Monday, 22 November 2010

100 Books by the BBC

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

Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
2) Add a '+' to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total.
5) Add movies (M) you watched, if you like
(MM means more than one version)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (x)+ [MM]
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë (x)+ [MM]
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (x, just the first one: "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone") [M]
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (*) [M]
6 The Bible (x)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë (x) [MM]
8 Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell (x)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (x)+ [MM]
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (x)+ [MM]
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (x)+ [M]
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (x)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (not the complete works, only parts) [M, a few movies, several plays, Romeo and Juliet] (x)+ [MM]
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier (*) [M]
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (x)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks (x)+
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (x)
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (x)---
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot (x)+ [M]
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (x)+ [M, about a hundred times]
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (x)+ [MM]
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens (x)+
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (x)+[MM]
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (x)
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh (*)
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (x)+
28 The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (x) [M]
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (x) [M, well, animated]
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (x)+ [MM]
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (*)
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen (x)+ [MM]
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen (x)+ [MM]
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (x) [play]
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini (x)
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres (x)+ [M]
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (x) [M]
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (x)+
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell (x)+
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (x) [M]
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Marquez (x)+
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins (x)+ [M]
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery (x) [M]
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (*)
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood (x)+
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (x)
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan (x)-
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons (x)
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (x)+ [MM]
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth (x)+
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruíz Zafón (x)+
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (x) [MM]
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (x) +
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon (x)
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel García Marquez (x)+ [M]
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (x)+
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 (x)
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy (*)
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding (x) [M]
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie (x)
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (*) [M]
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson (x)+
75 Ulysses - James Joyce (x)
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (x)
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray [M]
80 Possession - AS Byatt (x)+ [M]
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (x) [MM]
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell (x)
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker (x)+ [M]
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry (x)+
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 [M]
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (x)
92 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
93 Watership Down - Richard Adam (x) [M]
94 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
95 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute (x)+
96 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas [M]
97 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (x)
98 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (x)
99 Les Misérables - Victor Hugo (x)+ [M]
100 The Once and Future King - T.H. White

Total: 73 books, 38 movies

Not bad, I guess. Belonging to a book club seems to pay off. ;-) Anyway, can you tell that I love classics and books with a loooot of pages?

I did this last year and now added five more that I read this year, so I should be done with this list in about ten years. ;-)
(Never going to happen since there are some that I'm really not interested in.)

Also check out the list "The 100 Greatest Fiction Books" from the Guardian.

1 comment:

  1. At the rate I'm reading... It could take to my retirement. lol

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