6 out of 100… Or Not?

According to Techfun, “the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.” Let’s see if I fit that description!

Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total.

How many have you read?

1. [* ] Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
2. [* ] The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
3. [X ] Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
4. [X+] Harry Potter series JK Rowling
5. [X+] To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
6. [ ] The Bible
7. [* ] Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
8. [ ] Nineteen Eighty Four George Orwell
9. [* ] His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
10. [ ] Great Expectations Charles Dickens
11. [X+] 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. [X ] The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
17. [ ] Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
18. [X ] Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
19. [X+] The Time Traveller’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger
20. [ ] Middlemarch George Eliot
21. [X ] 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. [X ] 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
30. [ ] The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
31. [ ] Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
32. [ ] David Copperfield Charles Dickens
33. [X ] Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis
34. [ ] Emma Jane Austen
35. [ ] Persuasion Jane Austen
36. [X ] The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis
37. [X ] The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
38. [ ] Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis De Bernieres
39. [X+] Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
40. [ ] Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
41. [X+] Animal Farm George Orwell
42. [X+] 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. [X+] Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery
47. [ ] Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
48. [* ] The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
49. [X ] Lord of the Flies William Golding
50. [ ] Atonement Ian McEwan
51. [ ] Life of Pi Yann Martel
52. [ ] Dune Frank Herbert
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
58. [* ] Brave New World Aldous Huxley
59. [X+] 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
62. [ ] Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
63. [ ] The Secret History Donna Tartt
64. [X ] 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. [X+] 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. [X ] 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. [X+] 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. [X+] Charlotte’s Web EB White
88. [ ] The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Alborn
89. [ ] Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. [X+] The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton
91. [ ] Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
92. [X+] 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
99. [X+] Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
100. [* ] Les Miserables Victor Hugo

10 starred
26 X’ed,
15 of which I plussed

Seems like I’m far from being “most people”.😀

I don’t think this is a good list, though – several titles are repeated (eg. Narnia series and Shakespeare).

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Firerocket
    Feb 22, 2009 @ 13:16:47

    I am stealing this from you. ^_^
    Thaaaanks.

    nylusmilk: please do! i’d like to see what have you ticked.

    Reply

  2. CoversGirl
    Feb 23, 2009 @ 19:57:11

    I’d love to know where Techfun are getting their estimates from! I’ve read fifty and have several more TBR.

    nylusmilk: you echoed my mind! they claimed it’s from bbc but in the techfun link i provided they did not give a link to bbc on that.😕

    Reply

  3. lovelyloey
    Feb 24, 2009 @ 22:45:16

    Ha! I read 33!
    I think most of my reading life I chase after lists like this thinking I’d be a better person if I complete them. Not really. Just more insecure I think.

    nylusmilk: hmph, show off!😛 haha… i admit i’m insecure about my reading tastes sometimes but oh well, i do enjoy what i choose to read! but if a title in a list appeals to me you bet i’m gonna read it.😀

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  4. museditions
    Feb 25, 2009 @ 13:52:28

    OK, here’s my list, with my own little added code*😛

    X! = 1,3,14,15,26(!!),29,34,45,46,73(!!!),87,89
    X+ = 5,7,8,11,13,18,25,35,41,42,49,54,57,58,71,76,81,91,96
    X = 2,6,20,22,28,30,40,44,52,61,62,70
    – = 21,22,23,27
    & #100=did not read, but saw the play 4 times!

    *X! —read; totally awesome!!!
    X+ —read; recommend
    X —read.
    – —will not read!

    I found quite a few books on the list I’ve not heard of. I shall investigate. Thanks for publishing the list! I think you are remarkably well read, actually.🙂

    nylusmilk: goodness, for a moment i thought what sort of mathematical formula is this!? haha… gosh, you sure have read most of them. i can never be well read enough for my liking! so many books, so little time! hopefully the new job can help me improve in that department.😀

    why won’t you read gone with the wind? curious… i thought the movie was quite nice! better than the book for me. the sequel is awesome, though!

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  5. techfun
    Feb 25, 2009 @ 22:19:20

    Hey Folks – the list that was up there at BBC 100 Book Meme RAW List was from a Facebook meme that someone tagged me with. The whole purpose of the list on my site was just to make it easy to copy and paste the list cleanly for others doing the same thing.

    I discovered later that the list making its way around Facebook is NOT the original 100 BBC list. The link to my site at the beginning of the post now has the correct list as well as a link to the original BBC list. John S. Wilkins, the author of Evolving Thoughts tracked down the original listing on the BBC site.

    nylusmilk: ah, thank you for letting us know! since i’ve already done the meme i’ll leave it as it is.🙂

    Reply

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