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A book meme to start the week

BBC Book Meme

As seen everywhere.

BBC Book List

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.
Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. (I’ll bold those I’ve read and italicize those of which I only read part.)
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.

My list is below the fold.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen*
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte X
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling X+
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee X
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte*
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell X
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman X
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens X
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott X

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien (Though I’ve read the trilogy in whole)
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
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
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia X
34 Emma – Jane Austen*
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen*
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis X (Isn’t this sort of a repeat of 33?)
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden X
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Miln
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
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery – X+
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood*
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding X
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 X
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley X

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
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
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
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
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 (but I’ve read and loved several other Bryson books)
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
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
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 X
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 X
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Hmm, I’ve only read 28 of these. I would have guessed I’d be in the 30s. Oh well, but doing the meme certainly reinforced that I’ve really got to actually read Jane Austen – since I love love love the P&P BBC Miniseries. Oh Mr. Darcy.

If any of you take up the meme, leave a note in the comments. I’d love to know what books we have in common.

Updated: OK, here’s the real list from the BBC big read website. Apparently, this list was nominated by BBC listeners/viewers in response to a question about Britain’s best-loved novel.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen*
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë*
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen*
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen*
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery+
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
+
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

I’ve read 30 on the actual list. But I note now that Shakespeare has not the made list. What does that say about the British? Or about the list?

Comments

  1. #1 John S. Wilkins
    February 23, 2009

    I blame you

  2. #2 FAW
    February 23, 2009

    I’ve posted mine here: http://fridayafternoonwriter.wordpress.com/2009/02/23/bbc-book-meme/

    There’s some overlap, but not that much. Maybe you could do an overview of more readers, see which books are read most often.

  3. #3 sbh
    February 23, 2009

    My version of what appears to be the same list appears here: http://rationalrant.blogspot.com/2008/07/another-book-meme.html. It looks like I’ve read about half of them, maybe a bit more. A number of them are personal favorites–Emma, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Cold Comfort Farm, Great Expectations–while a couple of them are utter drek. (I never finished The Da Vinci Code, for example.)

  4. #4 AJ
    February 23, 2009

    I’m supposed to be otherwise occupied but I couldn’t resist this. Here are my answers:
    http://4and20dodos.blogspot.com/2009/02/bbc-book-meme.html

  5. #5 AM
    February 23, 2009

    What the heck is the Da Vinci Code doing in there? Seriously, how could such a shallow piece of rubbish make it into the list?

  6. #6 ScienceWoman
    February 23, 2009

    Update: Apparently that’s not the actual BBC list but someone’s confused variation on it (explains the doubling up doesn’t it). The real list is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml If I get a chance I’ll go back and look at the real list and see how it stacks up.

  7. #7 D. C. Sessions
    February 23, 2009

    Interesting duplicate: Hamlet and Complete Works of Shakespeare.

    As for “shallow,” don’t be surprised. It’s pretty heavily weighted towards books that have been popular rather than profound.

  8. #8 Patchi
    February 23, 2009

    I couldn’t resit either. Here is mine, 24 read…

    http://mymiddleyears.blogspot.com/2009/02/bbcs-book-list-meme.html

    -Patchi

  9. #9 Jenn, PhD
    February 23, 2009

    I’ll bite! :) Thanks for the good idea. It’s an easy Monday post!

    http://jennphd.blogspot.com/2009/02/bbc-book-meme.html

  10. #10 FAW
    February 23, 2009

    I’ve updated the meme with the Big Read list, and now I make it to 39… The Da Vinci Code didn’t make it onto that list!

  11. #11 Stephanie Z
    February 23, 2009

    Yay for the love for “kids” books. I spent a big chunk of my honeymoon on PEI after reading Montgomery.

  12. #12 Ms. Darcy
    February 23, 2009

    53!

    I guess that explains why I don’t have more publications on my CV….

  13. #13 Silver Fox
    February 23, 2009

    It’s also similar to, but not the same as, an earlier book meme that supposedly was a list of 106 books most often marked as unread by Library Thing users. I’ll have to try the actual BBC list and see how that comes out. Later, though! :)

  14. #14 Hardrockprof
    February 23, 2009

    I used the real BBC version (though I got a 41 on the “revised” on and only 36 on the real one…).
    http://mountaincatgeology.wordpress.com/2009/02/23/bbc-book-meme/

  15. #15 Mrs. CH
    February 23, 2009
  16. #16 sbh
    February 23, 2009

    This list is the same as one that previously appeared 24 July 2008 at Bioephemera.

  17. #17 x-ine
    February 23, 2009

    You’re missing #2 on your list – Lord of the Rings!

  18. #18 Amanda
    February 24, 2009

    I did this, too. I really enjoyed some of the books that weren’t on one list, but were on the other. So, I may try to do both (eventually).

  19. #19 Short Geoloogist
    February 25, 2009

    I’m late to the party – I got 39.

  20. #20 Psych Grad Student
    February 25, 2009

    You should seriously read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, it’s awesome. I’d also recommend A Town Like Alice. Plus, I think every scientist should read Intuition (by Allegra Goodman).

  21. #21 Silver Fox
    March 6, 2009

    I finally posted mine, the BBC website version – read 34.

  22. #22 Helen24Le
    December 28, 2011

    Houses are expensive and not everybody can buy it. But, credit loans are invented to aid people in such kind of hard situations.

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