Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Another top 100 book list

October 8, 2008

I found this list on rooruu‘s blog, where I found my previous book list too.

Australian booksellers Angus and Robertson polled their customers again for their favourite books.

Here’s the 2008 list they’ve just released.  MissN is most disgusted that Tolkien has fallen off the list and almost complained in A & R yesterday.


Do you want to play along and list yours?

*** my top pick on this list
** read it, a favourite
* read it
~ read it, indifferent
^ would like to read it/plan to read it

1 Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling* (I only read HP1)
2 Twilight – Stephenie Meyer (MissN had an intense Twilight phase which is thankfully now over)
3 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen**
4 The Obernewtyn Chronicles – Isobelle Carmody
5 My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
6 To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee**
7 The Book Thief – Markus Zusak^
8 Breath – Tim Winton^
9 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini^
10 Break No Bones – Kathy Reichs
11 The Power Of One – Bryce Courtenay*
12 Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
13 Magician – Raymond E. Feist
14 The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons
15 Mao’s Last Dancer – Li Cunxin^
16 Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden^
17 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold^
18 Cross – James Patterson
19 Persuasion – Jane Austen**
20 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte**
21 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger*
22 The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
23 Marley and Me – John Grogan
24 Antony and Cleopatra – Colleen McCullough
25 April Fools Day – Bryce Courtney
26 North & South – Elizabeth Gaskell^
27 In My Skin – Kate Holden
28 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte**
29 A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini^
30 The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory^  (MissN loved it.  We both loved the movie)
31 Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult
32 Atonement – Ian McEwan^
33 Shantaram Gregory – David Roberts^
34 Pillars Of The Earth – Ken Follett
35 The Pact – Jodi Picoult
36 Ice Station – Matthew Reilly
37 Cloudstreet – Tim Winton*
38 Jessica – Bryce Courtenay
39 A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle
40 The Princess Bride – William Goldman
41 Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs^
42 Anybody Out There? – Marian Keyes
43 Life Of Pi – Yann Martel^
44 Seven Ancient Wonders – Matthew Reilly
45 People Of The Book – Geraldine Brooks^
46 Six Sacred Stones – Matthew Reilly
47 Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards*
48 Brother Odd – Dean Koontz
49 Tully – Paullina Simons
50 Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
51 The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger*
52 Eragon – Christopher Paolini
53 Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert^
54 It’s Not About The Bike – Lance Armstrong**
55 A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens*
56 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry^
57 The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
58 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell*
59 A Fortunate Life – A.B. Facey**
60 The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley*
61 The Notebook -Nicholas Sparks (I was seriously underwhelmed by the movie)
62 Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen
63 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
64 The Host – Stephenie Meyer
65 Dirt Music – Tim Winton^
66 Eldest – Christopher Paolini
67 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon^
68 It – Stephen King
69 World Without End – Ken Follett
70 Emma – Jane Austen**
71 Temple – Matthew Reilly
72 Little Women – Alcott Louisa May*
73 Lean Mean Thirteen – Janet Evanovich
74 Scarecrow – Matthew Reilly
75 American Gods – Neil Gaiman
76 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez^
77 P.S, I Love You – Cecelia Ahern
78 All That Remains – Patricia Cornwell
79 The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
80 Past Secrets – Cathy Kelly
81 The Persimmon Tree – Bryce Courtenay
82 Husband – Dean Koontz
83 Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult*
84 Wicked – Gregory Maguire
85 Spot Of Bother – Mark Haddon
86 Always And Forever – Cathy Kelly
87 The Road – Cormac McCarthy***
88 Cents & Sensibility – Maggie Alderson*
89 Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
90 The Shifting Fog – Kate Morton^
91 We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
92 Everyone Worth Knowing – Lauren Weisberger
93 Hour Game – David Baldacci
94 Darkly Dreaming Dexter – Jeff Lindsay
95 The Woods – Harlan Coben^
96 Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie^
97 Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides^
98 Scar Tissue – Anthony Kiedis
99 Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali^
100 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks*
The 2007 list is still their website here.
What’s your favourite from the list above?  I was blown away by The Road which was harrowing and redemptive, sparse and rich.  I am eagerly awaiting the movie.

The New Classics: Books

July 26, 2008

Entertainment Weekly lists the 100 best reads in the last 25 years.

From their list I have copied the ones I have read, or ones that I own and are waiting to be read (marked TBR on my list) or the one’s MissN has read and we own (which means I might read them some day…)
(Thanks to rooruu – I copied your post!  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and all that…)

The New Classics: Books

The 100 Best Reads from 1983-2008

1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006) (C and I both loved it – it was a bookclub choice)
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000) (MissN has read – she has all the HP’s)
6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001) (TBR – started it.  I have the movie too)
9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997) (TBR)
16. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (1986)
17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (1988 )  (TBR)
20. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding (1998 ) (we have both books and the movies)
27. Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990)
36. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt (1996)
40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000) (TBR) (I loved “The Golden Compass” movie)
48. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (1998 )
50. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (2001) (TBR)
56. The Night Manager, John le Carré (1993) (TBR)
57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe (1987) (TBR)
67. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (2003) (TBR) (I gave this to C last Christmas, knowing that if he didn’t enjoy it, I would!)
72. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (2003) (MIssN has read)
77. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (1989) (Loved the movie too)
82. Atonement, Ian McEwan (2002)
83. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (1994) (Can I boast and say I have a signed copy?)
84. Holes, Louis Sachar (1998 ) (MissN has read)
88. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (1995)
92. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (1987) (TBR)
93. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (1991) (TBR)
96. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (2003)

My favourites were

The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)

Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990)

The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (1994)

I guess what all the TBR’s tell me is I don’t need to buy ANY books for a VERY LONG time!

The list also gives me some ideas for bookclub – it’s my choice next month.

At the moment, I am reading an old classic- The Warden by Anthony Trollope (1855).  I loved Barchester Towers, and enjoyed the BBC series Barchester Chronicles (with a young Alan Rickman!) which was an adaptation of both books, so now I am enjoying The Warden.

What are you reading?

What do you plan reading next?