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Friday, February 27, 2009

How Do You Measure Up?

Okay, whether it's true or not, there's been a list of books floating around Facebook which apparently claims the BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100. It's a great list of books regardless.

How do your reading habits stack up? How many have you read?

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR 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

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

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

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

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

26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

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

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

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

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

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 - Kazu 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

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


  1. 52 of the 100. Although I have to wonder about the list -- if you've read the Complete Works of Shakespeare, you've also read Hamlet. Ditto with the Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

  2. i've read a bunch but i stopped counting b/c like Glynn said, Hamlet = All of Shakespeare and Narnia and Lion. Also if you've read all of Shakespeare that's A LOT of books. Harry Potter and Narnia are both 7 books each, LOTR =3. So just between those 3 series alone, that is 17 books. or do they just count each series as 1 books (which i think is wrong, as that means Harry Potter is like a 1000000000 page book then.)

  3. I'm a sucker for lists like this.

    Currently 1/3 of the way into Les Mis. That will make ... 36.

  4. A pathetic 13 though a bunch of them are sitting on my tbr pile. A few I have no desire to read. Lots of good books on the list though. Let's replace DaVinci Code with Peace Like a River though. :-)

  5. I got 13 too, so you're not alone Gina ;-). All the Jane Austen and Shakespeare books are on my list (I've read some of them but not all).

  6. This list is so slanted toward British writers. C'mon. There are a lot of classics not listed here. I think I had read 17 of these, none of Lewis or Tolkein or Dahl. Geez, I can hear the gasps from here. Don't like fantasy or "old English" terminology.

  7. Ha! Nicole. Personally, I like British novels, although when I was in high school I remember being really confused why sometimes I read different spellings of words.

    As far as my tally goes—if you count the books I'm reading (about 6 of them) I've read 40. As far as repeats with Shakespeare and the Narnia Tales, at least it gives those of us who haven't read all of them a fighting chance.

    Although if you were only going to read one of Shakespeare's plays, would it be Hamlet? I dunno . . .

  8. 31, I think. I was also miffed at the duplications on the list. And good point, that some of them are series so that's more than "one" book. I did think it was an impressive list--some I'd love to read, but a few I wouldn't bother picking up.

  9. 27... not counting series... i didn't think that was too bad - i'm only 23 and i already own a lot of the books that are my list of books to read

  10. Wahoo! I've read 18 of the titles listed. (Yes, I counted the Harry Potter series as one.) While it may not be as many as some of the other commenters, I'm still better than the BBC average. :)

  11. Only 8 for me. 9 if I can count Peace Like a River.

  12. Peace Like a River definitely belongs on that list!

  13. 32, counting the series as one each. This was a good exercise for me as I have been reminded to add several more titles to my TBR list. Now, if I could just add several more hours to my day I might get more read!

    Carol Garvin

  14. Jess: You shouldn't read Shakespeare's scripts. You should see his plays. I'm not a big Hamlet fan. I think if you were going to see just one of Shakespeare's plays, it should be Twelfth Night (comedy). Or Macbeth (trajedy). Or The Winter's Tale (romance). But who sees just one? ;)

  15. I've read 22, and 7 others I began and decided never to finish. A few of these I've never heard of.


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