Tuesday, July 14, 2009

100 Books

It's memetastic!

I saw this one on facebook, and thought I'd play.

The meme says:

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

But it's BS. There is nothing of the sort related to the BBC, except a 100 most popular book list, which doesn't look much like this list.

Anyway, it should be interesting.

Instructions:

Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read. Tag other book nerds.

  1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen -X-
  2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien -X-
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte -X-
  4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling -X- (actually 7 books)
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee -X-
  6. The Bible -X-
  7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte -X-
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell -X-
  9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman -X- (actually 3 books)
  10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens -X-

    10 for 10

  11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott -X-
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy -X-
  13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller -X-
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare -X- (poems and plays, not really books but OK)
  15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier -X-
  16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien -X-
  17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger -X-
  19. The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger -X-
  20. Middlemarch - George Eliot - (seen the miniseries, but never read the book)

    18 for 20

  21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell -X-
  22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald -X-
  23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens -X-
  24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy -X-
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams -X-
  26. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky -X-
  27. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck -X-
  28. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll -X-
  29. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame -X-
  30. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy -X-

    28 for 30

  31. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens -X-
  32. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis -X-
  33. Emma - Jane Austen -X-
  34. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  35. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis -X-
  36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossein -1/2X- (I started it, didn't like it and put it down)
  37. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
  38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
  39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne -X-
  40. Animal Farm - George Orwell -X-

    34 for 40 (I won't count the half)

  41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown -X-
  42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  43. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
  44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
  45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery -X-
  46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy -X- (required reading. I hate Hardy)
  47. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood -X-
  48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding -X-
  49. Atonement - Ian McEwan
  50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel

    39 for 50

  51. Dune - Frank Herbert -X-
  52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
  53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen -X-
  54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
  55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  56. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens -X-
  57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley -X-
  58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
  59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez -1/2X- (dropped it)
  60. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck -X-

    44 for 60

  61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov -X-
  62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
  63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold -X- (overrated, but still good)
  64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas -X- (one of the greatest books of all time)
  65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac -X-
  66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy -X- (again, required. I hate Hardy)
  67. Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding -X-
  68. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
  69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville -X-
  70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens -X-

    52 for 70

  71. Dracula - Bram Stoker -X-
  72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett -X-
  73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson -X-
  74. Ulysses - James Joyce -X-
  75. The Inferno – Dante -X-
  76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
  77. Germinal - Emile Zola
  78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray -X-
  79. Possession - AS Byatt
  80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens -X-

    59 out of 80

  81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker -X- (required reading. Crap. Worse than beloved)
  83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
  84. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert -X-
  85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
  86. Charlotte’s Web - EB White -X-
  87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom -X-
  88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -X-
  89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
  90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad -X-

    65 out of 90

  91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery -X- (I love Saint-Exupery)
  92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
  93. Watership Down - Richard Adams -X-
  94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole -X- (good, but overrated)
  95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
  96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas -X- (one of my favorite books ever)
  97. Hamlet - William Shakespeare -X-
  98. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl -X-
  99. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo -X-
Total: 72 out of 99

Not sure why they listed 32 and 36 separately, or 14 and 97... plus there are a half dozen different versions of the list out there.; and for some reason what would have been 16 is missing so it's only 99.