books I’ve read – a meme

I was copied in on a meme today, about books I’ve read. The list didn’t seem right to me: for example listing Hamlet by Shakespeare alongside the Complete Works didn’t seem kosher in a BBC-originated list. So I sourced the original BBC Top 100 books in order of popularity (the public voted) and did that list as well as the original. The lists overlap a lot, but the first list looks a little illogical and the second (the original list) looks a lot more like a list of books the public actually voted for.

Books I’ve read are in bold, and part-read in italics. How do you far?

The Original Meme

INSTRUCTIONS: Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt. Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses!

 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter – 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 Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

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

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

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 Berniere

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

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 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 Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

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 – 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

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

 

The Original: BBC’s Big Read

“In April 2003 the BBC’s Big Read began the search for the nation’s best-loved novel, and we asked you to nominate your favourite books. Below are all the results from number 1 to 100 in numerical order!”

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling

6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller

12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks

14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres

20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling

23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling

24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling

25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

27. Middlemarch, George Eliot

28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving

29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck

30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson

32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez

33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett

34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute

38. Persuasion, Jane Austen

39. Dune, Frank Herbert

40. Emma, Jane Austen

41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery

42. Watership Down, Richard Adams

43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

46. Animal Farm, George Orwell

47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian

50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher

51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck

53. The Stand, Stephen King

54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth

56. The BFG, Roald Dahl

57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome

58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer

60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman

62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden

63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough

65. Mort, Terry Pratchett

66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton

67. The Magus, John Fowles

68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett

70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding

71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind

72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell

73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett

74. Matilda, Roald Dahl

75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding

76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt

77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins

78. Ulysses, James Joyce

79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens

80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson

81. The Twits, Roald Dahl

82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith

83. Holes, Louis Sachar

84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake

85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson

87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

89. Magician, Raymond E Feist

90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac

91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo

92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel

93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett

94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

95. Katherine, Anya Seton

96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer

97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez

98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson

99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot

100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

Máiréad’s Total – 44



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top ten books

Imagine your child, your god-child, or perhaps a child you know will become the leader of the free world, can only ever read ten books in their lifetime. What would those books be?

Thanks to all who contributed to the experiment. I received some wonderful lists from people, many of whom also gave their reasons why they chose the books.

In the end, we didn’t have a full top ten. There was a handful of books who were nominated a number of times, and a clear number one book. But the rest of the books nominated make such a great collection that I have listed them all here. Click here to buy any or all of the Top Eight from Amazon. Enjoy!

Number 1 – four votes

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Nominated by:

Nick Lawrance        
“Read this book firstly as a fairy tale”      
“To be read a second time immediately after The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, as an allegory of how power corrupts and all that”

Mairead Doyle                                                                                        “This book can be read again and again in life to appreciate its many layers”

Katea Downie

Joint 2nd

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Nominated by:

Manu Pillai
Katea Downie
Mairead Doyle         
“The ultimate cautionary tale for our times”

Joint 2nd

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

Nominated by:

Nick Lawrance        
“Because mental health problems are just health problems”

Eileen Kershaw
Mairead Doyle
 

Joint 4th

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Nominated by:

Sam Evans  
“Read this book and you won’t have a great view of humanity; like no other book it reveals the human cost of wars and why they should never be fought”

Mairead Doyle         
“Probably the best war book ever written”

Joint 4th

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Nominated by:

Bres               
“A modern Australian flavour”

Sam Evans  
“An Australian masterpiece, amazingly written book about two poor families in western australia that suffer catastrophies but live on – wonderful use of Australian rural language”
 

Joint 4th

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Nominated by:

Katea Downie
Katharine Haines
 

Joint 4th

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Nominated by:

Katea Downie
Mairead Doyle         
“A powerful story about growing up in an imperfect world”
 

Joint 4th

The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama

Nominated by:

Manu Pillai

Sam Evans  
“Helped me get perspective – I think I’ll need to re-read this every few years to keep its messages fresh”

 

