Thursday, December 30, 2010

BBC Reading Quiz

Okay, so I've only read nineteen out of these 100, but there are some genres here that I don't particularly care for. I am not a fan of science fiction and fantasy so that would eliminate titles like Lord of The Rings, Dune, and Harry Potter. I'm not a fan of chick lit or YA either, so no Little Women, Time Traveler's Wife, or Anne of Green Gables and probably no more Jane Austen - although I have a copy of Emma on my TBR shelf so I might give her one more try.

Come to think of it, this whole list strikes me as a little weird. Why is Dracula on there and not Frankenstien, one of the most thought-provoking books I've ever read? And where's The Road? And why are Bridget Jones Diary, Memoirs of a Geisha, Da Vinci Code, and Five People You Meet in Heaven even in there at all? They were popular books at the time, but don't seem like literary necessities.

This time next year I hope to have finished and crossed off Rebecca, Middlemarch, Prayer for Owen Meany; dabbled in some Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins; and maybe even perused a few other titles. But really? a list like this is a great reference, but I don't feel much of a need to complete it. I have no other agenda but to read what I like, new or old, light or heavy, popular or obscure, and that's it.

BBC Reading Quiz: I've read the bolded titles.
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. Nighteen 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'Ubervilles - 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 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
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 Correlli'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 Meany - 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 Onscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones 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
74. Noted from a Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Inferno - Dante
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emilie Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepiece
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 - Robinston 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

I tried to source the origins of this list and couldn't find it. An update is in order, I think.


Kerry said...

I've heard the same complaint elsewhere about sourcing this list, although it is fun to compare from one person to the next

food for thought said...

i have read 41 and have 3 on my nightstand to read~

Anonymous said...

Hi There!

I think you need to compile your own list!

Happy New Year!


(Wish we were there with you drinking a good bottle of something, making Espresso Chocolate Mousse, and Beouf Bourgignon!)

Trish said...

kerry - yeah, that's all this list is is a comparison. It makes for a good conversation starter, though.

food for thought - hey, 41 is a pretty good showing, I'd say.

nomad - what? me? a list? I'm much too fickle to commit anything to a list. That's probably why this one bugs me so much.

Yes, what delicious memories! mmmm. Happy New Year to you too . . .