Saturday, November 20, 2010


I don’t have notes on FB so I’m blogging this puppy with a link on FB.

"Have you read more than six of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only six of the one hundred books listed here. I haven’t figured out how to do notes so I’ll blog and put in a link. Bold the books you’ve read. Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt. "

Personal opinion: this is a strange list. Lots of Austen and Dickens, no Trollope or Galsworthy. Ok, so the Forsyte Saga is a Victorian soaper but Trollope’s novels set in the fictional county of Barsetshire are a hoot.

Is it just me, or does this list read like a cross between several best sellers lists, adaptations shown on Masterpiece Theater, and the required reading lists for English Lit?

Some of what they left out. Everything by Mary Renault. The Shoes of the Fisherman and the Clowns of God by Morris West. Captain Newman MD by Leo Rosten, The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat, How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn, Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton………………..

I am ahead of the curve on the BBC list though.

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 Do the first three count?

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible (significant portions)

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 (Most, but not the complete works) I took Shakespeare in college, I had to read them.

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

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

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams and all the sequels

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 -

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres (Saw the movie, does that count?)

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown I’ll admit I blasted through this trying to figure out what all the fuss was about. Big shrug.

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 and all the sequels

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 Sorry, just couldn’t get into it.

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- I know, this is his masterpiece. I didn’t make it past page three. I do not do stream of consciousness, period.

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

87Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White

88The 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

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

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo-

There it is. Have fun.


Kathy said...

Well, I read many more than six of those ... and of those many, they were so long ago, I think I'd have to read each again to have it count within the memory banks. I know someone somewhere determines what is literary genius, but I'm not sure it's always spot on. ;)

xinixia said...

I've read 20 of those... But I do remember a lot of them being compulsory in school lol Strange selection though :)

Clandestine said...

It is kind of a strange collection...I suppose they're trying to incorporate lots of different genres, but instead of putting in several Jane Austens, they should have put in some works of her contemporaries.

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Miss. Heather said...

I've read nine of these already (and i'm twenty-one) and mum has read fifty-four of them (and she's forty).

Colleen said...

I think this books are interesting read.

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