Yes, another Facebook meme.
According to the BBC, most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. I’ve read or attempted to read half the books on the list. Of course, my mom was an English teacher. She always had a reading list for me.
- Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
- Add a ‘+’ to the ones you love.
- Star (*) those you plan on reading.
- Put a (?) beside those that you have trouble believing are even on this list.
- Put an (H) beside those that you didn’t like.
- # — attempted to read the book
- % — Think I read the book
- Tally your total at the bottom.
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen — X +
- The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien — # H — Could never get into this one.
- Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte — X
- Harry Potter series – JK Rowling — # H — Could never get into this one.
- To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee — X + — One of my all time favorites.
- The Bible (all) — X + — In at least the following translations: KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, ESV, NLT, LB
- Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte — X
- Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell — X H — Only because Mrs. G made me. It is a big waste of resources & time.
- His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
- Great Expectations – Charles Dickens — X +
- Little Women – Louisa M Alcott — — X +
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy — X
- Catch 22 – Joseph Heller — X H — Think someone probably Mrs. G. made me read it.
- Complete Works of Shakespeare — X H — Read a lot. Does buying a nice bound copy for my mom count. I did like Charles & Mary Lambs version of Shakespeare
- Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
- The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien — # — Could never get into this one.
- Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
- Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger — X H — Think someone probably Mrs. G. made me read it.
- The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
- Middlemarch – George Eliot
- Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell — # — Could never get into this one.
- The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald — X
- Bleak House – Charles Dickens — %
- War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy — X — Made the mistake of telling my English teacher mom I was bored and had nothing to do.
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams — X+ – Not a Sci Fi fan but liked it.
- Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh — %
- Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky — X H — Don’t like Russian authors.
- Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck — X H — Dr. W. made read this one.
- Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll — — X + — Ok actually my parents read it to me many many times.
- The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame — — X H
- Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy — X H — Don’t like Russian authors.
- David Copperfield – Charles Dickens — X
- Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis — X
- Emma – Jane Austen — X+
- Persuasion – Jane Austen
- The Odyssey – Home r– XH
- The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
- Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
- Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne — X+ Of course.
- Animal Farm – George Orwell — XH — Once again a book I was forced to read.
- The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown — # — Think the book is way over rated.
- One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
- The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
- Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery — X+ Of course.
- Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
- Lord of the Flies – William Golding — XH — Once again a book I was forced to read. UGHHH!
- Atonement – Ian McEwan
- Life of Pi – Yann Martel
- Dune – Frank Herbert
- Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
- Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen — X+
- A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
- The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens — X
- Brave New World – Aldous Huxley — XH — Once again a book I was forced to read.
- 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 — X
- Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
- The Secret History – Donna Tartt
- The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
- Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
- 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 — X
- Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens — X
- Dracula – Bram Stoker
- The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett — X
- Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
- Ulysses – James Joyce
- The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
- Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
- Germinal – Emile Zola
- Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
- Possession – AS Byatt
- A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens — X+
- Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
- The Color Purple – Alice Walker
- The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
- Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
- A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
- Charlotte’s Web – EB White — XH — Yet another book I was forced to read.
- The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
- Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — X
- The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
- Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
- The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint Exupery — X
- The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
- Watership Down – Richard Adams — X
- A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
- A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
- The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas — %
- Hamlet – William Shakespeare — X
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl — X
- Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Tried to Read: 4
Think I read: 2
4 thoughts on “How many of these 100 books have you read”
Wow! Great list Dee! I’m a Jane Austen fan myself. 🙂
I added your link to my blogroll, thanks for having my link on yours for so long. You’re great! ♥
My mom used to tell me classic books as bed time stories. Jane Austen is one of her favorites.
While I like the concept and encourage reading in general, I find it difficult to follow the “rules” that the author used for composing this list, especially for non-standalone books.
I can accept Lord of the Rings as one Book, Tolkien intended it as one even if publishing reality split it into several.
However, what is the logic behind having The Chronicles of Narnia as one entry… only reading six of the seven makes you a less avid reader?
Then His Dark Materials.. volume 3 of a trilogy, is this a Gotcha so that it looks like just one book while making sure folks who only read volumes one and two appear not to be familiar with his works?
Likewise ‘The Harry Potter Series’ alone many of these seven books are more hefty than other listings, yet one must have read all seven to be given credit?
Sorry, I’m seeming very negative now… let me circle back to saying Reading is good! Working up lists of Influential/ Often Referenced/ Culturally Significant books to inspire more reading is also good. I really do think that taking the time to read works from outside of our own cultural and belief structure is a great way to test our convictions and see how the world looks through other eyes.
Sorry you’re comment got stuck in the spam filter. Don’t know how they compose the lists but it is an interesting list. I question the BBC saying most people have read only 6 on the list. At least 26 books on the list were ones I was required to read in school.