Saturday, February 21st, 2009 09:15 pm
Stolen from [ profile] devils_sidekick 

Bold the ones you've read, itilicize the ones you've partially read.

The BBc claims that the average person has read only 6 of these. Or something like that. Personally I find that hard to believe.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 Lord of the Rings trilogy - 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 May 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 Time Traveller's Wife - Audry Niffenberg
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
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

More than six! I win! :P

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Ahahahah we both posted this at almost the same time. *Is amused*

And you never read Les Miz? You are so lucky.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
That's funny. :P
Gah! Was it worse than the Count of Monte Cristo. What a waste of time (and nothing like the movie. Lolz.)
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
I'll put it this way. According to Wikipedia:

The novel is divided into five parts, each part divided into books, and subdivided into chapters. Each chapter is relatively short - usually no longer than a few pages. Nevertheless, the book as a whole is quite lengthy by usual standards, well exceeding twelve hundred pages in unabridged editions. Within the borders of the novel's story, Hugo fills many pages with his thoughts on religion, politics, and society, including his three lengthy digressions, one being a discussion on enclosed religious orders, another being on argot, and most famously, his epic retelling of the Battle of Waterloo.

I gave up on it right around where he was giving us his thoughts on yaoi Waterloo.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
The BBc claims that the average person has read only 6 of these.

Crazy. I had six before I hit 'page down' once...
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have my suspicions about that. It sounds like one of those general propaganda things someone just pulled out of their ass. "95.00% percent of people have smoked pot. Have you? Did you know that 2/3 of women have had abortions...? Ect.)
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha yes.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
I-I can't read D:
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
I can't write either. I only pound on my keyboard hoping to form coherent sentences.
Edited 2009-02-22 07:57 pm (UTC)
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (When I read that at work I barked out a laugh and had my coworker looking at me all funny.)

... At least your drawing abilities are wonderful. *Snerk*
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
HAhaha, I'm sorry I made your coworker look funny at you XD

awn, thanks *////*
I try to draw the best I can <3
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
My total was 41, and over 20 of them were mandatory reading by my public HS... I think the BBC is lowballing the bid for the average person.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I totally have my suspicions of about that. It sounds like a generic factiod someone pulled out of their ass and then made a meme out of it. :D
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
BBc is so wrong I read almost all of them give or take like ten. Well they did say average person and I'm not average. So I guess it doesn'y apply to me! Yay!
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
All but ten?!

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
I win?! Score!
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
I counted over 20 as mandatory HS English Lit reading
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, no kidding. People should have read at LEAST six of these, or else they probably haven't finished High School.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)

But then i was a lit major in university....but mostly i was a geek that would pick random books and hide in the library from bullies to read in high school.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)

*bows to you*

Most of these I read when I was a kid, doing pretty much the same thing as you. :)
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
I've read 83 -- but I have a graduate degree in British literature. And let me say that list sucks ass. Too many dead white guys.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Don't you know? Only dead white guys have anything worth reading.

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
what an un cultured swine I am :P
lol ive only read like two of theese, though i have read alot of other books...i swear!
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
You're not uncultured. You're... you're a free thinker! Dig it. :)
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
The BBc claims that the average person has read only 6 of these. Or something like that. Personally I find that hard to believe.

Ditto! If that's true, I fear the for the future of the world... more than I do already :(
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
I seriously think, no, HOPE that's made up. But then again I know better than to be shocked by anything these days.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
I've read 24 of these and half read another 6. I believe I agree on the calling of shenanigans on BBC.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
I agree with you! Either the BBC doesn't have their facts straight, or someone is just misquoting them.
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... I've read 24 of them. There is at least 10 more that I've read part of. For example Lord of the Rings. I've tried to read that book a dozen times, but keep on falling asleep into the second book.

Keep in mind that we're not exactly a representative sample. A fair number of people on livejournal actually enjoy reading and writing. That being said a number of those books are a staple of school literature. Also, what kind of English speaking parent hasn't at least one of those to their children?
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Hmm... you do have a good point there. We probably are a little more well read than most of the general public. But still... I'm going to have hope that it's an exaggeration. (And I totally counted The Hobbit which was mostly read to me as a child by my parents while I was learning to read.)