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summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Tue, 4th May '10 9:47 PM

ARE YOU A VORACIOUS READER?

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books in the following list. How do your reading habits stack up?

First cut and paste this ENTIRE list into your response. Then delete the titles of the books you HAVE NOT READ.
From your newly constructed list, choose which novel was your favorite; then tell us why.

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
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
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
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 theGalaxy - Douglas Adams
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 Graham
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 - AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X
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
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
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 - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez X
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
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
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 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
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 X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom X
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

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 4th May '10 10:25 PM

Thanks for this list, Dee Dee. I know there are many people here who consume large quantities of books. I'm trying to to a little catch up, and this is a great reference list. Let's see, here's the ones I've read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling - I read the first book
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (some, not all)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (all 1126 pages of it)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma-Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 4th May '10 10:42 PM

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
6 The Bi
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 InComplete Works of Shakespeare
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to theGalaxy - Douglas Adams
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Naughty of them to have some overlaps and some multi-book sets. I include around 10 Shakespeare works, a dozen bible books, and some amount of Holmes. Deal with it. Fave? HHGTG is the most fun. You thought I'd go with Tolstoy? Although Anna K. did lead me to some horrid puns in English class

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 4th May '10 10:50 PM

Oops, Ken's post reminded me that I didn't say what my favorite is. "Pride and Prejudice." I've read all Austen books plus some recent satires of her books. Sorry, must be a chick thing.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 4th May '10 11:02 PM

Satires? Or simply elaborations?

lynnm
Lynnm  (Level: 226.6 - Posts: 1952)
Tue, 4th May '10 11:10 PM

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
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to theGalaxy - Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
34 Emma-Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
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 - AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X
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
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
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 - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez X
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
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
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
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 X
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
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
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

My favorite is To Kill A Mockingbird, closely followed by Les Miserables and Dune. My least favorites - Lord of the Rings and anything by the Brontes.

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.2 - Posts: 1636)
Tue, 4th May '10 11:13 PM

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (First three, but stopped when my kid thought he got too "old" for them)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Well, some of them)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to theGalaxy - Douglas Adams
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Graham
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
34 Emma-Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Several)
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (Counts twice?)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Favorite book is Catch-22. Devilishly and delightfully funny. Right up there, though is a book that should be on this list (and very surprised it's not): Huck Finn.


mickeym
Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Wed, 5th May '10 4:09 AM

Thanks for this list, it was fun going through it. Does anyone else prefer movies often? Not a fan of Dickens or Hardy or Austen, which really hurt in this list!

WORST of those I’ve tried to read has to be The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas! Tried to read for a group, got about 10 pages into it. Yuck.

Almost all of these were all time favorites at one time!
Alltime favorite author tho would be Nevil Shute, have read and own everything of his. And John LeCarre, same. Where is Tinker Tailor? Has Mark Twain disappeared? Lots of my favorite authors not on here. Dune and HitchHiker yes but not Heinlein or Bradbury? This is one weird list. Oh well.

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
The whole trilogy 10 pages a night to make it last as long as possible.
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee The movie was better!
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to theGalaxy - Douglas Adams
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl Movie was better.
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo and I was!

Seen in the movies and didn’t want to spoil the movie:
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Ann



amyt
Amyt  (Level: 134.8 - Posts: 240)
Wed, 5th May '10 5:49 AM

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare *most
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
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 Graham
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma-Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
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
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom X
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

My favorite is Great Expectations. I like the subplots, and it contains my favorite character in literature, Miss Havisham.



foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 848)
Wed, 5th May '10 5:51 AM

I'm a slacker. Only 17. Why no Vonnegut?

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 5th May '10 10:09 AM

Give it time Foogs. However, by now you should have read several of these novels as required reading in school.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Wed, 5th May '10 10:15 AM

Ok, I love To Kill a Mockingbird too, but where is Cry the Beloved Country.... an AMAZING book. I am trying to read Moby Dick, but frankly find it ANNOYING. (pitched it across the room, after yelling "oh shut up, get to a point already" Call me Ishmael, is the only terse set of words in the book so far...) I love Charles Dickens, and Austen, and the Harry Potter books.. I reread each one, everytime a new one would come out. I think Lonesome Dove should be on the list somewhere too. I tried numerous times to read the LOTR, but just could not get into it. I think some James Michener should be there too, I just read Hawaii...
My kids love reading too, which they say, they had no choice... I had books everywhere, I had my kitchen book, my bedroom book, my living room book and of course a bath room book... "Who has a book shelf in the bathroom, Mom?"

