Books I’ve Read

The BBC has a list of  top 100 books. They reckon most people will only have read 6, I’ve read 63 of them….I think.  It is hard to remember if I have actually read Swallows and Amazons or just watched the movie.  It was so long ago…

One of the books that should have been on the list in my opinion, is ‘Room’ by Emma Donaghue.   OMG!  What a book.  I haven’t read anything so chilling in a long time.  Be warned if you are the parent of a young child or a young woman, this book will give you nightmares.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars for its incredible portrayal of a young woman and her five-year old son kept captive in a single room by the woman’s kidnapper and rapist, known to them as Old Nick.  Amazingly, it is told through the eyes of the five-year old and done well.  He has never left ‘Room’,  he was born there, he knows nothing of the world outside; for his mother the room is a place of captivity and torture, for Jack (the child) it is the wide world that is terrifying.  Room is a must for those tough enough to cope emotionally.

How about crime fiction?  You will love Sophie Hannah’s books.  The first book I read of hers was ‘The Dead Lie Down’, an excellent book called ‘The Other Half Lives’ in the UK, but it did not grip me as much as ‘Little Face’, maybe because I am the mother of girls, maybe because I too feel insane and misunderstood from time to time…Maybe.

I also love a good romance!!  Anything by Linda Howard is all right with me.  I just finished ‘After the Night’, Lordy, Lordy those folks down in Louisiana get themselves all riled up over nothin.  I knew that the girl would get the boy eventually, but I just couldn’t see a happy ending until it came…I like that in a romance.  Try Julie Garwood too…her Buchanan boys are worth embarrassing yourself in front of the kids by dribbling as you read.  Just don’t let your 7-year-old read out loud over your shoulder, trust me on that one (‘what’s his ‘throbbing shaft’ Mommy?).

The number one book on the list was a romance too…written by a fellow country woman of mine.  Can you guess?  You won’t be surprised….Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. 

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series –
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 Bernieres
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 Mitchel
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



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4 responses to “Books I’ve Read

  1. I’ve read a silly number of those books, but I’m an English graduate, so…

    I loved Room, too, I thought it wasn’t nearly as gloomy as I was expecting when it was recommended to me. Really powerful stuff.

    • veryanniemary

      I was like that with The Kite Runner, I did not want to read about Afganistan, the Taliban etc., but when I finally picked the book up, I couldn’t put it down.

  2. Happy New Year to you! Hope you and the family are well.
    I did that and didn’t do quite so well as you. I have heard about Room, half tempted but then I try not to read anything that’s going to play on my mind at the moment so haven’t yet.
    I’m trying to read a lot more this year, onto my second book but I’m sure something will distract me and I’ll be back to square one. 🙂

    • veryanniemary

      Hello you. Happy New Year to you and your too. I know what you mean, life gets in the way of a lot of my ambitions..I was going to trek through Nepal but had babies instead. On the whole I think I chose the more rewarding option. All three of my kids read before they go to sleep, so at least at night there is peace in our house for reading.

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