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February 24 2009 @ 02:29 pm
I've read 15/100  
The BBC allegedly believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Bold = Read
Italicized = Didn't finish
Underline = Considering

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - J.K. 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 (yes, I've read them all)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller'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 - take that, John Sheppard!
25 The Hitch Hiker'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
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
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 (which IS a part of #33, duh)
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
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
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 Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
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 (That would be the complete Sherlock Holmes)
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 (wouldn't this be in the complete works of Shakespeare, like Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe is in the Chronicles of Narnia?)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Current Mood: blah
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birggitt: Valentine's Daybirggitt on February 24th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Damn! I read most of them! Not Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or Capitan Corelli's (as a matter of fact, I have not clue about this one.
And I've only let one book unfinished in my whole life: Joyce's Ulysses, which I hate with my heart.
The trick, in my case, is ask which one I read at least twice :)
Jill aka Jo: Goodie: Coffeesireesanwar on February 24th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
wow I'm impressed. I haven't and most I want nothing to do with.
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Angelserenitysangel on February 24th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
I've read 42/100 of those. So much for the statistics lol Two of us have already read more than what they think people read.
Jill aka Jo: Misc: Phedresireesanwar on February 24th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
That is a lot. I don't see myself ever getting through that many of these. There are only another handful I would like to read.
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Jill aka Josireesanwar on February 25th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
Good plan
H. J. Snapehjsnapepm on February 25th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
I've read and/or started a heck of a lot more than 6 of those. I don't think you can graduate high school in my state without having read more than 6 of those. Lots of them are part of the curriculum. XD
Jill aka Jo: RE: Alice and Carlos Heads Togethersireesanwar on February 25th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
You can in California but then we don't pride ourselves on having the best educational system. There are quite a few I want to read but some I just know I will never get through.
tracyj23tracyj23 on February 25th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
I'm up to 33. I cannot imagine only 6 -- I'm pretty sure at least 6were books I had to read in high school.

I've tried to read a lot of the "classics" but given up on many. Just because something is considered a classic doesn't make it good. :)
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Mikou: Martha's Vineyardmikou on February 25th, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
I've read 25 for sure. Haven't read the Bible cover to cover, nor the complete works of Shakespeare or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I just started Pullman's His Dark Materials last week. In fact, I finished The Golden Compass today.

There are a few on the list (Rebecca and 1 of the Austen books) that I might have read. I'm just not sure if I did. All the movie adaptations have muddled my memory
Jill aka Jo: Flowerssireesanwar on February 25th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'm currently reading bits of the Bible in hopes of reading it in total. I mean I suspect that in all my years I must have read everything but I don't know. It isn't something you really read straight through. Though I've been trying.

I'm just not a Shakespeare fan. I've read a couple things I was forced into in High School but they were very boring. I don't mind watching movies of them though.

I can't believe I've never read the Sherlocke Holmes stories. I mean that seems like something I would read.

I wasn't sure if I'd read Rebecca or watched it. The only Austen book I've ever tried was P &P and I was sooo bored.
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Mira -Blueberry Witch / human in Elf disguise..miravisu on February 25th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
I take it this was foremost aimed at the English speaking people/countries, or was it? (yet I believe spot a few non-English authors still). As thanks to English literature courses, I think I actually reach 6 books, possibly more. Sad to say I have probably read less of classic Swedish literature though :/ *hangs head in shame*

I can't wait to get my paws on the Dune books since I did like the tv series a lot (despite it being a very summarised version of it all), but I don't want to 'til I have finished lots of uni stuff, as I tend to get veeery lost in such books when I do start on them.
Jill aka Jo: Book: Bellesireesanwar on February 25th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Probably considering the BBC did this list. I would guess it would be the "English" classics. I honestly ever thought about any other classics though some you find here are German or Austria at times.

I have Dune. It is huge because it has a lot more to it than just that. It is such a hard book to get through but I do like the story.
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VorWombat: biowombathouse on March 6th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
Fun indeed!

Read: 58/100

Didn't finish: the Bible, Complete Shakespeare (though I've read most of the plays and all of the sonnets) & 2 of the Russian books -- they gave me headaches.

Finished and then threw the damn thing across the room (very rare for me): The Lord of The Flies

Haven't heard of and/or probably won't get to: 19/100 (specifically don't plan to read Stoker's Dracula, Salman Rushdie or Mitch Albom, unless someone I really respect really convinces me, because bleah.)

Bemused to find on this list: Hitchhiker's Guide, Time Traveller's Wife, Bridget Jone's Diary, Da Vinci Code (because yeah, they're good, but really? Same list as Shakespeare, Austen and the Bible? Really?)

Redundancy found on list forcing me to question previously very high opinion of BBC: CS Lewis's Narnia Series, while separately listing 1st book in same series

General response to 6/100 estimate: gosh how very very sad if in any way close to truth.
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Je Suis Prestsireesanwar on March 10th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Wow. That is an awesome statistic. 58! So I'm starting to feel like I need to read less contemporary stuff and go into some Classics.

I know I was a little stunned by hitchhiker's Guide, Time Traveller's Wife, Bridget Jone's Diary, Da Vinci Code being on the classics list though at times I feel Hitchhikers should be considered a classic for it's genre. But the others?

I know! What is up with the redundancy! I noticed that about Hamlet too. Hello that would be part of the COMPLETE works for Shakespeare.

Well, while I don't buy this about a lot of people I've meet on LJ... I wonder about some because you will meet people who aren't that into reading and you know they've not read even 6. I hate to say it but I think my Best Friend is one of them.
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