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message 1: by Vicki - I Love Reading (last edited Mar 13, 2009 01:25PM) (new)

Vicki - I Love Reading (httpswwwfacebookcommybookblog) The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.
How do your reading habits stack up?



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- Some of it
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 – Most of them!
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 -
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 - CS Lewis -
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 Meany - 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 - Watched it?
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 Inferno - Dante -
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 -
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 Factoy - Roald Dahl -
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo –



message 2: by Faye (new)

Faye | 673 comments Mod
21.5 - I just couldn't finish the The Five People You Meet in Heaven. But thanks for posting this... the other 20 were great, so this could be a good reading list to work from if they're in similar company. Cheers.


message 3: by Aprile (last edited Feb 28, 2009 10:10PM) (new)

Aprile (aprileb) 34 of the 100, however two are series (Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia) so it is a lot more actually LOL

ETA: It is actually 46 :)


message 4: by Laura (new)

Laura (questionableadvice) This is weird - I've read 34 of them, too.


message 5: by Courtney (new)

Courtney (cddimmitt) I'm behind. I've only read 17, but like Aprile said, one was the Harry Potter series. I've only read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The rest of the Chronicles of Narnia are on my TBR list.


librarian4Him02 | 273 comments I've read 35. Lots of them are ones I've been meaning to get around to, though. Perhaps this will be the year.


message 7: by Dawn (new)

Dawn rizzi (dawnie278) I AM ONLY AT 2 BUT NOW I WILL STRIVE TO READ MORE OF THEM. I OWN ABOUT 4 OTHERS ON THE LIST


message 8: by Darg (new)

Darg (dargret) I've read 15. I have attempted to read 5 more, but I didn't finish.


message 9: by Gloria Clark (new)

Gloria Clark | 104 comments About 35 (I've read only one of the Harry Potter books and many of the others I've read so long ago I can barely remmebr), and MANY of the others are my to read list.


message 10: by Bishop (new)

Bishop (a_bishop) | 152 comments WHy is the complete Shakespeare on there and then Hamlet, separately? Duh...

I'm at 31...Right authors, wrong titles.


message 11: by Connie (new)

Connie I've read 24, but wonder what this list is supposed to represent and about the criteria for a book's inclusion. Is this BBC's idea of the best 100 books ever written?


message 12: by Maja (new)

Maja I've read 42 of those - so far! :)


message 13: by Laurie (new)

Laurie (laurie0303) | 60 comments I've read 21 of them


message 14: by Maria (new)

Maria (minks05) | 84 comments i've read 28, but i own one more that i just haven't gotten around to reading yet.

however, why did they list Shakespeare's complete works, but then list Hamlet (of all items) as a separeate entry? Same with the Narnia stories.


message 15: by Gloria Clark (new)

Gloria Clark | 104 comments I kind of wondered that too. I mean, I certainly haven't real ALL of Shakespear's works, but I have read a few.


message 16: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Hickman (bkread2) There is a group here on Goodreads that focuses on that list in particular. I actually have that listed printed out from the BBC website and occassionally get books from that list to be more well rounded. So far I am up to 23 in all completed.

Oh and there was a poll with the BBC in England...this list is dated from 2003 I believe originally. It was supposed to be their favorite reads of all time that everyone should read.


message 17: by Carrie (new)

Carrie (envinoveritas) | 1 comments I'm at 34 too - bizarre huh? At least 20 are on my TBR list.



MB (What she read) 37 for me


message 19: by Valerie (new)

Valerie I've read 34 too! But quite a few more are on my TBR list. Very interesting that the BBC thought most had only read 6. Seems like most have read more than that.


message 20: by Danine (new)

Danine (dulcemea) Oh fun! Sadly only 17 for me. BUT most of the others are on my bookshelves to be read so that must count for something....kind of... :)

Great topic. Thanks for posting this one Victoria!


message 21: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Schryver (dschryver) 28 for me


message 22: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments 55! I'm more literate than I thought...I am addicted to junk food murder mysteries!


message 23: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments oops...I recounted...only 45...guess I'm NOT as literate as I thought.


message 24: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (morgantina) 35....so far!


message 25: by Dawn (new)

Dawn rizzi (dawnie278) Mary who writes the junk food murder mysteries? Sounds fun


message 26: by Kelly (new)

