Friday, 26 November 2010


Whoops, a book meme, thanks Anne. A good way to avoid getting out of a warm bed on a cold morning....

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 Kerouak
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

....hmm, a bit of a lightweight, I guess


  1. Interesting how much overlap we have on our have read/haven't touched lists there. But I can't believe you haven't read Owen Meany... Treat yourself for Christmas. :)

  2. Interesting list... I am on about 20 I think... And about 30 more are on the shelf waiting to be read (or have been read by Mrs Stace).


  3. I'll be following on with that I think; A lot of those will have been read as set books at school.

    Which is your favourite Dru?

  4. I'm very familiar with 41 on that list. About half were actually read, and the other half were seen on film.

    Melissa XX

  5. Like Anji, This comment should be a post on my still might be .. I find fewer and fewer new books worth reading, and so go back to my old favourites.
    Have read 46, and another 7 non-completed (Has anyone read leviticus in the King James version in the last 100 years? I doubt it). (I'm very weak on the newer stuff such as Lovely bones etc....very good I hear, but doesn't grab me)

    The most interesting thing is discoveing the 12 Books on the list I've read at least twice (as an adult):One hundred years of solitude, Jude the Obscure, The Wasp Factory, Cloud Atlas (obviously), Dracula, Midnight’s Children, Moby Dick, On The Road (but not since I was 25), Crime and Punishment (again under 25), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Nineteen Eighty Four, and the Inferno (in the fabulous new translation).
    The missing titles from your list: Fungus the Bogeyman, The Atrocity Exhibition, If on a winter's night a traveller, Camus, Kafka, Primo Levi, Kundera, Varga LLosa.......yes, I'm an 80s person alright
    The book on the list I should have read but never got round to: Tess of the D'Urbervilles (I know, how could I read Jude the obscure twice and not Tess?)
    The book on the list I read but wished I hadn't: The Da Vinci Cod (sic); there's 4 hours I'll never get back.
    Thanks but you've ruined my afternoon's productivity

  6. The list has The Complete Works of Shakespeare and Hamlet separately. I find that odd. Still, totally want to count how many I've read now.

  7. Good for a laugh, but really a bit meaningless, because the list is a totally arbitrary and illogical mix.

    Why feature the complete works of Shakespeare and then include Hamlet individually? And what of the other volumes of Conan Doyle's Holmes stories? And why not lump Dicken's works in a block as they did with Shakepspear?

    And of course, the real biggie..., why were thse works judged to be worthy of inclusion, and others not? I suspect the answer is because they were the contents of the originator's book shelf... LOL.

    I got 27... and only the bible in italics.

    But it was fun...


  8. I'll think about it, Anne, though I'm a bit bogged down with Books I Must Read just now..
    I got rid of some of the longest-waiting books not long back, Stace; I realised that I was never actually going to read either Ulysses or Tristram Shandy all the way through... my loss. Maybe.
    I would feel disloyal if I named one as a favourite, Anji. Jane Austen, Cold Comfort Farm, Winnie the Pooh, On The Road, Thomas Hardy and Arthur Ransome have all been big in my life. Hmm, and a few others too. Could you name a fave?
    That's an impressive 'missing' list, Claire. I'm trying to think of omissions that I would have liked on the list, but I plead a headache. Maybe Walter Scott, who is v good for snuggling up with under the duvet on a winter night. I am presently reading Ivanhoe for possibly the third time. It's foolish but it's fun!
    It's hard to resist checking, isn't it, NIAB?
    Indeed, Chrissie. Hard to spot the rhyme or reason behind the choices...

  9. There seems to be rather a lot of Jane Austen and no H.G. Wells ... hmm.

    I guess the fact is that it is a list of a mix of books that someone else has chosen and not one that I made up. No "Once and Future King",no Kafka, no Philip K Dick and no Edgar and Himmelblau on the Optimisation of Chemical Processes (one of my favourites).

    I also have to admit to have read that Davinci thingy but it was on holiday and it was that or talk to my parents.

    I scored 37 but then I have read The Far Away Tree stories. Good old Moonface.

    Rachel x

  10. This may be really annoying of me, but I saw this in a few different places and wanted to find the original BBC article it came from. Turns out there wasn't one. It's made up! I found this blog explaining it:
    and this is where the list came from:

    It's still fun, though!

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  13. That looks like fun. I think I may do that list thing...
    (previous comment deleted due to appalling spelling mistake)

  14. I couldn't name a favourite , but the book I detested was Great Expectations. Little Nell should have pushed her Grandfather into the Thames at the beginning. He was a real pain in the neck.

  15. Hang on, aren't you thinking of Curiousity Shops here? -I agree, though; Dickens' heroines are always far too Virtuous And Long-Suffering, aren't they?

    Not at all annoying, NIAB!

    Sorry, all, for long silence; I was having a bad patch. Onwards and upwards!

  16. I was talking about The old Curiosity Shop, wasn't I?

    I think I've been influenced by listening to 'Bleak Expectations'.