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Merridee23 in Cairns is doing 32 things including…

Read the Top 100 books from the BBC The Big Read List

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Merridee23 has written 12 entries about this goal

10 down 90 to go!

24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Another good book. I think the movie improved on the book which you don’t get to say often about movies. Little details like Hermoine punching rather then slapping Melfoy and changing when she did it so they could rewatch it when they travelled back in time and how Hermoine wolf called to distract Professor Lupin. Still a great book.

9 down 91 to go

23. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
Another great Harry Potter book. Lots in it, good defeats evil, always wonder why they reward Harry for breaking the rules (even if it saves people) but as a teacher it would motivate more people to break the rules lol.

8 read

22. Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone
Have read it multiple times but reread it and still a great book. Good start to the series. Recommended read.

7 down...93 to go

7. Winnie the Pooh
Have read it before when at uni and didn’t really remember it and honestly after reading it again this time I’m sure in a few months I won’t remember it. It is the most unmemorable book, written for “kids” as a story told by a parent and has terrible spelling in it on purpose. Quite silly, nonsense stories that have no moral or point and give children quite a bad view on a lot of things (spelling, behaviour, ways of thinking about others). All in all not a book I would really recommend to anyone.

6th read

58. Black Beauty
Terribly sad, beautifully written little story. Written from a horses perspective, nice short little chapters, easy for beginner readers. Good moral story fitting with the times but very sad to read. Even though Black Beauty finally has a moderately okay ending still saddening the plight of horses and the nature of humans. Recommended read.

5 down 95 to go

18. Little Women
I really do like this book and would have thought from memory it was a great book and would recommend it to anyway but….upon reading it again! I love the first half of the book. Great moral sort of coming of age story where although old fashion is still entertaining and imparts lots of little life lessons to the reader.
The second half however is a complete fail! It tries to follow too many people’s stories, gets way to preachy about things and altogether lost me as a reader and I only by considerable effort pushed myself to read it. No idea what age bracket I would recommend this book to as the second part is so beyond the age intended for the first part I must assume they expect the reader to put the book down mid way and pick it up in 5years time. Disappointing end to a great beginning,

4 down 96 to go

51. The Secret Garden
Wonderful story for any age! Read it as a child and still loved it reading it as an adult. Paints a very vivid picture with descriptive but not overly lengthy passages, even though older language it would still be easily read by a younger child. Great motto throughout of positive thinking leads to positive things. “Where a rose is cultivated, a thistle cannot grow”. Gets a tiny bit preachy towards the end but sums the story up nicely. Love how they write in the cockney English so helps you read the other characters with the inflection they may have had in their speaking.
Highly recommended book!

3 down 97 to go

30. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Very outdated language and phrasing. Plugs “lessons” and morals all the time. The story tangents randomly and often and while amusing it was actually quite a hard book to get interested in. Definitely not for the young reader of this age. While the story is vaguely interesting in an imaginative kind of way the language is so outdated it’s hard to follow and with the numerous branches away from the storyline with irrelevant side tracks just becomes painful to read. Strange “summary” at the end too. Instead of just waking up and realising it was a dream feels the need to sum it up, explain it all and then try to wrap a nice little bow around it. Not a book I’d recommend to many.

2 down 98 to go

81. The Twits
Great little book. Just knocked if off in half an hour. Another one I have already read heaps of time.
Hilarious book, definitely written for kids. Funny, entertaining, uses some great language, meter and rhyming. Gets you thinking about things ands talk to the reader as if a friend telling a story. Good vs evil thing with good of course winning. Roald Dahl is truely a great writer. Definitely a must read book!

1 down 99 to go!

92. The Clan of The Cave Bear
Have read it heaps of times but read it again and still a Fantastic book! By far the best of the whole series. Very descriptive, paints an amazing picture of life in nomadic times and immediately captures you into the plight of the little girl called Alya as she grows up in a world that is both harsh and amazing. Highly recommended book!

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