25 February 2009

Have you read these?

According to Nama, the BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. Who ever put this list together apparently has not read most of them either or else they would have listed several of these books separately (The Lord of the Rings is a TRILOGY, the Harry Potter Series of SEVEN, The Chronicles of Narnia are SEVEN, the works of Shakespeare... are A LOT), and not repeated some of the books included in these sets: Hamlet, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, etc.). 

1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
2) Tally your total at the bottom
3) * Star those you plan on reading

So, not counting books listed twice I have read 53 of these. Take
THAT BBC... or whoever put this together and attributed it to the BBC. 

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen X 
2 The Lord of the Rings -
JRR Tolkien XXX 
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte* 
Oddly enough I know this story remarkably well, I've just never taken the time to read it!
4 Harry Potter series -
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee X
6 The Bible X  
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte X  
HATED IT. None of the characters have any redeeming qualities. 
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell* 
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens* 
I'm going to read all of Dickens this year. It's my goal. 
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott X
12 Tess of the D’
Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy X 
I read this when I was 12, it was on my sister's senior book list. I think I may have explained it to her.
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare... er... not all. I'm going to say 4. 
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier 
16 The Hobbit -
JRR Tolkien X
17 Birdsong - Sebastian
18 Catcher in the Rye 
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey
Middlemarch - George Eliot* 
I've started it a few times but never make it all the way through. 
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens* 
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams* 
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  - too melodramatic.
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens* 
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen X
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen X
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis duh, see #33  
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  
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 X 
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding X
50 Atonement - Ian
51 Life of Pi -
Yann Martel X
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
I've seen a couple different versions of this in film form and didn't find any of the characters endearing, they were all massive ego-maniacs so I have no desire to read the books. Ironically enough, the only people who have ever recommended these to me were all ego-maniacs. Hmm?
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen X
55 A Suitable Boy -
Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz
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
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez* 
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 
63 The Secret History - Donna
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice
65 Count of Monte
Cristo - Alexandre Dumas X 
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac  X
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy 
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding 
69 Midnight’s Children -
Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick - Herman Melville X
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens* 
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker X
73 The Secret Garden - Frances
Hodgson Burnett X
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath X
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William
Makepeace Thackeray* 
80 Possession - AS
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens*  
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker X
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 X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X 
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad* 
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas X 
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -
Roald Dahl X
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo X


Em said...

I have read 45 of them and own 30 others that I plan to read soon.

Anonymous said...

I'm only at 48 of them, its a totally awesome list.

stephanie said...

i've read 52

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