Kate (kate_nepveu) wrote,

Meme: BBC book list

Because I'm twitching and need something else to do for a while. The BBC books meme, with comments.

Books I've read are in bold.

  • 1984, George Orwell [for school, of course]
  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho [never heard of]
  • Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll [I can't be sure I've actually read the original]
  • Animal Farm, George Orwell [yes, I know I ought to]
  • Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy [hmm. maybe]
  • Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery [a gazillion times as a child]
  • Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer [eh. may get from the library]
  • The BFG, Roald Dahl [possibly, but you'd think I'd remember]
  • Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks [also never heard of]
  • Black Beauty, Anna Sewell [childhood]
  • Bleak House, Charles Dickens [I'll pass]
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley [yes, I know I ought to, but I'm probably not going to]
  • Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh [I don't know, should I?]
  • Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding [umm, no.]
  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres [umm, no.]
  • Catch 22, Joseph Heller [I suspect this is not my kind of satire]
  • The Catcher In The Rye, JD Salinger [don't know how I got out of school without it]
  • Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl [and the sequel!]
  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens [what can you say about this?]
  • The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel [umm, no.]
  • Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons [doesn't seem like my kind of thing]
  • The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett [weak start]
  • The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas [I was way too young to understand it]
  • Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky [unlikely]
  • David Copperfield, Charles Dickens [unlikely]
  • Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson [huh?]
  • Dune, Frank Herbert [two chapters and I got bored]
  • Emma, Jane Austen [on the list]
  • Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy [I will never willingly read another word written by Hardy]
  • Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson [never heard of]
  • The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy [theoretically possible but unlikely]
  • The Godfather, Mario Puzo [not my kind of thing]
  • Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell [read 50 pages, hated all the people, read the last 50 pages, still hated all the people, put it down]
  • Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman [yay!]
  • Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian [my ignorance strikes again]
  • Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake [on the very long version of the list]
  • The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck [school; hated it]
  • Great Expectations, Charles Dickens [far too much time spent on it in 9th grade]
  • The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald [on the theoretical list]
  • Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett [getting better]
  • Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling [pretty good]
  • Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, JK Rowling [bloated and plot doesn't make sense, but I devoured anyway]
  • Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling [good]
  • Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling [quite good]
  • His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman [got weird at the end. no, really weird]
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams [I still like the fourth the best]
  • The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien [first novel ever read. I was four.]
  • Holes, Louis Sachar [I hear people like the movie, but the concept doesn't appeal]
  • I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith [on my list, I swear, though I want an edition without a JKR blurb]
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte [flipped through again recently. Mr. Rochester was kind of a jerk, wasn't he?]
  • Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer [nah.]
  • Katherine, Anya Seton [hmm?]
  • The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis [possibly the best of them; I hesitate to re-read lest it be ruined]
  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott [childhood, will not re-read]
  • Lord Of The Flies, William Golding [managed to get out of school without reading this]
  • The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien [well, duh.]
  • Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez [on the theoretical list]
  • The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton [hmmm?]
  • Magician, Raymond E Feist [no.]
  • The Magus, John Fowles [heard of it, don't know in what context]
  • Matilda, Roald Dahl [see The BFG]
  • Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden [nah.]
  • Middlemarch, George Eliot [I don't know, should I?]
  • Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie [I can pass.]
  • Mort, Terry Pratchett [pretty good]
  • Night Watch, Terry Pratchett [quite good]
  • Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman [no clue]
  • Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck [no thank you]
  • On The Road, Jack Kerouac [no thank you]
  • One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez [on the theoretical list]
  • Perfume, Patrick Suskind [never heard of]
  • Persuasion, Jane Austen [I read this one day while being antisocial.]
  • The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett [nah]
  • A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving [for some reason I think I wouldn't like it]
  • Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen [possibly the perfect novel.]
  • The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot [wrong demographic]
  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell [ignorance again]
  • Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier [didn't like it]
  • The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett [further proof I'm a rotten girl, or something]
  • The Secret History, Donna Tartt [on the theoretical list]
  • The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher [nope]
  • The Stand, Stephen King [retain a guilty fondness for it]
  • The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson [what?]
  • A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth [it's so long]
  • Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome [still ignorant]
  • A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens [reads much better the second time around]
  • Tess Of The D'urbervilles, Thomas Hardy [**HATED IT**]
  • The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough [will pass, thanks]
  • To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee [fabulous book]
  • A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute [spouse of ignorance]
  • Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson [fun when a kid, haven't re-read since]
  • The Twits, Roald Dahl [all kids should read this]
  • Ulysses, James Joyce [unlikely]
  • Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson [offspring of ignorance]
  • War And Peace, Leo Tolstoy [also unlikely]
  • Watership Down, Richard Adams [fairly high on the list]
  • The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame [but I can't remember much about it now]
  • Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne [and the rest, obsessively, for a brief time]
  • The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins [grandchild of ignorance]
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte [could never get past first chapter]
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