At last! Now showing my 50 great reads

And in no particular order,

my choice of 50 great reads!   It is an eclectic and enjoyable mix.  Each and every book touched me in some way.  Which ones have you read and enjoyed?  Are there any books out there that you can recommend?  I am without a read at the moment and have resorted to reading emails!

  1.   Kiterunner – Khalid Hosseini
  2.   A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khalid Hosseini
  3.   Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (of course!  This book made me fall in love with literature!)
  4.   Emma – Jane Austen
  5.   Persuasion – Jane Austen
  6.   Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte.
  7.   Cat’s Eyes – Margaret Attwood.  (superb!)
  8.   Holes – Louis Sachar, a teen fiction but an easily enjoyed read!
  9.   The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  10.   1984 – George Orwell
  11.  The Ballad of the Sad Café – Carson McCullers
  12.   Prayers for The Stolen – Jennifer Clement
  13.   Sons and Lovers – DH Lawrence
  14.  Hamlet –  a play, William Shakespeare
  15.  Dubliners – James Joyce
  16.   Moll Flanders –  Daniel Defoe
  17.   Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathon Swift
  18.   Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons (hilarious!)

  19.   Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  20.   Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  21.   The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  22.   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  23.  The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  24.  Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  25.  A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  26.  Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  27.  Divergent – Veronica Roth
  28.   The Alchemist – Paul Coelho
  29.  Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  30.   Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
  31.  Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  32.  On Green Dolphin Street – Sebastian Faulks (had to read this one as I just    loved the title!)
  33.  Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian
  34.  The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  35.  The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
  36.  Jonathan Livingstone Seagull – Richard Bach
  37. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkein
  38. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  39. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  40. Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  41. Charlotte’s Web – EB White (ahhh!)
  42. Northern Lights – Philip Pullman
  43. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
  44. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  45. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  46. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  47. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  48. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
  49. First they killed my father – Loung Ung (based on the writer’s life, a harrowing tale)
  50. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

And if you are wondering, I’m afraid that I really couldn’t put Fifty Shades on my list….

4 thoughts on “At last! Now showing my 50 great reads

  1. Great list. I loved “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” and seeing it on your list makes me want to read it again. I have a top 5 list of books that rolls around in my head – since I am over 50, I sometimes remember all 5 and sometimes it is a more “fluid” list. I just added “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. if you have not read – I highly recommend this book. I also love “Angle of Repose” by Wallace Stegner – this might be an American thing. You are inspiring me to read Joyce. Wish me luck.

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  2. I’m reading Cold Comfort Farm at the moment 😊 The story is not really my cup of tea but I did laugh a lot when Mrs Smiling’s lovers were described as having nicknames like the cries of exotic animals – (Bikki, for example.) Also absolutely loved the wordplay in Hamlet! Though I found the ending a little toooooo crazy 😊


    • I have started rereading Cold Comfort Farm too! I find that I have to concentrate very hard on it, but I still find it funny!

      Hamlet was a play that I studied for exams – I think that helped a lot! And yes, very crazy! 🙂


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