Friday, February 27, 2009

The Friday Five + 95!

I found this on Carla Stewart's Blog and thought I'd give it a whirl.

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

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (X)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (X)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte ( )
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling ( )
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (X)
6 The Bible - (x)
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 (x)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy ( )
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller ( )
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare ( )
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier ( X )
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (X )
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk ( )
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger( )
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger ( )
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot ( )
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell ( X )
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald ()
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 ()
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll ( X )
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame ( X)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy ( )
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens ( X )
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis ()
34 Emma - Jane Austen ( )
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen ( )
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (x)
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 (x)
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell ( X )4
2 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown ( )
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ( )
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - 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 ( )
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-time - 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 ( 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 ()
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie ()
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 ( )
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 (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 ( )
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry ( )
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White ( X )
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 ( )
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 ( X)
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare ( X )
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (X )
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo ( )

Hmmm...I've got 27, which is more than the BBC says is average, but way behind what it probably should be. Though this list doesn't include some classic's I'd put on it. What about MacBeth, or Giant by Edna Ferber, or The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammet, or Odds Against by Dick Francis? Classics that I've read.

How about you? How many have you read from this list, and is there a classic you think is missing?

10 comments:

  1. I've only read 35 of their classics. Maybe not such an impressive number for an English major. Swing by on Sunday to see which ones I've read. (-;

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  3. Looks like I'm the goober around these parts--I've only read 16! Looks like I need to add a few more to my TBR pile.

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  4. Ooo, Giant's good. I was into reading Ferber back in high school.

    Or what about Willa Cather? My Antonia, anyone? Maybe it's not on the list because this is a BBC list.

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  5. Your favorite (I hope) nephew has read 29 of the list, which you may or may not already know if you saw my Facebook note. I haven't read any classics you listed extra though. Personally, I think if Dracula made the list, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein maybe deserved to make it as well. AP English 12 dragged that one through me for better or for worse. My Antonia's not a bad choice either, though I couldn't say I enjoyed it much personally.

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  6. I’ve read 3, 4, 5(To Kill a Mockingbird, favorite book of all time), 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 15, half of 18, 19, 21, 29, 30, 31 (this one about killed me! LONG!) 33, 36, 41, 42, 46, 54, 57 (Tale of Two Cities. A VERY hard book but really worth it. I probably started it five times before I read it through) 53, 73 (huge gap there!) 75-(I read one James Joyce once, it cured me of James Joyce-It might not have been Ulysses), 81, 87, 88 (Five People-strange book, like It’s a Wonderful Life, only It’s a Mediocre Life), 89, 92, 97 (I’ve read the Man in the Iron Mask by Alexander Dumas but not The Three Musketeers. I’m counting that!) 98 (forced to read it in High School. Everybody dies-there, saved you some time), 100.

    I've read 33. Slacker!

    Short on Romance Novels, I noticed!

    I'm a huge slavering fan of "A Lantern in her Hand" by Bess Streeter Aldrich.

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  7. Jane Eyre is fantastic, a really great experience, except Jane tends to preach little sermons. Skim. Still, great book.

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  8. I would have liked to see Rosamund Pilcher's Shell Seekers on the list. I've read 26 or 27 of the titles, but mostly in college and high school. Required reading doesn't have quite the same thrill as choosing what to read. Still, some very good books on the list.

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  9. You're right, Mary, there should be more romance novels on this list. :)

    And Joe, you've read quite a lot of these. You're right too, Frankenstein should be on the list.

    Sally, I'm embarrassed to admit I've never read Willa Cather. I should make a trip to the library.

    Carla, my mom liked Rosamund Pilcher, but I've not read any of those either...there are such gaping holes in my knowledge...sigh...so many books, so little time.

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