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Copied from silver_trails and alexcat...

The BBC thinks you will have read six of the books on this list. Many of these titles are classics so I'd think that if you ever went to school, you'd have read more. Copy and paste your bolded books read an italicized books not completed, and then sum up with a head count, so to speak.

So, counting up, I have read 52 of these and eight partials. BUT...I really don’t agree with this listing.  Where is Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain”? Where is Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago”? For that matter how about Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”, Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” and Clarke’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”? I’m missing “Angela’s Ashes”, “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and Asimov’s “Foundation” series. It's got the Bible, but not Martin Luther's "The Ninety-Five Theses" or Hesse's "Siddhartha". I may have read a lot of the list below, but it’s a very narrow playing field.



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

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

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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

nbsp;      Why have this when Narnia is already at #33?

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

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 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

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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I did this ages ago - wonder if I could be lazy and find it again instead of starting from scratch *g*. I've read a lot of these, though there's a handful that would end up in italics.

I think the more science fiction type of classic wasn't top of mind here. I think Solzhenitsyn’s not as well read as he once was, though I would have liked to see one of his works on there at least. Lord of the Rings is there though - it's at #2

Shoot, you're right. I thought only The Hobbit was on there. My bad!

I would like a list that is more representative of true world literature (come to think of it, I should include "Cry the Beloved Country" on that too... Sorry...I digress :-) There is so much good literature out there, Ack! There is no Poe on this list! Sorry, digressed again...Oh! Shiny!

- Erulisse (one L)
It's very British - which is right and proper from the BBC *g* - but doesn't allow for regional variations. I've read most of these but there was a more American oriented list some time back and there were works on it I'd never heard of that everyone else seemed to have read.
52, wow! I've read 23. (I have no idea why people love Watership Down so much when Duncton Wood is sooooo much better.) I agree, there are tons of wonderful books missing from the list.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

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

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

52 Dune - Frank Herbert

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
I hate to tell you this - but actually the BBC neither wrot the list, nor said you were likely to only have read 6 books from it. The original BBC list was actually to do with people's favourite and was drawn up as part of The Big Read, 10 years ago - here it is.

But you will notice that it isn't exactly the same as the one currently doing the rounds of Facebook and now here - it is more Brit-centric. There is an article here looking at the way the original list was changed and became a meme...!

Actually, I think I might post this in my journal, as it is quite interesting.

Favorite books makes a bit more sense (although I still have to question some of them on there). Thanks for the article link, that was quite interesting.

- Erulisse (one L)