"Our children should be reading 50 books a year" - Graeme Paton, The Telegraph (22/03/2011) READ FULL ARTICLE
Hmm, the argument against?
There's lots but perhaps the most outspoken has been Children's Laureate, Anthony Browne, who replied by stating .........
"Asking children to meet a fixed quota would “force them to read quickly not well which could damage their interest in books in later life.” Morwenna Ferrier, The Telegraph (29/03/2011) READ FULL ARTICLE
Here, here Anthony I couldn't agree more.
What says you, as a child were you reading 50 books a year, as a parent do you expect your children to read such a number?
On a lighter note, Telegraph journalist, Iain Hollingshead offers the following literary advice to those grown-ups anxious to keep up with his NOT THE 50 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE.
- Ulysses by James Joyce.
- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
- Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen.
- Emma by Jane Austen.
- Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence.
- The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.
- The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald.
- Tender Is The Night by F Scott Fitzgerald.
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
- Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell.*
- One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
- The Outsider by Albert Camus.
- Candide by Voltaire.
- The Metamorphis by Franz Kafka.
- The Sorrows Of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
- Les Liasons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos.
- War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
- Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
- Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth.
- Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson.
- Snobs by Julian Fellowes.
- A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking.
- A Short History of Nearly everything by Bill Bryson.
- A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka.
- Polo by Julie Cooper. *
- Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. *
- The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
- Does Anything Eat Wasps? by the New Scientist.
- MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS by John Gray. *
- The Game by Neal Strauss.
- The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer.
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.
- How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
- The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry.
- Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton.
- Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt.
- A Journey by Tony Blair.
- Courage by Gordon Brown.
- Jordan: Pushed To The Limit by Katie Price.
- Saturday by Ian McEwan.
- Captain Correlli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres. *
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
- Harry Potter by JK Rowling.
- One Day by David Nicholls.
- Scouting For Boys by Robert Baden-Powell.
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
How many on that list have you read, which did you enjoy/dislike? What would be on your list if someone asked you which books you would recommend they not read?
My list of books would have to include:
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
- Atonement by Ian McEwan.
- Elvis by Albert Goldman.
- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (I read this for my English Literature O'Level and still have nightmares thinking about it)
- Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom.