself a copy of the book.  Update - I borrowed it from my sister and read it.)
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

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 (I read at least part of this in comic-book form, does that count?)

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (I have only seen bits and pieces of different plays/movies and comic book forms of this book)
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker (Seen/read all kinds of versions of this - but not the original)
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett  (Loved the movie - never read the book though.  I did read A little Princess by the same author and liked that one.)
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce

76 The Inferno - Dante
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 (I have seen so many versions of this story - animated films, plays, children's books - that it feels like I have read the book - but I haven't.  I really should. Updated to I have read it, and realized reading it, that I actually had read the original, a long time ago.  Certain things came back.)
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 - E.B. White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Again - one of those books I am familiar with, without ever having read the original)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (I have actually read this, or at least excerpts of it, because I remember talking about it in English class in High school)
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery  (I don't think I ever finshed this - but I did read some of it and saw a lot of the children's animated series on it)
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams (never read this one, but the animated movie scared me, as a child)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas (Once again, this is one of those books that I have seen so many different versions of movies, comic books, abreviated books, and even plays that it feels like I have read the book, but I haven't.)
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (Once again, I have this book.  I didn't get very far.  I've seen different cinematic versions of it though, and read abbreviated versions.)

I'm going to go ahead and add some books here:

101 Sans Famille - Hector Mallet (If we're going to include Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo, we should include this book too)
102 Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott
103 The Divine Comedy - Dante (Which I really am going to have to read - although I'm not sure it qualifies as a "book" so much)
104 The Inheritance Series - Christopher Paolini
105 Summer of My German Soldier - Bette Greene (Awesome story of a Jewish girl who befriends a German soldier)

106 The Tillerman Family Series - Cynthia Voigt  (I also really liked the Kingdom series)
107 Izzy Willy-Nilly - Cynthia Voigt
108 The Knave of Diamonds - Ethel M. Dell (An old book, but I think you can still get it.  I have also read the Unknown Quantity, and she wrote other books I have not read.)
109 Pollyanna - Eleanor H. Porter (I also read Pollyanna Grows Up and, I think, Pollyanna's Debt of Honor)
110 Swiss Family Robinson - Johann David Wyss (Read this as a child, and enjoyed it.)