Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Harper Collins 200

The Harper Collins 200 was created earlier this year to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Harper Collins PublishersThis is such an interesting, and seemingly random, list. Indeed, each time you open the link the books are in a different and seemingly random order.

I don't know that any list needs four bibles really, and there are many, many books in here that I'll never read- books by Margaret Thatcher or Billy Graham for instance, but there are lots of other books that I should read in here, books I'd like to read in here. And there's always something new to learn. For instance, I had no idea that JFK was an author, let alone a Pulitzer Prize winning author.

Be sure to check out the Why I Read page as well.

No Logo - Naomi Klein

The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields
The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough
The Beginner's Bible
The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill
The Boy in the Dress - David Walliams (see my review)
Perestroika - Mikhail Gorbachev
A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond (see my review)
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith - Thomas Keneally
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Dodger - Terry Pratchett
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (see my review)
Kitten's First Full Moon - Kevin Henkes
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

Essays of E.B. White - E.B. White

The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy
Seabiscuit - Laura Hillenbrand
Virgin River - Robyn Carr
What Do People Do All Day? - Richard Scarry
Room - Emma Donoghue
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie - Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (illustrator)
Flat Stanley - Jeff Brown
The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
New International Version Bible
The Man From Snowy River - A.B. Paterson, Annette Macarthur-Onslow (illustrator)
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell
I'm OK, You're OK - Thomas A. Harris
Amelia Bedevil - Peggy Parish, Fritz Siebel (illustrator)
Bleak House - Charles Dickens (well I've half read it twice, that's got to count right?)
I, Robot - Isaac Asimov
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Flashman - George MacDonald Fraser
Fermat's Last Theorem - Simon Singh
The Boys of Summer - Roger Kahn
The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
Riders of the Purple Sage - Zane Grey
The Years of Extermination - Saul Friedländer
The Once and Future King - T.H. White
People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks
The Odyssey of Homer
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
Sounder - William H. Armstrong (see my review)
Beezus and Ramona - Beverly Cleary
Stride Toward Freedom - Martin Luther King Jr
Little Bear - Else Holmelund Minarik
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen - Alan Garner
The Other Side of Midnight - Sidney Sheldon
A Light in the Attic - Shel Silverstein
The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Judith Kerr
Grace - Max Lucado
Freaky Friday - Mary Rodgers
The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin
A Soldier's Tale - M.K. Joseph
Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Muddleheaded Wombat - Ruth Park
Summer of '49 - David Halberstam
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
The Hospital in Buwambo - Anne Vinton

Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
The Monkey Wrench Gang - Edward Abbey
V. - Thomas Pynchon
Barbarians at the Gate - Bryan Burroughs & John Helyar
The Hours - Michael Cunningham
The Guns of Navarone - Alistair Maclean
Diary of a Wombat - Jackie French, Bruce Whatley (illustrator)
Stuart Little - E.B. White
Ben-Hur - Lew Wallace
Gorky Park - Martin Cruz Smith
Alive - Piers Paul Read
The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
Bringing Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel
Middlemarch - George Eliot
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr
A Woman of Substance - Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thornton Wilder
16 Lighthouse Road - Debbie Macomber
Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly - Jean-Domingue Bauby
All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - Judith Kerr
The Ipcress File - Len Deighton
Wild Swans - Jung Chang
Girl With a Pearl Earring - Tracey Chevalier
The Complete Works of Mark Twain - Mark Twain
Ariel - Sylvia Plath
The Kon-Tiki Expedition - Thor Heyerdahl
Blonde - Joyce Carol Oates
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith - Thomas Keneally
A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn
Our Town - Thornton Wilder
Longitude - Dava Sobel
Papillon - Henri Charrière
Red Scarf Girl - Ji Li Jiang
The Sheltering Sky - Paul Bowles
Monster - Walter Dean Myers
Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain
The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook
The Wapshot Chronicle - John Cheever

Good To Great - Jim Collins

Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss
The Kitchen Diaries - Nigel Salter
Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World
The Devil Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger
Native Son - Richard Wright
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
What on Earth Am I Here For? - Rick Warren
Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson
Bread and Jam for Frances - Russell Hoban, Lillian Hoban (illustrator)
Nostromo - Joseph Conrad
Life on Earth - David Attenborough
Old Yeller - Fred Gipson (see my review)
Black Boy - Richard Wright
Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt
Under The Volcano - Malcolm Lowry
Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubier
Journey to Jo'Burg - Beverley Naidoo
Coming of Age in Samoa - Margaret Mead
Etiquette - Emily Post
Seven Years in Tibet - Heinrich Harrer
The Perfect Neighbor - Nora Roberts
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman (see my review)
Heaven is for Real - Todd Burpo
The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
Sabriel - Garth Nix
The Butterfly Lion - Michael Morpurgo
The 42nd Parallel - John Dos Passos
The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty
Henry Huggins - Beverly Cleary
Love and War in the Apennines - Eric Newby
Love Story - Erich Segal
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The Carrot Seed - Ruth Krauss, Crockett Johnson (illustrator)
Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin
The Gulag Archipelago - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Go Set A Watchman - Harper Lee
Holy Bible King James Version
Flow - Mihaly Csiksentmihalyi
The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
At The Mountains of Madness - H.P. Lovecraft
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Yates Garden Guide
Peace with God - Billy Graham
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (see my review)
Jesus Calling - Sarah Young
Barometer Rising - Hugh MacLennan
The Dangerous Book for Boys - Gonn Iggulden
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Born Free - Joy Adamson

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
Sharpe's Eagle - Bernard Cornwell
The New Kid on the Block - Jack Prelutsky
Sarah, Plain and Tall - Patricia MacLachlan
New King James Version Super Giant Print Bible
Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (illustrator)
The Intelligent Investor - Benjamin Graham
The Known World - Edward P. Jones
Collected Poems 1947-1997 - Allen Ginsberg
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard
Pilgrim - Timothy Findley
Harry the Dirty Dog - Gene Zion, Margaret Bloy Graham (illustrator)
Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
Just Kids - Patti Smith
Danny and the Dinosaur - Syd Hoff
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Wicked - Gregory Maguire
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
Empire of the Sun - J.G. Ballard
Julie of the Wolves - Jean Craighead George
The Downing Street Years - Margaret Thatcher
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Caps for Sale - Esphyr Slobodkina
The Golden Notebook - Doris Lessing
Two Years Before the Mast - Richard Henry Dand Jr
Being and Time - Martin Heidegger
Master & Commander - Patrick O'Brian
In Search of Excellence - Thomas J. Peter and Robert H. Waterman, Jr
Profiles in Courage - John F. Kennedy
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gariel García Márquez
Magician - Raymond E. Feist
The Making of the President 1960 - Theodore H. White


Well I've certainly had much worse results.

So what are the biggest gaps of my reading from this list? I would say Fahrenheit 451 and Middlemarch, and I do want to read The Bell Jar sometime. Also, Monster pops up on many a list and I'm becoming quite intrigued.

April 2019 48/200

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