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World Book Night meme

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Apparently, World Book Night asked people to nominate their top ten books in order to determine what titles would be given away next year. Bold if you’ve read it; italicise if it’s on the TBR.

1 To Kill a Mockingbird*, Harper Lee
2 Pride and Prejudice*, Jane Austen
3 The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
4 Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
5 The Time Traveler’s Wife*, Audrey Niffenegger
6 The Lord of the Rings*, JRR Tolkien
7 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy*, Douglas Adams
8 Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
9 Rebecca*, Daphne Du Maurier
10 The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
11 American Gods, Neil Gaiman
12 A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
13 Harry Potter Adult Hardback Boxed Set, JK Rowling – read the first only
14 The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
15 The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
16 One Day, David Nicholls
17 Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
18 The Help, Kathryn Stockett
19 Nineteen Eighty-Four*, George Orwell
20 Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
21 The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks
22 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo*, Stieg Larsson
23 The Handmaid’s Tale*, Margaret Atwood
24 The Great Gatsby*, F Scott Fitzgerald
25 Little Women, Louisa M Alcott
26 Memoirs of a Geisha*, Arthur Golden
27 The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
28 Atonement*, Ian McEwan
29 Room, Emma Donoghue
30 Catch-22, Joseph Heller
31 We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver
32 His Dark Materials*, Philip Pullman
33 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis De Bernieres
34 The Island, Victoria Hislop
35 Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
36 The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
37 The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
38 Chocolat, Joanne Harris
39 Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
40 The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
41 One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
42 Animal Farm, George Orwell
43 The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
44 The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
45 Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
46 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory*, Roald Dahl
47 I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
48 The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
49 Life of Pi, Yann Martel
50 The Road, Cormac McCarthy
51 Great Expectations*, Charles Dickens
52 Dracula*, Bram Stoker
53 The Secret History, Donna Tartt
54 Small Island, Andrea Levy
55 The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
56 Lord of the Flies, William Golding
57 Persuasion*, Jane Austen
58 A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
59 Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson
60 Watership Down*, Richard Adams
61 Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
62 Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
63 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon
64 Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke
65 The Color Purple, Alice Walker
66 My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult
67 The Stand, Stephen King
68 Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
69 The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
70 Anna Karenina*, Leo Tolstoy
71 Cold Comfort Farm*, Stella Gibbons
72 Frankenstein*, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
73 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer
74 The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
75 Gone with the Wind*, Margaret Mitchell
76 The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
77 The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
78 The Princess Bride*, William Goldman
79 A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
80 Perfume*, Patrick Suskind
81 The Count of Monte Cristo*, Alexandre Dumas
82 The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
83 Middlemarch*, George Eliot
84 Dune*, Frank Herbert
85 Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
86 Stardust*, Neil Gaiman
87 Lolita*, Vladimir Nabokov
88 Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
89 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone*, JK Rowling – eh? The set makes an appearance and the first book too? Cheat!
90 Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts
91 The Remains of the Day*, Kazuo Ishiguro
92 Possession: A Romance*, AS Byatt
93 Tales of the City*, Armistead Maupin
94 Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
95 The Magus*, John Fowles
96 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne
97 A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
98 Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
99 Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
100 The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami

Um, a lot of them I’ve seen the film adaptations (I’ve asterisked those ones). But I make that 33% read. Not bad considering there are at least 15 books I have no intention of ever reading.

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4 thoughts on “World Book Night meme

  1. Who got to decide these were the top 100 to choose from in the first place?

    • From the WBN website: “From 25 June – 31 August 2011 we asked readers to nominate the 10 books they most love to read, give and share. Over 6,000 people nominated more than 8,000 titles and the top 100 displayed below will be used to inform the choice of the editorial selection committee who will be selecting the WBN 2012 titles.”

  2. 43 by the looks.

    The only other one I am likely to read is Wilkie Collins, I’d imagine.

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