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How Many Of These Have You Read?

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

Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read once. Enter a number for the number of times you read something. Make sure you delete my x'S! 

When you've finished, tag 10 people to do it too, and put your total at the bottom. 

OK fellow bookworms, let's fight dirty! 

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - 
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien -3 
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte -x 
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling -2 
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee -x 
6 The Bible – x
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte -x 
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell -3 
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 - Thomas Hardy -x 
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller - 
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare –x 
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier -x 
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien -4 
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks - 
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger -x 
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - x
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot -x 
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell -x 
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald -2 
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 -x 
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll -4 
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame -6 
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy -x 
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - x
33 Chronicles of Narnia (all books) - 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 -x 
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne –20 (out loud - at least) 
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell -x 
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - 
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - 
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving -x 
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 - 
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 Zifon - 
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-time - Mark Haddon - 
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - 
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck -x 
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 -x 
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy - x
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding – 
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie - 
70 Moby **** - Herman Melville - x 
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 -x 
75 Ulysses - James Joyce -x 
76 The Inferno - Dante - 
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-x 
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 -5 
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom- 
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle- x
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton - 
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad -x 
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery - x
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks - 
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams -3 
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 -3 
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factoy - Roald Dahl - 
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo – x

76 reads plus Winny the Pooh at least 20 times to my daughter = 96

52 books

I tag my circle, as did Miss M...   but only if you want to, and if you happen to read this...   

FriendofPromise FriendofPromise 51-55, F 17 Responses Jan 8, 2011

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Oh dear only 35.. Better get down the library.

great list! i've only read about 30 of those so will have to get to work :)

I'm a big Sci Fi and Fantasy fan. I've never been big on the "Classics" so I guess I'm the typical BBC reader who has read only 6 books on their list. #s 4,9,19,22,25,36. (They made us read #22 in Jr. High School)<br />
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My favorites from the list are "His Dark Materials" series and "The Time Traveler's Wife."<br />
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...Odd list, though.

I read 38. and I, too, do not really understand BBC's selection. Say, "Bridget Jones' Diaries"and others like this... Also, what's with the fascination with Jane Austin? I think the list's got 4-5 of the books, and the same is about Charles Dickens.

Yes... possibly someone's personal favorites list... lol...<br />
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Sent to me by a friend, and being a people pleaser, I took a few minutes and posted it. I wondered how a few of them got there for sure, and have no idea what the original criteria was for a book being on the list.

This list got passed around Facebook a while back; I`ve read 30-odd of them, but most of the discussion then centered on debunking the alleged BBC origin. Recent bestsellers are sort of randomly sprinkled in with the classics...

I at age 16, have read around 15 of these books and MANY more are on my list of books to read. Many of these books are classics witch is probably how BBC selected these books.

11 books

I feel like a geek... I have read<br />
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (2x), 10,11,12,13,15,16,18,20,21,23,25 (3x - this book is hysterical. I find something new to laugh about every time I've read it), 28,29,31,33,34,35,36,37,39,42,ok I started 43 but never finished it, 46, 49, 51,52,54,57, 58, 59 (didn't expect to see this one on the list, but it is really good), , 60 (made it through this one), 61,64,70,72 (2x), 73, 76 (reading right now(, 79, 87,88,94,97,98,100.<br />
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That's 50 read, 2 started. Thanks for posting this... now I have more books I need to read!

I've read sixty-seven of the books on this list and at least half of them more than once.

62 books, some of them multiple times. I tend to read by author, so Ive read all of Shakespeare, Nabokov, Dickens, Milne, Mishima, Conrad, Steinbeck, to name a few.

I have read 18, and usually manage 2 books a week. the list covers a range of classics as well as modern tales like Bridget Jones. I wonder how the BBC managed to work out that most people have only read 6 of these 100?

I've read 20 of these books

I've read 40 of these books. I like non-fiction much more, though.

I have read numbers 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,11,16,19,21,22,34,35,37,39,42,43,52,54,56,59,64,72,73,76,81,94...How did the BBC come to choose the books on the list?

I have read numbers 5,7,11,30,34,39,46,48,49,57,68,72,73,76 dante happens to be my fave book of all time I have the series and he was way ahead of his time.the book leaves u thinking and is thought provoking more so than the bible for me.I didn't put bible I have never read it cover to cover just picked parts out.I adore bridget jones diary I have kept a journal my entire life so I laughee so hard at the two books.excellent question....I've only read 14 of these books but I usually read 3books a month or more

I have had a life time love for Wind in the Willows... <br />
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I have probably read more of them more than once, I tend to reread stories I enjoy.<br />
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My least favorite, and there are some there that haunt me... there is so much sadness in the world, that I avoid it as entertainment, and I read for the pleasure and entertainment... would be Animal Farm... yes I got the fact that they were assigning human traits to animals to make a point, but when the brave old horse got sent to the glue factory...