Wednesday, March 4, 2009

BBC Book List

As a fan of all things book-y and British, this Facebook note caught my attention:

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

a. Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
b. Tally your total at the bottom.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen x
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien x
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter - JK Rowling x
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee x
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell x
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman x
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens x
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
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger x
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger x
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
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
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck x
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame x
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis x
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 x
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden x
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell x
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 x
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 McEwan x
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel x
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 x
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon x
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 Tart
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold x
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 x
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 x
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro x
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 Albom x
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad x
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
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

Hmmm... 36 of 100. I don't feel too embarrassed (except for perhaps the fact that I've read Narnia and Harry Potter but not Hamlet or the Bible). Too bad it doesn't count if I've seen the movie :) Count up your total and post it in the comments! Any major book oversights?


Rearden March 4, 2009 at 10:18 PM  

My count was 37!!! Plus, Atlas Shrugged should definitely be on this list!

Rearden March 4, 2009 at 10:20 PM  

Plus, I think if their gonna put Iain Banks regular fiction, they should put on at least one of his SF books on there too.

Mugs March 4, 2009 at 10:26 PM  

LIAR! Cheat! Scoundrel! We are tied at 36. You cannot count Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials if you've only read ONE of them!!!

And you call yourself a Navy man... for shame.

historygirlie March 5, 2009 at 6:29 AM  

I've got 29. Not too shabby. HOwever, Mugs, you must get yourself to the library and pick up Brave New World by Huxley, Gone with the Wind (SHAME ON YOU!!!) and A Christmas Carol. My pappy would be very disappointed in you to know that you haven't read A Christmas carol!!!! It's his favorite christmas story, and he reads and watches it EVERY DECEMBER. And then I field 100+ phone calls that are all along the same lines as "Guess this quote!!!"

I'm pretty sure all 3 Steffek kids can quote Ebenezzer Scrooge from front to back.....

historygirlie March 5, 2009 at 6:32 AM  

And, who does the BBC think we are, only reading 5 of these books? sure, some folks (even some of my close relations) have probably not have read even one of these books, but still!!! there are educated people out in our world that DO READ.

I'm a bit frustrated with the BBC right now. .......


Maybe I need a different hobby other than just reading. Maybe these uneducated non readers the BBC berates are acutally doing going outside, or something crazy like that.

sister,  March 5, 2009 at 9:03 AM  

Hmm, 30 - better than I thought. I can probably only take credit for about two-thirds though - the rest are due to a high quality high school English department!

sister,  March 5, 2009 at 9:07 AM  

....and of course, a parent that instilled in me (and Mugs) the joy of reading! :)

(Sorry Mom, forgot to appreciate you for that before!)

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