Snowed in…so why can’t I finish a book?

Rural Northumberland is deep in snow! We have had snow since last Wednesday, and things have been adapted / cancelled since then. I have been wallowing around the house, painting nativity figures for the Church… and watching far too much tv. Foyle’s War, anyone?

It is the deepest snow I have ever seen; at least a foot deep and much more where it’s drifted or been shovelled.  Not a friendly environment! Happily I’m not on the point of starvation as Husband and Son One have been out foraging, but Husband has been muttering darkly about not getting to London as planned. I just stayed in until transported to the Metrocentre Odeon to see the new Harry Potter by Son One, which as a plan worked well until we came back into the parish…heavy, sticking snow. Yikes!  Happily he managed to reverse nicely into the drive and I made it up the ramp (cleared this morning;thanks J!) so all was well. And it was a great film, though really sad at the end. A Booklist…

1  Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen




2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien




3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte




4 Harry potter





5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee





6 The Bible



7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte



8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell



9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman




10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens




11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott



12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy




13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller




14 Complete Works of Shakespeare



15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier




16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien


17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks




18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger




19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger


20 Middlemarch – George Eliot




21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell




22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald




24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy



25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams




27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky



28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck



29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll



30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame



31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy



32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens




33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis




34 Emma -Jane Austen



35 Persuasion – Jane Austen



36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis




37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini




38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres



39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden



40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne



41 Animal Farm – George Orwell




42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown



43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez



44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving



45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins



46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery



47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy



48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood



49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding


50 Atonement – Ian McEwan



51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel



52 Dune – Frank Herbert



53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons



54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen



55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth



56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon



57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens



58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley



59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon



60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez




61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck



62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov


63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt



64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold


65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas



66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac



67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy



68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding



69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie



70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville



71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens



72 Dracula – Bram Stoker



73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett



74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson



75 Ulysses – James Joyce



76 The Inferno – Dante



77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome



78 Germinal – Emile Zola



79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray



80 Possession – AS Byatt



81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens



82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell



83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker



84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro



85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert



86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry



87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White



88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom



89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle



90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton



91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad



92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery



93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks



94 Watership Down – Richard Adams



95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole



96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute



97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas



98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare



99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl



100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Thank you Son one for fighting with this list!

This list is going the rounds at the moment and I thought that I would include it. Sorry about the irregular gaps, but there are things beyond my control. I think that it shows that I have read 55 books – including some long ones – in bold type, and have read bits of the ones in italics. Yes, yes, I know that I should do better, but some lists are easier than others. I think that this list is very classics heavy, but perhaps that’s no bad thing.  At the moment I seem to have umpteen books on the go, with no imminent danger of finishing any of them. I will post as soon as I have – unless the power goes… watch this (frozen) space! Significant snowfall since 4pm….


One thought on “Snowed in…so why can’t I finish a book?

  1. Mummy!! You NEED to read Life of Pi and Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime – both AMAZING! At last, something I’ve read that you haven’t! x

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