Ref. Title Author Nominated by
1 100 Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez Suzanne Parsons
2 A Shropshire Lad AE Housman Katharine Haines
3 A Well Dressed Gentleman’s Pocket Guide Oscar Lenius Orlando Gibson
4 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy Sam Evans
5 Art of War Sun Tzu Manu Pillai
6 Between You & I James Cochrane Orlando Gibson
7 Bhowani Junction John Masters Hayley Burchill
8 Bible Reference Lesa Campbell
9 Black Beauty Anna Sewell Louise Beechey
10 Black Dogs Ian McEwan Bres
11 Bonjour Tristesse Francoise Sagan Katharine Haines
12 Brave New World Aldous Huxley Manu Pillai
13 Bridge to Terebithia Kathrine Patterson Alison Crimmins
14 Brotherman Herb Boyd & Robert Allen Orlando Gibson
15 Captain Correlli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernieres Louise Beechey
16 Catch 22 Joseph Heller Nick Lawrance
17 Catcher in the Rye J D Salinger Katea Downey
18 Change the World Robert E Quinn Dean Campbell
19 Computer Programming for Dummies Reference Orlando Gibson
20 Crime & Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky Louise Beechey
21 Danny, Champion of the World Roald Dahl Nick Lawrance
22 Definitely Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand Alison Crimmins
23 Dracula Bram Stoker Nick Lawrance
24 Elizabeth – Red Rose of the House of Tudor Kathryn Lasky Kathryn Fridman
25 Endurance Alfred Lansing Sam Evans
26 Famous Five or Secret Seven Enid Blyton Eileen Kershaw
27 Fast Food Nation Eric Schlosser Katharine Haines
28 Howl’s Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones Kathryn Fridman
29 I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith Katharine Haines
30 I, Coriander Sally Gardener Kathryn Fridman
31 If This Is A Man Primo Levi Katharine Haines
32 In Praise of Slow Carl Honore Katharine Haines
33 In Spain Ted Walker Annette Doyle
34 Journey to the River Sea Eva Ibbotson Kathryn Fridman
35 Les Miserables Victor Hugo Louise Beechey
36 Lord of the Rings J R R Tolkien Sam Evans
37 Lyn: A Diary of Prostitution Lyn Madden Annette Doyle
38 Maid of Buttermere Melvyn Bragg Louise Beechey
39 Martin and Malcolm and America James H Cone Orlando Gibson
40 Master and Commander Patrick O’Brien Hayley Burchill
41 Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy Louise Beechey
42 Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie Mairead Doyle
43 Mr God This Is Anna Finn Mairead Doyle
44 Northern Lights Philip Pullman Kathryn Fridman
45 Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman Mairead Doyle
46 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Ian Fleming Nick Lawrance
47 Oxford English Dictionary Reference Orlando Gibson
48 Parade’s End Ford Madox Ford Hayley Burchill
49 Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyon Hayley Burchill
50 Pole to Pole Michael Palin Katharine Haines
51 Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry Various Louise Beechey
52 Rachel’s Holiday Marian Keyes Annette Doyle
53 RHS Gardening Manual Reference Hayley Burchill
54 Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare Katea Downey
55 Schindler’s Ark Thomas Kenneally Mairead Doyle
56 Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder Bres
57 Teach Yourself Chinese Reference Orlando Gibson
58 Teach Yourself Spanish Reference Orlando Gibson
59 The Butcher Boy Patrick McCabe Annette Doyle
60 The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx Nick Lawrance
61 The Constant Gardener John le Carre Suzanne Parsons
62 The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Alborn Bres
63 The Horse Whisperer Nicholas Evans Annette Doyle
64 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Suzanne Parsons
65 The Lady Grace Mysteries – Assassin Patricia Finney Kathryn Fridman
66 The Lonely Planet – India Lonely Planet Annette Doyle
67 The Lost World of the Kalahari Laurens van der Post Katharine Haines
68 The Mousehole Cat Antonia Barber Louise Beechey
69 The New York Trilogy Paul Auster Bres
70 The Once and Future King T H White Katharine Haines
71 The Piano Tuner Daniel Mason Hayley Burchill
72 The Prophet Kahlil Gibran Annette Doyle
73 The Reader Bernard Schlink Nick Lawrance
74 The Silent World Jacques Cousteau Louise Beechey
75 The Star of Kazan Eva Ibbotson Kathryn Fridman
76 The Treatment Mo Hayder Annette Doyle
77 The Worlds of Chrestomanci – The Magicians of Capriona Diana Wynne Jones Kathryn Fridman
78 Time Bandits Michael Palin & Terry Gilliam Orlando Gibson
79 Twinkle Annual Eileen Kershaw
80 Veronika Decides to Die Paul Coelho Annette Doyle
81 Vile Victorians (Horrible Histories) Terry Deary Kathryn Fridman
82 Voyage of the Dawn Treader C S Lewis Nick Lawrance
83 Winnie the Pooh – Complete Collection of Poems and Stories A A Milne Mairead Doyle
84 Women’s Room Mariyn French Annette Doyle

