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

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  1. Maximus

    Maximus Gold Member

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    Mine has to be Catcher in the Rye.

    I will read it one day lol.
     
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  3. dudette2001uk

    dudette2001uk I will be a Princess!

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    Ooo, I have lots of them! War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, the LOTR trilogy, books 3-7 of the Chronicles of Narnia, Ulysses, Les Miserables...the list goes on!

    :D
     
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    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...
     
  5. Sarahelizabeth

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    Picture of Dorien Grey is brilliant!
    Want to read The Old curiosity shop, Nicholas Nickleby, Catch 22, 1984-could go on for ever!
     
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    Ooh yeah, that's another of mine! There's so many books that, as an English graduate, I'm ashamed to say I haven't read or even attempted to read!!
     
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    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!
     
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    One day I will read Pandora by Jilly Cooper, it's meant to be really good but it has so many pages, I think it might be one for the beach!! xx
     
  9. chris_s

    chris_s Less of a man each day

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    I'm worried, who are you going to assassinate? Seriously every famous or infamous gunman is found to have that bloody book!!!
     
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    Ooh ooh I've read that one!! English degree didn't make me specialised at all, probably would have done if I'd been bothered to actually read the books I should have though!!
     
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    chris_s Less of a man each day

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    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.
     
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    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:
     
  13. ilovelife

    ilovelife Wishing and hoping!

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    God can not be dealing with people telling me what to read, reading is for pleasure, simples!
     
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    I've read a quarter of them - not too bad considering I also like trashy celeb mags ;)
    xx
     
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    I'm not so bothered about the mags but love trashy novels as well! Can't understand why there's no Harold Robbins or Jackie Collins on there....:p
     
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    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..!!
     
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    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!
     
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    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!
     
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    gl12282 Plodding on.......

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    :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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