The BBC Book List

Posted on 4 December 2009. Filed under: reading | Tags: , , |

Just because I’m way too tired after the book stall yesterday I’m giving you another booklist. This is probably the list that started me searching for all the other book lists around and I think I got it from Facebook. Anyway, I’ve been good and tagged the ones I’ve read with an ‘x’, I’m also intensely curious how many everyone else has read so please put your total in the comments field. I really don’t know where the BBC gets their information from as I’ve read 40 of this list and there’s another few I may have read but so long ago that I don’t recall and I suspect I can’t count Shakespeare but I did manage to get halfway through. The one thing this list totally highlights for me is that I’ve read more British books than American books.

Where do you fall in the list? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here.
How about you?

Copy this. Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. Tag other book nerds.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen x
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien x
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte X
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling x
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible (The entire thing!)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte x
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell x
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman x
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott X
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy x
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien x
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald x
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams x
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck x
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll x
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame x
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens x
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis x
34 Emma-Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis x
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden x
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne x
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell x
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown x
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 X
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding x
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert x
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 x
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley x
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon x
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck x
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 x
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens x
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker x
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett x
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson x
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome x
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 Mistr
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White x
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle x
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton x
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 x
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas x
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl x
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

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100 Most Influential Books Ever Written

Posted on 29 August 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Other Great Books Lists

100 Most Influential Books Ever Written

By Martin Seymour Smith

This list is fascinating. I was stunned to discover I’ve actually read two of them. I’ve read bits and pieces of some and there are some books here that few people have read cover to cover. This would be a good starting place if you want to increase your knowledge of the older classics. The author of the website has created a number of lists for you to peruse.

How many have you read? Beat my total, not hard but have a go anyway.

1. The I Ching
2. The Old Testament
3. The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
4. The Upanishads
5. The Way and Its Power, Lao-tzu
6. The Avesta
7. Analects, Confucius
8. History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides
9. Works, Hippocrates
10. Works, Aristotle
11. History, Herodotus
12. The Republic, Plato
13. Elements, Euclid
14. The Dhammapada
15. Aeneid, Virgil
16. On the Nature of Reality, Lucretius
17. Allegorical Expositions of the Holy Laws, Philo of Alexandria
18. The New Testament
19. Lives, Plutarch
20. Annals, from the Death of the Divine Augustus, Cornelius Tacitus
21. The Gospel of Truth
22. Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
23. Outlines of Pyrrhonism, Sextus Empiricus
24. Enneads, Plotinus
25. Confessions, Augustine of Hippo
26. The Koran
27. Guide for the Perplexed, Moses Maimonides
28. The Kabbalah
29. Summa Theologicae, Thomas Aquinas
30. The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri
31. In Praise of Folly, Desiderius Erasmus
32. The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli
33. On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church, Martin Luther
34. Gargantua and Pantagruel, François Rabelais
35. Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin
36. On the Revolution of the Celestial Orbs, Nicolaus Copernicus
37. Essays, Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
38. Don Quixote, Parts I and II, Miguel de Cervantes
39. The Harmony of the World, Johannes Kepler
40. Novum Organum, Francis Bacon
41. The First Folio [Works], William Shakespeare
42. Dialogue Concerning Two New Chief World Systems, Galileo Galilei
43. Discourse on Method, René Descartes
44. Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes
45. Works, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
46. Pensées, Blaise Pascal
47. Ethics, Baruch de Spinoza
48. Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
49. Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, Isaac Newton
50. Essay Concerning Human Understanding, John Locke
51. The Principles of Human Knowledge, George Berkeley
52. The New Science, Giambattista Vico
53. A Treatise of Human Nature, David Hume
54. The Encyclopedia, Denis Diderot, ed.
55. A Dictionary of the English Language, Samuel Johnson
56. Candide, François-Marie de Voltaire
57. Common Sense, Thomas Paine
58. An Enquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
59. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon
60. Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant
61. Confessions, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
62. Reflections on the Revolution in France, Edmund Burke
63. Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft
64. An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, William Godwin
65. An Essay on the Principle of Population, Thomas Robert Malthus
66. Phenomenology of Spirit, George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
67. The World as Will and Idea, Arthur Schopenhauer
68. Course in the Positivist Philosophy, Auguste Comte
69. On War, Carl Marie von Clausewitz
70. Either/Or, Søren Kierkegaard
71. The Manifesto of the Communist Party, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
72. “Civil Disobedience,” Henry David Thoreau
73. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Charles Darwin
74. On Liberty, John Stuart Mill
75. First Principles, Herbert Spencer
76. “Experiments with Plant Hybrids,” Gregor Mendel
77. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
78. Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism, James Clerk Maxwell
79. Thus Spake Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche
80. The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud
81. Pragmatism, William James
82. Relativity, Albert Einstein
83. The Mind and Society, Vilfredo Pareto
84. Psychological Types, Carl Gustav Jung
85. I and Thou, Martin Buber
86. The Trial, Franz Kafka
87. The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Karl Popper
88. The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, John Maynard Keynes
89. Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre
90. The Road to Serfdom, Friedrich von Hayek
91. The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
92. Cybernetics, Norbert Wiener
93. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
94. Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff
95. Philosophical Investigations, Ludwig Wittgenstein
96. Syntactic Structures, Noam Chomsky
97. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, T. S. Kuhn
98. The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan
99. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung [The Little Red Book], Mao Zedong
100. Beyond Freedom and Dignity, B. F. Skinner

