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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


16 comments:

Glynn said...

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.

Deborah said...

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.)

Maggie May said...

55

Noel De Vries said...

I'm a sucker for lists like this.

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

Gina Holmes said...

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. :-)

Griffin Asher said...

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).

Nicole said...

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.

Jessica Dotta said...

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 . . .

Koala Bear Writer said...

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.

prov3130grl said...

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

The Dynamic Uno said...

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. :)

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

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

Jessica Dotta said...

Peace Like a River definitely belongs on that list!

Careann said...

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

Noel De Vries said...

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? ;)

Lori Benton said...

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