Sunday, February 15, 2009

Pretentious book meme

From nullifidian

This meme is all over the web.

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

I've tried to track this back to source, but failed. It sometimes leads to The Big Read, but I can't find the original claim for "the average adult will only have read 6 of the books on this list" I think it's bogus. I reckon the average is more like 25 and most decently read people will be in the 40 to 60 mark.

Anyway


Instructions:

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

My reading list:

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen X
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien X
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte X
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee *
6. The Bible X
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell X
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens X
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller X
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien X
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks X+
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X+
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 X
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams X+
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh *
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck X+
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll X
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame X+
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens X
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis X
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen X
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis X
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 X
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell X+
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez X
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 X
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan *
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert X
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons X
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 X
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley X
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez X
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X+
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 X
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie *
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville X
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens X
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett X
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson X
75. Ulysses - James Joyce X
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath *
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray X
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens X
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 Alborn
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton X
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad *
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks X+
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams X+
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole *
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute X
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare X
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl X
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Total 42/100

Why is Lion Witch & Wardrobe doubled up by Narnia Chronicles?

I ain't tagging no-one. If you like give it a go.

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3 Comments:

At 4:56 pm, Blogger Rob Inukshuk said...

At long last you're back. I've been stopping by from time to time only to find the same old post. Nice to see this one and an interesting one at that. 6? I agree, it can't be right.

 
At 10:23 pm, Blogger travelling, but not in love said...

I'm at 41 Stew, but you knew I was an ejucayted sort, roit?

he he. Welcome back. We missed ya.

 
At 10:38 pm, Blogger pecheur said...

Doing my best to prove the thing right with 14. But hey I've read more than what was on the list and I studied French and Spanish literature in college so maybe that explains my low score. So, I know the ideas behind Dumas and Hugo but never read the entire works

 

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