Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The BBC apparently believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here:

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
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
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
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
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
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
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
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
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
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
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
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
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
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

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
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
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
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

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I've read 22...how many have you read?


Seranya said...

I've only read 7 books off this list, which inconveniently are contracted into one here... the Harry Potter series. Actually to be honest I've read about 2 other books (that I remember) besides the HP ones, so that would be 9 in total... my whole life :D I'm not against it, but it's getting really annoying sometimes as people link intelligence with reading so often. I don't see it as a necessity in life, it's just like a hobby. Hobbies can't be right or wrong (well most of the time anyway... but that's not the point now lol) it's just a matter of personal preference. Some like reading, some don't. This doesn't make one smarter than the other.

ckellyireland7 said...

There isn't anything in the article about intelligence...its more of a problem that fewer and fewer people read for pleasure...or that fewer people are reading 'classic books'. Reading is just good for the brain....as people age people who read have a lower risk of dementia, its really just about keeping the brain active.

And if you'd like some good books to read I can give a few suggestions...I love to read. Mostly fiction....

Seranya said...

Yeah I know that issue had nothing to do with this particular article lol sorry, I just kept hearing this opinion everywhere and let it all out on your post for no reason... And I know it's thought to be a good 'exercise' for the brain, but there are so many other ways to keep your brain active other than reading - like brain games - and honestly now, most readers don't read for that purpose. And when they criticize others for not doing it, they don't think it's bad because they don't keep their brain active... At least all people I know behave like that. They judge your intelligence by how many books you've read, which is purely stupid.
Also thanks for the suggestion ^^ but I really find reading quite boring. I rarely find captivating stories anyway. HP was the only exception - I couldn't put it down! I know nothing will ever interest me as much, but sure I'd appreciate some suggestions... if you know some interesting fantasy novels.

ckellyireland7 said...

Haha, no worries.

If you liked HP (which in case you haven't realized is my absolute favorite thing in the history of the world) try the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riorden, its considered a 'children's book' but its really good. Or City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, the House of Night Series by P.C. Cast, the Alchemyst by Michael Scott, or the Pendragon series by D.J. McHale, and then Im super addicted to the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris...these are all fantasy. Fantasy if definitely my favorite genre. Lemme know if you like any of these.

Seranya said...

Oh I'll let you know when I actually get the time to read a page or two... XD Thanks for the suggestions!