Well-Read?

The BBC’s list of best books has been making the rounds – three Facebook friends posted it yesterday.  Let’s check your (and my) level of reading, shall we?  Books I’ve read are bolded.  Italics are my notes.

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen  I’ve tried, I swear I have.  It’s still on my “to read” pile.
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte On my “to read” pile
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling I’ve read through Book 4, does that count?
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee 
  6. The Bible 
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte On my “to read” pile
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell 
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman 
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens I’ve gotten about halfway through it, but not finished it.  Still in my “to read” pile.
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott 
  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 
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger Saw the movie, now have no need to read the book.
  20. Middlemarch – George Eliot On my bookshelf (note I didn’t say in my “to read” pile!)
  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 Shoot me now.
  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 On my “to read” pile
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen On my “to read” pile
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis 
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini 
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres I will never be able to read this without seeing Nic Cage, so I don’t think I will ever read it.
  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 On my “to read” pile
  55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth 
  56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon 
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens “to read” pile
  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 I was going to bold this one, then realized I was thinking about the Cask of Amantillado
  66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac 
  67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy 
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding Really?  This book is on the same list as Moby Dick and Of Mice and Men?
  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 Will never, ever, ever read this book.
  76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath “to read”
  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 – Kazu 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 
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton 
  91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad 
  92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery “to read”
  93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down – Richard Adams Hated.  Every.  Second of it.
  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

Obviously, a lot of the classics were read in school, and I really don’t remember them too well.  Also, obviously, I have a goal of reading a bunch of old classics, as evidenced by my “to read” pile. 

What’s my count?  24.  Better than the 6 the BBC evidently predicted.  Go me!

What’s your count?

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