Thursday, March 5, 2009

I Bet You've Read More than Six

I gacked this Meme from my LJ f-list. (OMG, blogger speak!!!!!)

Anyway, below is a list that's been going around, supposedly put out by the BBC who claim that very few people have read even six of the books on this list. Not one to resist a challenge, I went through and bolded what I've read.

(My notes in parens; and several people have pointed out that the list likely wasn't put together by people who'd read more than six of these either, for reasons that will become obvious.)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien (three books; read all)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling (seven books; read all)
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 (three books again)
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (about 20 times)
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
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 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
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (seven books; read all)
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
(which would be in Chronicles of Narnia, hello?)
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 - AA 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 (about 20 times)
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 (about 20 times)
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (I've read parts of it)
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 (about 20 times)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Every Holmes collection, in fact, plus the novels)
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
(um, the one not in the complete works?)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I scored about 40 or so (depending on whether you take out the two duplicates), plus there are a few that I started but never managed to finish (e.g., Tess and Madame Bovary). I seem to have managed to avoid both The DaVinci Code and Lord of the Flies and that's fine with me. :-)

How did you do?


Cindy Holby March 5, 2009 at 5:41 AM  

Wow I've read 46 of them. Lots of them were required reading when I was in high school. Plus I pretty much read anything I could get my hands on.

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Kendra March 5, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

I've read 5 lol. I think Gone with the Wind should count as 2 though.
That a really long book.

Gerri Russell March 5, 2009 at 7:41 AM  

I guess all that reading pays off...I've read 68 of them! It's nice to be above average in something!

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner March 5, 2009 at 10:23 AM  

LOL, Kendra! Vanity Fair and Anna Karinenna should also count as more than one. I remember wading through those for a while.

I'm glad someone posted this list though, reminding me about books I've been meaning to get to.

You are above average in many things, Gerri!

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner March 5, 2009 at 10:24 AM  

Anna Karenina I mean. (Can't edit comments once you hit publish.)

Leah Hultenschmidt March 5, 2009 at 12:46 PM  

Wow, Gerri - impressive! I think I counted around 48. Like Cindy, a lot of them were high school reading. I also remember finding a bunch of my dad's old school books and reading them because I thought his notes in the margin were hilarious (cynical in Animal Farm spelled "sinacle" - even then I was an editor!). But you're right, Jenn, in that it's a good reminder of things I've been meaning to get to. It makes me a little sad that so many of these were ones I read not necessarily for school but while I was in school.

EmilyBryan March 6, 2009 at 6:12 AM  

Well, I need to get busy if I want to catch Gerri!

Kendra, you're right. There are a number of "doorstop" books here.

I don't see the collected works of Mark Twain on this list. Or MM Kaye's THE FAR PAVILIONS. Maybe they could replace some of the duplicates.

Amy C March 6, 2009 at 7:09 AM  

The Harry Potter books alone makes my count over six, but it's not much over that number. About 10. And those were required reading in High School :).

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner March 6, 2009 at 1:46 PM  

I was surprised no Mark Twain, too. He's like the icon of 19th Century American stories, esp. about the midwest and west.

I read a few of these in high school and college, but most of them were on my own.

Cindy Holby

Gerri Russell

Joy Nash

Bonnie Vanak

Emily Bryan

C.L. Wilson

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