Meming

Sorry, I couldn’t resist this one.

Apparently the BBC (I guess this is from their Top 100 list at The Big Read? but I couldn’t find the six-person thing on their site) reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.
Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.

I actually bolded my favorites and italicized the ones I hope to read because that seemed more interesting. I don’t know why I had to demonstrate to you what bolding and italicizing are.

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
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee x
6 The Bible- (well, parts)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte x
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell x
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens x
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott x +
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles РThomas Hardy x
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller x + I recently finally bought myself a copy of this.
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare x + (most of them anyway)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier x
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien x +
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife РAudrey Niffenegger x +
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell x +
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald x (though I can’t say I remember it very well)
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy РDouglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh * (mostly want to read this because of Jeremy Irons… is that wrong?)
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck *
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll x
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis x
34 Emma – Jane Austen x
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen x +
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis x
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini x
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin РLouis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden x +
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne x
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 x +
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins x
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery x +
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale РMargaret Atwood x
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding x
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan x +
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen x
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 x
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck x
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov x +
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold x (good book)
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac x
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary РHelen Fielding x +
69 Midnight’s Children РSalman Rushdie *
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett x
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson * (feel strongly that I may have skimmed this at some point)
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath x +
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome x
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 x +
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert x
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web РEB White x
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom x
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 X
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 x
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl x
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo x (well, large sections of it)

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5 thoughts on “Meming

  1. Laurel says:

    That is kind of hilarious about people only having read 6. But I guess most people don’t also take AP English. You should read Grapes of Wrath, I loved it. But I loved East of Eden even more.

  2. I think the whole “most people haven’t read more than six” part has to be an urban myth, there’s no way most of the world hasn’t read at least six! Well, at least it made me feel smart that I’ve read at least 75% of those. And why are the complete works of Shakespeare and Hamlet on there separately?

  3. Yeah there’s also The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I think they surveyed people for their favorite books and then compiled a top 100 list, and that’s why it’s weird like that.

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