top ten books

Imagine your child, your god-child, or perhaps a child you know will become the leader of the free world, can only ever read ten books in their lifetime. What would those books be?

Thanks to all who contributed to the experiment. I received some wonderful lists from people, many of whom also gave their reasons why they chose the books.

In the end, we didn’t have a full top ten. There was a handful of books who were nominated a number of times, and a clear number one book. But the rest of the books nominated make such a great collection that I have listed them all here. Click here to buy any or all of the Top Eight from Amazon. Enjoy!

Number 1 – four votes

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Nominated by:

Nick Lawrance        
“Read this book firstly as a fairy tale”      
“To be read a second time immediately after The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, as an allegory of how power corrupts and all that”

Mairead Doyle                                                                                        “This book can be read again and again in life to appreciate its many layers”

Katea Downie

Joint 2nd

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Nominated by:

Manu Pillai
Katea Downie
Mairead Doyle         
“The ultimate cautionary tale for our times”

Joint 2nd

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

Nominated by:

Nick Lawrance        
“Because mental health problems are just health problems”

Eileen Kershaw
Mairead Doyle
 

Joint 4th

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Nominated by:

Sam Evans  
“Read this book and you won’t have a great view of humanity; like no other book it reveals the human cost of wars and why they should never be fought”

Mairead Doyle         
“Probably the best war book ever written”

Joint 4th

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Nominated by:

Bres               
“A modern Australian flavour”

Sam Evans  
“An Australian masterpiece, amazingly written book about two poor families in western australia that suffer catastrophies but live on – wonderful use of Australian rural language”
 

Joint 4th

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Nominated by:

Katea Downie
Katharine Haines
 

Joint 4th

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Nominated by:

Katea Downie
Mairead Doyle         
“A powerful story about growing up in an imperfect world”
 

Joint 4th

The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama

Nominated by:

Manu Pillai

Sam Evans  
“Helped me get perspective – I think I’ll need to re-read this every few years to keep its messages fresh”

 

