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The BBC allegedly believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here [of course, there's no attribution and this list doesn't match the one hosted at the BBC's website, whence it seems to spring, but hey -- who needs references and papertrails, right?]:

How do your reading habits stack up?

Original had you starring things, which is obviously silly when you have markup available. Bold=read. Underline=I own the book but haven't read it (sigh). Snarky comments occasionally follow.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (Obviously)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (Like... the whole thing? Nope.)
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 (In eighth grade, no less. That and Disclosure. Weird year for book reports.)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (The complete works? As a list item? Really?)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (and failed to connect to it in any way shape or form.)
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 (See LOTR)
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 (I think. It would have been when I was pretty young.)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (Except I might not have finishedA Horse and His Boy? I remember that one being a total yawnfest, unlike, say, Magician's Nephew.
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (So... repetition, yes?)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (I honestly feel like I must have, but might be wrong)
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (Though I did, regrettably, listen toAngels and Demons while driving from Ohio to Louisiana one time, which is pretty much the same thing.)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
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 (I know, I know.)
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan (I know. I KNOW.)
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth (Why in the WORLD is this on this list? Also, it should count for two, or three.)
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (Two or three different times for various classes. I still maintain it's 200 pages of painfully dull background with an inevitably unsatisfying 50 pages of payoff)
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 (shudder)
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 Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt (Sorry, Amanda... it just really didn't work for me)
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell (Got pissed off at Mitchell's unwillingness to, god forbid, complete a narrative arc. Rather loved Black Swan Green, though.)
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 Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (And Kurtz is still creepy. Also, if so many people have read this, and have read the Book of Matthew, then why does no one understand me when I talk about whited sepulchres?)
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 (Also repetitive, so really I should lose 2 points for this and LW&W, ja? But then again I gain them back for the frighteningly long A Suitable Boy.)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (The Waterloo chapter finished me off.)

Total: 29.  None of which are by Jane Austen.  How is this possible?

Date: 2009-03-03 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purple-phys.livejournal.com
I won't bore you with the details. My total is 28. Actually, to be keeping up with you makes me smile! This list really looks like my high school curriculum list though, so some are not voluntary. It cheapens the whole thing.

There is an awful lot of repetition on here. And Jane Austen. I like them but I'm still never sure if they're worth the time commitment.

And "The Lovely Bones", I'm not sure if it belongs. My book club just had a mighty bitch session about how much we hated it. I hated the premise so much that I refused to read it. The girl who chose it forever has lost book-choice rights.

Date: 2009-03-03 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purple-phys.livejournal.com
But you know I'm not opinionated, right?

Date: 2009-03-03 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yrmencyn.livejournal.com
Nono. Nor I.

Date: 2009-03-03 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toshieri.livejournal.com
I clock in at 34. Clearly, my life has not been wasted.

Date: 2009-03-03 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiggerbone.livejournal.com
You haven't read any García Márquez? Really? O_o

Also, I completely agree with you about Cloud Atlas. I did eventually finish it ... but it was more of a task than it should have been.

Date: 2009-03-03 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yrmencyn.livejournal.com
Oops, there's an error there -- I own Hundred Years, but haven't read it. Started once, years ago, but got bogged down. Keep meaning to go back.

*goes off to add an underline*

Date: 2009-03-03 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyceum-arabica.livejournal.com
19, although a lot of those are from grade school lists (if not specifically required, then picked from a limited set of options... still, i loved pretty much all my school mandated reading, so I'm counting it).

And... as I bet is the case for a lot of us... I scored a lot higher in the kids books and SF/Fantasy than otherwise. Although I did get at least one Jane Austin. :-)

Thanks for posting this, actually... it's been a while since I've gotten to read anything good that I didn't already own. I ought to go to the library and pick myself up a couple of the ones I missed.

Date: 2009-03-03 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] groovy2382.livejournal.com
I'm apparently an avid reader coming in at 32.

Date: 2009-03-04 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-andromeda.livejournal.com
22 for me !!! (I was forced to read a lot of dickens okay). But i read watership down twice do i get 2 points for that?

Date: 2009-04-10 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moomoogal87.livejournal.com
funny...i've read exactly six.


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