Monday, 20 April 2009

BBC/WBD book list

This list is doing the round of blogs/Facebook, having originated with the BBC/World Book Day. I don't think much of it - so many great items omitted, and there are duplicates (poor editing) and there's too much bias towards recent stuff (always difficult to judge its classic-ness)
[r] - read
[s] - seen (TV/film/play)
[x] - avoiding (I have good reason to think I'll hate it)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen [x]
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien [s]
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte [x]
4. The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling [s]
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee [s]
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte [x]
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell [r]
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman [s]
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens [s]
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare [x]
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier [s]
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 [x]
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell [s]
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald [s]
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens [s]
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy [x]
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams [r] [s]
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll [r] [s]
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame [r] [s]
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens [s]
33. Chronicles of Narnia [r] [s]
34. Emma - Jane Austen [x]
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen [x]
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis [r] [s]
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres [x]
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne [r] [s]
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell [r] [s]
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown [s]
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins [r] [s]
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 [r]
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan [s]
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert [s]
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons [s]
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen [x]
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 [r]
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 [x]
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov [s]
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold [x]
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas [s]
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac [x]
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding [s]
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie [x]
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville [x]
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens [r] [s]
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker [s]
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson [r] [s]
75. Ulysses - James Joyce [x]
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath [x]
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome [r]
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens [r] [s]
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker [x]
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 [r] [s]
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery [r]
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams [r] [s]
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas [s]
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare [x]
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

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