BBC Booklist

From Clio Bluestocking.

BBC Book List — the beeb came up with this thinking that the average Brit has only read six of these.  Let’s see how well this Yank does.

Instructions:

1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.

2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.

3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.

4) Put a minus (-) next to those you never plan to read because life’s too short  to waste time on stuff you don’t like.

1) Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen: *

2) Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien: –  Tried to, just couldn’t get into it.

3) Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte:

4) Harry Potter series – JK Rowling: X (just the first one).

5) To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee: X+.

6) The Bible: X.

7) Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte:

8) Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell: X.

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+

14) Complete Works of Shakespeare:

15) Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier: X.

16) The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien: -.

17) Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18) Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – X:

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: X.

24) War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy: -.

25) The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams: X+.

26) Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh:*

27) Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky:

28) Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck: X.

29) Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll: X

30) The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31) Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy: X.

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:

37) The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini: X

38) Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere

39) Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden: X.

40) Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne: X. Of course!

41) Animal Farm – George Orwell: X

42) The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown: X.

43) One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez: X+.

44) A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving: X

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: X+.

49) Lord of the Flies – William Golding: X.

50) Atonement – Ian McEwan: X+

52) Dune – Frank Herbert: X.

53) Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons. *

54) Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen: *

55) A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth* (actually started it, left it in the Dallas airport)

56) The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57) Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens: X.

58) Brave New World – Aldous Huxley: –

59) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon: X.  Liked A Spot of Bother

60) Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez: X+.

61) Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck:

62) Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov: –

63) The Secret History – Donna Tartt: X.

64) The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold: X.

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: X.

69) Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie: X

70) Moby Dick – Herman Melville.

71) Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens: X

72) Dracula – Bram Stoker: X.

73) The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett: X+.

Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson X

75) Ulysses – James Joyce:X+ — did the walking tour in Dublin too.

76) The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath: X.

77) Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78) Germinal- Emile Zola X

79) Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80) Possession – AS Byatt: X+.

81) A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens: X

82) Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83) The Color Purple – Alice Walker: X+.

84) The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro X+

85) Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert: X.

86) A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87) Charlotte’s Web – EB White: X

88) The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom. Gag! No.

89) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: X.

91) Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad: X.

92) The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery: X.In French

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. X

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:

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1 Comment

  1. I’m a superslow reader and I always took art classes instead of literature when the choices were offered, but I was able to claim 21 of them. (More if you count Masterpiece Theatre adaptations. And way more if you count just having a book around–because at least it’s here if I ever get the urge, right?)

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