Saturday, October 10, 2020

How Many Best Loved Novels of All Time Have I Read?

I tend to bookmark things and then completely forget about them and really I never use bookmarks so I'm not sure why I do it in the first place.  Anyway, while clearing out all the stuff cluttering up my browser I discovered that years ago I had bookmarked BBC's The Big Read - The Best Loved Novels of All Time.  I had a good time with the Essentials Mystery list last week so I thought I'd do the same with this one.  Five Favorites Off the List, Five Books I Want to Read, and just how many I have read.  Plus, I just adore a good list so I couldn't pass this one up.

Five Favorite Books On the List

1.  Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - Love this bit of nonsense and love the movies! Adams' humor gets me every time.

2.  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - I don't even know how many times I reread this book but it is a lifetime favorite.

3.  Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - I've read this book countless time and always enjoy it though sometimes I feel like my sympathy is with Rebecca.  Yes she's awful but she at least has some backbone.

4.  Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - Another lifetime favorite!  I absolutely love this book and the rest of the series - and pretty much everything else by this author.

5.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - I read this in highschool and enjoyed it but was blown away when I reread it as an adult.  Though the later reread did make me question why there are Gatsby themed parties!

Five Books I Want to Read

1.  Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - I feel like my dad read this to me when I was really little but I have no real memory of it and want to reread it.

2.  Persuasion by Jane Austen - I listened to Sense and Sensibility earlier this year (or was it last year?) and am trying to continue to broaden my Austen reading.

3.  The BFG by Roald Dahl - Honestly I didn't read a book by Dahl until I was an adult but I have enjoyed all the ones I've read and this is next on my list.

4.  Watership Down by Richard Adams - This is one of my husband's absolute favorite books and one somehow I've never read and I'd like to fix that.

5.  Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy - This one has been on my TBR probably since high school because I loved the book we were required to read and wanted to read more from him.  

Number I've Read:  32/100

How many best loved books have you read?  


  1. To be honest I never look at lists of what others call best loved or must read as there are plenty genres I never go near! I can only judge books by my own personal enjoyment of them! I looked at it so I could answer your question. I think I've read about 25 but I've abandoned about another 20!

  2. I have read all 5 favorites that you've listed and also loved them! Of our bottom 5, I've read 2. I am going to have a look at that list quickly....

  3. I've read 23 on the big list and am content to remain at that number unless I decide to try another. I've read 2 on your first list and 1 on the second. I'm not really a classics lover and a lot of the books probably would qualify. Plus a bunch of the kid/YA books came after I was reading kid books all the time. I graduated to adult books quite young, though my parents didn't necessarily know that. LOL

  4. I haven't read any of the ones you listed.

  5. I have only read one of the books from this list. I read The Great Gatsby in high and remember liking it a lot. I bought a Kindle copy and started it again but I moved on to something else when it didn't grab me right away.

  6. I have read all from your top list, and all but #3 and #5 of your bottom list.

  7. Only read Persuasion out of all of It's my favorite Austen, that letter Capt. Wentworth writes...swoon. :) LOL I want to read Watership Down but it's like 400 pages or so. Not sure if I can handle a rabbit book that :)

  8. I did read Persuasion this or last year, think I listened to it on audio. The BFG i went to the movie of that and Danny Champion of the World is my fave of his.

  9. Have to say Persuasion is my favorite JA novel. The only other book on your post I've read is Gatsby - I used to read it on vacation every year but haven't in quite a while.

  10. I got the same score as you did - 32 out of 100. Of the ones I haven't read, there are only a few on the list that I actually want to read. The others I've either DNF'd or have no interest in.

  11. I looked at the list. I read 28 of them; not bad.

  12. Far From the Madding Crowd was on my radar for my Year of Classics, but somehow I forgot about it. I have never read it either. 😯