Friday, November 26, 2010

How well read are you?

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

• Copy this list.
• Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.
• Italicise the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.
• Tag other book nerds.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The King James Bible
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four (1984) – George Orwell
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens 
Little Women – Louisa M Alcott 
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger 
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens 
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Emma -Jane Austen
Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis 
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving 
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Dune – Frank Herbert
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
Ulysses – James Joyce
The Inferno – Dante
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Germinal – Emile Zola
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Possession – AS Byatt
Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Watership Down – Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I have read 44 out of this list. Not bad at all...How about you? Consider yourself tagged!


Pam said...

I've read quite a few of the less conventional ones on the list like Hitchhiker's Guide and Confederacy of Dunces but I haven't read the more popular ones like Jane Austen. I find, with list like these, that I lose points for having not read Owen Meany even though I've read like every other book Irving has written! Guess I'd better get started on the others, then, no? ;O)

Ramesh Sood said...

Well read about 15..of these.. Well done Gautami.. as you said.. you are an evolved reader.. keep it up..

Jo-Jo said...

Wow, I'm impressed that you have read 44 of these! I think I counted about 10 for me!

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

I'm practically a professional reader, but I was surprised to find that I'd only read about 60 of those titles. And some of them got counted twice, like The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, plus the Chronicle of Narnia. I had a friend on Facebook who managed to read about 80 of them on this list. (And it's a bizarre list, no?)

BookQuoter said...

Hi, good for you. I only have 34. Gotta keep reading away!!!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I've read quite a few. I should do this over the weekend. (You did great).

Leslie said...

Thanks for stopping by, I am a new follower.

Becky said...

I've read most of the books on this list, yet I think that unlike us bookworms that most people probably have not read many. Sad, right?!? My mom, for instance, probably hasn't even read six from the list. It's interesting to consider!

Anonymous said...

I've read 56, am half-way through 2 more and have another 13 on my pile of books to be read. :)

I have an award for you here:

Susan said...

I've read about 44 also! I'm going to post this on my blog later. I think it's interesting that there is such a wide variety of books on the list, and still some people haven't many! I find that sad also. I also think this list is so general, that it misses the fact that most people read in a few genres only.

Ruth said...

Here's my post:
33--not too bad all things considered.

You really have read a lot. Thanks for posting this. It was fun!

Alyce said...

I've read 35 and there are several others that I've started and never finished.

Anonymous said...

I honestly didn't think I would have read many of the books on this list, but I surprised myself! LOL. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is definitely one I've started but not finished.

The truth? I can't stand her writing. I hope nobody shoots me! That style might have worked back then, but today... ugh. No.

p.s. Thank you for your visit...


Jennifer said...

I've read 31. I always think that I'll do better on these lists than I actually… guess I better keep reading!

Julie said...

I just put up my list, too. You've read more than I have! :)