BCC’s Big Read book meme

Which ones have you read?

“Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.


1) Look at the list and make those you have read bold.
2) Star (*) the ones you LOVE.
3) Italicize those you plan on reading.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien * (but can’t be bothered with the movies)
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte *
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (first 3 only actually)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible umm…I liked the bit with the horses. Apocalypse.
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell * (yay SF dystopias!)
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 * in college.
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (started it when I was 18)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare -I guess tales reworked for kids by Charles & Mary Lamb doesn’t count… :-p read some sonnets, and parts of some of his famous ones
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien *
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot -started it in college
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell -saw the movie
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 -started it
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 -does the audio book count? or the movie?
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden -again, movie
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 -while I lived in Bournemouth
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery -while I was visiting friends in Wisconsin
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 -saw the movie. Read the Cement garden in college, hated it.
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert (but wasn’t impressed)
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen (ooh movie! Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, yay!)
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 * (did you see that movie adaptation with Kate winslet & Christopher Eccleston?)
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding -and the movie obviously
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie -started it
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett * I want that garden!
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce -meh
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome ooh I love his illustrations
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens -the Muppets? or the Simpsons version? :-p
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker -just recently thanks to bookcrossing! 😀
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro -ooh! wanna read! Emma Thompson + Anthony Hopkins = awesome
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert -in college. finished in one day…
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White -movie. kinda meh.
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 * And Apocalypse now. 😉
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery* en français bien sûr
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams (actually read the “cat version” by J. Smith-Aiken first, only discovered years later that the bunnies were first… :-p )(never saw the movie though)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas -ok I cheat: I had this book in a graphic novel version of 8 classics as a kid, this one was in it (as was Black Beauty, which I thought was brilliant as an 11-year old)
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare -Kenneth Branagh version
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl *
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo -movie

If I count correctly, that makes 43 books! Not too bad. 😀 However the tendency seems to be mostly SF/fantasy (well d’uh), almost all children’s literature listed (except for Charlotte’s Web at first sight) and some 19th century classics (Austen, Brönte, Hardy, Dickens,…)

I see I’ve got to work on my Russian classics though…but they’re so thick! And have no illustrations! Or movie adaptations! LOL. I think I have War & Peace lying around here somewhere, a mustly old fat book with small print. This is where a kindle would come in handy… 😉

Also, no Dutch, Italian or German literature?! Boo!

Via Tenaanval via Other stories.

6 thoughts on “BCC’s Big Read book meme

  1. Hmm, I've read 37 of them. I majored in English as my undergrad, so a lot of them were required reading! I was surprised I hadn't read more 🙂 Ulysses, James Joyce…HATED reading…bleh


  2. Hmm, I've read 37 of them. I majored in English as my undergrad, so a lot of them were required reading! I was surprised I hadn't read more 🙂 Ulysses, James Joyce…HATED reading…bleh


  3. Hey,i've read 32 of them, still lots to read! Oh and 'Possesion' is a great book, loved te movie too. Kristien, i have the book, if you want to read it, give a shout!xxxsesJes


  4. Hey,i've read 32 of them, still lots to read! Oh and 'Possesion' is a great book, loved te movie too. Kristien, i have the book, if you want to read it, give a shout!




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