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Category Archive: BBC Book List

Oh My

We finished reading Lord of the Flies (1954), number 49 on the BBC book list, by William Golding. I read it to my 11-year-old daughter, who has been recovering from a tonsillectomy and… Continue reading

Be Kind Towards Women: A Town Like Alice

I’ve probably seen the movie version of A Town Like Alice at least ten times. It was one of those movies my mom would put on during a rainy Saturday afternoon, like Anne… Continue reading

I Read to Lose Myself: The Shadow of the Wind

I had no idea what to expect when I picked up The Shadow of the Wind (2001), number 56 on the BBC book list, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I mentioned to my sister… Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Charles Dickens, Spy Novelist

This post was originally published on January 12, 2012. Reading Dickens pleases my husband.  He has no idea that the first line of A Tale of Two Cities is, “It was the best… Continue reading

Confused and Castrated Identity: The Wasp Factory

Sixteen-year-old Frank is the protagonist of The Wasp Factory (1984) by Iain Banks, and his identity is nebulous because, as we learn early on, he was castrated as a child.  The family dog… Continue reading

Contrivance in Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd

My favorite part of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd (1874), number 47 on the BBC book list, is when the maltster at the local pub tells Gabriel Oak that despite the… Continue reading

Deception in Tess of the D’Urbervilles

How do I explain Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) by Thomas Hardy and number 12 on the BBC book list? It is one of those awful (in a lovely way) novels that I… Continue reading

The Perfect Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee might just be the perfect book.  It is number 5 on the BBC book list, and it won the Pulitzer Prize. As I reread it… Continue reading

Double Standards, Marriage, and Vulnerability in Anna Karenina

I read Anna Karenina (1873–1877) by Leo Tolstoy several years ago.  It is number 31 on the BBC book list.  I spent many glorious afternoons sprawled on the couch with this large book… Continue reading

A Dirty Book about World War I: Birdsong

I finally got through Birdsong (1993) by Sebastian Faulks and number 17 on the BBC book list.  It took me nearly a full semester to get through it, partly because I was busy… Continue reading