Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How many have you done?

My wonderful friend Katie sent me this meme that of course I just had to do. It's the Top 100 list of books from The Big Read, which was a UK project in 2003 to find the nation's 100 most loved books.

The survey found that on average most people have read six or fewer books from the list. Of course, I took that information as a personal challenge. I've read way more than six, and someone should know it!

Here's the key:

Bold text = I’ve read it
♥ = I’ve read it and loved it
▓ = It’s on my TBR pile

And here's the meme:

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
♥ To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (bits of it back in my God botherer days)
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
▓ Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (okay not all, but some)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
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
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 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 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (I don’t remember reading this as a kid so have decided to do so as an adult)
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
♥ Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
♥ Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (no childhood is complete without Mr Sanders!)
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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
Atonement - Ian McEwan
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
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
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
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
♥ The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
♥ 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 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
The 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
♥ 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

You will probably have noticed a complete dearth of reading of the classics. My shameful reading secret! I know that in some reading circles that is a crime that will have you excommunicated but I have just never got around to them and for some reason, am not all that compelled to either.


Heather said...

Well my rather embarassing count is 12 but that's still double their figure I guess, plus some of them arent one work like shakespeare (why does Hamlet get his own number?)and the Far away tree series.

I think I'd have been horrified if you'd only done six or less of these lol.

Fun list, thanks for sharing!

Karla said...

Ok unless I am hideously blind I did not see any of the master Ernest Hemmingway, what 100 list is complete without a 'when the bell tolls' or 'the garden of eden'

Matt B said...

I see On the Road isn't bold...Stanley will not be impressed. 1984 too, that's nearly crimethink. I came in at 16. I'd like to see a kiwi's favourite 100 list-Stonedogs would be there no doubt.

sarah said...

41. I think.

I'm going to buy a book (such a treat!!!!) tonight out of one of your recommendations, if I can find one. Just have to find one that REALLY sounds good! :D

Café Chick said...

Ooh - I'm just looking through this list and preparing a blog post about it as we speak! I think I've read 26, but will check and post shortly ...