Tuesday, 29 March 2011

The 50 Books

Here are the books Luke will be reading. We've included links to Amazon in case you are interested in reading any of them with us, although there was one we could not find. We might make a couple of tweaks to the list but I'll explain about that in a minute:
  1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass - reviewed here
  2. Pinocchio - reviewed here
  3. Emil and the Detectives - reviewed here
  4. Swallows and Amazons - reviewed here
  5. Blackhearts at Battersea - reviewed here
  6. The Owl Service - reviewed here
  7. The Phantom Toll Booth - reviewed here
  8. Moominsummer Madness - reviewed here
  9. A Hundred Million Francs - reviewed here
  10. The Castafiore Emerald - reviewed here
  11. The Star of Kazan - reviewed here
  12. A Christmas Carol - reviewed here
  13. Just William - reviewed here
  14. The Happy Prince - reviewed here
  15. The Elephant's Child - reviewed here
  16. Treasure Island - reviewed here
  17. The Old Man and the Sea - reviewed here
  18. The Man Who Planted Trees - reviewed here
  19. The Singing Tree - reviewed here
  20. The Secret Garden - reviewed here
  21. Refugee Boy - reviewed here
  22. Finn Family Moomintroll - replaced by this review (see notes below)
  23. Diary of a Wimpy Kid - reviewed here
  24. I Capture The Castle - Luke played a wild card, reviewed here
  25. The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings - reviewed here
  26. The Tygrine Cat - reviewed here
  27. Carry On Jeeves - reviewed here
  28. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - reviewed here
  29. Moving Pictures - reviewed here
  30. The Story of Tracy Beaker - reviewed here
  31. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - reviewed here
  32. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - reviewed here
  33. Mistress Masham's Repose
  34. Little Women
  35. How To Be Topp - reviewed here
  36. Stormbreaker - reviewed here
  37. Private Peaceful - reviewed here
  38. Artemis Fowl - reviewed here
  39. The Silver Sword - reviewed here
  40. Animal Farm
  41. Skellig - reviewed here
  42. Red Cherry Red - reviewed here
  43. Talkin Turkeys - reviewed here
  44. Greek Myths - reviewed here
  45. People Might Hear You - reviewed here
  46. Noughts and Crosses - reviewed here
  47. Einstein's Underpants and How They Saved The World - reviewed here
  48. After The First Death - reviewed here
  49. The London Eye Mystery - reviewed here
  50. Beano Annual - reviewed here
Those that chose the Moomin books both said any one of the series would do, so we think reading just one of them will satisfy the challenge. Luke's read a few of the titles on this list already himself (although he was faintly insulted by the inclusion of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, which he thinks is for 9 year olds). As long as he can remember enough about them to do his review we'll tick them off his list. We don't think we'll bother with the version of Greek myths listed here and Luke has pretty much memorised them from the wonderful D'aulaire's Greek Myths so I think we've got that covered.
I'm relieved to see we own a fair few of the books already. Otherwise it might have become a rather expensive project as not all that many seem to be available at the library!
Personally, I think Little Women will present the biggest challenge for Luke in both style and content, but I look forward to seeing what he thinks of them all.


  1. Great challenge :) Am looking forward to hearing which you have already read, Luke.

    There's a few in there I haven't read, and a few that I love - can't wait to hear what you think of them all :)

    Jay, do shout if you can't get hold of any and don't want to buy them - our collections might not completely overlap :)

  2. Seems like a fascinating list. It does seem a bit harsh that "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" counts as one choice!

  3. I agree, Kram. I've suggested (knowing Luke has already read The Hobbit and seen LOTR films) that reading The Fellowship Of The Rings would be fine.

  4. Well done Luke, I can't tell you how impressed I am at your achievement. Seeing the list brings back memories of my own childhood, and there are more books on there that I would like to discover. You are an inspiration, as is your mum :))