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….


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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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