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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

100 books... Have you read them?




The BBC put together a list of 100 books they believe the average person has only read 6 of. I found it interesting how it combined both traditional classics as well as a few modern pieces.

Naturally, I couldn't resist going through the list & putting the books I've read in bold... (partially read is in Italics)

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 - read some, but not others...
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
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 Seth56 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 - 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
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo 


So I've read a total of 13. Les Miserables is by far one of my biggest literary accomplishments. It was definitely a beast! But I can say, it's one of my favorite books I've ever read.

It makes me sad, that even sucessfully reading 2 books a month, it would take me almost 4 years to read through the whole list!

I'm curious, what's your number? Of this list, what's your favorite? 



PS - Thanks to Vicki  and Steph for 
playing along on their blogs!

17 comments:

  1. I have read 20:

    3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
    4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
    5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
    9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
    13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
    22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
    39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
    40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
    49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
    70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
    71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
    73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
    87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
    91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
    94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
    98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
    99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

    I've read part of 9:

    6 The Bible
    11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
    14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
    16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
    30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
    33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
    36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
    42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
    81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

    My favorite read? Probably 1984 by George Orwell.

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  2. I've only completed six from the list - and half of those were required reads in high school. I read a lot but I guess I'm not a big fan of the classics. My favorite read from the list is Memoirs of a Geisha. That book is actually one of my top ten favorite reads.

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  3. 27 and I'm halfway done with The Three Musketeers...that list makes me want to go through it bit by bit! Favorite? Hmmm...it's a tie between Pride and Prejudice and The Chronicles of Narnia...

    One that's not on this list that I HIGHLY recommend: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.

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  4. Ohhh, I'm so gonna do this! Look for a blog-post with my list soon!!! :-)

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  5. i've read 17. but looking at this list i want to read all of of them! wow this made me realize how much i've missed taking time to read!

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  6. Oh, and may I add: MY FAVORITE from this list is most definitly Of Mice & Men! (BTW, I couldn't wait, my post/list is up! HAHA) Thanks for the fun idea!!!

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  7. I'm pretty happy with myself. I read 16! Probably because I studied in England and had to read several of the Dickens books. My favorites of all time are on the list: Of Mice and Men, Lovely Bones, Anne of Green Gables and Catcher in the Rye!

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  8. Oh my goodness what a great list! There are many on there I haven't read...and a few I have read! lol is it ok if I add this list to my blog? I need to read all of these! A few of my favorites from the list are The Time Traveler's Wife, Brave New World, Life of Pi. Thanks for sharing this list! :)

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  9. Wow I have read 20.
    I love the Narnia books, of course, but I really enjoyed War and Peace. Catcher and the Rye too.

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  10. I've got ten... impressed that His Dark Materials made it...

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  11. I'm 9 some have been awhile though I actually have 4 others that I had bought just have not gotten around to reading them yet. Love Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

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  12. I've read lots on the list (yay!). I am definitely saving it so I can pick out a good book in the future...

    Favorites from the list (so good!):
    - Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
    - Memoirs of a Geisha
    - Prayer for Owen Meany
    - The Time Traveler's Wife (movie = not good, book = great!)

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  13. loved this! i joined up and linked back to you! :)

    http://thebredewegs.blogspot.com/2011/09/such-bookworm.html

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  14. I've read 24 of them! My favorite was by far Nineteen Eighty-Four. Brave New World was really good too though.

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  15. I'm dedicating my entire Thursday post to which of these 100 books I've read.Check it out!

    http://courtneygordon.blogspot.com

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  16. I have read 38! and I totally played along! I have read:

    Pride and Prejudice
    Jane Eyre
    The Harry Potter Series
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Bible (a challenge I overtook in MS)
    His Dark Materials
    Great Expectations
    Little Women
    Tess of the D'Ubervilles
    Catch 22
    Complete works of shakespeare
    Rebecca
    The Hobbit
    Catcher in the Rye
    Middlemarch
    the Great Gatsby
    Grapes of Wrath
    Alice in Wonderland
    The Wind in the Willows
    Anna Karenina
    Chronicles of Narnia
    The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
    Whinnie the Pooh
    The Da Vinci Code
    Anne of Green Gables
    Lord of the Flies
    Of Mice and Men
    Midnight's Children
    The Secret Garden
    Vanity Fair
    A Christmas Carol
    Madam Bovary
    Charolette's Web
    The Five People You Meet in Heave
    Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    Heart of Darkness
    Hamlet

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