3/07/2009

The "BBC" Book List

Those who are in the know will recognize this photo as one of GFT and one of her oldest "bookie" friends, in front of a famous bookstore in Paris where American writers hung out in the 1920's. It is even rumored that once, while broke, Hemingway slept upstairs.

Pretend not to notice that : a)GFT has been too busy with work, life, and other things to post any original blog writings lately, and b)GFT constantly refers to herself in the 3rd person, much as Caesar does in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, which is supposed to demonstrate to the audience/reader how meglomaniacal and annoying J.C. has become, and explain why Brutus simply must join the assassins and kill Caesar now !


Supposedly, the "BBC" believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. I don't believe it for a moment, but I thought it would be fun to see how many of these I'd read. Place an X next to all the books you've read ( I've added a T for ones I've taught ) and see if you can prove the "BBC" wrong!
  • 1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (X,T) ATF stands for "all time fave"
  • 2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (X)
  • 3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (X,T) ATF
  • 4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (X)
  • 5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee ( X,T) ATF
  • 6 The Bible (X,T) generally while avoiding listening to the sermon in church
  • 7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (X)
  • 8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (X)
  • 9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman ()
  • 10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (X)
  • 11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott ( X)
  • 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (X)
  • 13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (X)
  • 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (X) once power-read 30 in a 24 hour long cram session
  • 15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier (X) ATF
  • 16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (X)
  • 17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk ( )
  • 18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (X)
  • 19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger ( )
  • 20 Middlemarch - George Eliot ( )
  • 21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell ( X,T) ATF
  • 22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (X,T) ATF
  • 23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens (X)
  • 24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (X) first time was in 5th grade
  • 25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (X)
  • 26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh (X ) ATF
  • 27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( X)
  • 28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (X,T)
  • 29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (X,T)
  • 30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (X)
  • 31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (X)
  • 32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (X)
  • 33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (X)
  • 34 Emma - Jane Austen (X,T) ATF
  • 35 Persuasion - Jane Austen ( X) ATF
  • 36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (X)
  • 37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini (X,T ) ATF
  • 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres ( )
  • 39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden ( X)
  • 40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (X)
  • 41 Animal Farm - George Orwell (X,T)
  • 42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (X)
  • 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (X)
  • 44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving (X)
  • 45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins (X) also liked The Moonstone
  • 46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery ( X)
  • 47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy ( )
  • 48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood (X) scary but prescient
  • 49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (X,T)
  • 50 Atonement - Ian McEwan ( X) ATF
  • 51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel (X) boring
  • 52 Dune - Frank Herbert (X)
  • 53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons (X)
  • 54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (X,T) ATF
  • 55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth ( )
  • 56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon ( )
  • 57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (X,T)
  • 58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (X)
  • 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon (X)
  • 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ( X)
  • 61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (X,T)
  • 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 (X) my son loves this one
  • 66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac (X )
  • 67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy (X)
  • 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding ( X) ATF
  • 69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie ( ) on my list
  • 70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville ( X)
  • 71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (X)
  • 72 Dracula - Bram Stoker (X)
  • 73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (X)
  • 74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson (X)
  • 75 Ulysses - James Joyce (X ) surprisingly iteresting
  • 76 The Inferno - Dante (X)
  • 77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome ( )
  • 78 Germinal - Emile Zola ( )
  • 79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray ( )
  • 80 Possession - AS Byatt (X ) ATF
  • 81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (X,T)
  • 82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell ( )
  • 83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker (X,T)
  • 84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro (X )
  • 85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (X)
  • 86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry (X ) ATF
  • 87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White (X)
  • 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom ( ) hell no and never plan to, either
  • 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (X)
  • 90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton ( )
  • 91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (X,T)
  • 92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (X)
  • 93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks (X)
  • 94 Watership Down - Richard Adams (X)
  • 95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole (X)
  • 96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute (X ) ATF
  • 97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas (X)
  • 98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (X,T)
  • 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (X)
  • 100. Les Miserables-Victor Hugo (X)

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