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Old 08-06-2008, 12:46   #1
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Books: how many of the top 100 have you read

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...100-books.html

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
8= 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 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 Orwell
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
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 - 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 Alborn
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

So how many have you read? similar to the imdb top 100 movie challenge, i'm going to try and read them all. will take ages (10 years maybe) but got to be some good stuff in there.

started the challenge a few months ago, at that stage I had read (in bold) 18.
and since then have read
The great gatsby which was very short but a pretty good tale, not that much ACTUALLY happens, but now at the least the glaxy advert makes sense

and

Women in white which was incredibly long, though again a good twisty tale of murder/intreague.

So thats 20 now read. I know there are some errors on the list (why is it one entrey for complete works of shakespear rather than seperate like dickens and why is Lion/Which and wardrobe there plus Chronicles of narnia which is all 7)

Anyone else read more (people who did english lit degrees probably). Which ones are the good ones and which (in your opinion) are just OTT rubbish.
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I don't see how Hamlet has its own entry and the rest of his works are bundled. Seems a bit of a rum do

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It's an odd list really, but I surprised myself by having read 18 of the titles on it.

I might use it as a guide for future reading this year, as I have a few more of the titles in my 'to read' pile. Of the ones you haven't read, get hold of Wuthering Heights. I loved the book and I'm a man!!
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You know, we should do our forums top 100

Anyhow, I've read 11 from this list
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5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
64The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
Tried On The Road, Brave New World and Crime & Punishment but i just couldnt be arsed.
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15 for me, though I've started at least 5 or 6 more.

Does seem a very strange list, life of pi was good but surely not a key text. And again, Bill Bryson is fun but not exactly a masterpiece. Seems unfair to include the bible on a fiction list too...
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I saw a much better list I'll post it when I get time to look again
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Tried On The Road, Brave New World and Crime & Punishment but i just couldnt be arsed.
3 on my list. On the road was over-rated imo but the other 2 are probably in my top 5 books ever. Well worth trying again particularly considering the other stuff you say you have read. (BNW similar in some ways to Orwell and apparently Atwood who I've not read, C & P a 'classic' which I don't normally like but you seem to have read a few)

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Oh dear, only 4!

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Started on 45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins a couple of days ago.
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6 The Bible
8= Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (most)
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare

And all of Kafka, 80% of Thomas Mann, most of Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Brecht, and truckloads of German poetry. But the Telegraph has never heard of those, I shall assume.

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How can they have the Chronicles of Narnia and TLTWATW?
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3 on my list. On the road was over-rated imo but the other 2 are probably in my top 5 books ever. Well worth trying again particularly considering the other stuff you say you have read. (BNW similar in some ways to Orwell and apparently Atwood who I've not read, C & P a 'classic' which I don't normally like but you seem to have read a few)
Wuthering Heights & Animal Farm were read due to school. TBH I wouldnt have read them otherwise.
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15 for me, though I've started at least 5 or 6 more.

Does seem a very strange list, life of pi was good but surely not a key text. And again, Bill Bryson is fun but not exactly a masterpiece. Seems unfair to include the bible on a fiction list too...
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I saw a much better list I'll post it when I get time to look again
yep, clearly the list isn't definiative (it has the da vinci code on it ) but supposed its a good guide to "books you should read"

Oh, if you are after the classics, then

WHSmith does them online as the wordsworth editions, all for about Ł2 (as out of copywright), I've bought some off their and arranged for store collection a week later.
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They sell Penguin Classics (Original English) in Germany, dirt cheap, like 2-3 Euros. That's why I used to pick up one or the other.
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Going through quickly, I've read about 48. Difficult to compute The Bible, as I've read chunks of it, but no where near all. Same with Shakespeare.

My favourites from the list:

Ulysses - James Joyce
Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
On The Road - Jack Kerouac
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
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Yeah, not really into 'classics' tbh, just meant some of the books on the list aren't amazing. All subjective I know...

The Dostoevsky one is just about the only pre-twentieth century book I've ever read and enjoyed.
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The Dostoevsky one is just about the only pre-twentieth century book I've ever read and enjoyed.
Crime and Punishment is an absolute masterpiece and the prototype of the modern psychological crime/horror genre.
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46, though hardly anything written during the last 20-30 years or so. Hamlet probably should have its own entry because it reads like a modernist novel. Good to see that nothing by Martin Amis made that list, he was pretty comprehensively (and, I thought, unarguably) trashed recently in academic's book on Amis and Son.

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Not a huge reader of 'classics' actually - prefer trashy fiction and non-fiction like Fermat's Last Theorem and The Code Book. Ones I've read listed below:

so 28. Disappointing, but considering I don't generally read a lot of the classics, not too bad. Selected commentary follows as requested.
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2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - unbelievably brilliant. Won't read again, since the films, they've ruined it for me. Used to read it once or twice a year from the age of 9.
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
6 The Bible (read bits! not cover to cover)
8= Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell - seminal book. Worth a read.
8= His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman. Fantastic. Don't bother if you've already seen the film.
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - good read.
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller - again, seminal work, deffo worth a read.
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (again read a fair few, half mark for this )
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - see LOTR
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - read at school. Tis ok, worth a read, but not brilliant IMO.
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - love this series. Start at Magician's Nephew at work through chronologically. Don't bother with the film. If you've already seen it, don't bother.
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (eh, included twice? Read all 7 though)
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne - classic, loved this as a kid.
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - I love it, don't care that it's populist!
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding - great read, but some of the themes etc are quite obvious.
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - read this when i was young. With all the films etc over past 10/12 years, a lot of the ideas will seem cliched and old hat. Glad I read this when I was young.
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome - love it!!!
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton ()
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams (fantastic, great read, very powerful. Don't bother if you've seen the film)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

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