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A Book List Meme

November 20, 2010

The BBC has published their 100 Great Book List, and there’s a meme circulating around Facebook. Go through the list, set every book you’ve read in bold. Set in italics every book that you’ve read in part or in excerpt.

I feel like I’ve seen/commented on this list before. But here goes. I’m at a fairly respectable 39, which is more than the six that the BBC asserts most people have read. Also: Dan Brown? Seriously?

 

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

 

5 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 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 (yes, if audiobook counts)

 

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

 

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

 

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

 

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

 

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

 

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

 

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

 

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

 

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26 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 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

 

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

 

40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

 

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

 

42 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 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

 

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 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 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

 

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 Inferno – Dante

 

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 – E.B. 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

 

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

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  1. Lisa permalink
    November 22, 2010 3:53 pm

    I’m fairly sure this list dates from right around when The DaVinci Code was the book *everyone* was reading (except me). If it were this year’s list, doubtless it’d contain The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

    (Score: 38… or 41, if you count the things like Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes, where I have read a fair portion but I’m not going to read frigging King John just for the sake of completeness.)

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