By the book

I've been tagged by Pink Sunshine on my reading habits. In fact, I think this is the first meme I've ever been tagged in on this blog. Another milestone. Basically the rules are thus. Below is a list of classic books.

You are supposed to:

Look at the list and: 1) Bold those you have read. 2) Italicise those you intend to read. 3) [Bracket] the books you LOVE. 4) Reprint this list on your own blog.

And then tag people so they can also feel inferior show off their bookcase. In this case I'll choose Dunners, Chris White (when he comes back from America), Matthew, because his book will probably be on there in a few years time, and the humble Devil, because I expect him to be a man of impeccable reading tastes.

Let the list commence. 1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien 3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling 5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 6 The Bible (a friend of mine once did a review of the Bible for his English class. It read: Some good ideas, occasionally far fetched. Gets bogged down in the prose at times but ultimately quite enjoyable) 7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 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 Faulks 18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 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 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams] 26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh 27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 29 Alice’s Adventures 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 - AA Milne 41 [Animal Farm - George Orwell] 42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 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 This one was blank so I'll fill it in with [The Sandman] graphic novels by Neil Gaiman because they're better than most books I've read. 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 Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath 77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome 78 Germinal - Emile Zola 79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray 80 Possession - A. S. 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 86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry 87 Charlotte’s Web - EB 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 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 98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare 99 [Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl] 100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Hmmm. I probably look a little bit like a pleb now. In my defence, I have no wish whatsoever to read any Jane Austen. It also looks largely like I just read books aimed at kids, which is about right for my reading age.

Actually, I tend to read mostly non-fiction these days, which makes me sound like a pretentious snob. Less so when you realise most of these are about football and social media. Which just makes me sound like a geek. Which I am.