Fiction

I used to love reading fiction. I devoured so many books through school. But uni killed my passion – there was no time to read anything except for textbooks and journals.

Now that uni’s over, I’d like to start again but I’m not brave enough to venture away from the safe classic books that I know and love. I have only read two new fiction books in the last year! This is despite having a mum (school librarian) and a mum-in-law (whose house may as well be a library) constantly recommending good new fiction for me.

I don’t know whether this is something to change or just the way I am now.

Anyway, here is a book meme from voice-of-aslan.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (x)
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (x)
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (books 1-5)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (x)
6 The Bible (x)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (x)
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (x)
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Total: 6.5

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott (x)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Any Collection of Sonnets by William Shakespeare (x)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (x)
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

Total: 3

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (x)
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (x)
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol (x)
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Total: 3

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (x)
34 Emma – Jane Austen (x)
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen (x)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (x)
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

Total: 4

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell (x)
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (x)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery (x)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding (x)
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

Total: 4

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen (x)
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 (x)
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Total: 2

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabok
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (x)
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 (x)
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Total: 2

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (x)
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray (x)

Total: 2

80 Possession – AS 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 (x)
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 (x)

Total: 2

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (x)
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams (x)
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 (x)
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Total: 3

Grand Total: 31.5

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6 thoughts on “Fiction

    1. Alison Post author

      I got bored and confused by the constant introduction of hundreds of new characters! When I started reading number 6, there were too many names to keep up with and I couldn’t be bothered going back and re-reading the old ones to find out who these people were 😛

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  1. tibbycat

    My recommendations from that list are The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Great Expectations, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Crime and Punishment, and Dracula.

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  2. darvids0n

    You should read the rest of the Hitchhiker’s Guide series as well. It’s hilarious and witty, and Douglas Adams is the king of inserting lots of unrelated but interesting anecdotes into a story.

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  3. pinhead22886

    I get SO bored of most fiction after a page or two! Non-fiction is SO where its at! 😛 It seems like such a waste of time to me reading a whole book, and at the end, I’m none the wiser about the world that I live in! The exception is crime fiction. For some reason I can deal with that, which is the only reason I made it through extension English in high school!

    Still, I’d MUCH rather read an academic journal or a biography. When I get a real job and can afford it, I’m gonna subscribe to all my favourite journals. Hopefully I also work in a field that’s somewhat related so that my subscriptions are tax deductible… 😛 Maybe it would be cheaper just to join the uni library so that I can access ALL the journals!

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