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UPDATE: pico says the list is a fake...see his link here!


I still kind of like it, though.


A hat tip to chingchongchinaman for this idea.  I do enjoy lists.  I have read about 2/3 of the BBC list and tried some more of them, but I am older so I have had time.  There are some on the list that I have consciously decided NOT to read because of reviews or comments from friends.  Basically, this is a good list, though.

The part that is critical that I don’t really agree with is the MUST READ part.  I just can’t force people to read books that I loved.  We all enjoy different books.

I will try my own list below this one and I hope you will, too.  

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.


Instructions: Copy list
Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.
Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only 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 Caroll
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 Meany – 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 (In French)
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

This is my list of fiction books that I recommend because I loved them or was inspired by them, not because they are great literature because many are not…

These books and authors are not in any order and I had to leave many of my favorites off.  Hopefully, my posters will mention some I did not list.  This list may vary from previous lists I have given.  To squeeze in more books, I resorted to listing all stories by an author as I went along.  

1.  East of Eden by John Steinbeck

2.  Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck

3.  Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck

4.  The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights by Steinbeck

5.  Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

6.   Moby Dick by Herman Melville

7.   Chesapeake by James Michener

8.   The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

9.   The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

10.  Jane Austen’s  Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility

11.  All of James Herriot's series that begins with All Creatures Great and Small

12.  Mrs. Mike by Nancy and Benedict Freedman

13.  Shane by Jack Schaefer

14.  The Guns of Navarone by Alistair McLean

15.  Dorothy Dunnett
         Lymond Chronicles
         House of Niccolo
         King Hereafter

16.  Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman

17.  Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter

18.  All by Patricia McKillip...especially The Riddle Master of Hed series, The Cygnet and the Firebird

19.  All by Ursula Le Guin

20.  The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle

21.  The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

22.  All by C. J. Cherryh

23.  Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

24.  Both Amber series by Roger Zelazny

25.  Mildred Taylor’s

   Song of the Trees
   Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
   Let the Circle Be Unbroken
   The Road to Memphis
   The Land

26.  Winter’s Tale and A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin

27.  Dragondoom by Dennis L. McKiernan

28.  All by P. G. Wodehouse

29.  Charles Dickens…A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities

30.  Kenneth Roberts…Northwest Passage, Oliver Wiswell

31.  Exodus by Leon Uris

32.  Lalita Tademy…Cane River and Red River

33.  The Likeness by Tana French

34.  All by Louise Penny

35.  Mary Renault

       The King Must Die
       Bull from the Sea
       Mask of Apollo
       The Charioteer

36.  All by Ellis Peters...Cadfael

37.  Patrick Rothfuss…The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One and The Wise Man’s Fear: Day Two

38.  All by Guy Gavriel Kay...Tigana, Under Heaven, Fionavar Tapestry series

39.  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

40.  Mary Doria Russell The Sparrow and The Children of God (must be read together)

41.  Fred Saberhagen all the Sword Book series

42.  Gail Tsukiyama…Samurai’s Garden, Street of a Thousand Blossoms

43.   Remembrance Rock by Carl Sandburg

44.   Sir Walter Scott… Ivanhoe, Lady of the Lake  

45.  The Secret of Santa Vittoria by Robert Crichton

46.  Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

47.  Mary Stewart

    The Crystal Cave
    The Hollow Hills
    The Last Enchantment
    The Wicked Day

48.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

49.  War and Peace by Tolstoy

50.   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

51.   A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

52.   The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

53.   The Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer

54.   Ulysses by James Joyce

55.   Losing Battles by Eudora Welty

56.   James White…Tales of Sector General series

57.   All by Connie Willis

58.   All by Jani Wurts

59.   All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

60.   All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

61.   Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

62.   Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

63.   Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

64.  Lian Hearn

   Heaven’s Net Is Wide
   Across the Nightingale Floor
   Grass for His Pillow
   Brilliance of the Moon

65.   Little Women and sequels by Louisa May Alcott

66.   House of Spirits and Of Love and Shadow by Isabel Allende

67.   The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

68.   Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

69.   Anne of Green Gables and the Emily series by L. M. Montgomery

70.   The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

71.   Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

72.   Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman

73.   The Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont

74.   Middlemarch by George Eliot

75.   The Elfin Ship by James P. Blaylock

76.   Bard by Morgan Llywelyn

77.   Enemy Mine and sequels by Barry Longyear

78.   Irish RM by Somerville and Ross

79.   David Brin

   Startide Rising
   Uplift War
   Brightness Reef
   Infinity’s Shore
   Heaven’s Reach

80.  Chaim Potok

   My Name Is Asher Lev
   The Chosen
   The Promise

81.  Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

82.  The Octopus by Frank Norris

83.  The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

84.   Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

85.   The Eight by Katherine Neville

86.   Neverending Story by Michael Ende

87.   All the short stories by Patrick F. McManus

88.   Robin McKinley
             The Hero and the Crown
                 The Blue Sword

89.   Pern series including the Harper series by Anne McCaffrey

90.   Patricia Kenealy-Morrison

        The Copper Crown
        The Throne of Scone
        The Silver Branch

91.  The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

92.   Robert Jordan…Wheel of Time series

93.   Diana Gabaldon… Outlander series

94.   Redwall series by Brian Jacques

95.   I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven

96.   All by Andrea Camilleri (except the first one Shape of Water)

97.   All by Lindsey Davis with Falco

98.   The Devil in Music and three sequels by Kate Ross

99.   The Doll Maker by Harriette Arnow

100.  All by Robin Hobb

101.  The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye

102.   All by Terry Prachett

103.   All by Kelly McCullough

104.   Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Some other time I will do my non-fiction favorites.

This list leaves room for the names of lots more great and entertaining books from posters below…hundreds, even.

Diaries of the Week:

Monday Murder Mystery: Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent
by Avila

Kos Katalogue: Holiday Mood (HOTLIST THIS!)
by Sara R

What We Know About Elon Musk’s Proposed Mars Colony


...Musk envisions sending up much larger rockets and volunteer colonists in batches for the cost of about $500,000 per person. At first, 10 people would be sent to Mars, then larger groups, moving up to 80,000 per year.

The rockets, which would be larger even than SpaceX’s still-in-development Falcon Heavy (two Falcon 9 rockets combined), would also need to carry a massive amount of cargo for the journey to Mars and for getting the colony started — everything from the materials needed to build pressurized domes for growing crops, to water, which would be used not only for drinking and bathing but to shield the astronauts from harmful solar and cosmic radiation during flight.

Musk said in his talk that when calculating the cost-per-ticket to Mars, he looked into two different major types of fuel to get there and back: hydrogen and methane.
“The cheapest fuel is methane,” Musk said. “The nice thing about methane is you can create it on Mars, because Mars has a CO2 atmosphere and there’s a lot of water ice as well.”

NOTE: plf515 has book talk on Wednesday mornings early

Originally posted to Readers and Book Lovers on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 05:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Progressive Friends of the Library Newsletter.


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