March 02, 2007

Books the UK can't live without

Apparently today is World Book Day and a survey done in the UK in conjunction with this found the Top 100 Books the Nation Can't Live Without.

They are:
1. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
2. Lord of the Rings, The, JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter Series, JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockinbird, Harper Lee
6. Bible
7. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four, George Orwell (8th equal)
9. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (8th equal)
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, William 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 Travellers Wife, Audrey Niffenneger
20. Middlemarch, George Eliot
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald F Scott
23. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace, L.N Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hikers 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, C.S Lewis
34. Emma, Jane Austen
35. Persuasion, Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S.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, A A 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 Maddening 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, Vikrem 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 Chloera, 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, Emil 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, E.B. 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, Alexander Dumas
98. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
100.Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

I've read 36 of them, including Watership Down which I just finished the other night. "Bright Eyes" played in my head the entire time, and I needed tissues at the end. It was SOOOOO beautiful. Can anyone beat 36? My picks - Life of Pi, 1984, The Grapes of Wrath, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Animal Farm, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Handmaid's Tale and Charlotte's Web.


Kimberlee + Lies said...

35! you beat me :0 my list would look very different to this because I am just not that into classics, by that I mean anything before the 20th century. I couldn't even finish pride and prejudice, shame!

glad you enjoyed Watership Down, I also love that book :)


Joanna said...

38 I think, although I got a little confused with the stupid books and stupid movies made from them that I've accidently (like on planes) seen - ie Da Vinci et al. And maybe I didn't finish LOTR or Possesion because OMG I FUCKING HATED IT SO MUCH, but yeah.

homeperm said...

everybody beat me, but even though i've only read 28 there are some i've read about twenty eight times. eg pride and prejudice and wuthering heights. also i could be miscounting. all dickens and hardy books seem the same to me.

mrs govier said...

Mrs Govier said...
43, damn I didn't realise I had read so many, but hey don't ask me to recall some of storylines. There are loads on that list really enjoyed. I've read a few Rohinton Mistry and I can't remember if A Fine Balance was the one that depressed the hell out of me, but it had this weird pull and I just couldn't stop reading it. I cried with frustration so many times and actually threw the book away afterwards (I think the only book I've knowingly thrown away), but then in a frenzy of book buying online I purchased it by accident thinking it was another book, so it returned to me.....

Just had to share.

Yes W-shop Down, great book.

aka Special K said...

I too hated Lord of the Rings. Sorry about that New Zealand. I know we're all supposed to think they're amazing, but I just couldn't get into them. Or the movies.

Anonymous said...

ha - 36 too snap. I loved lord of the rings, but the Five People you meet in heaven would be the top of the list if it was mine. It's genius.

Lauren Keenan said...

Hmmm, I've read 44, but am a real book geek. And I reckon the best is A Fine Balance, which stayed in my head for months.

Ange said...

I come in at 67, and that doesn't include LOTR or Narnia, despite multiple attempts before realising I Really Don't Care That Much About Hobbits or Freaky Mr Tumnus.
No way to choose a top ten, five or anything, although I'm always keen to have another bash at Wuthering Heights, Catcher in the Rye, The Wasp Factory and Winnie the Pooh.
Oh, and Kimberley - if it makes you feel any better, you cried through the larger part of the Watership Down movie also. You couldn't move for the hysterical pre-schoolers having to be removed by parents shocked at the bunny wabbits being mean to one another.

Tane Aikman said...

25 for me - and, as will come as a huge shock to my friends, the Lord of the Rings is my favourite. Captivating and vastly imaginative.

Others in the top five - hmmm, Heart of Darkness, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Harry Potter, the Hobbit

Least liked - Emma. Great writing, but I just wanted to throttle that bloody interfering snob of a heroine.

I don't think I cried in Watership Down, but must have come pretty close. Bless it.