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One book you never got around to reading but will one day..

Catcher in the Rye is also on my to-read list. I've also had The Picture of Dorien Gray, Wuthering Heights and Dracula on my bookshelf since 2007, just waiting for me to regain the love of reading that my English degree destroyed...
You become a bit specialised doing an English lit degree I suppose. What about Madame De Bovary, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men? Think I had better stop now as I could go on forever-I have read a lot but it doesn't appear so from this!


Less of a man each day
Mine has to be Catcher in the Rye.

I will read it one day lol.
I'm worried, who are you going to assassinate? Seriously every famous or infamous gunman is found to have that bloody book!!!


Less of a man each day
Of Mice and Men was the Worst Book I have ever read. Had to study it for GCSE English. I answered the questions on An Inspector Calls in the Exam and got a B. I was well chuffed as I'd only seen the film!!!

The Art of War, one day I will.
100 Books the BBC Believes You Should Have Read but they also think most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed. Instructions: Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

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
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
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
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
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

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 - CS Lewis
34 Emma -Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS 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 Madding 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 - 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-time - 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
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 Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
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 Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. 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
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
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo - In french & english cos I did it for 'A' level french :)

I haven't counted but it looks a lot! I was quite proud of myself until my cousin told me she'd read every single one of them! :eek::eek:
I've read a quarter of them - not too bad considering I also like trashy celeb mags ;)
Lesley that's a very impressive list!! I could only bold 14 of them, and italicise 8.. and most of those were the children's books!! Another two to-reads on that list though, Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies. I should be writing these down somewhere for a Christmas list..!!
Out of all those the ones I read again and again are The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings :) I'd have to put the film in italics though because I really cannot get into it! I read most of the classics because I did O & A level english lit & we had huge reading lists to get through - I probably only enjoyed about 60% of them if I'm honest!
I've read 73 on that list and started/part read another 6! Does that make me the class swot?! :D

I've still got Life of Pi and The Time Traveller's Wife sitting on my bookshelf unread though!


Plodding on.......
Love the list Lesley - thanks.

I am quite impressed by your list but even more impressed by your cousin (sorry !).

I've read quite a few but nowhere even close to half.

Gail x
I'm worried, who are you going to assassinate? Seriously every famous or infamous gunman is found to have that bloody book!!!
I'd like to know what it is about the book that murderers find attrcative. I'm confident in my own ability not to kill after reading it.

Of Mice and men I found a great book, yet bizarrely, Steinbeck's other books were not for me. I did it over 30 year ago English Lit. Even saw the original movie (it was re-made) with Lon Chaney and possibly Burgess Meredith, though I may be mistaken on that.

I loved the book despite it being studied to death and di-sected every which way.
I've read 73 on that list and started/part read another 6! Does that make me the class swot?! :D

I've still got Life of Pi and The Time Traveller's Wife sitting on my bookshelf unread though!
:p lol no - I just pipped you at the post 75 & 6 ;) but when you've done those 2 outstanding ones we'll be equal

@ Gail - now she really is a swot! :D

@Sarahlou1988 - I read Pandora on holiday and once you get started you whizz through it! :)

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