Friday, December 3, 2010

BBC's Big Reads

Greetings, wonderful readers! Today, I'm doing something a little different. I'm going to present the BBCs list of "Big Reads" and provide my own snarky comments where applicable. Apparently the BBC believes that most people have only read 6 of the books on this list. Titles I've read are in bold, and titles I want to read are italicized. Apparently I’ve read 39 of these books, which is okay, although so many are in my TBR pile.

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 (Obviously, I've read parts of this. Just not the whole thing.)

7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8. Nighteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (We're only at number 8 and I've already read 6. Bwhahaha.)

9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12. Tess of the D’Ubervilles – Thomas Hardy

13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (I have read A LOT of Shakespeare. But not the complete works. I think the only people who have read the COMPLETE works of Shakespeare are those who have their PhDs in that area. I may try to achieve this goal, however. But still. Dear BBC: be realistic.)

15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (I’m dying to read this one, I even have it on my shelf. Making it a goal to read it before my next birthday, on April 1st.)

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 (I find it interesting how many doorstoppers are on this list.)

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 (Clearly, the BBC loves Dickens. I like Dickens, so I’m okay with it.)

33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34. Emma – Jane Austen (I plan on reading this for next Jane In June.)

35. Persuasion – Jane Austen (I feel that for a lot of people who love Austen, this is their favorite Austen.)

36. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis (Really guys? You just listed the Chronicles of Narnia above. As part of the Chronicles of Narnia, this doesn’t need to be here! *facepalm*)

37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38. Captain Correlli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (This one was such a quick read, I really enjoyed it when I read it.)

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 Meany – 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 (I really didn’t like the recent film they made of this book. Ugh.)

51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52. Dune – Frank Herbert

53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen (Clearly, the BBC also loves Austen. I approve.)

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 – 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 (I swear, I really do want to read all of these. Are you guys getting with this blog is called Consumed by Books?)

64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (I loved Sebold’s writing when I read this book, I ought to watch the movie.)

65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (Or, as my brother likes to say, the Count of Monte Crisco.)

66. On the Road – Jack Kerouac

67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68. Bridget Jones Diary – Helen Fielding (A rare case of enjoying the movie more than the book. The book, however, is still great.)

69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
 (I find it appropriate that this is right below Bridget Jones Diary because my friends and I wonder how often Salman Rushdie gets asked where the toilets are because of that movie.)
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (Next time I read this book I will just put the Oliver soundtrack on a loop in the background. Food, glorious food!
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker

73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson

74. Noted from a Small Island – Bill Bryson (I can't believe I spent a year abroad in England and haven't read this book.)

75. Ulysses – James Joyce (I’ve read parts of this. Not an easy read but good.)

76. The Inferno – Dante
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78. Germinal – Emilie Zola

79. Vanity Fair – William Makepiece

80. Possession – AS Byatt (I’ve had this for years and have been dying to read this but haven’t.)

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 – Robinston 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 (I have read this one, but every time I read I feel like it passes by two quickly for me to absorb much. It got better the second time, but still.)

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 (Same remark as with Narnia. The Complete Works of Shakespeare are listed above, so why is this here?)

99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

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