Prove the BBC Wrong!

BOOKSA friend and fellow book clubber, forwarded this email to me today.  While I’m a big reader, I find it hard to believe that most people will have read only six of these 100 books.  I’m glad to know that I’m way above average!  How many have you read?  Most importantly, thanks for reading Bright-Yellow along with whatever number of books you have read on this list!

100 Books
Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?
Instructions: Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.

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 Hitchhiker’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 – 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 – 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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6 comments

  1. Yay! I’m above average too . Not quite as high as 29 though! I’m at about 20 (there are a couple I can’t remember if I read or just saw the movie! lol).

  2. Read 26.

    (I’m 29 years old, female, working on a phd in neuroscience; read mostly classics in my free time)

  3. 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien –
    4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling –
    6 The Bible –
    7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte –
    9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
    14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
    16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien –
    22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
    23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
    29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll –
    32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
    49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding –
    55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
    59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon-
    72 Dracula – Bram Stoker –
    89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle –
    92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery –
    97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
    100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo-

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