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I’ve reached that time of the month where I’ve run out of steam with this book related month thing because I’ve run out books that I’ve read and I kind of didn’t think that far ahead…planning is sometimes not my strong suit.
And then when I was sat on a train reading Freedom and I had this idea. There’s a list from the BBC that I see doing the rounds sometimes that talks about the Top 100 books that you have to read. Then I decided that I am going to go through the list and do god knows what, just ramble I guess.
Let’s just see where we end up with this.
1.The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien – I know that I should read these books and I’v heard so much hype about this series, but like, I tried to read the first one once and hated it. Something about the language grated on me. And then I just shut down and threw it away to the bottom of the list. Where to be honest it’s probably going to stay…
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen – I’ve actually read this book. It’s one of my faves. It’s definitely my fave Austen book. There’s something about it that just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy although a part of me also feels like it’s a little bit of a cliche to love this book so much
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman – I read the first one. Kind of hated it. Didn’t really get it. Was probably a bit young when I first tried. It’s higher up on my list than LOTR that’s for sure.
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams – I keep forgetting this is an actual book. But it was put back on my radar by Cheap Seats so I’ll read it next year.
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling – This is my second (maybe third it changes) favourite book of the series
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – I have almost bought this book so many times and just never have and I do not know why I never have. It’s on the list for next year (insane that I am already thinking about that when I haven’t even finished this year’s yet…)
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne – I’ve never even really thought about reading this book. I guess I probably should…it shouldn’t be too hard.
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell – Read it. Kind of think I hate it. Kind of think it’s genius.
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis – I think I’ve read this book. I think I’ve read a lot of this series, but I cannot remember. I guess I’ll have to give it a second chance.
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë – This is one of those classics that everyone says you should read and I just think…meh. I still think that. One day I might. I’m not rushing for it.
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller – Read. Loved. Would recommend.
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë – I’ve tried reading this book and could. not. do. it. I’m in no hurry to try again.
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks – This book broke my heart. I loved it. Would also recommend.
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier – I intended to read this back in my A Level year and then just didn’t. And then I pushed it way down on my list. Although it is slowly creeping back up it.
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger – It is blasphemous to say that I hate this book? Ah well, I’ve said it now. I hate this book, I do not get the hype.
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame – Meh, I’m not in any hurry to read this either.
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens – I know I should read this book. But I’ve seen so many adaptations of this book that I kind of feel like I don’t need to. And also I’ve low key kind of hated every adaptation I’ve ever seen, lord knows why I’ve seen so many.
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott – Another one of those books that I keep almost buying and then don’t. So it’s on 2018.
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres – Never even crossed my mind to read this book. Not something that has ever really interested me. Kind of still the case.
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy – Am I right in thinking that this book is super long? the idea of it just puts me off. It doesn’t always seem to get favourable mentions when it crops up in popular culture. I’ll get there.
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell – Ugh, no. Not something that I want to read.
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling – Obviously I’ve read this.
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling – And this one.
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling – And this is my favourite of the 7.
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien – See LOTR. I’ll get there when I get there.
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy – Again, I have attempted to read this book before and did not make it to the end I don’t even know where I got to with it. I don’t feel particularly compelled to try it again.
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot – No. I didn’t do a module at uni because this was on the required reading. This thing is huge. And Victorian.
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving – I did not know that this even existed as a book which tells you all you need to know about where it is on my list.
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck – This has been on my list for so many a year. It will happen one day.
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll – I know I should read this book. And yet…I haven’t.
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson – Wilson was a childhood staple for me, this wasn’t one one of my faves, but I’ve read it.
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez – I am reading this next year. It’s been put out into the universe now. It’s happening.
33.The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett – Another book I’ve never really heard of.
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens – I must have some kind of beef with Charles Dickens that I don’t know the true origins of because I almost never have any desire to read any book of his…
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl – I love Roald Dahl, this is one of my faves. Something about the world created just does it for me.
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson – Part of me wants nothing to do with this if it doesn’t have Muppets involved. The rest of me is willing to give it a shot.
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute – This is thing?
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen – This is not a book I have been able to get on with as of yet. Not that I’ve tried very hard to be fair. I started it a time where I was on a brink of a reading slump and then never picked it back up.
39. Dune, Frank Herbert – Again, what?
40. Emma, Jane Austen – I’ve tried to read this a couple of times but it’s just too hard to get into whenever I try, but I’ve not given up yet.
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery – It’s not high on the list. But it’s on there somewhere.
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams – A couple of people I know have said that this is their favourite book, but it’s not something that’s ever really crossed my path
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald – I love this book, which again kind of feels like a cliche.
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas – I have so little interest in reading this book at this moment in time, but maybe that will change.
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh – I’ve actually read this book thanks to this year.
