Samstag, 29. August 2009

100 Books

I really don't know where all my free time is passing by at the moment. August is (almost) over, which means that summer is nearly over as well....- but it also means that my holiday finally comes into reach [yeah!].
Two term papers are more or less finished but a third one is still to be done....
There's really no time right now to tell you more about current events, because I am really busy with some theatre performances. But to make this entry a bit longer, I'd like to post a list which I first found on the blog of FAIRYTALES. Nevertheless, it appeared on many more blogs about books recently.

In 2003, the BBC initiated a survey called 'The Big Read' to find out about the most favourite books of the British public. A list with the 100 most favourite books was published. But more surprising than the list as such was another survey that was initiated by the BBC after the 'Big Read' results were published. The second survey states that the majority of adults have only read 6 of the top 100. [Source of this information and the list]

Take a look -- where do you stack up? (bold = read)

1. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
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
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' 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 Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
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

Well, 12 books is at least twice the average number of books, but as I study English Literature I somehow feel.....mpf. I dont' know if it's feasible but I think I'll try to read one of those books per month from now on. We'll see.

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Da das eine Liste mit englischer Literatur ist, hatte ich jetzt nicht vor, das Ganze ins Deutsche zu übersetzen. Oder meldet jemand Interesse an?

So. Jetzt werde ich mir erstmal eure ganzen Beiträge aus der letzten Zeit anschauen...

Kommentare:

  1. Oh ich habe davon tatsächlich schon einiges gelesen - besonders Dickens und Austen liebe ich.

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  2. Ich habe auch einige gelesen. Besonders Atonement von Ian McEwan liebe ich. Zauberhaftes Buch.

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  3. That's really good! A book from this list a month sounds like a good idea--maybe I'll do the same. :)
    I am currently waiting on a copy of The Lovely Bones that I found on bookmooch.com. I'm hoping to have it read before the movie comes out.

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  4. Also ich bin auf 17 gekommen -- GOTCHA! :) Und ein paar weitere liegen noch ungelesen in meinem Regal. :)

    LG,
    - Torben

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