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Random: BBC 100 Book Meme 
17th-Dec-2010 07:13 am
Books (Trinity College Long Room 2)
The BBC would apparently think me cultured, even if Mom still has her doubts....

100 book meme
The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

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
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
15) Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16) The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17) Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18) Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19) The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20) Middlemarch - George Eliot
21) Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22) The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23) The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
24) War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25) The Hitchhiker’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 (On here twice? [#33] Duh, BBC...)
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 - A.A. Milne
41) Animal Farm - George Orwell
42) The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (Out of professional obligation: the "incredible puzzles" were all things I could have solved in the sixth grade, I think)
43) One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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
50) Atonement - Ian McEwan
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
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 - E.B. 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
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 Factory - Roald Dahl
100) Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Comments 
17th-Dec-2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
erred on the side of caution *-* for sure I've read (and can remember something about), no mark for partially or probably read

what a mixed bag

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* (um, whose canon? I haven't read all the deuterocanonica the ethiopians recognize)
*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
*15) Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier*
*16) The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien*
17) Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
*18) Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger*
19) The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
*20) Middlemarch - George Eliot*
21) Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
*22) The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald*
*23) The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne*
24) War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
*25) The Hitchhiker’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 (On here twice? [#33] Duh, BBC...)*
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 - A.A. Milne
*41) Animal Farm - George Orwell*
*42) The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (only because everyone was asking me what i thought of it)*
43) One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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*
50) Atonement - Ian McEwan
*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
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 - E.B. 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*
*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 Factory - Roald Dahl*
100) Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
17th-Dec-2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Mixed bag indeed! I see things on my list that I've been "meaning to read" for a decade or more....
18th-Dec-2010 09:17 am (UTC)
Hmm... like you, I have read 28 completely (but not the same 28) and partially read maybe 11 more... I'm not sure about this list, though, lol. You could read the Da Vinci Code, Bridget Jones, The Five People You Meet In Heaven, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Kite Runner, Memoirs of a Geisha, and several others, without even leaving the grocery store. But maybe that's the point, because most people who have read all of those won't have read much of the others, and those who have read a handful of the others on the list won't have read the more popular stuff? hmm. By the way, I am proud to say that using the children's books alone I have over 10 on this list... take that, BBC.
18th-Dec-2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Well, if The Chronicles of Narnia counts as seven rather than only as the single entry on the list.... :-) And Hamlet's a kid's book, right?
20th-Dec-2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
The original list wasn't a list of what would be considered cultured - it was a list of the nation's favourite books, nominated and voted for by the public alone - hence Harry Potter and War & Peace appearing in the same list :D ! The correct list is here - it's morphed somewhat in the repeating!
20th-Dec-2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
I've seen lists of 100 books cropping up a few times on LJ recently, purportedly from the BBC, but it's like Chinese whispers - it's morphed somewhat over the years, and there are numerous variations out there.

The original list came from the BBC Big Read in 2003 when they found the nation's favourite books, where initially you could nominate any book at all, and it was then whittled down to the most popular 200, which were then voted on to decide the order of the final list. It was a brilliant set of programmes, and I have the accompanying book which tells you a little about each book on the list. The true list is still on the BBC website.
20th-Dec-2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Good to know! And I do want to point out that my "cultured" line was tongue-in-cheek. :-)

Speaking of cultured, you and Gordon were so funny back at dinner in October, when you were talking about the Edradour Whisky Fudge you had for me, as though you both thought that these were not the high point of a particularly Scottish product that Scotland could have come up with. I want you to know that when I first opened them, my eyes nearly teared up at the single-malt scent that came pouring out of the container, and I wasn't at all sure that I cared for the mix of chocolate and scotch when I had my first one. By the time I was finished, I was positively addicted to them: a fabulous present, as far as I was concerned. Just wanted to let you know! :-)
28th-Dec-2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it! Very twee it was.
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