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BBC Survey on Reading.

My Cousin Ruth put me onto this via Facebook. Worth a go.

 

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – No. Northanger Abbey put paid to any chance
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien – Some
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – No
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling – Yes
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – Yes

6 The Bible – Sort of. Well I was an RE Teacher LOL
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte –
8 1984 – George Orwell – Yes Possibly the best book ever.
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman – No
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – Yes

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott No
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy – Yes
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller – Yes
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – Love the guy. Just seen Hull Truck’s brilliant MacBeth. Seen Taming of the Shrew with Josie Lawrence at Stratford. But non of this counts as reading, so err no.
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurer – No

 

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien – No,

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk – Fantastic book. Top ten deffo
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – Tis great. Read it last year.
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger – No
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot – No

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell – No. Must do.
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald – Another top ten job.
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens – No
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy – Yes. Other teenagers were shop lifting and sniffing glue. Re reading at the moment but in bursts. New translation
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Yes. Watched the re run of the TV series. Seriously terrible, as was the film. Stick to the books and radio.

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh – 
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky Yes. Number two of all time
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck – Yes . Brilliant, But East of Eden shows that the guy was a racist.
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll – Yes
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame – Yes

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy – No
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens – No
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis – No. Lewis is a bit of a dodgy chararcter in my book.
34 Emma – Jane Austen – No.
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen – No. Why is she rated?

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hossein –Good story but very bias politics. 
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres – No but must.

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – no
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne – Yes Wonderful. The originals make it worth having kids on their own

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell – Yes, Orwell is my ultimate hero
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown – Yes. Tis trash but a guilty pleasure
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Yes yes yessity yes. Lovely jubbly!
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving – No
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins – No

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery –No
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy – Yes. Jude the Obscure is his masterpiece. Related to it.
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood – No
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding – Yes. It freaked me out when I read it late a night as a kid.
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan – Total trash. I hated it. Soooo disappointed after Saturday and Amsterdam

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel – Yes. Not Booker Prize standard in my humble opinion.
52 Dune – Frank Herbert – Yes. Tennage boys and being profound, ideal.
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons – No
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth – No

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon – No
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens – No
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley – Yes
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon – Yes, loved it, but his next one was a bit weak.
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – No, on the ole to do list

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck – Genius book. So simple
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov – No. Heard it’s a bit dodgy
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt – No
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold – Mairin’s fave. Not impressed. Sentimental.
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas – Oh yes. Teen fave of mine. I was a strange child.

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac – Yes.
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy – Top Ten Yes.
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding – No
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie – Friad I tried to read Rushdie and was put off for life. Pompous in my humble opinion.
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville – No

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens – Yes
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker – Yes,

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – Yes  Another childhood fave. I related to the themes
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson – Yes. Wunderbar
75 Ulysses – James Joyce – No Read Portrait… though.

76 The Inferno – Dante – No
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome – Yes
78 Germinal – Emile Zola – No
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray – No
80 Possession – AS Byatt – No

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens – Yes
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell – No but will
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker – Yes
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro – Yes. Top ten. Brilliant.
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert – No

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry – No
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White – Taught this and loved it.
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom – Yes. I read it at a bad time in my life and it helped me through. On reflection I’m embarassed!
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The guv’ner. Yes.
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton – No

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad – Yes
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery No
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks – No Dead Air Yes
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams – Tis fab.
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole -No

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute Anothr top tenner along with the Pied Piper
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas Yes
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare – No
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl – Yes
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo – No Saw the thing in London. Hadn’t a clue what was going on

Cheers Ruth. Did it (eventually).

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About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.

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