Sunday, March 29, 2009

To Blog or not to blog....

Welcome to my blog ! In the coming weeks, I will try to keep my reading diary on these pages.
Altough I am not craving for a public, be my guest to share your comments, ideas and remarks.


  1. Hello. I love your blog! I have been reading your blogs since before they were even a concept... When thoughts were scribbled on random pieces of paper that I would find lying around the house. I have been your "public" since 1972, and I not only became as passionate about literature as you, but I am happy to say that I also managed to pass to message on (to Viki for instance, who is very aware that you (and Jack London) were at the root of all this.)

    The BBC recently published a list of 100 books that they believe everyone should have read. I have read 89 and I am very proud of this. The Beeb deduced from a random poll that an average person has only read about 6. That pains me.

    The list follows. Thank you by the way and please keep posting stuff. I'm hooked. My life would not have been the same without your kind tuition until I was well into my teens.
    Your little sister, Isabelle

  2. 1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
    2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
    4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
    5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
    6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
    8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
    9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
    10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
    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
    16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
    17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
    18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
    19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
    20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
    21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
    22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
    23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
    24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
    25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
    26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
    27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
    28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
    29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
    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
    33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
    34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
    35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
    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
    44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
    45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
    46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
    47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    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
    52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
    53. The Stand, Stephen King
    54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
    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
    60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
    62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
    63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
    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
    69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
    70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
    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
    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
    84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
    85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
    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
    92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
    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
    98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
    99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
    100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

  3. 51-100

    51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel X
    52 Dune - Frank Herbert
    53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
    54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen X
    55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth x
    56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon X
    57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens x
    58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley x
    59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon X
    60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez x
    61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck x
    62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov x
    63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt x
    64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold X
    65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas x
    66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac x
    67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy x
    68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding X
    69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie x
    70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville x
    71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens X
    72 Dracula - Bram Stoker x
    73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett X
    74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson x
    75 Ulysses - James Joyce x
    76 The Inferno – Dante x
    77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
    78 Germinal - Emile Zola x
    79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray x
    80 Possession - AS Byatt x
    81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens X
    82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
    83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker X
    84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro x
    85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert x
    86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
    87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White X
    88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom X
    89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X
    90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton x
    91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad X
    92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery x
    93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks x
    94 Watership Down - Richard Adams X
    95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole x
    96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute x
    97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas X
    98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare x
    99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl X
    100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo x