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Kathryn White

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I’m glad this is not a competition

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – x
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien – x
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – x
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling -
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – x
6 The Bible -
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – x
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwel – x
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman – x
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Total: 7

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy – x
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier – x
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien – x
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – x
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger – x
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot –

Total: 5

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell -
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald – x
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens -
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy -
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams –
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky -
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck -
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll – x
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame – x

Total: 3

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 -x
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres -
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden- x
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne – x

Total: 3

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell -x
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown -x
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – x
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving -
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins -
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery – x
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy -x
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood – x
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding – x
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan – x

Total: 8

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel – x
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons -
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen – x
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth – x
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens – X
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley – x
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon – x
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – x

Total: 7

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck –
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov -x
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt – x
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold -
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 – x
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie – x
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Total: 4

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens – x
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – x
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson – x
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 – x

Total: 4

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens – x
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 -x
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 – x

Total: 4

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad – x
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery -
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks -x
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams -x
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 – x
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl – x
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Total: 5

Grand Total: 50. Pwah! What a silly list. (It’s the beeb’s list, 2003 i think).
Your turn: No xs (or disclaimers) for books not finished (or even in the process of reading), or for books to read, or for series half finished, or i’m sure i must’ve read its.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    July 27th, 2009 @17:07 #

    44 total. You should read Cloud Atlas, I think (based on Emily Green) that you'll like it.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    July 27th, 2009 @17:19 #

    58, excluding ones I've never finished. Not sure why Hamlet and Complete Works of Shakespeare are both listed, so because I have read the latter -- at least all the plays (but only because I had to in my Honours year, jeez Coriolanus was a bore), am not sure Hamlet counts. So 57. You MUST read Cloud Atlas, ditto The Hitchhiker's Guide series. And Gone With The Wind.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Kathryn</a>
    July 27th, 2009 @17:32 #

    Cloud Atlas is next to my bed, waiting for me! Hitchhiker's have started about 3 times, but not continued. (On bookshelf now). Gone With the Wind, have never considered reading but will :)

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    July 27th, 2009 @18:59 #

    74 - I've done this before on Facebook.

    Books I'm embarrassed not to have read - His Dark Materials Trilogy, The Kite Runner, Anna Karenina.

    Books I'm proud to have read - Moby Dick, Madame Bovary, Vanity Fair.

    Books I have no intention of ever reading - Da Vinci Code, Lord of the Rings, War & Peace, Crime & Punishment, finishing Ulysses.

    Book that I cannot understand why it is on the list - The Secret History (why??? I've read it, but why????)

    Books I must really get around to reading - Cloud Atlas, Swallows & Amazons.

    Book I wish everyone would read 'cos it's so awesome - Cold Comfort Farm.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    July 27th, 2009 @22:35 #

    Fiona, I am seriously impressed. I agree totally re Cold Comfort Farm, it would easily make my top five list of funniest books ever. Now let me imitate you (sincerest form of flattery):

    I'm embarrassed not to have read The Grapes of Wrath, The Woman in White, Vanity Fair and ol' Sherlock Holmes.

    I'm proud of having read Middlemarch. It's a world in a book.

    I share Fifi's no intention of ever reading list, right down to not finishing Ulysses, although I have read The Da Vinci Code and wish I hadn't bothered. I'm not sure I want to read Lord of the Rings, but feel I ought to read The Hobbit.

    In the what is it doing on this list??? category: The Five People You Meet In Heaven, The Faraway Tree.

    On my "when I have time" list: Anna Karenina, A Suitable Boy.

    I wish I hadn't bothered reading Lolita, The Life of Pi, Lord of the Flies (ugh) and Jude the Obscure (most wretchedly depressing and pointless book of all time).

    If I could pick one book to teach to undergraduate English students, it would be Jane Eyre. Or one of the Austens.

    One book I have read over and over with irrational affection: A Town Like Alice.

  • Sven
    July 27th, 2009 @22:40 #

    I have watched 25 of them as full length feature films or television adaptations, and read the Da Vinci Code. How can you conceive of a list like this without realising that the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is part of the Chronicles of Narnia series, or that nobody in history has read Ulysses?

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    July 27th, 2009 @22:53 #

    How did you not enjoy The Life of Pi? That tiger - he was such a puddy tat! I loved it. One of my all-time favourite books ever.

    As for Lolita ... I can't say I actually enjoyed it (I was the same age as Lolita is in the beginning of the book when I first read it), but I'm very pleased to have read it, just to have a clear point of reference for purposes of discussion.

    I get the feeling you're not a huge Enid Blyton fan, Helen. I definitely am. Adored the Faraway Tree series, plus everything else of hers I ever read.

    I would teach every single Austen novel before I let Jane Eyre slip into the curriculum, although I do love it and have read it many times. That "Hark a Vagrant" comic strip of Dude Watching With the Brontes was beyond hysterical. I still giggle every time I think of it.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    July 27th, 2009 @23:45 #

    Austen wins out over the Brontes for me anyday, but oh, the pleasure of teaching all that high Gothic drama, the Romantic voyage of the orphan alone, the spectacularly Freudian and feminist (not a combo you see often) notion of the pyromaniac madwoman locked away in the attic...

    Well done on spotting the Narnia oopsie, Mr Eick. Has ANYONE out there read Ulysses all the way to the end? And if so, are they telling the truth?

    Fiona, I agree that was a splendid tiger, but the scene where it ate the zebra was NOT H-rated. I still have flashbacks...

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Kathryn</a>
    July 28th, 2009 @08:24 #

    I often think of the island of teeth in Pi. i have a marker in my middlemarch, i started a while ago but wish i hadn't bought such a pulpy copy - the paper is so soft it looks edible and the font is dark and smudgy. also, helen, i am sad to say but i stopped halfway thru possession. think it may go back onto the bookshelf for another few months. i know i will love it when the time is right, but it's not right at the moment. btway i think this IS a very stupid list. where are the bankers like god of small things, things fall apart, something by doris lessing, graham greene, coetzee etc. maybe we shld make an SA list? ooooo i like that. a Book SA list. it doesn't have to be south africanised, it's just that more people may have read The Voice and Nervous Conditions and Half a Yellow Sun.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    July 28th, 2009 @08:43 #

    Now that is an idea, Mz Kitty. Why don't you draw up a list and post it? Story of an Arican Farm. Cry The Beloved Country. Buckingham Palace District Six. Diary of Iris Vaughan...


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