Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How Many Have You Read?

Via J. C. Martin @ Fighter Writer

Apparently (I can't find an original source for this!), the majority of people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here...

• Copy this list.
Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.
Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.

I have read:
  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. Nineteen 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’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
  15. Rebecca – Daphe 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. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  24. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  25. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  26. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  27. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  28. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
  29. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
  30. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  31. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  32. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
  33. Emma -Jane Austen
  34. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  35. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
  36. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  37. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  38. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  39. Winne the Pooh - A. A. Milne
  40. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  41. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  42. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
  44. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  45. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
  46. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  47. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  48. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  49. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  50. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  51. Dune – Frank Herbert
  52. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  53. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  54. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  55. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  56. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  57. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  59. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  60. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  61. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  62. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  63. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  64. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  65. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  66. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  67. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
  68. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  69. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  70. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  71. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  72. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  73. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  74. Ulysses – James Joyce
  75. The Inferno – Dante
  76. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  77. Germinal – Emile Zola
  78. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  79. Possession – AS Byatt
  80. Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
  81. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  82. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  83. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  84. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  85. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  86. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
  87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  89. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
  90. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  91. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  92. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  93. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  94. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  95. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  96. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  97. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  98. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  99. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  100. ??? (For you observant types, yes the list does appear to be missing book no. 100)

I have read 18! How many have you read?


Dan said...

This is great list, thank you. I'm in the process of stealing...ahem...passing it on right now. I've finished 24. Didn't realize how many books over the years I've started but never finished. Need to rectify that in the near future.

JEFritz said...

I've read twenty eight, but some of the books are kind of listed twice. Hamlet is also part of the Complete works of Shakespeare, isn't it? Ditto The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Chronicles of Narnia. Maybe someone should write a new and improved list.

Still, twenty eight isn't nearly enough. There are a lot of good reads I should get to :)

Joanna St. James said...

I think 29, I might have read more and JE Fritz is right some of the books are listed twice , maybe we should make 20,000 leagues under the sea as #100

Margo Benson said...

57 But I am hellishly old! Agree with the previous comment that some are listed twice eg Chronicles of Narnia etc. It's fun to see those one stutters over (A Tale of Two Cities, bad school memories) then those that I can read again and again, ie Cold Comfort Farm, Tolkien.
The Steig Larsson trilogy is bound to make a list like this at some point, I think.

Regina said...

At least 25 but not nearly enough!!

C. N. Nevets said...

hahaha Cracks me up that Mitch Albom is on that list.

Anstice Potts (Tizzy) said...

That's so spooky, I have just posted a blog on the exact same thing after seeing the list on facebook!


The Sisterhood said...

I've read 18 of them, possibly 19, but I can't remember about Les Miserables. I know I saw the production, but I can't remember if I read it. Great list!

♥ Mary Mary

Rachael Harrie said...

I'm posting my list in a couple of hours - 35 (woot!). Was amazed it was that many ;)


Hart Johnson said...

I've read 42 + the partials, but I have an age advantage, plus, about 8 years ago, I found a list something like this and made an intentional point of reading some 8-10 BECAUSE of their presense on a similar list (I think it was a librarian's top 100 or something). That said, a few of my ALL TIME favorite books are on this list: War & Peace, Les Miserables, Lolita, David Copperfield... There is a definite reason those are classics. Then again, there are books on here I didn't like--Atonement, Life of Pi, and I LIKED the Gabriel Garcia Marquez ones, but the two feel EXACTLY the same, no reason to read both.

Meika said...

I've read a measly 11 of them. But I'm just glad it's more than the average! Some great books on this list -- looks like I have a lot of catching up to do!

Jayne said...

I've read 23, but agree with some of the commenters above saying a few books are doubled. It is a great list though - some of these are on my current TBR pile.