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22 March 2014

Found this on Listchallenges and I know it's been making the rounds on FB - but it's still fun! 


My score is 26 - I read the following:

  1. no 1  - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. no 2 -  Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  3. no 4 -  Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  4. no 5 -  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. no 6 -  The Bible
  6. no 8 -  1984 by George Orwell
  7. no 9 -  His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  8. no 19 - The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  9. no 21 - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  10. no 22 - The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  11. no 34 - Emma by Jane Austen
  12. no 37 - The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
  13. no 39 - Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  14. no 40 - Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
  15. no 41 - Animal Farm by George Orwell
  16. no 42 - The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  17. no 50 - Atonement by Ian McEwan
  18. no 51 - Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  19. no 54 - Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  20. no 55 - A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  21. no 59 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
  22. no 63 - The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  23. no 64 - The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  24. no 65 - Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding
  25. no 82 - Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  26. no 83 - The Colour Purple by Alice Walker


Hmm, better than 6… and I do know the vast majority of the books. You will notice that most of the books I did read are more contemporary. My excuse is that, growing up in East Germany, we never read any of the classics which my daughter now reads in school (i.e. Shakespeare). I mean, they did teach us briefly about him, but we never had to read his work. And I think without an English teacher at hand, it is not easy to understand and I find myself not being able to handle classics. And I mean proper classics, published prior to 1900 or so. Just don't 'get' them often, and than there is so much interesting contemporary stuff to read.  
The one book I really want to read is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood as I've heard it's dystopian which is a genre I discovered a few years ago and now love. 


BBC Believes You Only Read 6 of These Books...

The BBC believes that most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books below. How many have you read?
(Tip: The average Goodreads member has read 23 out of 100 books on this list)
p.s: BBC didn't make a declaration. The list is probably based on the average. Also, Narnia and Shakespeare are on the list twice but, they can be a freebie if you prefer :)



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 (all)
5 - To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 - The Bible
7 - Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
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 Faulks
18 - Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 - The Time Traveler'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 Hitchhiker’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 Berniere
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 Meany – 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 Handmaids 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
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 Colour 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 & the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 - Les Miserables – Victor Hugo