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Pretentious book meme

February 16, 2009

I thought I’d continue the book meme found at Nullifidian’s site

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here, though the closest BBC reference I can find to it is The Big Read from 2003. Either way, it’s time to find out:

Instructions:

  1. Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read ENTIRELY (and not just seen the film!)
  2. Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
  3. Star (*) those you plan on reading.
  4. Tally your total at the bottom.

The BBC reading list:

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien x
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling x
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee x
  6. The Bible x
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell x+
  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 x
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare *
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier x
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien x
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger x
  19. The Time Traveller’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 x
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams x+
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  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
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy *
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis x
  34. Emma – Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis x
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini *
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne x
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell x+
  42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown x
  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 x
  50. Atonement – Ian McEwan *
  51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel x
  52. Dune – Frank Herbert x
  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 x
  58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley x+
  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 x
  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 x
  69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie *
  70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville x
  71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens x
  72. Dracula – Bram Stoker x
  73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  74. 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. 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. Charlotte’s Web – EB White x
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Alborn
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle x
  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 x
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas x
  98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare x+
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl x
  100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

If I’ve tallied correctly, that’s: 34 x / 5 + / 15 * I’ve not read nearly as much as I’d have liked in recent years, but amusingly I have a number of those “want to read” books sitting in a pile in my living room. So much to do, so little time…

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