Ref. Title Author Nominated by
1 100 Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez Suzanne Parsons
2 A Shropshire Lad AE Housman Katharine Haines
3 A Well Dressed Gentleman’s Pocket Guide Oscar Lenius Orlando Gibson
4 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy Sam Evans
5 Art of War Sun Tzu Manu Pillai
6 Between You & I James Cochrane Orlando Gibson
7 Bhowani Junction John Masters Hayley Burchill
8 Bible Reference Lesa Campbell
9 Black Beauty Anna Sewell Louise Beechey
10 Black Dogs Ian McEwan Bres
11 Bonjour Tristesse Francoise Sagan Katharine Haines
12 Brave New World Aldous Huxley Manu Pillai
13 Bridge to Terebithia Kathrine Patterson Alison Crimmins
14 Brotherman Herb Boyd & Robert Allen Orlando Gibson
15 Captain Correlli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernieres Louise Beechey
16 Catch 22 Joseph Heller Nick Lawrance
17 Catcher in the Rye J D Salinger Katea Downey
18 Change the World Robert E Quinn Dean Campbell
19 Computer Programming for Dummies Reference Orlando Gibson
20 Crime & Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky Louise Beechey
21 Danny, Champion of the World Roald Dahl Nick Lawrance
22 Definitely Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand Alison Crimmins
23 Dracula Bram Stoker Nick Lawrance
24 Elizabeth – Red Rose of the House of Tudor Kathryn Lasky Kathryn Fridman
25 Endurance Alfred Lansing Sam Evans
26 Famous Five or Secret Seven Enid Blyton Eileen Kershaw
27 Fast Food Nation Eric Schlosser Katharine Haines
28 Howl’s Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones Kathryn Fridman
29 I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith Katharine Haines
30 I, Coriander Sally Gardener Kathryn Fridman
31 If This Is A Man Primo Levi Katharine Haines
32 In Praise of Slow Carl Honore Katharine Haines
33 In Spain Ted Walker Annette Doyle
34 Journey to the River Sea Eva Ibbotson Kathryn Fridman
35 Les Miserables Victor Hugo Louise Beechey
36 Lord of the Rings J R R Tolkien Sam Evans
37 Lyn: A Diary of Prostitution Lyn Madden Annette Doyle
38 Maid of Buttermere Melvyn Bragg Louise Beechey
39 Martin and Malcolm and America James H Cone Orlando Gibson
40 Master and Commander Patrick O’Brien Hayley Burchill
41 Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy Louise Beechey
42 Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie Mairead Doyle
43 Mr God This Is Anna Finn Mairead Doyle
44 Northern Lights Philip Pullman Kathryn Fridman
45 Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman Mairead Doyle
46 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Ian Fleming Nick Lawrance
47 Oxford English Dictionary Reference Orlando Gibson
48 Parade’s End Ford Madox Ford Hayley Burchill
49 Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyon Hayley Burchill
50 Pole to Pole Michael Palin Katharine Haines
51 Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry Various Louise Beechey
52 Rachel’s Holiday Marian Keyes Annette Doyle
53 RHS Gardening Manual Reference Hayley Burchill
54 Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare Katea Downey
55 Schindler’s Ark Thomas Kenneally Mairead Doyle
56 Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder Bres
57 Teach Yourself Chinese Reference Orlando Gibson
58 Teach Yourself Spanish Reference Orlando Gibson
59 The Butcher Boy Patrick McCabe Annette Doyle
60 The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx Nick Lawrance
61 The Constant Gardener John le Carre Suzanne Parsons
62 The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Alborn Bres
63 The Horse Whisperer Nicholas Evans Annette Doyle
64 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Suzanne Parsons
65 The Lady Grace Mysteries – Assassin Patricia Finney Kathryn Fridman
66 The Lonely Planet – India Lonely Planet Annette Doyle
67 The Lost World of the Kalahari Laurens van der Post Katharine Haines
68 The Mousehole Cat Antonia Barber Louise Beechey
69 The New York Trilogy Paul Auster Bres
70 The Once and Future King T H White Katharine Haines
71 The Piano Tuner Daniel Mason Hayley Burchill
72 The Prophet Kahlil Gibran Annette Doyle
73 The Reader Bernard Schlink Nick Lawrance
74 The Silent World Jacques Cousteau Louise Beechey
75 The Star of Kazan Eva Ibbotson Kathryn Fridman
76 The Treatment Mo Hayder Annette Doyle
77 The Worlds of Chrestomanci – The Magicians of Capriona Diana Wynne Jones Kathryn Fridman
78 Time Bandits Michael Palin & Terry Gilliam Orlando Gibson
79 Twinkle Annual Eileen Kershaw
80 Veronika Decides to Die Paul Coelho Annette Doyle
81 Vile Victorians (Horrible Histories) Terry Deary Kathryn Fridman
82 Voyage of the Dawn Treader C S Lewis Nick Lawrance
83 Winnie the Pooh – Complete Collection of Poems and Stories A A Milne Mairead Doyle
84 Women’s Room Mariyn French Annette Doyle

book reviews

have finally made a start on the book reviews, with a handful of my favourite new and classic titles below. Don’t forget to volunteer via the guestbook or email if you want to take part!

