Sunday, 2 August 2009

Killing time

Just to kill a bit of time, I'm going to do the BBC's Book List thing that's been floating around some book blogs. Tomorrow I'll be finishing off my review for Shame On You and taking part in my first Weekly Geeks task :-) (and anything else that distracts me).

From what I can gather with this list of books the BBC have compiled, they predict that most people will only have read about 6 from this list of 99. Yikes! Knowing me, I've probably only read 4. I've seen a million different versions of this though so I'm just grabbing the last one I read.

Well, here goes ...

I'm gonna put an (X) next to those I've read and a (TBR) next to those I own but have yet to read.


001 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (X)

002 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

003 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (X)

004 Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling (TBR)

005 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (X)

006 The Bible

007 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (X)

008 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (X)

009 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

010 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

011 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

012 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

013 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

014 Complete Works of Shakespeare (TBR)

015 Rebecca - Daphne De Maurier

016 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

017 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

018 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (X)

019 The Time Traveller’s Wife- Audrey Niffenegger (X)

020 Middlemarch – George Eliot

021 Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell (TBR)

022 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

023 Bleak House – Charles Dickens (Tried and failed this one two years ago)

024 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

025 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

026 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

027 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

028 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (X)

029 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (X)

030 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

031 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

032 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

033 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

034 Emma – Jane Austen (X)

035 Persuasion - Jane Austen (X)

036 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (Isn't that the same as number 33?)

037 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

038 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere

039 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (X)

040 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

041 Animal Farm - George Orwell

042 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (X)

043 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

044 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

045 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins (X)

046 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

047 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy (X)

048 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

049 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

050 Atonement – Ian McEwan (X)

051 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

052 Dune - Frank Herbert

053 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

054 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (TBR)

055 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

056 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

057 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

058 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

059 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon (X)

060 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (TBR)

061 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (X)

062 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (TBR)

063 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

064 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (X)

065 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

066 On The Road – Jack Kerouac (X)

067 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

068 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (X)

069 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

070 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

071 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

072 Dracula – Bram Stoker (X)

073 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

074 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson (X)

075 Ulysses – James Joyce

076 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (X)

077 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

078 Germinal – Emile Zola

079 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

080 Possession - AS Byatt

081 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

082 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

083 The Color Purple – Alice Walker (X)

084 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro (X)

085 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

086 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

087 Charlotte's Web - EB White

088 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

089 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

090 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

091 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (X)

092 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

093 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

094 Watership Down – Richard Adams

085 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

096 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

097 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

098 Hamlet - William Shakespeare

099 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (X)

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


That's not bad considering I learned how to read twenty years ago :-D By the time I'm 90, I'll finally make it to 100.

How many have you read?  


Amanda said...

At this point, I'm at 39 and 4 partials (one's I've read part of and gave up). I did this on facebook awhile back, and I find the list a bit suspicious considering The Chronicles of Narnia is included as well as a separate entry of The Lion etc. Same thing with Shakespeare - an entry for his complete works, and then some separate ones for individual plays.

Susan said...

28 is good! I agree with Amanda about the separate entries, but I think they probably listed only the most popular works. A lot of people have probably read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe but not the rest of the series. I would have thought Romeo and Juliet would have been the most popular of Shakespeare's works though...

Violet said...

I did this list too, I've read around 15 I think. But I do have at least 10 in my TBR :)

28 is cool :)

LN said...

For the moment, I've only read 13 of them learned how two read about 22 years ago so I guess, I'll need about 200 years to read them all ;-)

JaimeLovesStuff said...

Not bad at all! I have an award for you HERE!

Ceri said...

Amanda - I totally agree. It looks like some people have swapped around a lot of the books.

Susan - Me too! I thought Romeo and Juliet was the more known play so it was quite surprising to not see that on this list.

Violet - 15's a very good number. :-D I've yet to see anyone only hit the '6' mark that the BBC predicted.

LN - Haha! Knowing the bunch of us bookworms that's probably what we'd end up doing if we lived for 200 years! ;-)

Jaime - Thank you so much, hun. :-D That is such a cool award.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sad... there are only 17 on the list I haven't read! Do I have a life?

Ceri said...

Anon - Haha, no, I'm jealous. I wish I was a fast reader so i could get through books much much quicker.