Friday, December 31, 2010

How Well-Read are You?

I saw this post on Universe in Words  and also on The Folded Page and thought I would post it here. You can see the original post here:   And See A Folded Page's similar list here:

The challenge is to bold those novels that you have read in their entirety. The BBC has predicted that most people would have read only 6 of these 100 books.

I'm really feel quite proud of myself, by my counting I have read 59, so over half and almost 10 times more than the BBC predicted of most people.

I'm not sure where the list comes from and some of the books on there seem a strange choice, some aren't very literary at all. Still, I think it's an interesting exercise.

I always thought I had spent too much of my life lost in books!! Here's the proof!  I made the font Blue for the ones I've read as everything tends to look bold in my post template.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter series – JK Rowling 
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The King James Bible
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four (1984) – George Orwell
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy 
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger 

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams 
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh 
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens 
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Emma -Jane Austen

Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne 

Animal Farm – George Orwell
The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez  
A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins 

Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Far From The Madding CrowdThomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Dune – Frank Herbert 

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley 

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

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

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
Ulysses – James Joyce
The Inferno – Dante
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Germinal – Emile Zola
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Possession – AS Byatt 

Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
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 – E.B. White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom 

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton 
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks 

Watership Down – Richard Adams 
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Would be really interested to see anyone else's list, Just copy and paste the post to your blog and leave a link in my comments!


AuntieWeaze said...

Hi Laurie! I managed 27 out of 100. I found the list quite interesting, there are some books on there I wouldn't expect to see. Some though are my favourites. You are well read!

Pain SUX said...

Wow Laurie!!

That is so cool that you had read that many of those books already!! As far as I'm can NEVER read too much :)

Thanks for following my blog. I'm so glad you stalked me!! LOL. Your blog looks wonderful. I will definitely be back :)

Good luck on your challenges this year! Happy New Year to you!!

4 the LUV of SaNiTy

Rie Conley said...

Thanks for that. I enjoyed completing it.