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I was tagged to the following list on FB and at first wasn’t planning to do anything but to keep it aside to pick from for my future readings. However, I thought that some of you might like to do the same. So here it goes. Ah, and I also wanted to mention that in most cases I like to read books in the original language (unless it’s in, say, biblical Hebrew or Greek, in which case I read as many versions as possible). 😉


Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Bold the books you’ve read in their entirety. Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt. Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses…

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible (EN, FR, ES)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
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 Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegge
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 *
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 – A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (ES)
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’s 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 Inferno – Dante
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 (FR)
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. 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 (FR)
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 (FR)
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Which gives me a grand total of *gasp* not even half of the list… I would have probably scored higher if there were more French classics, or if all the 66 books of the Bible (which I read start to finish in several languages) were counted individually! Plus, I don’t know you, but I have great difficulty remembering if I really read some of them or if I am only too familiar with the story; having watched the movie version and started reading without ever finishing the book. That is the case, for example, of the “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Lolita”.

I don’t exactly know where this tag originated from. After some research, I haven’t found any BBC related article except maybe this list, which isn’t exactly the same, and another one from Time.

* Edit. of July 2011 – some of the books read or partially read during the long winter of 2010-2011.

  A fascinating non-genre novel with a mix of science-fiction, mystery and occult thriller.

Gabriel Blackstone is an “information thief” (a hacker) with a psychic talent of remote viewing (RV). Ignoring his psychic skills, he is rather surprised when an ex-girlfriend, Frankie, contacts him looking for a favor. She is now married and her step-son, Robbie, is missing. She would like him to investigate.

Robbie was last seen in the company of the rather strange Monk sisters, Minnaloushe and Morrighan, who claim descent from John Dee. The sisters are bewitching characters and when Blackstone gets involved, he has to embrace his abilities and discover something about the high magic the sisters are involved in.

The author’s mix of modern technology, ancient alchemy, and the esoteric Art of Memory becomes a convincing commentary on how our modern memories “have become flaccid because of all the technological tools we use.”

“Our memories are shallow. We surf the Internet obsessively, but forget what we’ve read almost as soon as we’ve read it. Information in newspapers and TV is fed to us bite-sized for easy consumption. We receive enormous doses of information every day. But it is in one ear and out the other. We are experts at skimming. We are failures at remembering. The Internet, the TV, the photocopier are props we rely on as our memories continue to weaken. We are becoming adept multi-taskers but our growing multi-tasking ability is a facile skill, allowing us to skim the waves of chaos, not swim through them.”


It took me a while to get through the first chapters (maybe too geeky, maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for reading), but then magic kicked in and I totally “slammed the ride”! 😀

Voilà, j’ai succombé à la fièvre Twilight et ai lu les 2 premiers volumes en 4 jours (tout en allant au bureau comme une zombie… Nuits courtes, cela va de soi). J’ai hâte de lire les 2 prochains volumes, mais je suis trop cheap pour acheter l’édition hardcover (en plus c’est lourd pour rien)… Il va falloir que je patiente.

De todo un poco

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