Books books books

I love reading, it is an escape but more than that beautiful words are good for the soul.
I have been looking for a good list of books to give me ideas about what to read next. I came across these lists, they all have some of the same but some very different books, lets see how well I have done so far.

THE BORDERS 100 FAVOURITE BOOKS OF ALL TIMES( bold are the ones I have read 37 so far)

1. Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice
2. Harper Lee – To Kill A Mockingbird
3. JRR Tolkien – Lord Of The Rings
4. Jodi Picoult – My Sister’s Keeper
5. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga
6. JK Rowling – Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone
7. Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife

8. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
9. George Orwell – 1984
10. Raymond E. Feist – Magician
11. Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns
12. Paullina Simons – Bronze Horsemen
13. Gregory David Roberts – Shantaram
14. Margaret Mitchell – Gone With The Wind
15. Bryce Courtenay – Power of One
16. Dan Brown – The Da Vinci Code
17. Dan Brown – Angels & Demons
18. Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist
19. Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

20. Tim Winton – Cloud Street
21. Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner
22. Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
23. Arthur Golden – Memoirs of Geisha
24. LM Montgomery – Anne Of Green Gables
25. Joseph Heller – Catch-22
26. Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat Pray Love

27. Niv Mass Market Bible With Bible Guide – International Bible Society Staff and International Bible Society
28. JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit
29. Yann Martel – Life of Pi
30. AB Facey – Fortunate Life
31. Douglas Adams – The Hitch-hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
32. Lewis Carroll – Alice In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass
33. Diana Gabaldon – Cross Stich
34. Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance
35. David Pelzar – A Child Called It
36. Li Cunxin – Mao’s Last Dancer
37. John Marsden – Tomorrow, When The War Began
38. Frank McCourt – Angela’s Ashes
39. Frank Herbert – Dune
40. JD Salinger – A Catcher In The Rye
41. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
42. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years Of Solitude
43. Bryce Courtenay – April Fool’s Day
44. Ken Follet – Pillars Of The Earth
45. Patrick Suskind – Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer
46. Matthew Reilly – Ice Station
47. Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow Of The Wind
48. Stephen Hawking – A Brief History Of Time
49. Christopher Paolini – Eragon
50. Louisa May Alcott – Little Women
51. Mitch Albom – Tuesdays With Morrie
52. Jane Austen – Persuasion
53. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones

54. Ian McEwan – Atonement
55. Leo Tolstory – Anna Karenina
56. George Orwell – Animal Farm
57. Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange
58. Antoine de Saint Exupéry – The Little Prince
59. Roald Dahl – Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
60. CS Lewis – The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

61. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Love In The Time Of Cholera
62. Bill Bryson – A Short History Of Nearly Everything
63. Fyodor Dostoevsky – Crime And Punishment
64. Anthony Bourke – Lion Called Christian
65. Arundhati Roy – The God Of Small Things
66. Paullina Simons – Tully
67. John Grisham – A Time To Kill
68. John Grogan – Marley & Me
69. Vikram Seth – A Suitable Boy

70. Alexandre Dumas – Count Of Monte Cristo
71. Neil Gaiman – American Gods
72. Cormac McCarthy – The Road
73. Aldous Huxley – Brave New World
74. Brendan Shanahan – In Turkey I Am Beautiful: Between Chaos And Madness In A Strange Land
75. Tim Winton – Breath
76. Bryce Courtenay – Jessica
77. Graeme Base – Animalia
78. Donna Tartt – The Secret History
79. Mario Puzo – The Godfather
80. Anne Rice – Interview With The Vampire
81. Steig Larrson – The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo
82. Stephen King – Stand
83. Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones’ Diary
84. Eckhart Tolle – New Earth
85. Matthew Reilly – Seven Ancient Wonders
86. Jung Chang – Wild Swans
87. Nicholas Sparks – The Notebook
88. Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho
89. David Eddings – Belgariad Vol. 1: Pawn Of Prophecy; Queen Of Sorcery; Magician’s Gambit
90. Louis De Bernieres – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

91. Melina Marchetta – Looking For Alibrandi
92. Celia Ahern – PS I Love You
93. John Irving – A Prayer For Owen Meany
94. Colleen McCullough – The Thorn Birds
95. John Kennedy Toole – A Confederacy Of Dunces
96. Terry Pratchett – Good Omens
97. Hunter S. Thompson – Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
98. Joanne Harris – Chocolat
99. William Goldman – Princess Bride
100. Charles Dickens – Great Expectations

EXCLUSIVE BOOKS 101 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE (40 on this one, I like that it has some SA authors on the list)

1.The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
2.The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
3. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

4. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
5. The Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
6. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
7. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
8. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
9. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

10. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
11. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
12. Spud – John van de Ruit
13. The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
14. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
15. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
16. Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
17. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
18. Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
19. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
20. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
21. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
22. Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
23. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
24. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
25. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
26. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
27. Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
28. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
29. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
30. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

31. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
32. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
33. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
34. Atonement – Ian McEwan
35. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
36. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
37. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
38. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
39. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
40. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
41. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
42. I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb
43. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
44. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
45. War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy
46. Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M. Auel
47. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
48. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
49. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
50. Possession – A. S. Byatt
51. Perfume – Patrick Suskind
52. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
53. Chocolat – Joanne Harris
54. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith
55. Q & A – Vikas Swarup
56. Dune – Frank Herbert
57. Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
58. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
59. River God – Wilbur Smith
60. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
61. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
62. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
63. Mort – Terry Pratchett
64. Crime and Punishment – Feodor Dostoyevsky
65. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
66. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
67. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco ( reading at the moment)
68. The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
69. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
70. The Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy
71. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
72. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
73. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
74. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
75. Animal Farm – George Orwell
76. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