Kelly (kellyspencer) | 60 comments Only 14...sad I know. I do have a few waiting for me to read though. I need to get to it~


message 27: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine (calibaby27) wow this is sad i have only read NONE lol but literally half of those books are all on my have to read for stupid school list:)


message 28: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra (alexandrans) | 73 comments I've only read 11 (the BBC underestimated me!), but by next year I will have read many more of these (they're on the school reading list).


message 29: by Carrie (new)

Carrie I beat the BBC! :) I can account for 23 of those listed if I'm not nitpicking about total titles in the series' above. If I do decide to nitpick, numbers 4, 9, 14, and 33 are technically multiples, so in that case I can account for...37. Go me!


message 30: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments "junk food" murder mysteries are what I call pretty much all mysteries...I love to visit characters in a series, plots in stand alone, and figgering out who done it! Some are good lit...James Lee Burke, Walter Mosley, to mention two...but most are just enormously great fun!


message 31: by Lisa (new)

Lisa 33 with many more in my TBR pile. There are a lot there I would never read, I don't care how good or important they are supposed to be!


message 32: by Dawn (new)

Dawn rizzi (dawnie278) Mary Todd wrote: ""junk food" murder mysteries are what I call pretty much all mysteries...I love to visit characters in a series, plots in stand alone, and figgering out who done it! Some are good lit...James Lee B..."

Mary , I read Patterson , Woods and Evanovich. Do you think i will like the ones you meantioned?


message 33: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn I'm at 19.5 - never finished "The Lovely Bones". I know people love it but I just coulnd't get into it! Lots of other ones on my TBR-shelf though. Does it count if you've seen the BBC film productions for some of them?? ;) I've seen all the Austen ones and a few of the Dickens (Oliver Twist etc).


message 34: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments Yes, you would love Burke and Walter Mosely...and you would like Joan Hess, Jeffery Deaver, Robert Parker, and the alphabet lady...Grafton! Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs are also fab.


message 35: by Mekerei (new)

Mekerei | 204 comments 31.5 (couldn't finish Catch 22) ... so far. Twenty are on my to read list (included Catch 22 on that), watched 43 of them (how sad is that), but have only read 17 of the 43 watched (inclues Dune - the movie makes more sense if you've read the book).


message 36: by Alycia (new)

Alycia (alyciac) I've read 24, but started a bunch of others. Do I get extra points for reading The Little Prince in both French and English?

But this is a really odd list ... so many of them are series, or are counted twice (like Shakespeare and Narnia).


message 37: by Deb (new)

Deb I have read 35, but have many of them on my to read list. Interesting list


message 38: by Wendy (new)

Wendy I have read 54. But I'll try to read more of these this year.


message 39: by KrisT (new)

KrisT I have read 75 of them but I have been working on the list for a couple of years already. :)


message 40: by alicia (new)

alicia grant (shesha34) i have sadly only read 16 of them.But honestly there are quite a few on there i will probably never read.Just no intrest.Some of those books sound so boring.


message 41: by Meg (new)

Meg (megvt) | 740 comments I have read 43 and hope to finish one more soon (War and Peace)


message 42: by Dawn (new)

Dawn rizzi (dawnie278) yeah i am not into alot of this stuff either and if I force myself it takes me months to get throught it and I wind up made that i did to begin with. So I am not well read as they say. Who are they to talk about me lol.


message 43: by Leighann (new)

Leighann (zhelenstilo) I've read 20, and a good number of those only because of English class in high school. I've started, but not finished, another 5 or so (including some from school...), and I doubt I'll make too much more progress on the list. I prefer reading things that I find interesting to things that other people say I should read (especially when it comes to the classics).


message 44: by Megan (new)

Megan Lyons | 83 comments 33.


message 45: by Monica (new)

Monica (mrssupert) | 56 comments I have read only 11... but I've read the first 3 of Chronicles of Narnia - and all the Harry Potter.
Their are about 5 that I've started on this list and never finished (they were dry and boring) and about 35 of them are on my 'to-read' list.


message 46: by Molly (new)

Molly | 330 comments I've read 20. Where did they come up with this list of random titles anyway?


message 47: by Margie (new)

Margie I'm going to say that I have 30 1/2 cause I'm more than three quarters of the way through "Love in the time of Cholera". But...it's just so long winded it's hard to stay awake while reading....


message 48: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 487 comments 47 - these are kinda random titles.


message 49: by Suzanne Shumaker (new)

Suzanne Shumaker | 53 comments I've read 28. More than I expected. And yes, I agree they seem very random.


message 50: by Sarah. B (new)

Sarah. B 20 of them so far :-)


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