By the book

I’ve been tagged by Pink Sunshine on my reading habits. In fact, I think this is the first meme I’ve ever been tagged in on this blog. Another milestone.

Basically the rules are thus. Below is a list of classic books.

You are supposed to:

Look at the list and:
1) Bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) [Bracket] the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list on your own blog.

And then tag people so they can also feel inferior show off their bookcase. In this case I’ll choose Dunners, Chris White (when he comes back from America), Matthew, because his book will probably be on there in a few years time, and the humble Devil, because I expect him to be a man of impeccable reading tastes.

Let the list commence.
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 (a friend of mine once did a review of the Bible for his English class. It read: Some good ideas, occasionally far fetched. Gets bogged down in the prose at times but ultimately quite enjoyable)
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 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 Hitchhiker’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’s Adventures 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 Orwell]
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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 This one was blank so I’ll fill it in with [The Sandman] graphic novels by Neil Gaiman because they’re better than most books I’ve read.
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
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 Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – A. S. 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-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

Hmmm. I probably look a little bit like a pleb now. In my defence, I have no wish whatsoever to read any Jane Austen. It also looks largely like I just read books aimed at kids, which is about right for my reading age.

Actually, I tend to read mostly non-fiction these days, which makes me sound like a pretentious snob. Less so when you realise most of these are about football and social media. Which just makes me sound like a geek. Which I am.

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9 Responses to “By the book”


  1. 1 Dani July 29, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    It’s not the first time I’ve seen this list and every single time I fail to understand why “The DaVinci Code” is on it. I mean seriously, how can that book possibly qualify as a “classic”?! It’s not even good. It’s full of mistakes, it has no decent plot, the characters aren’t the strongest ever created. “Angels and Demons”, its prequel, is actually far better.

  2. 2 Gary Andrews July 29, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I’ve not read it. I have no intention of reading it, and the only thing that vaguely made the film decent was… actually there was nothing decent about the film either.

  3. 3 Christopher White July 29, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Angels and Demons: ruined by some gash physics. The Da Vinci Code: just plain gash.

    Since I’m now back Gary, I shall tackle this tomorrow. Though I ought to point out that the list effectively repeats itself (33&36, 14&98).

  4. 4 Gary Andrews July 30, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Yes, I saw that too. Couldn’t be arsed to mention it.

  5. 5 Pink Sunshine August 3, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    And number 44’s missing, as somebody pointed out to me. But hey, never mind!

  6. 6 Cat August 3, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    How can you have read the complete works of Shakespeare and not Hamlet? More’s the point, the whole of Shakespeare? I suspect you’re fibbing because you’ve never been unemployed or retired. Nor did you do a degree in English. There just isn’t TIME.

    Also you should italicise Bridget Jones. Women will like you for it. And Of Mice and Men because it takes a matter of hours to read.

    I’m exceptionally poorly read according to this list.

  7. 7 Gary Andrews August 4, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Oh, I missed Hamlet. Go me and my proofreading skills. I have read it.

    Ok, I’m fibbing about reading the complete works of Shakespeare, but I’ve probably read about 80%, which is as near as anybody will ever get who doesn’t study Shakespeare for a living.

    I could italicise Bridget Jones. But then women will then get disappointed when they meet me, not that this doesn’t happen already.

    I’ve seen the film if that counts.

  8. 8 Cat August 5, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Book better. By a long way. But then probably better before you imagined Renee Zellweger in the role.


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