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In your face, BBC!

So I was browsing around on Austenfan’s site when I found this meme. Apparently, the BBC thinks that most people will only have read 6 of these 100 books. The literature-freak in me was incredibly angered by such an assumption, so obviously I set out to prove myself.

The result:

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (x)

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien ()

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (x)

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (x)

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (x)

6 The Bible ()

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (x)

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell ()

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (x)

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (x)

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott (x)

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy ()

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (x)

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (x)

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier(x)

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien ()

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk ()

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (x)

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (x)

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot ()

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell (x)

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (x)

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens ()

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy ()

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

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh ()

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 Hossein (x)

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres ()

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 (x)

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (x)

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving ()

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins ()

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery (x)

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy ()

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood ()

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding (x)

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan (x)

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel (x)

52 Dune – Frank Herbert ()

53 Cold Comfort Farm ()

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen (x)

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth (x)

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon ()

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (x)

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 (x)

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck ()

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov ()

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt ()

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (x)

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (x)

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac ()

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy ()

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (x)

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (x)

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville ()

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (x)

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker (x)

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (x)

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson ()

75 Ulysses – James Joyce ()

76 The Inferno – Dante (x)

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome ()

78 Germinal – Emile Zola ()

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray (x)

80 Possession – AS Byatt ()

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (x)

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell ()

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker ()

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro ()

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (x)

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry ()

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White ()

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom (x)

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (x)

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton (x)

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 (x)

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare (x)

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (x)

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo ()

Which makes a total of… wait for it… 51 out of 100 books. Thank you, thank you very much.

Now I can go feel smug for a while, until I remember how little of a life I really had in school…

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3 responses

  1. Wow, 51 is a lot! I got 19, which isn’t bad but nor is it really brag-worthy.

    August 30, 2009 at 10:13 am

  2. 51 is seriouly impressive. I got 24, which is not so great, but there’s only a couple more books on the list that I have plans to read. I need to make my own list so I can get a better score. lol

    August 30, 2009 at 10:29 am

  3. Yay for you! I only got 12 or 13, I think. 😦 But then again, that’s above average according to BBC. Haha.

    August 31, 2009 at 9:20 am

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