Saturday 14 October 2017

50 Books to read before you die.... Day 14 of #Blogtober17

I am taking part in Blogtober17 and will be writing posts with various themes/prompts throughout October...Today's prompt is: Novels

This prompt panicked me.....I am not a reader! Well I do read blogs and lots of them but now I rarely read books....

I don't have time for reading but do listen to audio books....When the kids are at school and Stu is at work I will listen to a book....I always seem to busy to sit down and read an actual book....

Last Saturday night I came up with the genius idea of finding a list of books to read before you die to see how badly I did at reading them but I surprised myself.

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

I have actually read 18 of them....Yes quite a few were when I was at school but I have read them in book form. I can still remember reading Animal Farm at school. It was so traumatizing! That is not a nice book at all....

Apart from the Fifty Shades of Grey books the Harry Potter series were the last books I read. I actually prefer the books to the films....

There is others which I have seen the film of....Like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit....

How many of the 50 books have you read?


  1. I've read 35 of them. I really don't have any urge to read Harry Potter books at all, I saw about half an hour of the first film and that was enough for me

  2. Great list! I need to make more time to get stuck into a good book. Can you believe we have only just watched the Harry Potter films?! And we loved them. I bet the books are just as good. I loved Watership Down when I was a kid and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory :) x

  3. I've read 25 of these - I read a lot but probably not 'classics'. I love all the Harry Potter books though - much better than the films!

  4. I've read 22. Before I started reading Game of Thrones, number 33, Pillars of the Earth was my all time favourite and I have read it about 10 times! #blogtober17

  5. I'm a big reader, but I've only read 21 of them. I don't tend to read classics much, so thank goodness there were so many Harry Potter books on the list!

  6. I'm not a fan of the classics, and I haven't read Harry Potter! I am a book lover though x