The BBC Booklist - How Many Have You Read?


My friend tagged me in this note on facebook on Wednesday and I thought I'd share it here too. Feel free to copy and paste to your own blog (if you do add your blog to the linky at the bottom so I can check it out).

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 post. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

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 (My all-time fav series!)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee  (I read this in year 6 and it was one of the first books that really made me think about racism)
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell  (Read this under duress - read: 3Unit HSC English)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (This would have to be in my Top 20. Loved it when I first read it when I was about 12)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (This is one I have on my shelf, have read the first chapter but no further. I enjoyed the movie version!)
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
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (My all-time fav book!)
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (I started to read this when I was about 12 years old, after reading an article in a Time magazine about books everyone should read. I got through about 3 chapters and couldn't get any further!)
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
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (One of the first series of books I read apart from Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley...light years ahead of either of those others!)
34 Emma -Jane Austen (I read this after seeing the movie version with Gwyneth Paltrow)
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 (I got this for the same birthday that I got Bridget Jones Diary, I enjoyed this, but I can't remember it very well, and am thinking about re-reading it)
40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell (This was the Orwell book I wish I'd had to read for school. I read it when I was in year 12, not long after I read 1984, which I had to read for 3Unit English. I really liked Animal Farm, 1984 not so much!)
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 (I also loved this when I was in primary school)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood (One of my Top Ten)
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 (I bought this after reading something else that referenced it a lot, can't remember what it was, read the first few chapters but haven't had a chance to go back to it yet)
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon (Loved this. If you haven't read it you should get your hands on a copy stat!)
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 (I just couldn't finish this for some reason. I got about three quarters of the way through, got side-tracked by something else and just never found the motivation to go back to it)
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (Months after reading this I'm not 100% sure whether I liked it or not)
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 (My cousin bought me this for my birthday about 2 years before they made the movie and it was one of those books that I really enjoyed and was better than the movie. If you haven't read the second book but have seen the movie, then do yourself a favour and read the book, it's way better!)
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker (I finished this a couple of weeks ago, I got it for free on my Kindle, and despite some of the older language I really enjoyed it.)
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
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 (Another one of those childhood favourites that was also so sad!)
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 (I absolutely loved this series when I was a kid...I wanted so badly to find a Magic Faraway Tree!)
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 (had to read this in year 10 I think,very boring, the movie was ok though...what I saw of it before I fell asleep anyway!)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (I love anything by Roald Dahl, although my favs would be The Twits and George's Marvellous Medicine...and also Esio Trot!)
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I've read 25 and partially read 6. How many have you read?


Anonymous said…
can you publish the original BBC link please? I cannot find it on BBC web site.

During these days, the list is circulating on FB. I see that your list is pretty different from FB....I guess someone manipulated for an Italian audience the list!

(another books lover ;)

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