Random thoughts and musings of a single Mom striving to follow dreams and find pure BLISS.

Sticking it to the BBC

Accordingg to the BBC,  most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. I'd just like to say that not only have I read more, but I'm an American who's read more than 6.

Ha, so THERE!

Stick that is your pipe and smoke it!

Anyway, see how you guys measure up so we can all prove them wrong...

• Copy this list.

• Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.

• Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.

1.Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2.The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (I know, flog me for this NOT being in bold.)

3.Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4.Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5.To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6.The Bible When I went from Baptist to Catholic, I read to find all of the passages and books that I hadn't seen up to age 12. For those wo do not know there are differences...Oh yeah. Ole King James and his people took out a bunch of stuff.)

7.Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8.Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (FAV!!)

9.His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10.Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11.Little Women – Louisa M Alcott*

12.Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13.Catch 22 – Joseph Heller ( I was 14 and didn't get it. Sue for not getting back around to it yet.)

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.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.War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

24.The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

25.Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

26.Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

27.Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

28.Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

29.The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

30.Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (It's on my Kindle awaiting me.)

31.David Copperfield – Charles Dickens*

32.Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (Yep, another reason to beat me.)

33.Emma -Jane Austen

34.Persuasion – Jane Austen

35.The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

36.The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

37.Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

38.Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

39.Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

40.Animal Farm – George Orwell

41.The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

42.One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

43.A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

44.The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

45.Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

46.Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

47.The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

48.Lord of the Flies – William Golding

49.Atonement – Ian McEwan

50.Life of Pi – Yann Martel

51.Dune – Frank Herbert

52.Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

53.Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

54.A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

55.The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

56.A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

57.Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

58.The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

59.Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

60.Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

61.Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (Waiting for me on my Kindle.)

62.The Secret History – Donna Tartt

63.The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

64.Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (Can I add that I read it in French for extra credit.)

65.On The Road – Jack Kerouac

66.Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

67.Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

68.Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

69.Moby Dick – Herman Melville

70.Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

71.Dracula – Bram Stoker

72.The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

73.Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

74.Ulysses – James Joyce (Don't feel the need to ever finish this one. Really.)

75.The Inferno – Dante

76.Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

77.Germinal – Emile Zola

78.Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

79.Possession – AS Byatt

80.Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens*

81.Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

82.The Color Purple – Alice Walker (ALL time favorite!!)

83.The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

84.Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

85.A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

86.Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

87.The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

88.Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

89.The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

90.Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

91.The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

92.The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

93.Watership Down – Richard Adams

94.A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (Should have read it for Southern  lit, but wasn't a fan so it didn't get finished.)

95.A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

96.The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

97.Hamlet – William Shakespeare

98.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

99.Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (Bonus points once again for reading it in French. Just saying.)

100.??? (For you observant types, yes the list does appear to be missing book no. 100)

What can I say...I'm a huge, phenomenal dork. And perhaps I read too much...what do you guys think?

How do you guys measure up?


  1. It's also got Hamlet listed twice. Apparently those Brits didn't even read their own damn list.

  2. Nah, they jsut assume it's correct because they are British and speak the Queen's English. :)

  3. You have to admit though...Queen's English > American English. Wish I had a stinkin' accent that didn't make people assume I'm a moron.

  4. Yeah, their accent is MUCH cooler, but we have the intelligence sneak attack. I like beign able to shock the hell out of people. "Wow, she's not in-bread or retarted just because she's from MS. I wonder if I've been wrong about anything else." LOL

  5. I've read 15 of them, most of which were required reading in high school lol


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