100 books

By David Hopkins | 100 books I should've read already, but haven't

6. The ‘Harry Potter’ Series by JK Rowling

I feel a bit cheated here as the list is really only 100 books but, as with the Lord Of The Rings and other entries, this is a lot more than just a …

82. ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ by Thomas Hardy

I have four favourites of Hardy’s Wessex, Return of the Native, Tess of the D’Urbevilles, A Pair of Blue Eyes, and The Mayor of Casterbridge. Each …

Interval 2: Books not on the list

Wow. It’s been so long since I wrote about my reading, let alone reading any books on the list I feel really remiss.<p>Whilst I may have been quiet …

99. ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ by Katherine Paterson

Again, I did not go looking for any details or ploy analysis for this book. One of the things I do love about reading books on the Kindle is the fact …

31. ‘Catch-22’ by Joseph Heller

OK, this was the most challenging book yet – and I thought Karouac’s was tough!<p>I admitted defeat with Catch-22. I managed to suffer my way through …

1. ‘1984’ by George Orwell

I approached this book with a great deal of trepidation. Not only is it number one on the list (deservedly so) but it’s a ‘classic’ that I felt I …

99. ‘The Time Machine’ by HG Wells

I don’t know what I was expecting but this was a wonderfully narrated story, really stretching my imagination and preconceptions of early science …

Interval 1: The book list

One thing I am now starting to question, after reading a few books on the list, is just <i>why</i> these books should be so highly regarded. Is it the …

5. ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck

A book about a pair of travelling workers, during the American Great Depression (1930’s). One, George, is uneducated but quite street-smart. The …

12. ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne

Starting this book I had no idea what it was about. Are the stripped pyjamas indicative of a prison or environment of imprisonment, physical or …

97. ‘The War of the Worlds’ by HG Wells

This is another book I’m reading and trying to ignore anything I may, or may not, know about it from popular press, news, and/or Hollywood versions. …

45. ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker

It was very hard to read ‘The Colour Purple’ without how I remember the film version making me feel. I don’t, thankfully, remember much except that …

11. ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by Mark Haddon

Not a book I would normally have taken a second look at, but after meeting the author, Mark Haddon, recently and hearing him talk about this and his …

79. ‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac

This is a book I heard about many years ago, probably from friends at school who themselves were on their own journeys of discovery. This book has …

56. ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy

I can’t deny how happy I am that this book is on the list, and I’ve an excuse to re-read it. I can’t remember if this was one of the books I had to …

100 Books

<b>What?</b><br>Through a few different sources, and for a few different reasons, I’m going to read 100 books, on my Kinde (where possible) and tell you about …