>Have Your Read More Than 6 of These Books?

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INSTRUCTIONS: Have you read more than 6 of these books? 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, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish. 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 (all)

 

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 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

 

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

 

25 The Hitch Hiker’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

 

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

 

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere

 

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

 

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

 

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

 

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

 

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 Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

 

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 – EB 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

 

I’ve read 25 of the ones listed, although shouldn’t all the Harry Potters count for 7? Ha! (Does listening to the unabridged version on CD while driving to and from work count? if so, I get to count the Bible, too.)

 

Atlas Shrugged should be on there although I was a bigger fan of The Fountainhead. What I’d really love to see on the list would be even more scifi stuff–read a lot of that in high school. Childhood’s End was great…oh, and Stranger in a Strange Land. Very hip at the time.

 

Oh, and I’ve read Gone With The Wind about 13 times. Catcher in the Rye about that many, I’ll bet, too. First book I’d read at that age that sounded like something I’d wished I’d written.

 

My minor was in English; I was a math major, but novels…ah novels. They make the math fun. Maybe if it had been my major, I could have stomached all the Jane Austen books. That writing is tough to read.

 

Know what else is missing? The Good Earth by Pearl Buck. Major wow book.

 

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (all)

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

 

 

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