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Reading MEME: Where the BBC make up statistics


I pinched this from an LJ friend, because I love books. So...

How do your reading habits stack up? [bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish]

The BBC allegedly believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here:

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen This is a text for English at school, so I imagine a lot of GB people have read it...
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien I thought the second book sucked.
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte The Bronte sisters - the most over-rated authors ever?
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee School text...
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman I keep intending to read this, but never get round to it!
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy I saw the BBC adaptation. It put me off the book forever.
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller One of my fave books of all time.
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien School text...
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk This book is not good.
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger Made me cry.
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald My fave book ever.
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy It's long...
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 DOES.NOT.LIKE
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 School text...
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis Same as opinion on #29
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres The film was better.
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 Film has put me off book.
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons I really liked this!
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 I intend to read this one day!
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 School text...
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It's really interesting!
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac I read this before I went backpacking across the U.S.
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding Umm, I'm British. This is like obligatory reading.
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens I do not like Charles Dickens.
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker I own this, and will read it one day...
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson I've shaken his hand.
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 The film is good...
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens Same opinion as #71
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert Film put me off.
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White School text...
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 It's more boring than you think it will be.
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery Same opinion as #68, except I'm French for this one!
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams Film put me off.
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute I now have the song with the similar name in my head.
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare School text...
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl Better than the films! Have also read the sequel.
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo Hate the musical.

I've read 43, and abandoned 4. I have this thing about abandoning books, so I'm not surprised that's a small number. I don't like to leave books unfinished in case they get better at the end and I have misjudged them.

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We didn't do any of those school texts at Walton, when I was doing my literature A-level at the start of the course the teacher asked us all which books we had recently read and which were our favourite, there was one girl in the class and the only book she had ever read outside of school was Jordan's autobiography.

I'll do a copy and paste job to show how many I have read.

[Transit|0 likes] [|reply]

i usually will finish a book too

[mrs mandy mooStar|0 likes] [|reply]

I personally think Austen is more overrated than the Brontes... aside from Wuthering Heights because OMG I frickin hate that book.
I know this because I got much further in Jane Eyre than Pride and Prejudice... but I never finished either haha.

[Acid FairyStar|0 likes] [|reply]

You should make it a goal to read all those books.

[Captain AwesomeStar|0 likes] [|reply]

i am not going to copy and paste that as i have only started two books and finished none. i feel so un-educated.

[*RAWKMONKEY*|0 likes] [|reply]

I've read 28. I don't see why the whole HP series only counts as one! And The Da Vinci Code is SO FAR from good literature. It's POOR.

[Mojo Jojo|0 likes] [|reply]

O dear, only read 13 of those and given up on 2!

[-)kitsune(-|0 likes] [|reply]

Sounds like you're actually quite a reader. I feel like I should do this, since so many of my faves have, but I'm afraid that I won't have read very many of these.

[Arby's Fiction|0 likes] [|reply]

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