The BBC Meme, or I bet you I read more than 6

Many, many weeks ago my friend Hege challenged me with this list.

The directions:

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

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

The list with my marks and snarks, favourites got a capital X:

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
6 The Bible – x (at a time when I actually tried to believe in this nonsense)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell  x
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman  X
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
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien  X
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger  X
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell  x
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  X
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (does it count that I got to page 50 about 6 times?)
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck  X
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  x
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  X
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 (Yes, but I still have no idea why.)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving  X
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   x
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding  x (Hated it intensely, school has a lot to answer for)
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
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  x (kept hoping it would improve and live up to a promising start, but noooo…)
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley  x
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon  X
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez  x
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  x
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  (I’m not American and this is not on any “must read” lists around here)
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker   x
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 Ransom
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt  (I tried, I tried…)
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens  x
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell  x
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
88 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
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams  x
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute  X
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare – x  (Didn’t I see The Complete Works of Shakespeare furher up on this list? Anyway, I’ve giggled my way through Hamleg and Macbeth – fans of Terry Pratchett probably understand the giggling bit)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl  x
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

40 total, as a part of my ongoing struggle not to be like most people I consider this a decent number. There are some on the list that I’ve started but not even gotten to page 50, and there are a few I’d really like to read at some point. In general I prefer modern literature to Jane Austen and her crowd.  The challenge have been forwardet to Silje who blogs at Tanks High School and Bergen Maritime High School.

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Posted on October 12, 2009, in Literature/Books and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Well done! I got 44. There are loads I mean to read and have never got round to. It’s mostly the old classic ones that I’ve read. I will make it a goal to read The Secret History by Donna Tart, The Wasp Factory by Ian Banks and Lolita by Vladmir Nabakov…that should be enough to be going on with lol!
    Kind Regards

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