My Bucket Book List: A series on reading part two.

As I explained in part one. I used to be a big reader but that has all changed. I can’t recall a single book that I completed in 2012, but surely I did read at least one book!. A dreadful thing to admit… Definitly modeling reading to my children (NOT!) and so unbelievable considering how as a child and teen, I used to devour a book in a few days.

So one of my resolutions for 2013 is to read more. Making it a SMART target- I am aiming for a book a month!

Initially, to help me with my goal, I looked at the  BBC Big Read’s List. Then (I’m sad like this) I gathered up another 5 lists, including The Guardians List and the Penguin’s Classics List and spent an evening sorting them into popularity. The total books at the end of the evening numbered 443. Ive added a few more that I have enjoyed and feel that should get more credit and have removed some that I know that I won’t read eg Lord of the Flies and so have created a massive Bucket Book List.

My thoughts are that I will choose some each year to read and therefore over the years I will get to read them. If God blesses me with another 45 years, I might just do it!

Below is the list of the top 125 books from the various book lists I raided.

Thanks to Mrs Hadden and my wondrous high school English lessons I have been able to tick off many classics and so having a fair starting point!

Full Marks: (These books featured on all 6 lists)

  1. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
  2. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
  3. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  4. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  5. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  7. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy


These books were found on 5 of the 6 lists:

  1. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  2. Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
  3. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  4. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  5. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  6. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  7. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  9. Ulysses – James Joyce

 These books were found on 4 of the 6 lists:

  1. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  2. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  3. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  4. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  5. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  6. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  7. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  8. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
  9. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  10. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  12. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  13. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  14. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  15. The Bible
  16. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  17. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
  18. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  19. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  20. Watership Down – Richard Adams

These books were found on 3 of the 6 lists:

  1. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  2. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
  3. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
  4. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  5. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
  6. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  7. Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
  8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  9. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  10. Education of a Wandering Man – Louis L’Amour
  11. Emma – Jane Austen
  12. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  13. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  14. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  15. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  16. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  17. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  18. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  19. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  20. The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
  21. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  22. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  23. The Iliad – Homer
  24. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (I might reread it though, this time in English!)
  25. The Odyssey – Homer
  26. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  27. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  28. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  29. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  30. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  31. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  32. William Shakespeare- Complete Work

 These books were found on 2 of the 6 lists:

  1. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  2. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
  3. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  4. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  5. Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
  6. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  7. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. Angels Everywhere by Debbie Macomber
  9. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  10. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  11. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  12. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  13. Don Quixote – Miguel De Cervantes
  14. Dune – Frank Herbert
  15. Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado
  16. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  17. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  18. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  19. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
  20. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
  21. How the West Was Won by Louis L’Amour
  22. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  23. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  24. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D. H. Lawrence
  25. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  26. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  27. Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury
  28. McKettrick Men Series by Linda Lael Miller
  29. Paradise Lost – John Milton
  30. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  31. Pride Runs Deep by R. Cameron Cook
  32. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  33. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  34. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  35. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  36. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  37. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  38. The Divide by Nicholas Evans
  39. The Divine Comedy – Dante
  40. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  41. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  42. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  43. The Lonesome Gods by Louis L’Amour
  44. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien (I have read book 1 and half of 2. Frodo and Sam lost me in the The Dead Marshes)
  45. The Lost Valentine (The Last Valentine) by James Michael Pratt
  46. The Magus – John Fowles
  47. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  48. The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
  49. The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli
  50. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  51. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  52. The Shack by William Paul Young
  53. The Stranger – Albert Camus
  54. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  55. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  56. Winds of War by Herman Wouk
  57. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

Now that I look at this list again… I have a SERIOUS amount of reading to do! My book list for 2013 has 20 books on it and so far I have managed 5 and am halfway through another 2. Not exactly reaching my goal…

But why am I not reading?

About Cheryl

I am a child of God, a wife and a mother of 4 children. Some days are good. Some days are frustrating. Some days are just plain insane. In between the mayhem, I loved to go for walks with our mutt, potter in the garden and enjoy the beauty that surrounded us. That all changed in August 2012 when we waved goodbye to our mutt and garden, our eldest at Uni in Gloucester and moved to Tokyo for 4 months. And yes- we are still here...
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2 Responses to My Bucket Book List: A series on reading part two.

  1. Jen says:

    I love reading too, but like you don’t get enough time. Nevertheless I’m quite surprised and pleased at how many of the books on these lists I have read! I always have a book on the go, even if it takes months to read. I read almost every night before I go to sleep – as well as loving reading, it’s a form of sleep aid too, to stop all the thoughts and worries going round and round my mind …

  2. Pingback: My 2015 Fiction Reading Plan | Somedays by C

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