Thursday, July 23, 2009

BBC booklist

I reposted this entry after reading it on Sparklebluefaery's blog

The BBC says most people will only read 6 of these 100 Books.

Instructions:Cut and Copy the list into your notes... then...

1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read. (remove other persons X's)
2) Tally your total at the bottom.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte X
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell X
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott X
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien X
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell X
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams X
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck X
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll X
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis X
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett X
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl X
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Total Read= 13

Not very good really, but at least it is more than the average 6! I will try to return to this entry and update it every now and then. I know that I have direct access in my house or my parent's house to another 16 of these books, so I have no excuse! I have to get reading to see why they are on the list.

Please post a link in the comments section to your blog entry if you carry on the challenge yourself.


purplecat said...


Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" said...

I'm right there with you MM - 13. Not great but better than the average. I can't believe the average is only 6! Do they not require reading in English class anymore?

Bibliophile said...

I've read 55 of them, am reading one, and have 10 more on my reading list.

A large number of these books are required reading for English literature classes, so it surprises me that people only read six of them on average.

pinkglitterfae said...

great link! I love reading, but haven't done as much the last few years since art took over, lol!
I went through the list and have read 24 of them, not bad I guess.

amy said...

I kept wondering if I saw the movie or read the book on several of these which is crazy. I had to read a lot for English advanced placement in high school, but don't remember them because I had to read them so fast and then take a test. :(

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Thanks for sharing that list. It was interesting to see that I have read 33 of them. I am an avid reader though. I posted mine on my blog.

ANNA said...

Great List - I ahve read 34 and will enjoy reading all the others!! THANKS

bubblemunch said...

I've managed 13 too! but there are two on the list that I would like to have as audio books, one that I have started (and will finish!), several I've started and not finished (Dickens - can't get into him for some reason ... despite trying). Confused that Shakespeare appears twice! Have read several of his works but will never manage both.

Interesting post!

Rhonda said...

We can only read so many at a time, which is a problem;-)It is better to read some of them than none at all. Just keep reading. I did the list on my blog too!

Great Job! I too have to read another from this list.

Caroline said...

Hi there - I've not been blogging much but having spotted your list I thought I might just manage this one!

Thanks for helping me update my blog at last!

Elizabeth Golden said...

I have read 79 of them. Wow that is pretty scary isn't it. But... I love to read.. does seeing the play or movie count? I would have a couple extra like Les Miserable - great musical. I just like to read.

Anonymous said...

I've read 16 of these! Probably would have read more, a lot of them were required for English in High School but I was in the AP (college level) classes so we read different books. I should copy this list and put it on my list of never ending amount of books to read :)