How many of these 100 books have you read

girlbookYes, 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.

Instructions:

  • 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.

100 Books

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen —  X +
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien  — # H —  Could never get into this one.
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte — X
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling# H —  Could never get into this one.
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee — X + — One of my all time favorites.
  6. The Bible (all) — X + — In at least the following translations: KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, ESV, NLT, LB
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte — X
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell — X H — Only because Mrs. G made me. It is a big waste of resources & time.
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens —  X +
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott — —  X +
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles –  Thomas Hardy —  X
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller — X H — Think someone probably Mrs. G. made me read it.
  14. Complete Works of ShakespeareX H — Read a lot. Does buying a nice bound copy for my mom count. I did like Charles & Mary Lambs version of Shakespeare
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien — #  —  Could never get into this one.
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger — X H — Think someone probably Mrs. G. made me read it.
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell — #  —  Could never get into this one.
  22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald — X
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens — %
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy — X — Made the mistake of telling my English teacher mom I was bored and had nothing to do.
  25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams — X+ – Not a Sci Fi fan but liked it.
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh —  %
  27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky — X H — Don’t like Russian authors.
  28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck — X H — Dr. W. made read this one.
  29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll — — X + — Ok actually my parents read it to me many many times.
  30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame — — X H
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy — X H — Don’t like Russian authors.
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens — X
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis — X
  34. Emma – Jane Austen — X+
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  36. The Odyssey – Home r– XH
  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+ Of course.
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell — XH — Once again a book I was forced to read.
  42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown — #  —  Think the book is way over rated.
  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+ Of course.
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding — XH — Once again a book I was forced to read. UGHHH!
  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 — X+
  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 — XH — Once again a book I was forced to read.
  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 — X
  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 Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
  69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville — X
  71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens — X
  72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett — X
  74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses – James Joyce
  76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  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  — XH — Yet another book I was forced to read.
  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 — X
  93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down – Richard Adams — X
  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
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl — X
  100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

TOTALS

Read: 42

Tried to Read: 4

Think I read: 2

Liked: 13

Hated: 12

Author: TheDeeZone

I write about things I find interesting this include music, movies, cooking, religion, news and whatever else pops in my ADHD brain. As a my tagline says: "The musings of an ADHD mind."I'm never really sure what is will catch my interest.

4 thoughts on “How many of these 100 books have you read”

  1. 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.

    1. Dove,

      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.

What's on your mind?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s