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jumping on the bookwagon

From The Big Read: "In April the BBC's Big Read began the search for the nation's best-loved novel, and we asked you to nominate your favourite books. The votes poured in from all around the UK and here's the results!"

Via piranha_gooroos

This is the funniest list - such classics (1984) and such awful books (Clan of the Cave Bear) bundled together. And some that I didn't know that people other than me cared about, like The Magus and Gormenghast.


Ones I've read are in bold.

1984, george orwell
the alchemist, paulo coelho
alice's adventures in wonderland, lewis carroll
animal farm, george orwell
anna karenina, leo tolstoy
anne of green gables, lm montgomery
artemis fowl, eoin colfer
the bfg, roald dahl
birdsong, sebastian faulks
black beauty, anna sewell (There were a lot of children's books I started out of some sense of obligation but didn't finish, this was one of them)
bleak house, charles dickens
brave new world, aldous huxley
brideshead revisited, evelyn waugh
bridget jones's diary, helen fielding
captain corelli's mandolin, louis de bernieres
catch 22, joseph heller
the catcher in the rye, jd salinger
charlie and the chocolate factory, roald dahl
a christmas carol, charles dickens
the clan of the cave bear, jean m auel
cold comfort farm, stella gibbons
the colour of magic, terry pratchett
the count of monte cristo, alexandre dumas (Actually, I read bits of it in French, don't think I've read the whole thing in English)
crime and punishment, fyodor dostoyevsky
david copperfield, charles dickens
double act, jacqueline wilson
dune, frank herbert
emma, jane austen
far from the madding crowd, thomas hardy (On my list)
girls in love, jacqueline wilson
the god of small things, arundhati roy
the godfather, mario puzo
gone with the wind, margaret mitchell
good omens, terry pratchett and neil gaiman
goodnight mister tom, michelle magorian
gormenghast, mervyn peake
the grapes of wrath, john steinbeck
great expectations, charles dickens
the great gatsby, f scott fitzgerald
guards! guards!, terry pratchett
harry potter and the chamber of secrets, jk rowling
harry potter and the goblet of fire, jk rowling
harry potter and the philosopher's stone, jk rowling
harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban, jk rowling
his dark materials trilogy, philip pullman
the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, douglas adams
the hobbit, jrr tolkien
holes, louis sachar
i capture the castle, dodie smith
jane eyre, charlotte brontë
kane and abel, jeffrey archer
katherine, anya seton
the lion, the witch and the wardrobe, cs lewis
little women, louisa may alcott (Another disliked childhood book for me)
lord of the flies, william golding
the lord of the rings, jrr tolkien
love in the time of cholera, gabriel garcía márquez
the magic faraway tree, enid blyton
magician, raymond e feist
the magus, john fowles
matilda, roald dahl
memoirs of a geisha, arthur golden
middlemarch, george eliot
midnight's children, salman rushdie
mort, terry pratchett
night watch, terry pratchett
noughts and crosses, malorie blackman
of mice and men, john steinbeck
on the road, jack kerouac
one hundred years of solitude, gabriel garcía márquez
perfume, patrick süskind
persuasion, jane austen
the pillars of the earth, ken follett
a prayer for owen meany, john irving
pride and prejudice, jane austen
the princess diaries, meg cabot
the ragged trousered philanthropists, robert tressell
rebecca, daphne du maurier (I really should read this)
the secret garden, frances hodgson burnett (It never took)
the secret history, donna tartt
the shell seekers, rosamunde pilcher
the stand, stephen king
the story of tracy beaker, jacqueline wilson
a suitable boy, vikram seth
swallows and amazons, arthur ransome
a tale of two cities, charles dickens
tess of the d'urbervilles, thomas hardy
the thorn birds, colleen mccollough
to kill a mockingbird, harper lee
a town like alice, nevil shute
treasure island, robert louis stevenson
the twits, roald dahl (Who knew he'd written so many popular books? Not me.)
ulysses, james joyce
vicky angel, jacqueline wilson
war and peace, leo tolstoy (One of these days)
watership down, richard adams (Still haven't gotten around to it)
the wind in the willows, kenneth grahame (Didn't like this one, either)
winnie-the-pooh, aa milne
the woman in white, wilkie collins
wuthering heights, emily brontë (Shocking that I haven't gotten to this one, given how much I like Charlotte's work)

Comments

( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
chorus_of_chaos
May. 19th, 2003 12:52 am (UTC)
GHORMENGHAST! That was the wierd freako thing we saw on the BBS channel that we liked and haven't been able to remember the name of since!!! Thank you thank you thank you!
firecat
May. 19th, 2003 01:23 am (UTC)
You'll love it.
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firecat
May. 19th, 2003 01:25 am (UTC)
I read it in the mid-70s. I remember writing a letter to my highschool freshman English teacher (who had left the school) trying to explain why I liked it. I never got an answer.
medhba
May. 19th, 2003 03:14 am (UTC)
I googled Gormenghast and stumbled upon gormenghast.
supergee
May. 19th, 2003 04:14 am (UTC)
The Magus and Gormenghast are the sort of books that weren't best sellers, but a lot of readers really loved them.
ailbhe
May. 19th, 2003 04:40 am (UTC)
"Clan of the Cave Bear" isn't all that awful; the subsequent ones are truly appallingly bad, but I think CotCB has actual merit. Not very much, but some. Certainly I find it a far better book that Ulysses, but then, I think Joyce was one of nature's short story writers.
firecat
May. 19th, 2003 09:28 am (UTC)
Yes, CotCB was better than the subsequent ones.

I fell in love with Joyce via his poetry, and read Ulysses for the same reason.
dawnd
May. 19th, 2003 10:32 am (UTC)
I'm in agreement about CotCB. It's actually quite GOOD, if you think of it as a ROMANCE, rather than any sort of reality-based historical fiction. :^)
kightp
May. 19th, 2003 07:03 am (UTC)
The Magus started me on one of those "read everything this guy writes" crusades that lasted five or six years, back in my 20s. Nothing Fowles wrote lived up to that one, but it was a good adventure, anyway.

My own personal list would be heavier on American writers, I think. I find myself wondering if anyone else shares my fetish for John Barth ...
firecat
May. 19th, 2003 09:30 am (UTC)
Oh, I loooooved Mantissa.

My personal list would have more American writers too. I haven't read any John Barth though.
supergee
May. 19th, 2003 11:16 am (UTC)
*jumps up and down and waves*
kightp
May. 19th, 2003 11:55 am (UTC)
Yay! A fellow, um, Barthian. Barthist?

I discovered Giles Goat-Boy in college and have been hooked ever since. He's sometimes more prolific than brilliant, but he never fails to amuse.
supergee
May. 19th, 2003 01:02 pm (UTC)
Heinlein expressed admiration for Giles Goat-Boy. I prefer The Sot-Weed Factor and the later metafictions, Letters and Tidewater Tales.
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