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BBC Booklist or How do my Reading Habits Rate?

Of course I got this as a note on Facebook with the following instructions: the BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Well after some checking, I don’t think the BBC originated this thing at all.  Plus some of these books I have no intention of reading; hellooo Dan Brown.

But just for fun, here’s how my reading habits stack-up.

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – YES
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien – No
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – YES
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling – I read the first four
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – No
  6. The Bible -No
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte -No
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell – No
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman – No
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – No
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott – Yes
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy -YES
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller – No
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare – No (I’ve read Macbeth, Hamlet & Julius Caesar)
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier – No
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien – No
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk – No
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – No
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger – No
  20. Middlemarch – George Eliot -No
  21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell – No
  22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald – No
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens – No
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy – No
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – No
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh – No
  27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky – No
  28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck – No
  29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll – Yes
  30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame – No
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy – No
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens – No
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis – No
  34. Emma – Jane Austen –
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen – No
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis -YES
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini – No
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres – No
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha -YES
  40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne – No
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell – No
  42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown – No
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez -YES
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving – No
  45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins – No
  46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery – No
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy – No
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood – No
  49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding – No
  50. Atonement – Ian McEwan -No
  51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel – No
  52. Dune – Frank Herbert – No
  53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons – No
  54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen – Yes
  55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth – No
  56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon – No
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens – No
  58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley – No
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon – No
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez -YES
  61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck – No
  62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov -YES
  63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt – No
  64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold –  YES
  65. On The Road – Jack Kerouac – No
  66. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy – No
  67. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding -YES
  68. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie – No
  69. Moby Dick – Herman Melville – No
  70. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens – No
  71. Dracula – Bram Stoker – No
  72. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – Yes
  73. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson – No
  74. Ulysses – James Joyce – No
  75. The Inferno – Dante – No
  76. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome – No
  77. Germinal – Emile Zola – No
  78. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray – No
  79. Possession – AS Byatt – No
  80. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens – No
  81. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell – No
  82. The Color Purple – Alice Walker -YES
  83. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro – No
  84. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert – No
  85. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry – No
  86. Charlotte’s Web – EB White -YES
  87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom – No
  88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – No
  89. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton – YES
  90. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad – No
  91. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery – No
  92. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks – No
  93. Watership Down – Richard Adams – No
  94. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole – No
  95. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute – No
  96. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas – No
  97. Hamlet – William Shakespeare – Yes
  98. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl – No
  99. Les Miserables – No

What’s cool about this list is its mix of classics and trash. Don’t worry the BBC approves.

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