Monday, August 17, 2009

BBC 100 books most people should read - how many have you read?

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books on the list below. I've italicised and bolded the 38 I've read and would like to tag Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett, Howard Hopkins, David Cranmer, Ann Parker and Dave Lewis to copy and paste the list onto their blogs, identify which ones they've read and tag 5 other victims.

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 (not the whole book!)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’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
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 Graham
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 (started it...)
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - 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 Inferno – Dante
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


Chris said...

As I said on Gary's blog, "NO LOUIS L'AMOUR?!!?!?"

I'm actually just joking about that. Lists are lists, but I was surprised at how few I've read on this one. Sigh...

I made a post on my Louis L'Amour Project blog again. I'm back in a L'Amour mood, so I'll ride it while it lasts.

Did you see that bench-clearing at the Giants/Dodgers game last week? Your guys got the best of the Giants, in general, but that last victory was sweet justice for us Giants fans. :)

Laurie Powers said...

Glad to see you on the blog again, Chris -I was missing your smiling face. Post anything - it doesn't have to be only Louis L'Amour. That's what I do. Just post on a regular basis. Remember what they told Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams: "If you build it, they will come."

I didn't see the bench-clearing for some reason I don't remember. But I did see when our pitcher was almost killed the other day when he was hit in the head by a line drive - that was enough excitement for me for a while.

Laurie Powers said...

Oh, and now I know you're back with us, Chris, TAG - YOU'RE IT. It's your turn now to do this list!

Travis Erwin said...

I've read 31 on that list.

Charles Gramlich said...

I just posted mine on this today.

Laurie Powers said...

Travis, you've been officially memed.I would like to see what you've read on the list, so post it on your blog if you haven't already. Charles, great - I'll go check out yours. It's always interesting to see what people's reading history is. Spoken like the true book geek that I am.

Chris said...

Rats, Laurie...I missed your tagging me! Hmmm, I wonder if it's too late?

Chris said...

Oh, and I loved your Field of Dreams comment. Oddly enough, I just checked that out from the library and am going to watch it soon! His line at the end, "Dad? Wanna have a catch?" make a great big lump in my throat.

Laurie Powers said...

Chris, you are tagged. I didn't tag you before because I thought you weren't blogging. SO GET TO IT.