 

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

An amazing book loved by women all over the world, a best seller by word of mouth. The story of Dinah, a woman barely mentioned in the Book of Genesis, it is a beautifully told tale of the time, and a testament to the remarkable women in our past who were often left out of the history books. Unforgettable.

 

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

This was recommended to me by Orlando’s 12-year-old god-daughter Lalah. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down, but at the same time wanted to read very slowly so that it would not end. A story told by a dead girl who was killed violently is expected to be gruesome or macabre but it is quite the opposite. I would suspect that this book would bring hope and comfort to anybody who has lost a loved one. I was certainly touched by it, and it even made me re-visit my views on the afterlife.
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

What a wonderful book. This is a lovely story of a young Indian boy, Pi, who finds himself shipwrecked with a variety of zoo animals. The tale is gripping throughout, with stories of how he survives each threat, but the twist at the end makes you want to literally turn straight to page one and start reading all over again! It is a book to be enjoyed at so many levels, simply written with a positive message for everybody.
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

This is probably the best book I’ve ever read, and certainly my favourite. With all the furore surrounding this book when it came out, I was put off, but several years later travelling through Mexico I was tempted to pick it up. I couldn’t put it down. I was unprepared for the fact that it was a funny book, a comical story of Gibreel and Saladin who spend the first 40 or so pages having a conversation whilst falling through the sky from a plane crash.

I definitely identified the point at which Rushdie incurred the wrath of the Ayatollah, but instead of horrific blasphemy I saw a committed Muslim poking fun at a religion he loves – something I can identify with having been brought up a Catholic. This book was the start of a long love affair with Rushdie’s writing; I have now read everything he has written and await each new book with enthusiasm. 

Can’t recommend it highly enough!
 
Live from Golgotha by Gore Vidal
 
Imagine what would happen if TV executives discover the secrets of time travel, and decide to go back in time to do a live TV broadcast of the crucifixion…. This is Gore Vidal at his satirical and hilarious best, and a book that anyone with views on organised religion is bound to find gripping. Throwing curve balls into the story like how the marketers are going to deal with the difficult issue of an overweight Jesus on TV, and the ability to communicate by fax machine with St. Paul, makes the story even more complicated and difficult to follow. But my suggestion is just go with it – it’s high entertainment!

Live From Golgotha – Gore Vidal

Imagine what would happen if TV executives discover the secrets of time travel, and decide to go back in time to do a live TV broadcast of the crucifixion…. This is Gore Vidal at his satirical and hilarious best, and a book that anyone with views on organised religion is bound to find gripping. Throwing curve balls into the story like how the marketers are going to deal with the difficult issue of an overweight Jesus on TV, and the ability to communicate by fax machine with St. Paul, makes the story even more complicated and difficult to follow. But my suggestion is just go with it – it’s high entertainment!

The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie

This is probably the best book I’ve ever read, and certainly my favourite. With all the furore surrounding this book when it came out, I was put off, but several years later travelling through Mexico I was tempted to pick it up. I couldn’t put it down. I was unprepared for the fact that it was a funny book, a comical story of Gibreel and Saladin who spend the first 40 or so pages having a conversation whilst falling through the sky from a plane crash.

I definitely identified the point at which Rushdie incurred the wrath of the Ayatollah, but instead of horrific blasphemy I saw a committed Muslim poking fun at a religion he loves – something I can identify with having been brought up a Catholic. This book was the start of a long love affair with Rushdie’s writing; I have now read everything he has written, and I await each new book with enthusiasm. 

Can’t recommend it highly enough.

The Life of Pi – Yann Martel

What a wonderful book. This is a lovely story of a young Indian boy, Pi, who finds himself shipwrecked with a variety of zoo animals. The tale is gripping throughout, with stories of how he survives each threat, but the twist at the end makes you want to literally turn straight to page one and start reading all over again! It is a book to be enjoyed at so many levels, simply written with a positive message for everybody.