It was interesting that the UK and US lists were different - although they shared one book, which is now on my planned reading list.
Read it because of Book Night
Want to read it
Here's the lists:
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
Read this at school. I can't say it made me want to read any more of her work. I was always much more of a Bronte girl.
Iain M Banks The Player of Games
I quite enjoyed this when I read it but I much prefer Ian Banks (who is the same person, of course).
Mark Billingham Sleepyhead
Looks like a nicely creepy crime novel.
Bill Bryson Notes from a Small Island
Read it. Hated him.
Paulo Coelho The Alchemist
I like the looks of this one.
Martina Cole The Take
I've tried a couple of her novels and don't really get on with them.
Bernard Cornwell Harlequin
Not really my kind of thing but I'm not ruling it out.
Roald Dahl Someone Like You
Not sure what colour to make this. Mostly blue. I've read a lot of Dahl's short stories but not this complete collection. They're good.
Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities
Another one from my schooldays - but I quite like Dickens, and Two Cities is one of the better ones.
Emma Donoghue Room
Never heard of it before. Looks good.
Daphne du Maurier Rebecca
What can you say about poor Mrs DeWinter? Wonderful, atmospheric, recommended read.
Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day
Tried it once. I just couldn't get into it.
Stephen King Misery
I don't do Stephen King. Too gory.
Sophie Kinsella The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopoholic
I have read some of her books but they didn't grab me enough to read any more.
Andrea Levy Small Island
Looks very interesting. Post war Britain. Socio-political novel.
John Ajvide Lindqvist Let the Right One In
12-year-old boy and a vampire. Maybe not.
Cormac McCarthy The Road
Its own blurb calls it 'bleak'. Life's too short to read bleak novels.
Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveller’s Wife
Oh but this was one of the nicest books I've read in a long time and it made me cry at the end.
Maggie O’Farrell The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
I've got a 'non-existent' family member and it's too late for me to ask questions now. I think I might enjoy this one.
David Pearce The Damned Utd
It's football. Maybe not.
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman Good Omens
The first thing by either of these gents that I ever read. If you haven't read it, go find it now. Even if it's only for their explanation of the purpose of the M25!
Meg Rosoff How I Live NowNot really sure but I'm not ruling this out.
Joe Simpson Touching the Void
I'm not sure I'll enjoy some of the detail in this. But I've wanted to read it for a while.
Dodie Smith I Capture the Castle
Another I'm not sure about. But I think I SHOULD have read it by now.
Markus Zusak The Book ThiefThe shared book. Now on my want list.
Sherman Alexie The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
Coming of age book. Not sure it’s high on my list.
Laurie Halse Anderson Wintergirls
Seems to be about teenage girls and anorexia.
Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I have at least heard of this. I might try to track it down.
H G Bissinger Friday Night Lights
American Football. Maybe not.
Octavia Butler Kindred
Now this looks like a good book. I really must track that down
Orson Scott Card Enders GameIt's science fiction and I'm not a huge fan.
Chris Cleave Little BeeI'm fascinated by the reviews of this, which seem to be determined to tell you nothing about it.
Suzanne Collins The Hunger GamesThe movie trailers have put me off this.
Michael Connelly Blood WorkI don't read Michael Connelly - too blood thirsty.
Junot Diaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoI'm not sure why I want to read this. But the blurb is interesting.
Kate DiCamillo Because of Winn DixieI loved the Tale of Despereaux so I think I'd like this too.
Dave Eggers ZeitounI've tried Dave Eggers before but not enjoyed his writing style.
Leif Enger Peace Like a RiverDefinitely fancy this one.
Robert Goolrick A Reliable WifeSounds good
Sue Grafton Q is for QuarryI'm fond of a bit of crime fiction.
Khaled Hosseini The Kite RunnerHas a good reputation but I just don't fancy it somehow. I'm prepared to be persuaded.
John Irving A Prayer for Owen Meany
One of my all time favourite books. I love it.
Stephen King The StandI don't like Stephen King. Too scary.
Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood BibleI've got this on my 'to read' list
Nicole Krauss The History of LoveI like the look of this one.
Jhumpa Lahiri The NamesakeIt hasn't grabbed me from the blurb.
Tim O’Brien The Things they CarriedVietnam wasn't my war but the stories behind it are probably still relevant.
Ann Patchett Bel CantoInteresting idea. Love among the terrorists.
Jodi Picoult My Sister’s KeeperThey need to change the cover on this because I wouldn't pick it up in a bookshop. But the subject matter is something that I care about.
Marilynne Robinson HousekeepingThe blurb gives this a sort of John Irving feel so I might enjoy it.
Alice Sebold The Lovely BonesI'ne seen the movie. It might have spoiled it for me.
Rebecca Skloot The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksDefinitely a subject that's close to my heart.
Patti Smith Just KidsTo read biography I have to care about the subject. And I don't.
Jeannette Walls The Glass Castle'A memoir'. That phrase deters me.
Markus Zusak The Book ThiefSee above.