Sunday, November 28, 2010

How Many Books Have You Read?

Elizabeth at Swords Of Fighting found an interesting list of classic books, where BBC said that most people have not read more than 6 books of it :o I thought i wanted to try it! Everyone can do it. That's for me, Yiota, only.

•Copy this list.
Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.
Italicise the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.
•Tag other book nerds.
Highlight the ones that you have but haven't read. They are probably in your TBR stack/on your shelf at the back because someone said you should read them.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The King James Bible
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
(1984) – George Orwell
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
The Time Traveller's Wife- Audrey Niffenegger
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Emma -Jane Austen
Persuasion – Jane Austen

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Dune – Frank Herbert
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (en francais)
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
Ulysses – James Joyce
The Inferno – Dante
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Germinal – Emile Zola (en francais)
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Possession – AS Byatt
Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (en francais)
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (en francais)
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Watership Down – Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas (en francais)
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (en francais)

So i have read 10 books, left in the middle 6 books and i have in my TBR 4 books. Ermm...yeah..not that good eh? And it's unfair cause HP and LOTR are over 3 books and they have them as one XD


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  2. I have read about 42 of those books.I just didn't like Catch 22 though. I agree that LOTR should count as 3 and HP should count as 7!
    Its a very diverse read , I must say.

  3. 42 books? :o you kiddin right? :O

  4. This is the original article:
    (but the list is slightly different)

    I have read 30 books off the list and excerpts of 8 of them.

    But HP SHOULD count as 7 (or 14 as I read them both in Italian and English :P, His Dark Materials and LOTR as 3!
    And why is Hamlet not part of the Complete works of Shakespeare?!
    And only Dante's Inferno, not the other parts of the Divine Comedy?

  5. @Elenick I completely agree about Hamlet! There ae so many relevant books not in the list.
    @Yiota lol I am not kidding. The truth is that when I was 15 , my mum threatened me to read atleast 15 of the books in the list. That's how its 42.haha

  6. ^ The original BBC survey was on the nation's best loved novels, not necessarily relevant or classic books. For example His Dark Materials and HP probably cannot be considered classics yet, but they will surely be in 20 years time :)

  7. ahha! Elenick you answered a debate between the hubby and I.
    I'd read 46 off this list but did find it strange that Hamlet was listed separately from Shakespeare's complete works. They need a list for that because without looking into it I could say for sure i'd read his COMPLETE works.

  8. I have to agree.They have some things wrong. They did the same with Narnia. It is separately than Lion,Witch and the Wardrobe.
    It was good list though.

  9. I have read 8 of them properly but others like Charlotte's Web I've read some of. The Far Away Tree should be read by every child, it was my favourite and I lent a six year old girl the video tapes of the series today. All of Jane Austen's are on my TBR list as I joined the 2010 Austen challenge a back in September and have only read Pride and Prejudice so far!

  10. Stephanie that means you have only a month to read the rest of her books :o

    And i never heard of Far Away Tree before. Weird..


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