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100 Favorite Children’s Books

Posted on 27 August 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

This lovely list was published by the The New York Public Library on their Recommended Reading List.

I’ve marked the ones I’ve read in bold. My total is 6 books out of 100. Some of these I have for sale and I’ve linked to the listing if you’re interested in buying them. I recognise many of them and know the authors are really good with others books so I expect these books will be really good.

I’m really curious about other people’s reading habits. Please let me know either by comment or by email which ones you’ve read. If you just want to give me a number that’s fine.

ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY – Taylor, Sydney
BULL RUN – Fleischman, Paul
I, JUAN DE PAREJA – Trevino, Elizabeth Borton de
LETTERS FROM RIFKA – Hesse, Karen
LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS – Wilder, Laura Ingalls
THE MASTER PUPPETEER – Paterson, Katharine
THE MIDWIFE’S APPRENTICE – Cushman, Karen
MORNING GIRL – Dorris, Michael
Unreal! Eight Surprising Stories – Paul Jennings
THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND – Speare, Elizabeth George
BULLY FOR YOU, TEDDY ROOSEVELT! – Fritz, Jean
CHARLES A. LINDBERGH: A HUMAN HERO – Giblin, James Cross
THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL – Frank, Anne
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: A LIFE OF DISCOVERY – Freedman, Russell
EZRA JACK KEATS – Engel, Dean
HOMESICK: MY OWN STORY – Fritz, Jean
LEONARDO DA VINCI – Stanley, Diane
LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY – Freedman, Russell
LITTLE BY LITTLE: A WRITER’S EDUCATION – Little, Jean
LIVES OF THE MUSICIANS – Krull, Kathleen
AND THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND: FOLK POETRY FROM EVERYONE – Schwartz, Alvin
BRATS – Kennedy, X. J.
THE DREAM KEEPER AND OTHER POEMS – Hughes, Langston
I AM THE DARKER BROTHER – Adoff, Arnold
JOYFUL NOISE – Fleischman, Paul
A PIZZA THE SIZE OF THE SUN – Prelutsky, Jack
SINGING AMERICA: POEMS THAT DEFINE A NATION EDITED – selected by Philip, Neil
SOUL LOOKS BACK IN WONDER Anthology
WHAT TO DO WHEN A BUG CRAWLS IN YOUR MOUTH AND OTHER POEMS TO DRIVE YOU BUGGY – Walton, Rick
WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS – Silverstein, Shel
SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL – MacLachlan, Patricia
THE BOGGART – Cooper, Susan
THE BOOK OF THREE – Alexander, Lloyd
CHARLOTTE’S WEB – White, E. B.
THE DARK IS RISING – Cooper, Susan
FALCON’S EGG – Gray, Luli
THE HAUNTING – Mahy, Margaret
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE – Lewis, C. S.
THE MOORCHILD – McGraw, Eloise
THE RETURN OF THE TWELVES – Clarke, Pauline
TUCK EVERLASTING – Babbitt, Natalie
ABEL’S ISLAND – Steig, William
BABE, THE GALLANT PIG – King-Smith, Dick
BUNNICULA – Howe, Deborah
THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE – Selden, George
THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY – Burnford, Sheila
MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH – O’Brien, Robert
POPPY – Avi
SHILOH – Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds
SOUNDER – Armstrong, William
THE WAINSCOTT WEASEL – Seidler, Tor
FREAKY FRIDAY – Rodgers, Mary
HARRIS AND ME: A SUMMER REMEMBERED – Paulsen, Gary
HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS – Rockwell, Thomas
KNIGHTS OF THE KITCHEN TABLE – Scieszka, Jon
LIZARD MUSIC- Pinkwater, Daniel Manus
ORDINARY JACK – Cresswell, Helen
THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH – Juster, Norton
