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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012, 13:14:27 BST
I Readalot says:
You shouldn't be disappointed, as has been mentioned above this is only a bit of fun and has no bearing on how well a person is, in fact I think a lot of people will be embarrassed that they have read several of the titles in this list.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012, 13:22:07 BST
Booktigger says:
Crikey, I only posted it to get people talking!!! I am going to aim to read a couple of this list a year though, as well as the 1001 books to read before you die.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012, 13:27:48 BST
Anita says:
All right, I admit, I've never actually read it. But it WAS READ to me by my mother about million times when I was very little (in translation, of course), I almost knew it by heart and I still do remember bits and pieces pretty well

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012, 13:36:03 BST
Last edited by the author on 4 Jul 2012, 13:36:19 BST
Nurrie says:
And we are talking!!! :)

Fair enough if people really want to attempt this list, but they should know it isn't a real challenge. I don't think there are many people who would be happy reading both 'The Bridget Jone's Diary' and 'The Davinci Code'. If my post saves them from some sort of hellish experience then I'm ok with that.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012, 13:38:51 BST
Booktigger says:
I have actually read both!!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012, 13:42:39 BST
Nurrie says:
Did you enjoy both?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012, 13:44:58 BST
Booktigger says:
YEah, although both were a while ago. I have actually seen both films, although was annoyed at the changes.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012, 13:52:15 BST
Nurrie says:
Always the way with movie versions. Were they big changes or just minor ones? I've seen both film...well sort of...I was way too tired when I sat down to watch Davinci Code, I just couldn't stick around to the end.

Posted on 4 Jul 2012, 16:27:55 BST
I've read both Bridget Jones and Da Vinci Code, liked both. And seen both films. I actually saw Bridget in Spanish first, as I was living there at the time!. The Da Vinci Code film is better than Angels and Demons, that was just awful. I love Ewan McGregor but he was totally miscast.

They may not be to everyone's tastes, but Dan Brown can write a page turner. Apart from the Lost Symbol which just never seemed to end!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012, 17:40:58 BST
Oracle says:
I agree. I love 1001 Books: You Must Read Before You Die because it has introduced me to a lot of great books that I wouldn't otherwise have known about. But I'd never take the title literally. There is some trash in there, some very well-regarded classics are missing and there are some books that I don't want to read no matter how many people think they're a must-read.

Posted on 4 Jul 2012, 17:44:30 BST
Oracle says:
What might be more interesting how many of the books people actually liked. I have read 51, but only liked 29...

Posted on 4 Jul 2012, 19:26:16 BST
In that case - read 21, liked 15!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012, 20:10:55 BST
Wonder woman says:
I've, read 51 of them.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012, 20:16:57 BST
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LEP says:
Read 37. Seen several of the others as TV versions etc.
The one I hated was Lord of the Flies.

Posted on 4 Jul 2012, 20:28:07 BST
Now I think about it, there's been a fair few 'best of' lists, and before the start of the new millenium. John Carey's Pure Pleasure (which is well worth reading in its own right) or Anthony Burgess's Ninety-Nine Novels spring to mind.

Last year I noticed there were six Booker Winners since 1980 to the present that I hadn't read, so I made an effort (via marketplace, readitswapit and the library) to track them down and read them.

As an aside, I also thought 1989 shortlist was the strongest of the bunch; and the 1998 one the weakest.

Posted on 5 Jul 2012, 05:23:13 BST
kittycat2000 says:
I've read 22 of them. Thought it would have been more as I've read the first 5. I've also attempted about another 15 but decided life was too short, most notably Birdsong where after several attempts I still couldn't get to the end of the first chapter.

Posted on 5 Jul 2012, 12:54:56 BST
66, and I can't see myself adding The Da Vinci Code to my to be read pile any time soon.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2012, 13:04:33 BST
I Readalot says:
I have the first edition of it and there were a few changes made for the 2nd. Definitely some trash in there but I like the fact that it gives a pretty good synopsis of each title so I know which ones to stay away from.

Posted on 2 Aug 2012, 21:38:41 BST
Lizzymac says:
I've, surprisingly, read 74 of them...I have got a further 4 or 5 on my book shelves just waiting to be read!

Posted on 4 Aug 2012, 08:06:03 BST
Annie-Rose says:
48. Some of the longer tomes I tackled many years ago as part of my degree, but my husband puts it down to my having too much time on my hands (not true!). I didn't count anything I'd only seen the film of/heard read on radio.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012, 10:46:03 BST
Damaskcat says:
I've read 38 and failed to finish another half dozen.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012, 11:20:45 BST
28 and I can't recall any of them in great depth, I find most of these so called classic books are a trial to read and quite forgetable afterwards

Posted on 4 Aug 2012, 22:22:09 BST
Cymbaline says:
Honestly I prefer Dan Brown to JRR Tolkein and Jane Austen. Those authors are the reason I always avoid these lists.

Posted on 7 Aug 2012, 09:22:23 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 Aug 2012, 09:32:13 BST
Fi esta says:
I've read 56 and failed to finish another 4/5, I'd be really interested to find out where the data came from, does anyone know? (Sorry if this has been asked before, I have not had a chance to read the whole thread...)
Edited to say I've now caught up with the thread, and the discussions about where the list originated from...

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2012, 09:48:33 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 Aug 2012, 09:50:37 BST
Nurrie says:
It's a fake book list. BBC never released a must read list. They did however hold a vote for your favourite book poll a few years ago. Many of these books on this list were popular at the time the poll was asked. That poll list has been adapted by someone on the internet who've added their own fave books to it and then claimed it was a must read reading list. This is why I don't listen to people who tell me what to read and what not to read.

Edited- to show that I've now seen your edit!
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