The Museum, Libraries and Arts Council's list of 30 Books Every Adult Should Have Read. Bold the ones you have read. Italicize the ones you would like to read. Strike out the ones you never plan to read, or started but couldn't finish:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. At school
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien More times than I can count; it's my ultimate desert island book.
1984 by George Orwell
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Read it, acted in a version of it at school...
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Well, of course
All Quiet on the Western Front by E M Remarque
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman Unconvinced of its brilliance - this is one it'll be interesting to see if it stands the test of time
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks I agree with gillo that this one was overrated. But. sniff.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Okay, I admit it - just not a fan of American lit. - should be more on this list, though...
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding school text.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon Great book. loved it.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy Hardy is so much better a poet than a novelist, and one novel (Mayor of C) in my lifetime was enough.
Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne "somewhere a boy and his bear will always be playing..." sniff. Love this book.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte Much better done by the Pythons in semaphor version.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham My mum's favourite book. Loved "The Wild Wood" chapter.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell Ick Great movie, though
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Lovely book. Lovely. Masterpiece of literature? probably not... but lovely book.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold Gimmicky. I found it disturbing and upsetting - even before my mum died!
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran philosophical crap developing profoundity only through druggy haze in late teens...
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Wasn't this an Oprah's choice?? Always a bad sign...
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov Read this at 20 when I was an irritating pseudo intellectual and we were all dancing to "Sympathy for the Devil" Should maybe re-read it now I'm an irritating semi-legitimate intellectual...
Life of Pi by Yann Martel Only Canadian on the list, probably only because recent Booker winner. Overrated imho
Middlemarch by George Eliot Dorothea needed bludgeoning, but otherwise an interesting read
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver Another Oprah's choice, methinks.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzenhitsyn
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