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….

Help! Readers wanted to compile a book list

Pic:  Nick

Pic: Nick

I am compiling a compelling list of good reads and strangely finding this really quite difficult.  I wrote yesterday of the ‘internal editor’ (Free yourself from the internal editor: Thursday’s writing tip) and I think that I am having my own editing crisis.  I think of a book that I like but, after careful thought, discard it before it goes on the list .  I think the list might end up taking a long time to compile.

You can see the struggle that I am having:  I wanted to get to 50 at least and have managed, well 4!

1.  A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khalid Hosseini

2.  Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

3.  Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

4.  Cat’s Eyes – Margaret Attwood

I wonder if it is a memory thing…..have I truly forgotten all the great and the good that I have read?

Can you help by suggesting your faves that might end up on the list?  For those that do, I will, of course, link back to your site!