Thursday, March 26, 2009

BBC's The Big Read - Time to Make Good Use of The Library

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books in their Big Read Top 100 list. I thought to myself, "Pshaw! I'm well educated. I'm sure I've read most!"


Uh-oh. I guess I'm hitting the library very soon. UPDATE: Books read by Shtinky denoted below. DISCLAIMER: "Read" does not mean I've retained any of it. The reason why I haven't read many of the "required reading" from highschool is because I cheated by reading the Cliff's Notes. I'm probably going to have to re-read all of them!! UPDATE #2: I probably won't finish this list because I know I'll NEVER finish War and Peace or the Bible. But I'm certainly going to give it the good ol' college try. :-D

How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions: Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen ( )
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien ( )
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (1)
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (2)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (3)
6 The Bible - ( )
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (4)
8 1984 - George Orwell (5)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman ( )
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens ( )
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (6)
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 ( )
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk ( )
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (7)
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger ( )
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot ( )
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (8)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald ( )
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens ( )
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy ( )
25 The Hitchhiker’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 (9)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame ( )
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (10)
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 (11)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - ( )
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres ( )
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (12)
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne ( )
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell (13)
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown ( )
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ( )
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - 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 (14)
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 (15)
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 (17)
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie ( )
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville (18)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (19)
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker ( )
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (20)
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 (21)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell ( )
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker (22)
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 (23)
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 (24)
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (25)
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks ( )
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams (26)
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 (27)

13 comments:

Debtfree2009 said...

Great list. I've read about 35+ of them. Funny that my 14 has read at least half of them.

My favorite book of all time is The Great Gatsby.

Money Funk said...

Ya, about 33 here. Does it count that I started War & Peace but never finished. LOL!

Read the Hobbit at 9. Dune when I was 13. Love Wuthering Heights...Emily Bronte I find an interesting person. Animal Farm is a weird one.

Hey I am glad you posted this list cuz I was just thinking of reading some 'classics'. Does seeing the movie county, too? ;)

paranoidasteroid said...

I hate these kinds of lists! I've read 39, which I guess makes me awesome at reading, but some of these are stupid. They have "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" listed, but also "Hamlet." I loved loved loved "The Shadow of The Wind," but it's really more of a beach book to me.

And why is Jane Austen on there so many times? And The Lord of the Rings books were so boring (except for The Hobbit) that I got maybe 100 pages into Fellowship and gave up.

And some of these I read in school when I was like... 12.

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-uh oh, I haven't read that many, I always intend to read more, but never get round to it! A great list to go from though, thanks!

asgreen said...

How many have you read?

Jennifer said...

I've read 20... with the caveat that I read The Little Prince in German and therefore probably shouldn't count it. I also didn't count all the ones I started, but never finished or supposedly read in college while I was actually reading SparkNotes.

JACLYN said...

I started doing this several months ago. I hardly read any of them previously. I usually try to read 1 or 2 a month. :)

MoneyMateKate said...

Ah, ParanoidAsteroid beat me to the punch on the content of the list.

I've definitely read 24. There's another 6-8 that I fake-read for school (meaning a couple of chapters plus the Cliff Notes), and a few of them I started but was too young to appreciate and gave up (Dune, Hobbit, etc). A few of them I tried to read after seeing the movie, but didn't enjoy it because I just kept comparing it to the movie so I quit. Then there are about 5 that I may or may not have read, it's just too long ago to remember. I was an avid reader up until high school, when reading whole books became homework. That killed it for me.

Abigail said...

35. I was dinged a bit because of things like the bible. I wasn't raised religiously. I've read PARTS of the bible. I've read part of Love in the Time of Cholera.

But yeah I think a few other things should've been on here. Of course it's BBC so maybe that explains why Mark Twain isn't on there. But why no Virginia Woolf or William Faulkner? Sorry, but Harry Potter just doesn't stock up against those guys.

I was shocked to see "Shadow of the Wind." I picked it up randomly in a bookstore and loved it. I had no idea it was so well known!

It's a little weird how many of these would generally be read in high school. I read Pride and Prejudice on my own, but at least 10 of them were from English classes.

It reminds me that I need to read Life of Pi though.

Sunflowers said...

I've read 30... but so many of them were from high school and college. I'd like to go back and revisit them... I know I would appreciate some of them a lot more now.

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Anonymous said...

I've read close to half of those. Also, I'm a freak and I did read the Bible from beginning to end while I was in college. My BF at the time thought I was crazy. It's worth it, though! Just read a little each night.

sara l said...

I'm at 26. I've started another 3-5 but never made it to the end. I wonder if this was compiled by their editors or if they had people vote?

Ms. MoneyChat said...

wow, let's just say that i've read more than 6 but less than nearly everyone who commented on this post. LOL. i have some reading to do.

to my credit, there were a few that i couldn't remember if i read or not so i didn't count them. i know i read a ton in a.p english during high school and my first 2 years in college.