The Top 100 Books

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Mancomb Seepgood

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22nd Apr 2009 at 3:33 pm

Mancomb Seepgood - Grog me.

Grog me.

 
Quote: scarlet
I'm trying to read my way through the top 100 books from here. So far I've only got 18 that I've finished*; and I'm reading Heart of Darkness at the moment (I'm not doing them in any particular order).

I seem to remember that the average British adult has only read 7 of the 100. How many have you all read?


Why does the Telegraph just have a list and no explanation as to how such a list was put together?

Edited by Mancomb Seepgood Apr 2009
If I could get an orange that was as low-maintenance as an apple, I'd be a happy man

Mancomb Seepgood

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22nd Apr 2009 at 3:41 pm

Mancomb Seepgood - Grog me.

Grog me.

 
Mine anyhow.

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 - Chuck Norris (well I tried, but gave up a few chapters in.  It's rubbish really.  Tried the Qu'ran is well.  Similar problems."
8= Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
8= His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (and it's really very disappointing)
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien *
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger *
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (superb)
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 Carroll *
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis *
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis * (surely that comes under the above?)
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne *
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell *
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (to my regret)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
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 *
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
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams *
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl *
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
If I could get an orange that was as low-maintenance as an apple, I'd be a happy man

Rayanne Graff

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22nd Apr 2009 at 4:21 pm

Rayanne Graff - River Phoenix

River Phoenix

 
1 Pride And Prejudice- Jane Austen
2 The Lord of The Rings- JRR Tolkien
5 To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee
11 Little Women- Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of The D'Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
18 catcher in the rye- jd salinger
22 The Great Gatsby- F Scott Fitzgerald
27 Crime And Punishment- Fyodor Dostoevsky
20 Alice In Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
34 Emma- Jane Austen  
40 Winnie The Pooh- AA Milne
41 Animal Farm- George Orwell
46 Anne of Green Gables- LM Montgomery
66 On The Road- Jack Kerouac
72 Dracula- Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island- Bill Bryson
76 The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath
81 A Christmas Carol- Charles D*ckens
83 The Color Purple- Alice Walker
97 Charlotte's Web- EB White
90 The Faraway Tree Collection- Enid Blyton
98 Hamlet- William Shakespeare

Edited by Rayanne Graff Apr 2009
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wombat

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22nd Apr 2009 at 4:25 pm

wombat - Technically sexy.

Technically sexy.

 
29 in total

The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
Oliver Twist - Charles d*ckens
The Secret Garden - Frances HodgsonBurnett
A Christmas Carol - Charles d*ckens *
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Charlotte's Web - EB White
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl


The majority of these I read as a kid or in Africa (as neither time did I have the distracting internet) and probably MORE than that that I have started to read and given up on.

Who came up with this list? the Cloud Atlas shouldn't be on there, its sh*te.


There are a few I mean to read, such as 95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole - any good?
Southern hemispherical rat boy

Rayanne Graff

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22nd Apr 2009 at 4:37 pm

Rayanne Graff - River Phoenix

River Phoenix

 
The Telegraph newspaper came up with the list.

i'm surprised that The Da Vinci Code is on there.

i've never read A Confederacy of Dunces, although i've heard it's good.
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wombat

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22nd Apr 2009 at 4:49 pm

wombat - Technically sexy.

Technically sexy.

 
I thought the time travelles wife started brilliantly by the way, gut got dreadful and boring near the end. Never had a book (except the ones written by DOUGLAS F*CKING COPELAND) like that before.
Southern hemispherical rat boy

TinyShine

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22nd Apr 2009 at 4:50 pm

TinyShine -

 
I've read 27 of them.

Sarah xx

curly_cow

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22nd Apr 2009 at 6:06 pm

curly_cow - make luv not war!

make luv not war!

 
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
8= His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck *
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl



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