I’m a reading fool!

November 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

A friend of mine (Hi, BiblioVixen/SumoKnitter!) posted this on Facebook. I thought it was appropriate for this venue, so I decided to post it here rather than in a note on Facebook. I did post this list once before, about a year and a half ago. I’ll summarize the difference in the results below. I’ll also comment on some individual books throughout the list.

It’s a strange list of books, really. For example, why in the world would Dan Brown be in the same list as William Shakespeare, or Carlos Ruiz Zafon? All this makes sense when you think that the list is of Britain’s favorite novels, voted on in 2003 (see the original blog post mentioned below).

***Begin list!***

“Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.  Instructions:

-Copy this into your NOTES.

-Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.

-Underline the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.

-Tag other book nerds.”

(By the way, it’s just a meme – have fun with it!  It was probably created from this original BBC post in 2004 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml )

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 — SUCH a good book, especially if you listen to it read by Sissie Spacek

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 — I definitely feel like I should have made it through this at some time. I loved the movie!

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 — A real let-down, after reading TLOTR trilogy.

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger — I hope it’s more satisfying than Her Fearful Symmetry

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell — I was too young to appreciate it, I think, when I tried to read it (like, 9)

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

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 Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy — Currently reading!

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 – A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan BrownReally?

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 — I thought the movie was fantastic, so I’ll hopefully read this soon.

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 OMG — Favorite!

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 — I’ve heard it’s overrated

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding Really?

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker — It bored me, but I nearly got through

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett — Currently reading!

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce — I’ve heard it’s maddening to read

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 – E.B. 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


22 read in full or part (at that time, I did not count Gone with the Wind, because I had barely gotten in to it so long ago. This time, I did)


25 Read in full
13 Read in part

Not too shabby, really, for a year and a half. Especially since I was definitely not working on this list specifically. It just so happened that this list contains a lot of books that I mean to read, or read again.

How do you score?



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