The BBC Book List – Which Ones Have you Read?


Saw this meme floating around on other blogs, and just had to see how I stack up. This book list is made up by the BBC folks, and they believe that most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. I guess I am not most people πŸ™‚

Instructions: To do this meme, copy this into Notepad. Look at the list and put an β€˜x’ after those you have read. Post on your blog and then leave a comment here with the link to your post.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen X
2 The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien X
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte X
4 Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling X
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee X
6 The Bible – X (this is all the more impressive because I am not a Christian)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte X
8 1984 – George Orwell X
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (Read only 2 of the books, so I am not counting it)
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (did not complete, so I am not counting it)

Total: 8

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott X (did not like it though)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy (no, Thomas Hardy is too depressing for me)
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller X
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (not all, so I am not including this)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier X
16 The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien X
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger X (so over-rated though)
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger X
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot X

Total: 7

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell X
22 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens X
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (too many characters, I ended up getting so confused. I had to go back and forward so much that I eventually just gave up.)
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams X
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky X
28 The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck X (I am a big John Steinbeck fan)
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll X
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame X

Total: 8

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens X
33 The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen X
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen (somehow could not get interested in the story, it’s just not as light-hearted and witty as her other novels)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis X
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini X
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden X
40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne X

Total: 6

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell X
42 The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown X
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez X
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins X (The Moonstone is also an excellent novel)
46 Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery X
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy (nope and not planning to read either)
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood X (Yay! Read it and loved it. A book to read, remember, and reread. One of my favorites from this list.)
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding X (one of my favorites)
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan X (love)

Total: 8

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel X
52 Dune – Frank Herbert X (my introduction to the wonders of science-fiction and fantasy)
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 X
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (can’t believe I’ve never read this) X Read it now and enjoyed it immensely. Read my review here.
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez X

Total: 6

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck X
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (no, the concept just does not appeal to me)
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (somehow cannot digest a story about a murdered child. Although I am sure this book is very good, I don’t think I will read this)
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas X
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy (more Thomas Hardy…groan… The BBC must really love him)
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding X
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (working on it). Done, My review here X
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville X (struggled to finish it though)

Total: 5

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (don’t remember whether I read this or not. I only remember the wonderful musical)
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker X (ooh…the original vampire, how could I not read this)
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett X
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray X

Total: 3

80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens X
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker X
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro X (although this is his most famous work, I think Never Let me Go is my personal favorite)
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White X (what a sweet story!)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom (nope, just not into sentimental BS).
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (read most but not all of them)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton X (my childhood escape)

Total: 5

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad X
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 (am pretty sure I have read it but don’t remember it at all. There was a depressing phase in my life when I read a lot of Nevil Shute. His books are always guaranteed to wring out a bucket-load of tears)
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

Total: 4

Grand Total : 60. Yay, I am actually making a dent in this list πŸ™‚

Oops, that makes it 58%. A bit shaming for me as I consider myself quite a bookworm. Well, this just means I have a whole new set of books on my TBR (to be read) list. Will remember this list next time I go to Eloor library.

Although, I am noticing that as I grow older and have a lot more responsibilities, I have taken to much lighter reading. Most of these books, I read before marriage and the snubnose’s arrival.

Now, I just don’t think I have the time to do any serious reading at all!

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  • I’ve read 75 of the 100. Not fair to men, who tend not to read Louisa May Alcott (Little Women — a great choice! — Jo’s Boys and Little Men are awful reads!) or L.M. Montgomery (the Anne of Green Gables series) and it’s doubtful that they’ve read any Jane Austen, either. The Da Vinci Code is not a well-written book — though, I grant you, it is obviously a page-turner; The Lovely Bones…have read it and thought it well-written, but it is a very weird book! The Time-Traveller’s Wife and no William Faulkner?! Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet In Heaven? Give me a break!

    On the other hand, some of my all-time favorites, Cold Comfort Farm (a sly, sly book); Rebecca; To Kill A Mockingbird; Heart Of Darkness…great reads here.

    • Wow! 75 is amazing.

      You are right though. Some of the books are rather gender-specific. I noticed that only after you pointed it out πŸ™‚

  • I’ll be pointing people in the direction of you efforts!

    • Thank you. That would be really appreciated πŸ™‚

  • I added your blog to bookmarks. And i’ll read your articles more often!

  • I’ve read 61. That seems about average for most of your readers. I’ll repost on my facebook and see how those folks stack up.

    • Exactly, I thought the BBC was wildly underestimating people when they said that most people would have read only 6.

      Do let me know how your FB results stack up? Btw, I am curious, how did you happen on my blog?

  • Spending 4 years as an English major at a great university really helped me with the list. I’d read 63 and own another 10 to be read.

    • Wow! 63 is a really good number. I got introduced to most of these books through my father, who’s the most ardent bookworm. He practically shoved these down my throat when I was a child. But, am I glad he did! I got to experience some terrific books πŸ™‚

  • oh yes yes i managed to read ulysses at a point in my life when i had nothing worthwhile to do πŸ™‚ i used to quote/blog a lot of snippets from that book. think you can still find them on my blog if u search back.

  • wow you read a lot. i have hardly read any from this list but am proud that i the few i have read you haven’t πŸ˜‰ ta dah!
    i think you can give a wide berth to love in the time of cholera and ulysses so you wont end up like me πŸ˜€

    • Ya, I generally love to read…and my dad used to thulp me if I read trashy novels. So, ended up reading lot of classics. Some of them are really good too…

      But Ulysses seems just a bit too much for me too. Did you actually finish the entire thing? Maha impressive πŸ™‚ I got scared by the size of the book only!

  • If you say that it is bit shaming that you read less than 50% of the lot…I should not even make an attempt to quantify. I am running πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    By the way…you have been tagged by me. Please check and kindly lemme know that you would be taking this tag or not. Of course I would be glad if you do so πŸ™‚

    Happy reading Nishi πŸ™‚

    • hehe….not like that. The thing is my dad is big on reading, and I grew up with a lot of these books stacked on our book shelves, and still I had not bothered to touch some of these books…that’s why πŸ™‚

      Thanks for tagging me. I will definitely take up the tag and link to you…

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