The Man Booker Prize 2015…

For Christmas, I was gifted the ENTIRE shortlist of the books on the Man Booker Prize of 2015 shortlist!! When I say entire, I mean 6 books, but 6 is a lot, and at least 3 of them are 600+ pages. So, for the next couple of months I will be exclusively reviewing these 6 books. Even if they don’t all appeal to me, if A Little Life was anything to go by, then I am extremely excited and will read every one.

Here are the 6 books in the order I am reading them in, and I will add in the review once I’ve read them! (and they’ll have the cute little Man Booker Logo so you know when I’ve finally stopped reading them!)


Book Bucket List

This is a list of books that I would like to have read by the time I go to university, and will keep updating. That is two years from now, and although that seems like a long time, with Anna Karenina on the list, it may take me more than a week to read some of them! Plus, this is alongside my final year of school, so not a very busy year for me (!) So, in no particular order, here they are (along with my favourite cover for each) :

wuthering_heights     1. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë – READ

birdsong     2. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

anna karenina     3. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

lolita-keenan2     4. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

 penguin-threads-emma-book-cover     5. Emma – Jane Austen   READ

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The BBC Top 100 Books

(red = read)

  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

  • The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

  • Harry Potter series, JK Rowling

  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

  • The Bible

  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

  • His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

  • Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

  • Little Women, Louisa M Alcott

  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

  • Catch-22, Joseph Heller

  • Complete Works of Shakespeare

  • Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier

  • The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

  • Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks

  • Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

  • The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

  • Middlemarch, George Eliot

  • Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell

  • The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

  • Bleak House, Charles Dickens

  • War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

  • The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

  • Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

  • Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

  • Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

  • The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

  • Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

  • David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

  • Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis

  • Emma, Jane Austen

  • Persuasion, Jane Austen

  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, CS Lewis

  • The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières

  • Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden

  • Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne

  • Animal Farm, George Orwell

  • The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • A Prayer for Owen Meaney, John Irving

  • The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins

  • Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery

  • Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

  • Lord of the Flies, William Golding

  • Atonement, Ian McEwan

  • Life of Pi, Yann Martel

  • Dune, Frank Herbert

  • Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

  • Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

  • A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth

  • The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon

  • Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

  • Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

  • The Secret History, Donna Tartt

  • The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

  • Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

  • On The Road, Jack Kerouac

  • Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy

  • Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding

  • Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

  • Moby Dick, Herman Melville

  • Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

  • Dracula, Bram Stoker

  • The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Notes From A Small Island, Bill Bryson

  • Ulysses, James Joyce

  • The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

  • Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome

  • Germinal, Emile Zola

  • Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Possession, AS Byatt

  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

  • Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell

  • The Color Purple, Alice Walker

  • The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

  • A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry

  • Charlotte’s Web, EB White

  • The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Mitch Albom

  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The Faraway Tree Collection, Enid Blyton

  • Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

  • The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  • The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks

  • Watership Down, Richard Adams

  • A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

  • A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute

  • The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

  • Les Misérebles, Victor Hugo.