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761405.  Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:00 pm Reply with quote

I picked this up from a friend on Facebook, and thought I'd share it here:


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

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 and underline the ones you’ve seen the movies of.

Some of these I have read the book and seen a movie version, so I have both bolded and underlined the title. I'm not quite sure why The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe deserves entry both as itself and as part of the Chronicles of Narnia. You will note the absence on my reading list of heavyweight Russian and French authors...

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 Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’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 Graham

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

761429.  Sat Nov 20, 2010 4:57 pm Reply with quote

I've read 23, and part-read 4.

Spud McLaren
761452.  Sat Nov 20, 2010 6:03 pm Reply with quote

25 completed, 2 started but never finished, on Bleak House at the moment.

I read Crime & Punishment and On The Road when in my early 20s, or maybe in my very late teens. I tried recently to re-read them - bloody hell, they were hard work. I must've been a lot more intelligent (or determined) back then.

761530.  Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:12 am Reply with quote

Why have the posts before Jenny's been deleted and the ones from 2003 been left?

EDIT: It's because I was tired.

Last edited by zomgmouse on Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:11 pm; edited 1 time in total

761558.  Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:41 am Reply with quote

They haven't.

In fact, when Jenny posted that list she revived a thread which had been dormant for rather a long time. The similar thread with which you may be confusing it is What are you reading today ?

761657.  Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:02 pm Reply with quote

I revived the old thread because I didn't want the topic to get mixed up with 'What are you reading today?'

761665.  Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:11 pm Reply with quote

*facepalm* whoops.

761696.  Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:51 am Reply with quote

19 read, but isn't #36 just the second in the series of #33?

761817.  Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:27 pm Reply with quote

Yes it is, as indeed Jenny noted in her introduction to the list.

Incidentally, that list does not in fact come from the BBC - it seems to have been created on Facebook. The BBC did indeed run a survey which produced a list of 100 books in 2003, but only about two thirds of its 100 are also on the list posted above.

From a look at the titles which do not appear on both lists, it seems likely that the Facebook list was compiled by an American. You'll also note that that probably-American has changed the rules a bit - only novels were eligible for the BBC list, but the Facebook one also includes plays (Shakespeare), poetry (Shakespeare again), short stories (Conan Doyle) and non-fiction (Bryson, The Bible).

For a more detailed explanation, see here. For the actual BBC list (which originally contained 200 books, but only the top half got much publicity), see here.

Ian Dunn
762300.  Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:23 am Reply with quote

I've only read about eight on that list - two of which were by Tolkien and two of which were by Orwell, so I've only read the work of six of the listed authors.

Anyway, if we are still suggesting quite interesting books, I would like to suggest Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade by Jonathan Clements. The book is a collection of articles, speeches and other material written by Clements, mostly on the subject of Japanese animation and comics. This book is a particular reason why, if the proposed audition forum is set up, I liked to bag Japan as a subject I like to cover.

However, the book does contain quite a lot of interesting material not just on animation but on other aspects of Japanese and Far Eastern culture and history.

Amongst my favourite titbits include the fact that Hello Kitty is from London and caused a stampede in Singapore; a theory that World War Two is still going on between Japan and Russia; and how animators got around the problem of censoring penises by using tentacles.

For those wondering about the origin of the title, whenever Clements is referring to an anime or manga project and wants to protect people, he calls the project in question Schoolgirl Milky Crisis.

Book's official blog

762304.  Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:31 am Reply with quote

Something that does bug me a little about these many and various lists of books that one really should have read to become a happy and well-rounded individual is that they are almost always lists of fiction books.

It's been at least five years since I last read any form of fiction, but I've been reading constantly over that period - just all non-fiction.

Perhaps it would be fun for someone to compile some form of list of 'essential' non-fiction books.

762307.  Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:34 am Reply with quote

I bet it would just end up in an argument over whether or not the Bible counts as non-fiction.

Ian Dunn
762313.  Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:47 am Reply with quote

samivel wrote:
I bet it would just end up in an argument over whether or not the Bible counts as non-fiction.

Whatever it is, a hope it counts on that list. It is one of the eight I've read.

762379.  Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:42 pm Reply with quote

The Bible is non fiction. Even if you do not happen to believe that what is in the Bible is true, it's still non fiction.

It is unlikely that many of us literally believe that Cronus cut off his father's penis with a flint sickle, and that the semen spilled in the course of this assault impregnated the large breasted Gaia (who was both Cronus' mother and his grandmother). Even so, to read about it you'd need to take a book of Greek mythology off the non-fiction shelves.

So it is with the Bible.

In fact, Mr Google knows of several lists of "essential" non-fiction works. Unfortunately, most of these lists are American and seem to contain either only self-help books or only books about exploring and having adventures.

762453.  Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:46 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
For the actual BBC list (which originally contained 200 books, but only the top half got much publicity), see here.

I think the fact that Jeffrey Archer's in that list is proof that the whole thing is bollocks.


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