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Friday, February 27, 2009

BBC meme on books

So apparently, the BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions (if you want to play): Look at the list and put an 'X' after those you have read once. Enter a number for the number of times you read something. (Make sure you delete my X's!) When you've finished put your total at the bottom.
  1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen, (only watched in movie form, haven't read, yet)
  2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien, parts of it (watched the movies a few times)
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling, X yep, twice (and watched tons of times in movie form)
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee, X yep, a few times; too many to remember (watched the movie, too)
  6. The Bible, yep
  7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte, parts of it
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell, X yep, a few times
  9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, X yep, a few times (watched a few versions of it in movie form)
  11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott, X a few times (and watched movie of it a few times)
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller, parts of it
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare, X yep, a lot of times
  15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien, X yep, (watched the movie too)
  17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
  18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger, part of it
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell, (nope, but watched the movie tons of times)
  22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald, (nope, saw the movie)
  23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy, (parts of it)
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams, X (a few times)
  26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
  27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck, X (a few times; it is about the part of California where I grew up. I knew all the places they talked about in the book and watched the movie)
  29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll, X (a few times, and the movie tons of times)
  30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame, X yep, (the movie tons of times)
  31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens, X yep (the movie a few times)
  33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis, X yep, (re-reading right now) (watched both British and American versions of most of these books, too)
  34. Emma - Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis, X yep, a few times and watched the movies, too (this is stupid, it is part of no. 33!)
  37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossein
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden, (nope, but saw the movie)
  40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne, X (yep, have an old edition of it)(and have a ton of Disney movies on it, too)
  41. Animal Farm - George Orwell, X Yep, a few times
  42. The Da Vinci Code
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
  45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
  46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery, X Yep, a few times (and the movies, too, over a doz times)
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
  49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding, X Yep (the movie a few of times)
  50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
  51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  52. Dune - Frank Herbert, X yep (and saw the movie)
  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 Zifon
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens, X yep
  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, X yep
  62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
  64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
  65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas, parts of it
  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, X yep
  71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens, X yep
  72. Dracula - Bram Stoker, X yep (love vampire stories; read it, watched it) (the movies tons of times)
  73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett, X yep
  74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses - James Joyce
  76. The Inferno - Dante, X yes, a few times
  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, X yep (and own about 7 versions of it in movie form)
  82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker, no but watched it three times
  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, X yep, a few times (and watched it tons of times)
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, X yep
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery, X yep
  93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down - Richard Adams, X yep, a few times and watched the movie a few times, too
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas, X yep, and watched many a movie based on it
  98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare, X yep, a few times (the movie a few times)
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factoy - Roald Dahl, X yep (and have both versions of it in movie form )
  100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo, X yep, love the movies, too
You will discover that I like reading books a few times and then I like to compare them to their movie counter parts just to see someone else's point of view on a story; it is interesting to me.
My tallies are
read: 34
read parts of only: 6
read all or part of and watched in movie form: 23
only seen in movie form:5

So, I guess I have read more than I have watched. they didn't want to know the movie part; I was just curious.

Currently I am reading the Cronicals of Narnia and the Ink Heart series, all three books. I want to read them all before I watch the movie (Inkheart) because the movie looks to be parts of book 1 and 2 so far, and I am curious about that.


  1. The list is a little bit heavy with British novels. There is so much Jane Austin, but no Mark Twain? or Frederick Douglass? Also, I don't think there are very many people at all who have read all of Ulysses by James Joyce. I think I read that it is very hard to get through.

  2. This is great! I read quite a few of these (granted some in grade school, but that counts, right?), Thanks for posting the list. I've been on a Jane Austin kick, so I've just finished reading all but Persuasion. There are some books that I would question--onees that I did read, and did not feel were all that good. Anyway, I am going to keep your list on hand for when I feel I need a book! Thanks!


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