Thursday, 14 August 2008

100 best books..

I saw this idea on blog of a broken man basically there is a list of 100 of the best books ever written according to someone from some paper, and you put in bold the ones you have read, and bold and italics the ones which you think are really good. So here goes..with notes...
I did not italicise but loved most of 'em that i read!!

1. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes

2. Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan –

3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

4. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift - read as a child!

5. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

6. Clarissa Samuel

7. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne

8. Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos De Laclos.

9. Emma by Jane Austin.

10. Frankenstein Mary Shelley

11. Nightmare Abbey Thomas Love

12. The Black Sheep Honore De Balzac

13. The Charterhouse of Parma

14. The Count of Monte Cristo Fantastic!

15. Sybil Benjamin Disraeli

16. David Copperfield by Charles Dickins

17. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

18. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte – lovely book :)

19. Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray

20. The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

21. Moby-Dick Herman Melville'

22. Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert

23. The Woman in White Wilkie Collins

24. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll - read as a kid!

25. Little Women Louisa M. Alcott Victorian – My Nan gave me this book. Lovely read.

26. The Way We Live Now Anthony

27. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

28. Daniel Deronda George Eliot

29. The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky

30. The Portrait of a Lady Henry James

32. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

33. Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome - hysterical

34. The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar - in my list of top ten books!

35. The Diary of a Nobody George Grossmith

36. Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy

37. The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childer

38. The Call of the Wild Jack

39. Nostromo Joseph Conrad

40. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame – read it, saw it, watched my kid act in stage show of it :)

41. In Search of Lost Time Marcel

42. The Rainbow D. H. Lawrence

43. The Good Soldier Ford Madox

44. The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan – My first “grown up “ book when i was a kid.

45. Ulysses James Joyce

46. Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf

47. A Passage to India E. M. Forster - good but prefer room with a view

48. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

49. The Trial Franz Kafka

50. Men Without Women Ernest Hemingway prefered old man of the sea..i think thats what it was called

51. Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Celine

52. As I Lay Dying William

53. Brave New World Aldous Huxley - was very into this as a teenager - well all Huxley stuff

54. Scoop Evelyn Waugh 55. USA John Dos Passos

56. The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler

57. The Pursuit Of Love Nancy Mitford

58. The Plague Albert Camus

59. Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

60. Malone Dies Samuel Beckett

61. Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger

62. Wise Blood Flannery

63. Charlotte's Web E. B. White – LOVED it!!

64. The Lord Of The Rings J. R. R. Tolkien – was heavy going when i was 12 but enjoyed as an adult!

65. Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis

66. Lord of the Flies William Golding – cracking read!

67. The Quiet American Graham Greene

68 On the Road Jack Kerouac T

69. Lolita Vladimir Nabokov Humbert

70. The Tin Drum Gunter Grass .

71. Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe Nigeria

72. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark

73. To Kill A Mockingbird Harper LeeScout

74. Catch-22 Joseph Heller

75. Herzog Saul Bellow

76. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia -

77. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont Elizabeth Taylor

78. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John Le Carre – passed to me by my Mum – I enjoyed it!

79. Song of Solomon Toni Morrison

80. The Bottle Factory Outing Beryl Bainbridge

81. The Executioner's Song Norman Mailer

82. If on a Winter's Night a Traveller Italo

83. A Bend in the River V. S. Naipaul

84. Waiting for the Barbarians J.M. Coetzee

85. Housekeeping Marilynne

86. Lanark Alasdair GraySeething vision of Glasgow

87. The New York Trilogy Paul Auster

88. The BFG Roald Dahl – Wonderful read – i read it to my kids J

89. The Periodic Table Primo Levi

90. Money Martin Amis

91. An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro

92. Oscar And Lucinda Peter

93. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Milan Kundera

94. Haroun and the Sea of Stories Salman Rushdie

95. La Confidential James Ellroy

96. Wise Children Angela Carter

97. Atonement Ian McEwan

98. Northern Lights Philip Pullman – read the trilogy – bloody awesome books.

99. American Pastoral Philip Roth

100. Austerlitz W. G. Sebald


Octamom said...

What a fun idea! I'm a crazy, avid reader and wish I had kept reading lists from the get-go. There are some reads on here that I should get to--

Octamom said...

Hey Girlie!

Glad you liked the freckles pic! I would love to see your Freckle Girl!

Which edited picture did your send your friend? They all had their own appeal!

Is your week of no kids about to wind up?



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