Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Recent Conversation (paraphrased)

ChemE: I thought I was better read than this.

Me: You're pretty well read.

ChemE: How can you have me beat?

Me: Thanks. You have the rest of your life to...

ChemE: What's DaVinci Code on her for?!

Me: Turns out this isn't the official list, there's a...

ChemE: Where's the official list!?

Me: I've got a link. I'll probably post it tonight or tomorrow.

ChemE: Why isn't [insert name of famous classic authors by the dozens] on here?!? I've read him/her!

Me: That is weird. I don't know.

ChemE: And what about [insert name of famous classic authors by the dozens]?!

Me: It's a list. It's opinion. Maybe you need to make your own list.

ChemE: Post the list.

Me: I'll do it when I...

ChemE: Post the list.

Me: As soon as I feed the pe...

ChemE: Post the list.

So, kids, here's the official list with my x marks the spotting on it. (My prediction is that I will have read fewer on this list than on the unofficial one.) If it doesn't meet with her approval we may have ChemE's official list before our heads hit our respective pillows tonight. She can't abide an inferior list. And why should she?

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (x)
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams (x)
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling (x)
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (x)
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne (x)
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell (x)
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis (x)
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (x)
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger (x)
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (x)
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (x)
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling (x)
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling (x)
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling (x)
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy (x)
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot (x)
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving (x)
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck (x)
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez (x)
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens (x)
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl (x)
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald (x)
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell (x)
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens (x)
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett (x)
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King (x)
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy (x)
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer (x)
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (x)
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden (x)
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (x)
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (x)
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding (x)
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding (x)
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar (x)
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy (x)
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo (x)
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel (x)
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (x)
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie (x)

Wow, there's a lot of Terry Pratchett on there and someone has a different idea than I do of which Roald Dahl books need immortalizing. Where is James & the Giant Peach I ask you?

And, I was right, I've only got 40 on this one. There's actually a relatively large number of books on this one that I haven't even heard of. If I didn't have so many books on my bedside table I'd be doing some serious investigation.

How'd you do?


  1. Official, unofficial...where are you finding the list? It's kinda fun, but I'm not sure which list is the official one.

  2. I'm with you; there are quite a few on this list that I've not heard of. I've read 32 on this one - I did better on the OTHER list, but whatever.

  3. We all did better on the other list. There are a lot of more modern books on the other list and more American ones. I like British lit but this is a bit much even for me and so much Terry Pratchett. I think Terry Pratchett is cool but I don't have plans to read the whole canon.

    If you go to the link for the real BBC list you can click on the numbers 100-200 on the list and see how that goes for you. I got 22 in the second hundred.

  4. I got 22 with this list too. And it's not the same 22. Weird.

  5. 10 on the second 100. The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Are you shitting me?

  6. The thing is this: it's the nation's "best-loved" novels, not the best novels.
    I love a lot of things that have no business being on "best" lists. Primarily bikers.

  7. Pratchett is cool ass cool ass. Good Omens was written with our boyfriend Neil. I've wanted to read Perfume for some time! And you'd love the Alchemist. The Shell Seekers! So great that a woman's romance fiction made the list. I like this one better... its a bit more rounded.

  8. Love Pratchett: The Hogfather is one of my favorite books.

    I found one of these lists somewhere with 1000 books on it. Wonder if I should post it?

  9. 33 on this list. I've read many of the authors, but not the particular works listed.