Borders 100 Favourite Books – Part 1

It seems somehow appropriate that my return to blogging for 2010 is a book list. We had so much fun with lists a few years ago. This list is Borders 100 Favourite Books, taken from a popular poll last year. It seems to have a good mix of classics, literature and popular fiction and I was excited as I read through the five pages of books, to have read a couple on each page.

Across the next two days I will post parts 2 and 3, as it is a bit time consuming to sit and transcribe the entire list in one sitting. Without further ado – here is the coding.

Bold – read   Italics – intend to read * – own

  1. Pride And Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  3. Lord Of The Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
  4. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  5. Twilight Saga Collection – Stephenie Meyer
  6. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
  7. Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  8. * Book Thief – Markus Zusak (currently reading!)
  9. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  10. Magician – Raymond E. Feist (all time favourite)
  11. Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
  12. Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons
  13. Shantaram: A Novel – Gregory David Roberts
  14. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  15. Power Of One – Bryce Courtenay
  16. Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  17. Angels And Demons – Dan Brown
  18. Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  19. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  20. Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
  21. Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini 
  22. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  23. Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden
  24. Anne Of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery
  25. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  26. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
  27. Niv Mass Market Bible With Bible Guide – International Bible Society
  28. Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
  29. Life Of Pi – Yann Martel
  30. Fortunate Life – A. B. Facey
  31. Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  32. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland And Through The Looking-Glass: And What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
  33. Cross Stitch – Diana Gabaldon
  34. Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  35. 35.  A Child Called ‘It’: One Child’s Courage To Survive – Dave Pelzer

Final count: 9/35

How many can you count?

If you post this list to your blog please acknowledge this blog post, and honour the time and effort which went into transcribing this list from the original.

Image from brianjmatis via Flickr

4 thoughts on “Borders 100 Favourite Books – Part 1

  1. This was a fun post. I was amazed to learn “Magician” was your all time fav. I love that book, or more precisely, I love the two book version Fiest edited, Magician: Apprentice (book 1) and Magician: Master (book 2). Hands down my favorite fantasy book(s). That is until I read Robin Hobb’s “Assassin’s Apprentice” (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)

    That book forever changed how I viewed the genre. The Farseer Trilogy gives way to The Tawny Man series. Together they make a series that, to me, is unparalleled. These are not your typical fantasy books. They are a slower moving series focusing on relationships that hit on a profound level. An experience I recommend.

    Oh and for cripes sake, would you please read “Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy” Good grief it’s almost 2010 already.


    • The Edition I have of ‘Magician’ is an anniversary edition with lots of previously edited out scenes added back in.

      I had no idea Fiest edited two separate version of Magician – you learn something new every day – on a good day three or four things 🙂

      Amazingly, Fiest is only one of two fantasy authors I’ve ever read. The other is Australian Kate Forsyth – who writes Wiccan fantasy. I’ll have to check out Assassin’s Apprentice – if it comes highly recommended by you it must be good.

      And yeah – give it at rest about Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – we don’t actually own a copy, which is the only reason I haven’t read it. I did watch some of the original BBC series when I was a kid though – but that probably doesn’t account for much.

      So how many did you tally in with? Dan has the record so far with 13.


  2. I tally in at 13 out of the 35. Out of those ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ and ‘Catch 22’ would easily both make my all time top ten. To be honest I was surprised to see so few of my favourite books in the top 35. Here’s hoping they turn up in the rest of the list.


  3. If you love ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ try and get your hands on a copy of ‘Jasper Jones’ by Aussie author Craig Silvey. Allen and Unwin marketed it as Australia’s answer to TKAMB (pretty full on comparison) but they were spot on. The prestigious The Monthly gave it this review

    It would be interesting to see if it had the same resonnace and impact on someone who wasn’t an Aussie. It was my favourite book last year – coming in behind The God of Small Things and The Lovely Bones.

    I also had the joy of meeting Craig and chatting to him in person last year (before I read his book sadly!) and have signed copy. He’s an incredibly talented young author (only in his early 20s).


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