Monday, June 1, 2015

Book Report

Okay, apparently this went around aeons ago, but I did it just the same.  It's a (weird) list of 100 books--that the BBC doesn't think people have read more than a handful of (could I make that sentence more awkward?)  I've read 44, which is more than I would have expected since I don't count myself a great reader.  Interestingly I read most of them either a) in school or b). with the kids!

And what I'm reading these days--historical mysteries and Outlander and hospice/death and dying books--aren't on the list!

Mine are marked with an X; Mama's with an asterisk.  We've overlapped in several places, which is perhaps not too surprising with our similar liberal arts educations (she has a liberal arts degree in computer science, not a BS.)

It's an odd list--the whole Bible and all of Shakespeare vs. Bryson's Notes on a Small Island?  Bridget Jones's Diary and Middlemarch?  Extra points for certain writers such as the Narnia series AND The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, plus all of Shakespeare and also Hamlet.  And lots of Dickens and Austen.  But no Homer or Virgil or Dante?  It's not just English lit (Les Mis, 100 Years of Solitude) or 20th century.  So why not Fielding?  or Henry James?  Or Twain?  Or . . . or . . . or? And Dracula over Frankenstein?

100 Books Share

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

Copy into a new note Put an X next to the ones you've read. Include the number you have read in the headline and tag your friends!

*X1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
*2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
*X3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
*X4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
X5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 

6 The Bible (all)
*X7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 
*X8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
*10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
*X11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott 
*12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
X13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
*X16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien 
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
X18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 

19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
X20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
X21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
*X22 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
X26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh 
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
*X28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
*X29 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
*X34 Emma - Jane Austen
X35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
*X36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis

37 Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
*X40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
*X41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
X42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
X43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
X45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins 
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
*X48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
*X49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding 

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
*X51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel 
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
X54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
*X57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
*X58 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
*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
X72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
*X73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 

X74 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
X80 Possession - AS Byatt
*X81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens 

82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
*X83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
X84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
X85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert 

86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
*X87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
X88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
*X89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
*X92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
*94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
*95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Toole
*97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
*X98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
*X99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl 

*100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

1 comment:

  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany.
    Find some time for it.