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell – It’s not that I hated this book, but I didn’t really like it either. I got the allegory and all that and it remains hella relevant, but yeah. Part of me definitely just read it because I felt like I had to.
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens – Yet another Dickens book that I haven’t read but have seen many an adaptation of. As such I don’t really currently see the point in reading it
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy – No, I have no interest in this. Maybe that will change, but it just feels like one of those classics that I will not get along with.
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian – I’m pretty sure I’ve read this in primary school. I’ve definitely seen an adaptation of it, but I cannot remember if I’ve read it or not. I feel like they were linked to one another and so I have read it.
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher – I don’t even know what this is…?
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett – I forgot this was even a book in the first place. which probably tells you all you need to know about my intention to read it
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck – This is another one of those books that I’m kind of avoiding reading because it’s one of those classics that everyone tells you to read. I will get to it eventually, but not anytime soon.
53. The Stand, Stephen King – There are so many Stephen King’s books that I want to read, this one is not high up on the list.
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy – I’ve tried this in some capacity before. I did not get very far.
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth – Another book I did not know existed.
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl – I love this book. I re-read it at the beginning of the year.
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome – This book just sounds uninteresting.
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell – This is kind of on my list, but it’s also not.
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer – This actually is on my list, somewhere. I don’t quite know where, but it’s on there.
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky – I know I should say yes. But the title in and of itself seems to sum out I feel reading this book would be…
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman – This book broke my damn heart. So much. It still fucks me up just thinking about it.
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden – I took this book out of the library when I was at school once and then just didn’t read it and had to take it back. Then forgot about it until just now. So yeah, it’s back on my list.
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens – Of all the Dickens books, I think this is the lowest on my list. I don’t know, how many books did he write? How many of these things am I going to have to attempt to read???
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett – I am going to make it my goal next year to read more Pratchett, because currently I have read none…
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton – I feel like I completely missed Blyton as a kid. It’s something I might go back to.
67. The Magus, John Fowles – I have never heard of this book. Will I read it? Maybe. But it’s not high on the list I gotta be honest.
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – I love this book so much. I am so excited for the TV adaptation
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett – This constitutes as fitting in with the above thing I said about Pratchett.
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding – I don’t know how many times I attempted to read this book before I was finally successful with it. I hated it. That’s all.
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind – I have no real plan to read this I’m gonna be honest.
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett – And again.
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl – I am very much Matilda. Again, one of my childhood faves.
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding – I read this book for uni as part of ‘chick lit’ week. I blazed through it. I think on some level I am Bridget. Just without my Colin Firth.
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt – This is one of my favourite books. Honestly I cannot recommend it enough. Get it in your life.
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins – Hmmmm, no.
78. Ulysses, James Joyce – I avoided a module at uni that had this book on it because I didn’t want to do it. That sums up my attitude to it.
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens – We know my attitude to Dickens at this point right?
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson – This was the book that started this whole reading thing. I had it memorised at one point.
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl – I have read most Roald Dahl books, this was not one of my faves though
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith – I meant to read this at uni and just never got my shit together in time to do so and then it just fell away. So it’s on the 2018 list.
83. Holes, Louis Sachar – I almost read this once and I don’t know what stopped me from doing so, but something did and I just never attempted to read it again. I will try it one day/
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake – I don’t know…as in I don’t know what this book is. Or that it even existed.
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy – This is also a book that I’ve always meant to read and just never have. Again on for 2018.
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson – I cannot remember if I’ve read this or not. I think it’s a no, but it might be a yes.
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley – No, I can just tell that this is not a book that I am going to get along with.
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons – Another one I have never even heard of.
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist – And this, not a clue.
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac – I’ve read this. Didn’t totally hate it, also wasn’t a huge fan. I for sure just read it to say that I had read it.
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo – I kinda forgot this was a book. And I’m gonna keep on forgetting.
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel – I’ve just found out that this book exists, so I probably won’t read it any time soon.
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett – This is the Pratchett book that I want to read the most.
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho – I want to read this book so much and I keep finding books to put ahead of it, but not anymore. It’s on the list.
95. Katherine, Anya Seton – I don’t even know what this is. Probably not any time soon.
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer – No.
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez – I really want to read stuff by this author, but I’ve just never had the chance to. Or rather more accurately I’ve never given myself the time to.
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson – I think this book came out just as I was growing out of my Wilson phase, so no it’s one of the books that I haven’t read, and am unlikely to do so.
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot – I am assuming that this means the first one. Which I had read. And enjoyed.
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie – I feel like I should because I’ve heard great things about Rushdie’s work, but it’s also not high on my list.
And there we have it. This very long book related post had finally come to a close and it has made me realise that I am currently in a position to start thinking about my 2018 reading list…
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