April 16, 2006

Books to read before you die

Despite the fact that this subject line sounds like a joke it's not. The Guardian Unlimited has published the results of a survey conducted by the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), "in which librarians around the country were asked the question, "Which book should everyadult read before they die?"". It's an interesting quesion and whilst I'm sure we ALL have differing opinions about the topic, the list below is one I'm going to try and fulfil before I'm 30:


  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  2. The Bible

  3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien

  4. 1984 by George Orwell

  5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  8. All Quite on the Western Front by E M Remarque

  9. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman

  10. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

  11. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

  12. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  13. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

  14. Tess of the D'urbevilles by Thomas Hardy

  15. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne

  16. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

  17. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

  18. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

  19. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

  20. The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

  21. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

  22. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

  23. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

  24. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

  25. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

  26. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

  27. Middlemarch by George Eliot

  28. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

  29. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

  30. A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzenhitsyn



So far I've read only 1 on that list *blushes*. I'll do better, I promise! :D

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