Observer – 100 Greatest Novels of All Time

30 04 2009

I realize that we have not posted anything on here for a few weeks… sorry! Life is just so busy these days that I am only about half way through The Other Boleyn Girl. So, in light of the lack of activity, I thought we’d better post something… so here is a follow-up to the BBC’s Big Read

In response to the BBC’s list, which we’ve previously posted about, the British magazine The Observer determined their own list of  the 100 greatest novels of all time.  We thought that we’d share this list with you, categorized as before…

There are a few things we wanted to track on this list, so here is a little legend to help it all make sense!

  • K or N – Kim/Nic has read it
  • K♥ or N♥ – loved it
  • K◊ or N◊ – want to read it


  1. Don Quixote — Miguel De Cervantes
  2. Pilgrim’s Progress — John Bunyan
  3. Robinson Crusoe — Daniel Defoe ~ K
  4. Gulliver’s Travels — Jonathan Swift
  5. Tom Jones — Henry Fielding ~ K
  6. Clarissa — Samuel Richardson ~ K
  7. Tristram Shandy — Laurence Sterne
  8. Dangerous Liaisons — Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
  9. Emma — Jane Austen ~ K♥ Read the rest of this entry »

KimN ~ My Sister’s Keeper

13 04 2009

My Sister’s Keeper ~ Jodi Picoult

Yeah!!! I’m finally going to read the ‘famous’ Jodi Picoult book… My Sister’s Keeper (then I can read Nicole’s book review on it!)


Wow, Wow, Wow – each Picoult novel I read just gets better and better!!  I finished this book a couple of nights ago, and finally now have time to share my thoughts on it… If I had only one word to describe this book it would be HEART-BREAKING.  I cried multiple times while reading this book… and although I do cry it takes a lot for a book to make me cry.

I’m not sure what I can add to Nicole’s notes on this book… she highlighted the unique way that Picoult constructs the narrative in the novel.  Each character has so much depth, and it is amazing how Picoult can write from the point of view of all types of people – males, females, adults, teenagers – … etc and get it all right, relatable, and true to the age and gender of the person.  Now that is talent!

Picoult’s novels, that I have read so far, take on these amazingly complex and controversial issues.  You may think that you know your point of view or perspective on the issue, until you hear from the different characters involved and each of their unique feelings, perspectives, and thoughts on the issue.

Read this book! All of you!

KimN ~ A Spot of Bother

4 04 2009

A Spot of Bother ~ Mark Haddon

March 28 ~ I needed a break mid-read through The Rainbow (and I mistakenly or conveniently – depends on how you look at it – left it at work overnight), so I picked up A Spot of Bother for a couple of reasons. 

  1. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – if you have not read this I suggest you do so immediately, it is a phenomenal book!  
  2. It is 1 of the stack of probably 10 or so books that I have borrowed from Nicole… I figure I’d better try to get some of them back to her sooner or later. 
  3. I needed a fun and engaging book to power through after dragging my heels through my read-through of The Rainbow! 

So… I’m already about 50 pgs in, I’ll report back to you sooner than later!

On another note – Nicole gave me my very own copy of The Time Traveler’s Wife for my birthday today!  I can’t wait to read it – after reading her review of it a couple of weeks ago I just knew that it would be one of those books that I would have to get my hands on, and likely one of those books that I will read through more than once.  Guess I’ll add it to the ever-growing ‘To-Read’ pile 🙂


April 4 ~ This book was the perfect break after The Rainbow!  It fun and light-hearted, but at the same time it deals with some serious and controversial issues.  Haddon does disappoint with his second novel, although I do still prefer his first!  The characters are fantastic, each very unique and each very well developed.  The story follows George – who has just retired and discovered a ‘tumor’ on his hip, causing him to go a little crazy – and his family – wife, Jean, and grown children Katie & Jamie.  Each family member has a unique sort of relationship with George, and its really interesting to see how they all deal with his downward spiral in to insanity… while at the same time dealing with their own issues!  Probably one of my favourite characters is Katie’s son, Jacob – he is just a sweet  little kid stuck in the middle of this crazy family, yet he has this powerful connection to his Grandpa George through this period in George’s life.  It is quick fascinating to see how George warms up to Jacob and realizes their connection as the novel progresses.

Read this book if you want a quick and fun character-driven novel!