19 May 2009

Bookreading Savages

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. So how do my reading habits stack up? Am I really an uncooth boor after all?

1 The Bible-

2 The Lord of the Rings- X

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte -

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling - X

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee -

6 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen -

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte - X

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell - X

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman - X

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 - X

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks -

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger- X

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 - X

23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy -

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - X

26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh -

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky -

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck - X

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll - X

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Gahame -

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy -

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - X

33 Chronicles of Narnia - X

34 Emma - Jane Austen -

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen -

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - X Wait, who wrote this list?! The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a part of the Chronicles of Narnia! Stupid BBC, don't you know anything?

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - X Honestly, what is this book doing here? It was fine (execpt for the incredibly lame ending), but top 100 books?! You've got to be joking!

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres -

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - X

40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne -

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 - L.M. Montgomery -

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood- X Yeay! Can-con.

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding -

50 Atonement- Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel - X Yeay, even more Can-con.

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 - X

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley- X

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 -

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 - Helen Fielding -

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 -

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 - X This book should get way more props than it does!

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 - 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 Since they've already produced several versions of Hamlet, I thought the BBC would be well aware that the Prince of Denmark is, in fact, included in the complete works of Shakespeare (#14)... I call shenanigans on this list!

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - X

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo -

6 comments:

Tokyo Tintin said...

So, 31 out of a hundred. Not bad. Thought really some of the items on this list are really questionable. Case in point: Bridget Jones Diary. And, despite about 4,000 years of literary history, the only book written by an Asian is about English aristocrats... I call double shenanigans on this list!

jolie-chan said...

me too!!! i found that during the course of the list if the it wasnt a "classic" it was sexy pop novel that in ten yrs well all be scratching our head saying "really??"

me personally that goes for:
bridget jones, for what i would say obvious reasons, davinci code, cause just because its about a controversial topic does not validate it, all literary positioning and marketing, and life of pi, which i feel played into the same issues mentioned above for davinci, (my case in point for that is the film versions producers employing m night shama-whatever then dropping him because he is too associated with twist endings)

GW said...

I think I did only slightly better, but that is because I could tick off all the Jane Austens and Bridget Jones's Diary. Don't knock it 'til you try it.

Robert said...

Speaking of Can-con, Anne of Green Gables! Da list be wack.

ZEP said...

I guess this isn't a Top 100 Best Books list but a list of popular books.

I got 21 out of 100. Mostly classics ;-)

Petite moi said...

This is such a biased list :))