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Initial post: 24 Jun 2012 10:38:33 BDT
Booktigger says:
The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How many have you read?

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible - Various
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 1984 - George Orwell
9 Northern Lights (The Golden Compass) - 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 Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
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 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
24 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
25 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
26 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
27 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
28 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
29 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
30 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
31 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
32 Emma - Jane Austen
33 Persuasion - Jane Austen
34 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
35 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
36 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
37 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
38 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
39 Animal Farm - George Orwell
40 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
41 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
42 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
43 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
44 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
45 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
46 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
47 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
48 Atonement - Ian McEwan
49 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
50 Dune - Frank Herbert
51 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
52 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
53 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
54 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
55 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
56 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
57 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
58 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
59 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
60 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
61 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
62 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
63 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
64 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
65 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
66 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
67 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
68 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
69 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
70 Dracula - Bram Stoker
71 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
72 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
73 Ulysses - James Joyce
74 The Inferno - Dante
75 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransom
76 Germinal - Emile Zol
77 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackera
78 Possession - AS Byatt
79 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
80 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchel
81 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
82 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
83 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
84 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
85 Charlotte's Web - EB White
86 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
87 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
88 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
89 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
90 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
91 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
92 Watership Down - Richard Adams
93 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
94 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
95 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
96 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
97 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
98 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
99 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
100 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 10:40:35 BDT
Booktigger says:
I've read 18 and tried and failed another 2. I am going to try and get that figure up to 20 next year.

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 11:12:30 BDT
37 out of 100. Not bad by the BBC standard, but there are still some titles on there that I am ashamed not to have read! Also, I didn't count the Bible, as although I have read quite a few chunks thanks to my Theology A-Level (no, I don't know why I thought that was a good idea, we all do strange things when we're 16), who has read the whole thing cover-to-cover?

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 11:44:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jun 2012 11:45:28 BDT
Kirsty says:
12 so far, there are still many on there that I intend to read. So many books, so little time...

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 11:58:18 BDT
I Readalot says:
Managed 56, some read more years ago than I care to remember, a couple from 'O' level, a fair few from OU courses and the rest simply because I wanted to read them.

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 12:05:42 BDT
monica says:
Snap, I Readalot. Though I probably should be knocked down to 46 for having read Bridget Jones's Diary . . . A very curious assortment of books on this list.

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 12:11:14 BDT
C. Rucroft says:
Read 11 but I have got quite a few of them to read! x

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 12:36:37 BDT
I Readalot says:
In that case Monica maybe I should be knocked down as well for having read The Da Vinci Code (although in my defence I did read it before the hype started). Maybe they put in a few titles to guarantee that everyone going through it will be able to pick out at least one or two.

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 12:53:35 BDT
Handybird says:
37

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 13:48:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Aug 2012 17:18:33 BDT
Read 68, of which I enjoyed 32.

Of those I considered The Great Gatsby the best, A Confederacy of Dunces the wittiest, and Birdsong the worst (narrowly beating Possession).

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 13:49:27 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
I've clocked up 32 but not sure if this means anything. Yes, there are some I'm ashamed I haven't read (there's at least one I'm ashamed I have read!) but there are quite a few there I have no intention of reading. Never understood why Shakespeare plays are on the list - they're to be seen on stage, not read like a book.

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 13:50:55 BDT
Anita says:
36

May I vote for Count of Monte Cristo? :)

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 15:39:28 BDT
Rokkan_HVN says:
24 on that list, with I think 4 or 5 more on my kindle waiting to be read. Four or five of them were read in high school, but that still counts, right?

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 16:23:28 BDT
Book Addict says:
I've just counted 36. There's plenty on that list that I have no intention of reading.

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 17:13:51 BDT
18

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 17:58:43 BDT
Oracle says:
51 and read parts of several others (or seen TV/film adaptations which I'm not sure counts!).

It's not the BBC's list though. The post circulates on Facebook and by email regularly and seems to have a different set of books every time. I've never seen a link to an original.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 19:12:04 BDT
26 not bad. there are a few I should read though

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 20:25:56 BDT
J. says:
46. Have a few more of them on my to read list.

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 23:51:11 BDT
Jen Errik says:
Exactly 50 that I'm sure of. And I've seen Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet - but they weren't set texts at school so I've never read them. I think it's generationally biased: I'm not sure children nowadays read 'Wind in the Willows' or 'Watership Down'. And the children's books are what bumps my tally up.
Of the books I've read, the two by Gabriel Garcia Marquez weren't my cup of tea at all.

I always feel bad about not having read Dickens: every couple of years I try, read a couple of chapters, and stop. Apart from 'Oliver Twist', which was a set text at school, I've only ever managed 'A Christmas Carol.'

Posted on 25 Jun 2012 00:23:02 BDT
Marand says:
62 plus about ten that I have on my bookshelves but haven't yet read.

Posted on 25 Jun 2012 06:28:05 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
29 of the forty or so that appeal to me. Dickens, Austin and Bronte definitely don't.

Posted on 25 Jun 2012 08:45:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jun 2012 17:53:08 BDT
VCBF (Val) says:
When I first saw this list it prompted me to add most of those I had not read to my Wishlist and I am now up to 83 (not counting ones I didn't finish). This list doesn't originate from 'The BBC' as in British Broadcasting Corporation, their's is http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml, although a lot of books are on both.

Edit: I should also point out that the list is of the general public's favourite books (those who voted). The BBC Big Read presenters made no judgement on whether they were good or bad.

Posted on 25 Jun 2012 11:50:55 BDT
I have read 21 from this list, and I too did not manage to get very far with the 2 Marquez books, I studied Latin American literature at Uni and I cannot say that I like much of it!
Some of my favourite books are on there, and as for the other 77 books - I doubt I will read any of them as I do not enjoy classics. I am not ashamed of having read what I have (even Bridget Jones) nor ashamed of what I have not read. Each to their own, and I have too many other books to read to ever have time to read these ones!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 12:44:59 BDT
Babilula says:
I've read 39 but some of them were hard going. Another couple I tried but couldn't get into. The Remains of the Day I am still struggling with, as I prefer something with a bit more action!

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