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Sunday, September 6, 2009

The BBC can take a hike! (Not really, I love their Pride And Prejudice & Clatterford! )

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

I cannot believe that this is true.  I mean, I have 7 out of the first 10.  But then, I attend weekly meetings of Bookworms Anonymous (at the Library!)  haha.

I copied this from Longbrake Living.  I couldn’t resist doing this myself.  How do you measure up?

Instructions: Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen -X
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien- 
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte -X
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling- 
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – X
6. The Bible – X
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – X
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell -X
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman –
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens -X

Total: 7

11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott – X
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 – X
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger -
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot-X

Total: 3

21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell -
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald -X
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens -
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy -
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 – X
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame -X

Total:3 

31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy – 
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens -
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis -X
34. Emma – Jane Austen – X
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen -X
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis -X
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini -X
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres -
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden -
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne – 

Total: 5

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 – X
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 -

Total: 1

51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel-
52. Dune – Frank Herbert -
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons -
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen – X
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–Mark Haddon –X
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez-

Total: 2

61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck – 
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt – 
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold – X
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 – X
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville -

Total: 2

71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens -X
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker -
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – X
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson -X
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 -

Total: 2

81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens – 
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell -
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker – X
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert -
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry -
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White -X
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom -
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – X
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton -

Total: 3

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 – X
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl – X
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo –

Total: 2

Final total:  30/100

I think that’s not too bad.  I was hoping for more.  But I’m keeping this list and checking them off as I read them.  Maybe I’ll post in the future how far I’ve gotten. 

What are you reading right now?

At the moment I am reading an Advance Reader Copy of A Supremely Bad Idea by Luke Dempsey.  It’s a very funny book about birdwatching.  I never in a million years thought I’d put those two words together.  But there they are.

Alright folks.  Get reading & get telling me about it!

5 comments:

Heather and Reese said...

I've read 20, but quite a few are sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.

~Reese

manda said...

33! woo hoo!

longbrakeliving said...

Wasn't this fun!? For me, the best part is just beating the conception of what's "normal." Or maybe I just like marching to my own beat.

muddiedwaters said...

i got a modest 26...

wittyandbrilliant said...

63.5 (I haven't read all of shakespeare, but i think i've managed at least 1/2 of his works)
Luc