Thursday, February 19, 2009

BBC Book List

I've seen this before, but some of the books have changed so maybe this is an updated version.
Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. [I'm just copying this bit, not vouching for it.] I'd be interested to hear which ones you've read and loved.
Instructions: 1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. 2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE. (I'm adding a '-' to the ones I HATED too.) 3) Star (*) those you plan on reading. 4) Tally your total. How many have you read?
1. [x-] Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 2. [x+] The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien 3. [x+] Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 4. [x+] Harry Potter series - JK Rowling 5. [x] To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 6. [*] The Bible 7. [x-] Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 8. [x] Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 9. [x+] His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 10. [ ] Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 11. [x+] 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. [x] The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien 17. [*] Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks 18. [ ] Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 19. [ ] The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 20. [ ] Middlemarch - George Elliot 21. [x] Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell 22. [ ] The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald 23. [ ] Bleak House - Charles Dickens 24. [ ] War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 25. [x+] 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. [x] Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 30. [x-] The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame 31. [ ] Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 32. [x] David Copperfield - Charles Dickens 33. [x] Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis 34. [x-] Emma - Jane Austen 35. [x-] Persuasion - Jane Austen 36. [x] The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis 37. [ ] The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 38. [ ] Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres 39. [x+] Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden 40. [ ] Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne 41. [x] 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. [x+] Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 47. [ ] Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy 48. [ ] The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood 49. [x-] Lord of the Flies - William Golding 50. [ ] Atonement - Ian McEwan 51. [x+] Life of Pi - Yann Martel 52. [ ] Dune Frank - Herbert 53. [ ] Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons 54. [x-] 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. [x] Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck 62. [ ] Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 63. [ ] The Secret History - Donna Tartt 64. [x] 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. [x-] 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. [x+] The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 74. [x] 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. [x] 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. [x] Charlotte’s Web - EB White 88. [x] The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn 89. [ ] Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 90. [ ] The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton 91. [ ] Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad 92. [x] The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 93. [ ] The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks 94. [x+] 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. [x] Hamlet - William Shakespeare 99. [x] Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roal Dahl 100. [x] Les Miserables -Victor Hugo
Total read: 38
Total loved: 9
Total hated: 9
Total planning to read: 5
Musings: LOTR and Jane Eyre are two of my most favourite books ever! I did read the entire Old Testament, but stalled once starting the New Testament (one day...). And yes, I've read every single Jane Austen book - and hated every one. I only read them because I thought I would be smart and cool if I did (I was in grade 8, gimme a break!). I must prefer the Brontes and their depressing moodyness. I think The Little Princess is actually slightly better than The Secret Garden. I've read everything ever written by LM Montgomery (including a freakin' ton of her short stories), Louisa May Alcott and Bill Bryson. Even though it's about rabbits, I think I've read Watership Down like 5 times because I really like it. My adding is most likely off because it's late and I suck at simple maths (because I taught Low Maths for two years and it killed that part of my brain).
I stole this from Tara, who stole this from Astrid. Feel free to steal this from me!
And...feel free to post me a comment regarding my literary taste, or yours!

3 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you about Austen. You've more determination than I, though. I quit after a book and a half. Go Brontes!

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  2. This booklist is on fire this week! I kept seeing it everywhere so I had to write a post about it myself. (http://cheeseburgersinpakistan.blogspot.com)
    I ran across yours while looking for the actual origin of the list.

    I really like your addition of the "Total loved" and "Total hated." Haven't seen that anywhere else.

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