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How many of these books have you read??

Postby mabli » Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:30 am

I spend part of my day with my eyes glued to a literary work of fiction, have done all my reading life. Apparently the BBC believes most folk will have only read 6 of the 100 books listed below... how many have you read?

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 - CS Lewis
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 just havent got round to reading the trash yet... dont think I will either.
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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby kallefs » Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:36 am

What criteria has the books for being on that list? Best sellers, classics, stuff you should have read?

Counted 20, but has only read the old testament of the bible.
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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby LMM » Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:12 am

39.

There are some on the list I own and haven't read, a few I started and decided life was too short to continue with, and several I have no interst in reading
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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby SpugFab » Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:34 am

I think that's the list compiled by "The Big Read", a viewer/reader/listener vote conducted by the BBC. I could be wrong though, I seem to remember "His Dark Materials" being in the top five which surprised me at the time as I've never read it.

It does look like the result of a poll of the general public. Mainly lightweight whimsy. No real classics in there.
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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby mabli » Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:58 am

Not sure Id class War and Peace, Ullysses and the Bible as light weight whimsy lol...

Id say there are quite a few classics here, I still remember my reaction to the suicide/murder in Jude the Obscure... really enjoyed Heart of Darkness, Christmas Carol was the first book to turn me onto literature, I was 8, given that Im dyslexic and a truant it was a huge influence in shaping me. I read every Dickens before I realised his dipiction of women is beyond appalling.

Some of these titles feel like old friends, quite a few are missing, Fielding, Sterne etc

Ive read 63 of them all the way through and another 10 partialy such as Bible, very few modern titles although I did enjoy His Dark Materials and Life of Pi :)

There is a load of trash on here too I have to admit
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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby bronco » Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:09 pm

mabli wrote:1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Think I read it, or did I only read Pride prejudice and zombies?

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Several times.

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
Only the first.

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Possibly in school, not sure.

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
Yes

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
yes.

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
No, but read at least a few of his plays.

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
Several times.

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
yes

75 Ulysses - James Joyce

Started, but only got 20 pages or so :oops: .


89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
yes

But how come slaughterhouse 5 is not on that list, it is one of my favourite books?
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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby SpugFab » Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:16 pm

mabli wrote:Not sure Id class War and Peace, Ullysses and the Bible as light weight whimsy lol...

You're right, only the Bible is whimsy out of those :)

mabli wrote:very few modern titles although I did enjoy His Dark Materials and Life of Pi

Why so few modern novels?

I ask because for a long time I stuck to older books. I found it difficult to pick new ones out from the shelves of the book shop. If you haven't heard of the reputation there is little to go on. Two methods got me going. One was just to trust the judges on the award panels - Booker nominees and so on. I read lots of great books that way. The other was going on a little "world tour", choosing a country or continent and trying out a few of their authors.

Also reading the introduction to a book I enjoyed (after reading the book obviously, they tend to have spoilers) and picking out anything similar mentioned in there. I think the intro to 1984 lead me to Zamyatin "We" and Koestler "Darkness at Noon". I think modern novels are less likely to have an introduction though.

I suppose I could just have spoken to people about books, but when you are in a novel reading mode that tends to feel like time wasted.
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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby mabli » Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:26 pm

SpugFab wrote:
mabli wrote:Not sure Id class War and Peace, Ullysses and the Bible as light weight whimsy lol...

You're right, only the Bible is whimsy out of those :)

:lol: :lol: :lol:

mabli wrote:very few modern titles although I did enjoy His Dark Materials and Life of Pi

Why so few modern novels?

I ask because for a long time I stuck to older books. I found it difficult to pick new ones out from the shelves of the book shop. If you haven't heard of the reputation there is little to go on. Two methods got me going. One was just to trust the judges on the award panels - Booker nominees and so on.


Yeh, I hate starting a book and finding its rubbish, because I have to finish it. Ive formed a prejudice that if its been around over 100 years and still in print then its going to be worth reading, this is completely wrong, Im reading an Anthony Trolloppe at the moment which is just that troloppe. Im not alowed to read anything else 'til Ive finished and its really pissing me off, come to think of it its actually why I go straight onto my laptop instead of my book when Im drinking my coffee in the morning... think I may just admit defeat and start somthing else

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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby kallefs » Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:35 pm

http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/

Start with the readers list, after you have gone through the Ayn Rand you will never want to read again. Then there will never be any trouble deciding where you will have morning coffe.
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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby beforewisdom » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:21 pm

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

18 out of 100 Woo Hoo!

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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby beforewisdom » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:27 pm

mabli wrote: Christmas Carol was the first book to turn me onto literature, I was 8, given that Im dyslexic and a truant it was a huge influence in shaping me.


I first read it in my 20's after seeing the movie version with George C. Scott. That was the first version I saw that wasn't a children's ghost story. Scott did a great job of showing the modern man's alienation. It gripped me so much I read the book, which I thought was very powerful.

I read every Dickens before I realised his dipiction of women is beyond appalling.


Would you care to explain? I've read a number of his books. It was a long time ago, but I can only recall his women characters being minor and background characters.

Ive read 63 of them all the way


As a lifelong reader, I am quite impressed.

10 partialy such as Bible,


In the U.S. it is a sarcastic joke among the secular and a point of shame among many Christian fundamentalists that many of the latter group have not read the Bible at all.

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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby SpugFab » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:33 pm

bronco wrote:But how come slaughterhouse 5 is not on that list, it is one of my favourite books?

It's a BBC list. Slaughterhouse 5 is banned over here due to it being set during the fictional bombing of Dresden.
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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby beforewisdom » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:45 pm

mabli wrote:I spend part of my day with my eyes glued to a literary work of fiction, have done all my reading life. Apparently the BBC believes most folk will have only read 6 of the 100 books listed below... how many have you read?


The list is similar to the American Library Association's banned book list.

Once a year they have a banned books week, which is sort of like NASA periodically saying that there may be water on Mars or life elsewhere. It is pathetic ploy to drum up interest.

When I read the links off of the banned books site I discovered that the ALA was honest in the fine print about many of the "top 100" books not knowing to have been banned. The list comes from a classic book publisher that had codes for "confirmed banned" and rumored to have been banned. Many books the ALA listed were only "challenged". All that is needed to be "challenged" is to have a single parent complain about a book ( usually because of foul language ) to a school library somewhere in the country.

Many of the currently challenged books are either books about homosexuality for children, books with homosexual characters or books with foul language.

In other words, what is on the "banned" book list isn't necessarily a fun/interesting/worthy read.

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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby xrodolfox » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:57 pm

26 fully read.
40 partially read. :)

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Re: How many of these books have you read??

Postby beforewisdom » Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:51 pm

kallefs wrote:http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/

Start with the readers list, after you have gone through the Ayn Rand you will never want to read again.


I noticed that there were two lists, one by the authors of the web site and one by the readers.

The reader's list included Battlefield Earth by L Ron Hubbard, the guy who couldn't make it as a sci-fi author so he wrote Dianetics and created Scientology.

I read it back in the 80s, when I found myself extremely short on money during a slow hot summer. I picked up a copy at the town bookstore, thinking if nothing else it was a very large book for the price so I would have entertainment for a while.

I have been a near lifelong science fiction fan, but even that potential bias isn't enough for me to see how anyone could put that book on the best of anything list.

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