one i have yet to read...

one i have yet to read...

So, there’s this meme going around facebook of a supposed list of the 100 books people should have read (or some such, list-maniacal nonsense) according to the BBC. The only problem is, that list doesn’t seem to actually exist outside facebook.

Been trying to find a link, but all I find is this list, called the Big Read – which is a reader’s popularity poll, and decided more, well…. I won’t say lowbrow, but it includes three Harry Potter books.

So my questions is – where did this list come from?

Putting origins aside though, I did check to see how many I’ve read (compulsively – I really need to be doing other things right now)

My total for the Facebook Meme 48 and 3 halves (halves being books I’ve read a significant amount of but not completed)

Here’s the facebook meme (completed):
1) Look at the list and mark those you have read.
2) Tally your total at the bottom.
3) Put in a note with your total in the subject
1. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) – Half
2. The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien) – Yes
3. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) – No
4. Harry Potter series (JK Rowling) – No – and I never will.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) – Yes! And you should too!
6. The Bible – A bit here, a bit there, mainly while reading Paradise Lost
7. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) – Yes.
8. Nineteen Eighty Four (George Orwell) – Yes
9. His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman) – No
10. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens) – Yes, I think I finally finished it.
11. Little Women (Louisa M Alcott) – yes
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy) – Yes
13. Catch 22 (Joseph Heller) – Yes
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare – Many –I’ll count that as half.
15. Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier) – No.
16. The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien) – Yes
17. Birdsong (Sebastian Faulks) – 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) – Not Yet!
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) – Yes
26. Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh) – Yes
27. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) – Yes
28. Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) – Yes
29. Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) – Yes
30. The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame) – Yes, when a child
31. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) – No
32. David Copperfield (Charles Dickens) – No
33. Chronicles of Narnia (CS Lewis) –Yes, as a kid
34. Emma (Jane Austen) – No
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 Berniere) – No,
39. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) – Yes
40. Winnie the Pooh (AA Milne) – Yes, when I was just a wee one….
41. Animal Farm (George Orwell) –Yes.
42. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) – Yes, slightly ashamed, I’’d like that afternoon back.
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) – Yes
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney (John Irving) – No
45. The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins) – No
46. Anne of Green Gables (LM Montgomery) –Yes, I think so? Too long ago.
47. Far From The Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy) – Yes.
48. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) – No.
49. Lord of the Flies (William Golding) – yes
50. Atonement (Ian McEwan) – Yes
51. Life of Pi (Yann Martel) – Yes
52. Dune (Frank Herbert) – No
53. Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbons) -No
54. Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen) – No
55. A Suitable Boy (Vikram Seth) – No.
56. The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon) – Yes
57. A Tale Of Two Cities (Charles Dickens) – No
58. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) – Yes
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Mark Haddon) -Yes
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) – Half, in Spanish, still sitting on the shelf taunting me,
61. Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck) – Yes – I’m teaching it right now!
62. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov) – Yes
63. The Secret History (Donna Tartt) – No.
64. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) – No
65. Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) – No, someday…
66. On The Road (Jack Kerouac) – Yes – liked it at 16, didn’t like it at 25.
67. Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy) – YES! FAAAAAAAAAVE!
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary (Helen Fielding) – No
69. Midnight’s Children (Salman Rushdie) – Yes
70. Moby Dick (Herman Melville) – Yes
71. Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens) – No – I’m not good with Dickens…
72. Dracula (Bram Stoker) – Half.
73. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) – NO
74. Notes From A Small Island (Bill Bryson) – Yes – hahahahahaaaa
75. Ulysses (James Joyce) – bufff no.
76. The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath) – Yes
77. Swallows and Amazons (Arthur Ransome) – No.
78. Germinal (Emile Zola) – No
79. Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray) – No
80. Possession (AS Byatt) – No.
81. A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) – Yes! Some dickens I like!
82. Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell) – No.
83. The Color Purple (Alice Walker) – Yes
84. The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro) – No.
85. Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert) – Yes
86. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) – No.
87. Charlotte’s Web (EB White) – Yes, though I was little
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom) – No.
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) – No.
90. The Faraway Tree Collection (Enid Blyton) – No
91. Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad) – Yes
92. The Little Prince (Antoine De Saint-Exupéry) – Yes
93. The Wasp Factory (Iain Banks) – No
94. Watership Down (Richard Adams) – Yes, awwwwwww
95. A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole) – No
96. A Town Like Alice (Nevil Shute) – No.
97. The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas) – Yes
98. Hamlet (William Shakespeare) – Yes
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl) – Yes, but any literary memory from my childhood has been obliterated by repeated film viewings.
100. Les Miserables (Victor Hugo) – No.