My Fifteen Books and Films

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7:20 | Filed in Books, Memes, TV/Film

I was recently tagged by one of my friends on Facebook with a kind of a memey sort of a thing where I have to name fifteen books that I have read that will always stick with me, and also do the same thing for films that I’ve seen. In each case, we don’t have to be talking about favourites, merely stuff that has stuck with you for some reason.

I’m then supposed to tag a further fifteen people with each list, but I can’t be bothered to do that. Instead, I’ll offer it up as a meme for anyone to take part in and will suggest that maybe Stephen Lang, John H and Chartroose might want to give either or both parts of it a go, but anyone else is welcome to as well.

It’s important to note that you do not have to define why a particular book or film has stuck with you. For reference, any book marked with an * is non-fiction, and they are in no particular order…


  1. Lord Of The Rings — J. R. R. Tolkien
  2. The Mismeasure of Man* — Stephen Jay Gould
  3. Fire And Hemlock — Dianna Wynne Jones
  4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  5. The Moonstone — Wilkie Collins
  6. Freakonomics* — Levitt & Dubner
  7. The Black Widower Mysteries — Isaac Asimov
  8. The Legacy of Heorot — Niven, Pournelle and Barnes
  9. The Belgariad — David Eddings
  10. The Blind Watchmaker* — Richard Dawkins
  11. The Demon Haunted World* — Carl Sagan
  12. Bad Science* — Ben Goldacre
  13. The Riddle And The Knight* — Giles Milton
  14. Left Foot Forward* — Garry Nelson
  15. Notes From A Small Island* — Bill Bryson


  1. The Ghoul (1975 Hammer Horror version)
  2. Lord Of The Rings (Peter Jackson)
  3. Moulin Rouge
  4. The Mummy Returns (film for first ‘date’ with my wife)
  5. Goldeneye
  6. Dark Star (John Carpenter)
  7. Way Out West (Laurel & Hardy) — notable for the ‘Lonesome Pine’ song.
  8. Ring (the Japanese version)
  9. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  10. Alien
  11. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
  12. Star Wars
  13. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  14. Trainspotting
  15. Heat (1995)
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4 Comments to My Fifteen Books and Films

  1. Steve says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Dark Star is a fine choice. I’ll have a go at this meme when I’m back from my hols in a couple of weeks…

  2. John H says:

    September 15th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Good idea! I’ll try to get my own list on my blog soon. Haven’t posted anything there for a while…

  3. non-fiction books says:

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    ahh… Freakonomics. glad you included it in. its a must have in every list IMO.

  4. test says:

    September 19th, 2011 at 11:35 pm


    It’s a known truth that right knowledge can be very important when we are doing something new and even more it if is important to us….

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