British Librarians’ Top Lit Picks

Ahhh, yet another list! If this bores you, take a look in the archives, there are plenty of non-list posts. 😉

This time around is a list of books
British librarians recommended as must-reads, a poll conducted during World Book Day by the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).

As usual, the bold ones are the ones I’ve read. Italicised ones are books I have read and couldn’t finish.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Bible
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien
1984 by George Orwell
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Part of the STPM Literature in English syllabus)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
All Quite on the Western Front by E M Remarque
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Tess of the D’urbevilles by Thomas Hardy
Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzenhitsyn


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lovelyloey
    Dec 22, 2006 @ 08:33:17

    Ok, I have read 7 + 2 halves. Hmm. I still don’t know why Master and Margarita made it up the list. It’s a hideously boring book. (to me at least)

    sulz: what’s 7 + 2 halves?? well, librarians are notoriously boring, aren’t they? or is it erroneously?


  2. traxiom
    Dec 24, 2006 @ 15:41:47

    The Bible? They’re pandering (or they’re infiltrated). A more boring book has never been written. Yes, one should be familiar with popular passages and the general plot, but it’s a good idea to understand the information presented in encyclopedias and dictionaries, too. Yet, they’re not on the list.

    Oh, this is a list of recommended works of fiction. Still, the dictionary is a better read.

    sulz: i am incline to agree with you on the boring bit, but i fear it is only because i don’t know how to appreciate it. 🙂 i’m not sure if the list is just fiction, as it is not mentioned exactly. i guess the encyclopaedias and dictionaries don’t count because they aren’t really something you read for fun? then again, that could be said about the bible…

    oh, you’re making me fuddled now!


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