Tuesday, July 01, 2008

OK, so I haven't been around much, just don't seem to have had anything to say, but I'll start with this..........

As seen on Janine's Blog: The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. Well let’s see. 1)Look at the list and bold those you have read. 2) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve only read 6 and force books upon them.

01. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
02. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
03. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
04. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (I've read #1, started 2)
05. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
06. The Bible - (A majority of it as a teenager)
07. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
08. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
09. 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 (teacher read it to us at Intermediate)
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
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
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

41. Animal Farm - George Orwel
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
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-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (was forced upon us in 5th form)
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. The 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 Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
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
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
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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 - Love, love, love Roald Dahl.
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Mmmm, I'm definately one of those that you should seek out, and force books upon! Those ones in blue are ones read as a child, while others are more recent, as you can see, not many!

So, here's the challenge! If you recommend something from that list, I will read it. I will wait a few days until I have a few people comment, and will read the most recommended book. Now, be easy on me, while I like to read, I just don't seem to get into books at the moment. I have read Of Mice and Men, admittedly at school, and have read Winnie the Pooh, and Charlottes web, Charlie and the CF, and love love the Faraway Tree, (and don't seem to be able to find copies these days)

Go on, recommend something, and I promise I will read it.


Anonymous said...

Interesting... might have to give this a go myself, from a quick look not too many read though :(

Angel Gurl said...

okay so here is my selection of some to read. The lovely bones, The time travellers wife

Trina said...

Sure is interesting...the ones I'd recommend (which I've read in the last few years)are:
The 5 people you meet in Heaven
The Time Travellers wife
The Lovely Bones


Anonymous said...

heck I've only read Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies from that list (and that was at high school)! Seen lots of the others in film though, some I've read other books by the same author.

harbourgal said...

This is fun... I can recommend Birdsong, Counte of Monte Cristo. Ohhh and I might have to read the Time Travellers Wife and the Lovely Bones based on Janine's and Trina's recommendations.

Hannah said...

My recommendations:

To Kill a Mockingbird
The Catcher in the Rye
Lord of the Flies

... because these are all classics and are quite thought-provoking.

Thinking I am going to have to read Lovely Bones ... have heard many good things about it and now seeing Janine & Trina both mentioning it has made me curious!

scrapgeek said...

I could recommend a lot of them but some suggestions:
Time Travellers Wife
To Kill a mocking Bird was a great read as I recall
Anything by Jane Austen - maybe start with Pride and Prejudice
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is terrific - I highly recommend it

Anonymous said...

I'd go with The Lovely Bones as well. But if you wait long enough the movie will be out! LOL

You are like me and have read lots of the kids classic ones.

Trace said...

My workmates have all recommended The Lovely Bones, haven't read it myself either, so will have to give it a go.

Anonymous said...

I'd say 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime' — it's a pretty easy read, rips along and isn't too long.

Tracy said...

I have hardly read any of them but I have heard the lovely bones is a goodie :)

Jenny said...

Well, I did mine and I've read more than six ... but lots more to go. Read The Lovelt Bones and The Kite Runner

keamac said...

I recommend "The Curious Incident of a Dog at Midnight" and "Pride & Prejudice".