77. Watership Down – Richard Adams
78. Magician – Raymond E Feist
79. Middlemarch – George Eliot
80. The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth
81. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
82. The Magus – John Fowles
83.The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
84. Agaat – Marlene van Niekerk
85. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
86. The Shell Seekers – Rosamunde Pilcher
87. The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
88. The Beach House – James Patterson
89. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
90. Kringe in ‘n Bos – Dalene Matthee
91. The World according to Garp – John Irving
92. Northen Lights – Phillip Pullman
93. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
94. Shades – Marguerite Poland
95. Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer
96. Fiela se kind – Dalene Matthee
97. Story of an African Farm – Olive Schreiner
98. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
99. The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton
100. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
101. Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne

I really thought i would have read more off the lists so the new plan is to start ticking a few more of these off the list.
How many did you get?

16 thoughts on “Books books books

  1. Sjoe, I did bad. Must read more.

    Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga
    George Orwell – Animal Farm
    Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Dalene Matthee – Kringe in ‘n Bos
    Dalene Matthee – Fiela se Kind

  2. Whew. I always feel like answering these is a bit of a test! I’ve read far fewer of these than I should have, for sure. And I think maybe it’s time that I also started ticking off a few more!

    What I’ve read off the two lists:

    1. Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice
    2. Harper Lee – To Kill A Mockingbird
    3. JRR Tolkien – Lord Of The Rings
    4. Jodi Picoult – My Sister’s Keeper
    6. JK Rowling – Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone
    9. George Orwell – 1984
    22. Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
    24. LM Montgomery – Anne Of Green Gables
    28. JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit
    31. Douglas Adams – The Hitch-hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
    32. Lewis Carroll – Alice In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass
    35. David Pelzar – A Child Called It
    39. Frank Herbert – Dune
    41. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
    50. Louisa May Alcott – Little Women
    57. Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange
    59. Roald Dahl – Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
    60. CS Lewis – The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
    80. Anne Rice – Interview With The Vampire
    83. Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones’ Diary
    92. Celia Ahern – PS I Love You
    96. Terry Pratchett – Good Omens

    (22 in total)

    EXCLUSIVE BOOKS 101 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE (40 on this one, I like that it has some SA authors on the list)

    1.The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
    3. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    4. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    5. The Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
    14. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
    17. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    20. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
    22. Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
    23. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
    29. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
    30. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
    44. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
    56. Dune – Frank Herbert
    60. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
    63. Mort – Terry Pratchett
    65. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
    70. The Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy
    71. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
    72. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
    74. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
    90. Kringe in ‘n Bos – Dalene Matthee
    91. The World according to Garp – John Irving
    96. Fiela se kind – Dalene Matthee
    98. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
    99. The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton
    100. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

    (26 in total)

    Hmmm… Yes. Definitely time to pick up a good book again. 🙂

  3. I’ve read 14 from the first list and 10 from the second, sounds pretty bad, I own a couple of the books listed which I’ve never bothered reading, will make a point to read those during my Xmas break.

    Glad to see on both lists, my favourite book of all time, have read it three times so far……Magician by Raymond E Feist, the most brilliant book ever and the first book of an amazing, capitivating series. READ IT.

    Strange that My Sisters Keeper is on both lists, that’s just over-hyped if you ask me, I read it in September and expected alot more than it delivered.

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  5. i read 22 out of the borders list. Will add the exclusive books list later.
    BTW, i’m currently hosting a discusion on FB where I ask people to recommend locally published books for the Christmas list. ( check out READ SA). Recommendations would be welcome, as we hope this inspire people to read more SA books.

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  7. Hah! Exactly 28 off both, with a very small overlap. Odd that. Not many of the books I read would be on something like these lists, fair number of populist fantasy book though – guess I can’t be surprised after HP’s success.

    Surprised that something like Dune is doubly represented as sci-fi when something like Larry Niven’s The Mote In God’s Eye is out there.

  8. Have read most of them. I workedin/ran a bookshop for 12 tears, so loving reading was important.
    I think you’d like two books. To Kill a Mockingbird is my favourite book ever. Stunning story. And the other is Skallagrigg, by William Horwood. Both magical in a normal way.

    • Scott- i would have expected nothing less from you. There are so many books I would have on a top list that are not here, maybe I should do a new blog and see what people recommend as their top reads
      Four letters of love by Niall Williams would be on my list for sure

  9. Four Letters of Love was powereful- I lived in the village for a while in my head. Poisonwood bible is a close second favourite for me. Totally creeped your blog last night, and you are way too modest about your writing abilities/self-expression. It’s a 3D blog.

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  11. 44 off the first and 55 off the second. Glad to see you have read The Red Tent as I remember reccomending that for you last Christmas. And I have read quite a few Dickens but not Great Expectations so does that count? I must look for a list of authors one should read rather than specific titles.

  12. Stephen Hawking has been recently in the news for saying (if I have this right) that the universe could have come into being without the assistance of God. Given his own deplorable condition, I can’t help wondering if he feels he could similarly get by without the assistance of God himself…

  13. Hey, interesting article. We are big readers of Ayn Rand / Atlas Shrugged as well – so much, in fact, that we made the bracelet that Hank Rearden tried to give to his wife. It’s named the Liberty Bracelet and you can check it out at http://www.libertybracelet.com. Proceeds will go to the Campaign For Liberty so we had a feeling you might be interested.

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