The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Here is something I lifted from a facebook note.

Instructions: Copy this into your blog. Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. Tag other book nerds.

I have starred those I obsolutely love and recommend. And going to Georgetown Library today to get some of those I haven’t read. Yipee!

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen x
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte x
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling x (*)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee x (*)
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte x (*)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens x (*)

Total: 6

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott x (*)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy x
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier x
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger x
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot x

Total: 5

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell x (*)
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
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

Total: 4

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy x
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens x (*)
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
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini x
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden x
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

Total: 6

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown x
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez x (*)
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 x
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood x
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding x
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan x

Total: 6

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel x
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen x
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth x (*)
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 – Mark Haddon x
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez x

Total: 6

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck x
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov x
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas x
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy x (*)
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Total: 4

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens x
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 x
80 Possession – AS Byatt

Total: 2

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell x
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker x
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro x (*)
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert x
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry x (*)
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
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 x (*) Reading it again with daughter 1, and will read again with daughter 2.

Total: 7

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 x
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

total: 1

Grand total = 47


Open tag. Knock yourself out.

12 thoughts on “The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

  1. shyam says:

    I did this tag awhile earlier on FB. Will see if I can dig it out. I think perhaps my total was something like 60?

    But seriously – you havent read Winnie the Pooh??? Or The Hobbit? And I thoroughly recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife. 🙂

    • UmmON says:

      Winnie only the little books that O reads. Does that count?
      Oh, JRR T books are on the shelf. Husband’s favourites, but I haven’t read yet. Will do so. And definitely will pick up TTTW. Already made a list for the library. Waiting for Sunday.

  2. PoPoMo, So? says:

    I do not understand the stress placed on Jane Austen, whose writing I do appreciate but do not enjoy, and for that matter Dicksons. (I enjoy his books!) If I don’t like one of Austen’s books, I won’t read the rest…

    Why would any of the great authors be compared to the Da Vinci Code? What about 666, a Novel?

    This is superfluous. Where the hell is Hemingway? Were these just randomly selected????

    In no way do I mean to upset the writer of this blog; I just really hate BCC.

    • UmmON says:

      i love dickens. i’m ok with austen. yeah and dan brown is beyond me too. he should have simply written the plot and given it to crichton to write.
      i don’t like hemingway, he is a yawn!
      and no worries, no offence taken… and i’m indifferent towards bbc.

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