Monday, August 23, 2010

BBC Book challenge and Day Zero

BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

How do your reading habits stack up?

Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read. Tag other "Book Nerds".

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen X
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien X
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte X
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling X
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible X
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte X
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman X
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens X

Total: 8

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 X
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

Total: 1

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell X
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
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

Total: 3

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy X
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens X
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis X
34 Emma-Jane Austen X
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen X
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis X
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 X

Total: 7

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell X
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X
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 X
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood X
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding X
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

Total: 5

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert X
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen X
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 - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Total: 2

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X
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

Total: 1

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens X
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker X
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce X
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

Total: 3

80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens X
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 X
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

Total: 2

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 X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Total: 1

Final Total: 33

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While I have certainly read more than 6 of these books, I am not happy with my total. So, as part of the Day Zero project, I will finish this list by May 19, 2013 (you know, if we make it past December 2012.) I may even read some a second time since it’s been so long for some of them.

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Mama Zen said...

This is really cool! I might try this, too.

william said...

excellent tip friend, thank you :)

Eric Alder said...

An interesting list to be sure, but how do they justify lumping together ALL of Shakespeare’s works as ONE item? (Except for "Hamlet" which apparently merited a separate listing)

And honestly, how many of us have read the ENTIRE Bible? (Especially early on, where page after page tediously lists who begat whom? Yawn!)

What about the Koran and other religious texts? Why aren't they listed too? (With such exclusions, I’m surprised “The DaVinci Code” made the list!)

I was really surprised to find no Jack London books listed here. And Frank Herbert is the only science fiction author? No Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clark, et al?

Over all, I find this list to be rather dated. I suppose it seems even more so to readers younger than my 45 years. The most glaring exception is the (somewhat stilted and seemingly obligatory) inclusion of 'Oprah Book Club' selections and other recently-popular books.

My total was only 23 ½ , so Nessa’s got me beat. Of course, I didn't take credit for watching the movie versions… and the 1/2 is for reading "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"

Nessa said...

Mama Zen: I thought it was a good place to start.
William: It does look interesting.
Eric Alder: I tried to find if this was a real list from BBC as I agree parts are odd. I found it through FaceBook originally so who knows.
I am going to have a hard time with the DaVinci code. I find Dan Brown’s books, um, silly. And I agree lots of books are missing. I didn’t count the movies I saw but didn’t read the books, either, only actually read books.
I like the reasoning behind your ½.

BECKY said...

This is really neat! I just glanced through the titles, but I know I haven't read that many, either. I'm going to copy this and see how many I can read in the next couple of years! Thanks, Nessa!

KB said...

20 for me :)

Anonymous said...

Hello. I just came over from CIE.
I barely made it to ten. And find some titles missing from European literature. Excuse me for this, please, I have no intention to discuss "the Canon".
Is The Chrysalis Stage the blog where I should read you?

Nessa said...

Becky: I like lists. They are a good place to start.

KB: 20 is way much better than good.

63mago: This isn't cannon. There are many books missing and many I never would have put on here. The Chrysalis Stage is my main page, yes.

quilly said...

Nessa, I liked this little list, although I wonder at the thinking behind its composition. It seems an odd and random list. Still, I liked it, so I confiscated it for my book review blog that has been sadly dormant during my crazy time.

Nessa said...

quilly: It is an odd list. I can't imagine the BBC's reasoning on some of these.

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