BBC 100 Books Challenge: A Fabulous 51

I just discovered a meme on madbibliophile’s blog which I just had to take part in!

madrid-book-fair-009-00645986-gaSavidge Reads and myself have our own version of this (book geeks that we are). Whenever we are in Borders together and walk past a selection table of books we compete over who’s read / got the most. We’ve made a bit of a spectacle of ourselves exclaiming ‘read it!’ or ‘got it!’ at each other and pointing wildly. So i guess this is the online version. just to make it pretty I’ve decided to highlight the one’s I’ve read in pink instead of using x’s.

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The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. 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 Bleak House – Charles Dickens –

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy –

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams –

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 Bernieres –

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 –

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 – 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 Inferno – Dante-

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-

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So I’m feeling a little bit smug now as I counted 51 out 100 which

Well done me!

means I’ve read more than half! Yes yes, maybe it’s a bit silly to get all competitive about book reading, especially as ‘top lists’ like these are pretty subjective, but hey it’s just a bit of fun. I think I deserve a gold star at least though…

It seems like I read quite a few of these when I was a kid  (although am not sure why The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe qualifies seperately from The Chronicles of Narnia!) and thanks also to the national curriculum (Lord of the Flies, The Colour Purple). Some  seem a bit ambitious to count as 1 such as The Complete Works of Shakespeare!?

I’m a bit dubious about the BBC’s maths. Is this just an average? I think it’s more likely that lots of ‘non-readers’ will have read even less than this and most ‘readers’ will have read quite a few more than 6 but that’s just postulation. What do other people think?

13 responses to “BBC 100 Books Challenge: A Fabulous 51

  1. Well done on 51! At least this list includes other titles that aren’t the typical top 10 in bookstores. Thank our stars Twilight wasn’t in this..

    • Hehe, yes thank goodness. You never know though, maybe it’s just too soon and you’ll see it on those lists in the future 😮

  2. Ive read 40. It’s a weird list though. For instance, isn’t the Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe part of the Chronicles of Narnia? And, as ever, there’s not one Australian novel on it.

    • I know it’s funny that, and Hamlet is seperate from The Complete works of shakespeare!! I don’t know anyone has read every Shakespeare play and his poetry…!

  3. Oh you should feel smug, I have only read 32 of these (I almost typed 312 – which would be interesting as its out of 100!) and am feeling most rubbish. I need to get my skates on reading more classics!

    • Haha, or maybe I am just a sheep who reads books everyone says is good lol. Perhaps we should do a ‘read it’ ‘got it’ borders style challenge on here?

  4. I’m far too excited about being able to say I’ve read 23 of these. For a 17 year old it’s not too bad but I suppose I’m more excited because now I have a list I can work through :). Oh and I didn’t count Tess of the D’urbervilles. I tried a few years ago and failed. Ah well I guess I’ll just try and try again!

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  6. Hi, im about to start your book challenge, but im not sure who exactly im tagging in my notes. If you get this, please let me know because I am really looking forward to this!

    • Hello Omkar! It’s not really an official book challenge 🙂 Quite a few people have just passed this around and then wanted to count how many they have read. Curious to know your number now though!

  7. MMM a bit disappointed that i only read 22, of which i only really properly enjoyed a few, including ‘wasp factory’ & ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night ‘ & ‘The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. I like the different & gritty novels. Currently reading ‘On the Road’ so far so excellent.

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