11.22.2010

99 Books. I got...

Saw this on a friend's Facebook page, and decided to share here. I have no idea if the statement about BBC is true, but let's go with it.

99 Books

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 99 books listed here. Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt. Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses!

  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 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. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
  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 - A.A. 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 Had
  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 Ransome
  76. Germinal - Emile Zola
  77. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
  78. Possession - AS Byatt
  79. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
  80. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  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 - E.B. 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

So, let's see. There are 27 that I read.  And another 6 that I've touched on.   Just for kicks, I went ahead and added asterisks for those I own, but just haven't read yet.  That's another 10.  Not bad considering the supposed 6-book estimate.  I'll have to revisit this list down the road to see how I do.

How did YOU do?

4 comments:

Mark said...

Interesting list. I'm wondering, though, if it's really a BBC list. If it is, it needed an editor and proofreader! For one, the list only contains 97 books, not 99. It has the Complete Works of Shakespeare (#14) and then has Hamlet at #96. Also Chronicles of Narnia at #31 and then three spots down, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Multi-volume works are listed as one entry in some places (Harry Potter series, His Dark Materials) but elsewhere only one title is listed for other series (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). I'm going to have to look into this!

Valerie said...

Hey there. Didn't you see my opener where I said I don't know if the statement about BBC is true, but let's go with it?

I noticed the discrepancies you raised, but then I...wait for it...went with it. :o)

So, putting all those things aside, how many have you read?

Mark said...

I did see where you expressed uncertainty about the veracity of the list, so my point was just that I had doubts too. In any case, here's my run-down with occasional comments:

Books I've read:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Nineteen Eighty-Four
The Golden Compass (first in the His Dark Materials series)
The Great Gatsby (do I get extra points for having read it multiple times?)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (which should have been listed at #42)
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Da Vinci Code
Of Mice and Men
Count of Monte Cristo (if you're going to read this, get the Buss translation)
Dracula
Notes From a Small Island
The Inferno
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Heart of Darkness (The horror! The horror!)
The Little Prince
The Three Musketeers (read it as a kid, though, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't the unabridged version)
Hamlet

Books I've started (I'm ignoring the "read an excerpt" part):
Complete Works of Shakespeare (7 or 8 plays and exactly one sonnet)
Rebecca
War and Peace (stopped reading because I wanted to know more about the Napoleonic wars)
Grapes of Wrath (had to read it for school, and for the life of me can't remember whether I finished it)
Life of Pi
Dune
The Shadow of the Wind
Moby Dick

Books I own (Here we go...):
Pride and Prejudice; Lord of the Rings; Jane Eyre; first Harry Potter book; the Bible; Wuthering Heights; Great Expectations; The Hobbit; Crime and Punishment; Alice in Wonderland; Anna Karenina; Chronicles of Narnia; Animal Farm; One Hundred Years of Solitude; The Handmaid’s Tale; Brave New World; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time; The Secret History; A Christmas Carol; Madame Bovary

Valerie said...

Between the two of us, we've got a lot of these covered. Which one had the chapter about the turtle crossing the road? Was that Grapes of Wrath?