Friday, 21 November 2008

Top 100 Books

Thought this was quite interesting, thanks to Jez (I nicked it off her livejournal)



According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list.

Y = Yes read
(Y) = Loved
? = will probably read at some point
M = own but never got round to reading
X = Never read


1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen = X
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien = ?
3. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling = X
4. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee = (Y)
5. The Bible - = X
6. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë = (Y)
7. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell = Y
8. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman = ?
9. Great Expectations = X
10. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott = X
11. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy = X
12. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller = X
13. Complete Works of Shakespeare - Y (some of them)
14. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier = X
15. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien = Y
16. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks = X
17. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger = (Y)
18. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger X
19. Middlemarch - George Eliot = X
20. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell = X
21. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald = X
22. Bleak House - Charles Dickens = Y
23. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy = X
24. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams = (Y)
25. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh = X
26. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky = X
27. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck = X
28. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll = X
29. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame = X
30. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy = X
31. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens = X
32. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis = X
33. Emma - Jane Austen = Y
34. Persuasion - Jane Austen = X
35. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis = X
36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini = X
37. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres = X
38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden = X
39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne = Y
40. Animal Farm - George Orwell = Y
41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown = ?
42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez = X
43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving = X
44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins = X
45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery = X
46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy = X
47. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood = X
48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding = Y
49. Atonement - Ian McEwan = X (Hated the film so not much chance of me reading the book)
50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel = X
51. Dune - Frank Herbert = X
52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons = X
53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen = M
54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth = X
55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon = X
56. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens = X
57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley = X
58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon = X
59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez. = X
60. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck = X
61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov = X
62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt = X
63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold = X
64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas = X
65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac = X
66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy = X
67. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding = Y
68. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie = X
69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville = X
70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens = X
71. Dracula - Bram Stoker = X
72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett = X
73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson = Y
74. Ulysses - James Joyce = X
75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath = X
76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome = Y
77. Germinal - Emile Zola= X
78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray = X
79. Possession - AS Byatt = X
80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens = X
81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell = X
82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker = X
83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro = X
84. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert = X
85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry = X
86. Charlotte's Web - EB White = X
87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom = X
88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle = X
89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton =X
90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad = X
91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery = X
92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks = X
93. Watership Down - Richard Adams = X
94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole = X
95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute = X
96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas = X
97. Hamlet - William Shakespeare = X
98. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl = Y
99. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo = XI

100 and 3 seem to be missing for some reasoin

So I scored 12% double the average but still pretty bad eh :)
Now if it were IT books :)
Leave a comment with your score.

2 comments:

Amanda said...

omg, I have read 86 of those books - that's where my life went....

Catherine and Emma said...

51 for me! Brett - almost all of them are on our bookshelves!