The BBC's 100 "Must Read" Books - How many have you read?

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The BBC's 100 "Must Read" Books - How many have you read?

Postby Powehi » 06 Nov 2019, 09:36

Equally importantly how many have you never heard of and what are the books you think should/shouldn't be there?


I've read 21 and not heard of 28 and I would consider myself to be pretty well-read.

Most glaring omission at first glance (for me anyway) would seem to be Catcher in the Rye - surely the uiltimate Coming of Age novel

Biggest WTF inclusion would be the execrable Jilly Cooper (aka Joleh Supah!)





100 "MUST-READS": THE BBC PANEL'S LIST IN FULL
Identity

· Beloved – Toni Morrison

· Days Without End – Sebastian Barry

· Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels

· Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

· Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

· Small Island – Andrea Levy

· The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

· The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

· Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

· White Teeth – Zadie Smith

Love, Sex & Romance

· Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

· Forever – Judy Blume

· Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin

· Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

· Riders – Jilly Cooper

· Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

· The Far Pavilions – M. M. Kaye

· The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak

· The Passion – Jeanette Winterson

· The Slaves of Solitude – Patrick Hamilton

Adventure

· City of Bohane – Kevin Barry

· Eye of the Needle – Ken Follett

· For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway

· His Dark Materials Trilogy – Phillip Pullman

· Ivanhoe – Walter Scott

· Mr Standfast – John Buchan

· The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

· The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

· The Jack Aubrey Novels – Patrick O’Brian

· The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkein

Life, Death & Other Worlds

· A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

· Astonishing the Gods – Ben Okri

· Dune – Frank Herbert

· Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

· Gilead – Marilynne Robinson

· The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis

· The Discworld Series – Terry Pratchett

· The Earthsea Trilogy – Ursula K. Le Guin

· The Sandman Series – Neil Gaiman

· The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Politics, Power & Protest

· A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

· Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

· Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie

· Lord of the Flies – William Golding

· Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman

· Strumpet City – James Plunkett

· The Color Purple – Alice Walker

· To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

· V for Vendetta – Alan Moore

· Unless – Carol Shields

Class & Society

· A House for Mr Biswas – V. S. Naipaul

· Cannery Row – John Steinbeck

· Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee

· Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens

· Poor Cow – Nell Dunn

· Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe

· The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne – Brian Moore

· The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

· The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

· Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

Coming of Age

· Emily of New Moon – L. M. Montgomery

· Golden Child - Claire Adam

· Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood

· So Long, See You Tomorrow – William Maxwell

· Swami and Friends – R. K. Narayan

· The Country Girls - Edna O’Brien

· The Harry Potter series - J. K. Rowling

· The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton

· The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾ - Sue Townsend

· The Twilight Saga – Stephanie Meyer

Family & Friendship

· A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

· Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild

· Cloudstreet – Tim Winton

· Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

· I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

· Middlemarch – George Eliot

· Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin

· The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx

· The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte

· The Witches – Roald Dahl

Conflict & Crime

· American Tabloid – James Ellroy

· American War – Omar El Akkad

· Ice Candy Man – Bapsi Sidhwa

· Rebecca -Daphne du Maurier

· Regeneration – Pat Barker

· The Children of Men – P.D. James

· The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle

· The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid

· The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

· The Quiet American – Graham Greene

Rule Breakers

· A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

· Bartleby, the Scrivener – Herman Melville

· Habibi – Craig Thompson

· How to be Both – Ali Smith

· Orlando – Virginia Woolf

· Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter

· Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

· Psmith, Journalist – P. G. Wodehouse

· The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie

· Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – Audre Lorde
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Re: The BBC's 100 Must Read Books - How many have you read?

Postby Jimbo » 06 Nov 2019, 10:15

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I read about 23-24 of them. Some, maybe 3, I might have read. Oh, goody! I have heard of about 25. Some I have seen the movie so it doesn't count. And about 53 I have never even heard of.
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Re: The BBC's 100 Must Read Books - How many have you read?

Postby Samoan » 06 Nov 2019, 10:42

In fact they're not "Must Read Books" but a list chosen by a BBC panel -

100 'most inspiring' novels revealed by BBC Arts


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50302788


I was inspired to throw Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things into the paper recycling: I wouldn't wish to pass along a book to a friend or a charity shop about the rape of a little boy, Estha and his consequently totally fucked up life. (Ref: The “Orangedrink Lemondrink” man.)

I never let my nephew out of my sight for a minute after reading that, when entrusted with him at Estha's age. If he needed the loo, he came with me into the Women's where he had total privacy from all in his own cubicle.
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Re: The BBC's 100 "Must Read" Books - How many have you read?

Postby Powehi » 06 Nov 2019, 11:38

Or as the Guardian has it

100 ‘novels that shaped our world’


https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/ ... -our-world

Notice you don't say how many books on the list you've actually read or haven't heard of.

Suspect this may well be because your busy schedule of making anally retentive corrections to other people's posts leaves you little or no time to read.

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Re: The BBC's 100 "Must Read" Books - How many have you read?

Postby Flower » 06 Nov 2019, 14:12

More my kind of lists ....

https://www.librarything.com/bookaward/ ... of+America

https://www.librarything.com/bookaward/ ... ssociation

http://suewaters.com/2018/10/09/top-100 ... ry-novels/

Lots of lists, lots of missing "Mystery" novels that I enjoy .. seems very little love out there for Ruth Rendell or Martha Grimes.
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Re: The BBC's 100 "Must Read" Books - How many have you read?

Postby Matt Wilson » 06 Nov 2019, 14:22

Good Lord, is the BBC really promoting the Twilight saga as an important literary work?

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Postby Minnie the Minx » 06 Nov 2019, 18:30

Well, that escalated quickly!
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Re: The BBC's 100 "Must Read" Books - How many have you read?

Postby John aka Josh » 06 Nov 2019, 20:36

Well, you'll not be interested to learn that I've read 29 of them, though possibly Ivanhoe might have been an abridged version. Probably about 13 when I read it.

Hear of - approx 26 (I was losing the will to count).


Is it a list of Inspiring books or books that had a large impact on a few people?



Books that had a big impact on me that were not listed include Kerouac's Dharma Bums & Desolation Angels, both of which I prefer to On the Road, Orwell's Down & Out In London and Paris, also The Road to Wigan Pier, John Finnemore's The Story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men and Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man.

Both of the Orwell's I've chosen are non fiction and their's is a list of novels so wouldn't be eligible for the list.
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Re: The BBC's 100 "Must Read" Books - How many have you read?

Postby ever/never » 06 Nov 2019, 21:42

Powehi wrote:Equally importantly how many have you never heard of and what are the books you think should/shouldn't be there?


I've read 21 and not heard of 28 and I would consider myself to be pretty well-read.



I didn't think you could read!

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Re: The BBC's 100 "Must Read" Books - How many have you read?

Postby Powehi » 07 Nov 2019, 09:42

ever/never wrote:
Powehi wrote:Equally importantly how many have you never heard of and what are the books you think should/shouldn't be there?


I've read 21 and not heard of 28 and I would consider myself to be pretty well-read.



I didn't think you could read!

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