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Wed, 5th May '10 10:42 AM

Out of the books I have read on that list, I'll say Brave New World is my favorite.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5884)
Wed, 5th May '10 11:53 AM

I have so many favorites but one of the most recent that I liked the best was The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini. It opened my eyes to a whole world that I had absolutely no clue about. It was fantastic and heartbreaking at the same time.
I find it amazing though that it was thought that the average person had not read even 6 on the list. That boggles my mind but then I LOVE reading. I would be lost without my books.

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
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to theGalaxy - Douglas Adams
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Graham
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
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
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
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White X
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl




dizzy
Dizzy  (Level: 180.7 - Posts: 296)
Wed, 5th May '10 6:00 PM

Ah well. i'm with Foogs only 17. The Lord of the Rings comes on every holiday with a Ludlam and/or Eddings

foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 848)
Wed, 5th May '10 8:48 PM

I'll take a different tack. These are the listed books I want to read:

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
(The idea doesn't thrill me, but I need to do it)
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
(I have the collected D. Adams. Hopefully this summer.)
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
(Loved Garp)
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
(I may substitute Dharma Bums)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
(bought a used copy a couple of weeks ago)

Of the 100 listed, 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude was my favorite.
I read Joyce's Portrait of an Artist and was unimpressed.

I envy folks who have time to read for fun. The most recent
books I read were Discipline and Punish and History of Sexuality.
Both by Michel Foucault. Interesting, but not so fun.

Summertime: I was an English major, but there are huge gaps
in my reading. I may be the only English major on earth to have not
read Gatsby. I have read lots of Hemingway, though, and find it
interesting he's not included in the 100.


m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.4 - Posts: 3742)
Wed, 5th May '10 8:50 PM

Forty so far. I've seen some of the others as movies, plays or musicals. Many on this list, and some I left off, I've also read as Classics Illustrated, Readers Digest, The Great American Bathroom Book series, etc. I didn't include them on this list unless I had clawed my way through the original. I left the Bible off because I skipped the begat section entirely and skimmed over some other sections.

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
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
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
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Graham
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
57 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White X
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Favorite: To Kill a Mockingbird, which I read only this past summer. I love the movie, but no movie does justice to the imagery of the book.

Favorite movie based on one of these: To Kill a Mockingbird (and as I said, the book is even better)

Favorite play or musical based on these: Les Miserables. If not my favorite show of all time, it is very close.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Wed, 5th May '10 8:58 PM

I have read lots of Hemingway, though, and find it interesting he's not included in the 100.
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I know!! My former favorite book of all time is not even on the list, The Old Man and the Sea!!!

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Thu, 6th May '10 12:16 AM

I'm don't know what the BBC used as the criteria when compiling the list; will research and get back with you!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 6th May '10 9:13 AM

Foogs, your comments on what you want to read were interesting.

I took a class on literary criticism this spring and it opened my eyes to different ways to read books and sometimes meanings I have missed. I'm also reconsidering my 50-page rule and the rule about not reading a book physically larger than my head.

Two books I read from that class that I don't think I would have read but found them to be really wonderful were:
"Angle of Repose" by William Stegner (Pulitzer Prize in 1972) who founded the creative writing program at Stanford. Some of his students included Ken Kesey, Larry McMurtry, Edward Abbey and Sandra Day O'Conner (yes, the Supreme Court Justice). Don't skip the introduction to this book. It gives a backstory that will make the book more fascinating. It's been called the best book ever written about the American West. (based upon the letters of Mary Hallock Foote - there's a controversy about Stegner's use of these letters...)

"Mean Spirit" by Linda Hogan (no, not Hulk Hogan's wife), was a Pulitzer finalist in 1990. This is the story about Osage families in the early 1920s in a small town near Tulsa, Oklahoma, about the time that great oil fields were discovered. Many were swindled out of their property or killed because of the oil. It's a really good look at what happened during that time, and the characters were wonderful.

Good books have the power to entertain, enlighten, and sometimes, change your life.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Thu, 6th May '10 10:22 AM

Thanks for the synopsis Pepperdoc! I've added "Mean Spirit" by Linda Hogan to my list of reads from the library.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Thu, 6th May '10 4:29 PM

Pepperdoc, you are so right.
I'll never forget when I read To Kill a Mockingbird, the line
"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."




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