SQUASHED – Bauer, Joan
THE TWITS – Dahl, Roald
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THE DOLLHOUSE MURDERS – Wright, Betty Ren
DOWN A DARK HALL – Duncan, Lois
THE EGYPT GAME – Snyder, Zilpha Keatley
ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN: BOY DETECTIVE – Sobol, Donald J.
FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER – Konigsburg, E. L.
THE HOUSE OF DIES DREAR – Hamilton, Virginia
THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS – Bellairs, John
THE RUBY IN THE SMOKE – Pullman, Phillip
THE VIEW FROM THE CHERRY TREE – Roberts, Willo Davis
THE WESTING GAME – Raskin, Ellen
ANNA TO THE INFINITE POWER – Ames, Mildred
CHILDREN OF THE DUST – Lawrence, Louise
THE EAR, THE EYE, AND THE ARM – Farmer, Nancy
ENCHANTRESS FROM THE STARS – Engdahl, Sylvia
EVA – Dickinson, Peter
THE GIVER – Lowery, Lois
INTERSTELLAR PIG – Sleator, William
STINKER FROM SPACE – Service, Pamela
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS – Christopher, John
A WRINKLE IN TIME – L’Engle, Madeleine
A GIRL NAMED DISASTER – Farmer, Nancy
HATCHET – Paulsen, Gary
ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS – O’Dell, Scott
JULIE OF THE WOLVES – George, Jean Craighead
SAVE QUEEN OF SHEBA – Moeri, Louise
SLAKE’S LIMBO – Holman, Felice
STONE FOX – Gardiner, John Reynolds
THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE – Avi
THE WHIPPING BOY – Fleischman, Sid
Z FOR ZACHARIAH – O’Brien, Robert
ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME MARGARET – Blume, Judy
THE FRIENDS – Guy, Rosa
THE GOATS – Cole, Brock
HARRIET THE SPY – Fitzhugh, Louise
MANIAC MAGEE – Spinelli, Jerry
MOTOWN AND DIDI – Myers, Walter Dean
SHABANU: DAUGHTER OF THE WIND – Staples, Suzanne Fisher
TONING THE SWEEP – Johnson, Angela
WALK TWO MOONS – Creech, Sharon
WHAT JAMIE SAW – Coman, Carolyn

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100 Top Book lists

Posted on 24 August 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

I’m going to spend a bit of time going over some book lists. I came across one on Facebook, completed it and was looking at other people’s anwers only to discover some of them were looking at different lists. It turns out there are lots of different lists. Some are Australian, some are from the US and some from the UK. I’ve found a number of them, completed them and will publish the results in over the next few days.

The lists are very interesting and I’ve noted that my reading tends to be more British than anything. It’s something I’ve suspected for a few months and it’s nice to have it clarified. Using these lists I’m able to look back at my life and realise I was very much a British reader when I was younger and now I’m more global but the majority of my preferred books are still British.

One striking point is the books that are on almost all the lists. They seem to bridge any cultural gap. There are other books I’d expect to be on one of the lists but aren’t. At the end I might compile my own list and I’ll see how many books I get.

The one thing that’s common to almost all of these books is that they are all in English. Some have been translated from other languages but the bulk of them were written in English. I’d like to issue a challenge for those people who read in another language as well as English. Show me your top books in your language of choice. It doesn’t have to be 100 books, but I’d like to see what books you consider to be the top. Either put a comment here or email me the list on sales @ suzs-space.com.

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