Mar 2, 2009

Wiwille needs to read more

I got this quiz on Facebook regarding books that I've read. According to the BBC most humans have only read six out of the 100 books listed below. So to show my ignorance I'll list the ones I've consumed:

Instructions:1) Look at the list and put an 'x' next to those you have read.
2) Tally your total at the bottom.
3) Put in a note with your total in the subject
4) Tag some friends. (No. You can't make me).

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen X
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien X
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte X
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling X1/2. I've only read one.
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee X
6 The Bible X (Yes I actually have read this.)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell X
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 X
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare X
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien X
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy X
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams X
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck X
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carrol
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis X
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis X
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 X
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell X
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X (Sadly yes)
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 X
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert X
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 X
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 X
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov X
63 The Secret History - Donna Tart
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas X
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac X
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville X
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker X
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce X
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 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 X
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 X
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams X
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas X
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl X
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I only got 36. Not even half. Sad. Just sad.

"Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass." - John Steinbeck


Anonymous said...

yikes- only 42 with a degree in English. I feel pathetic!

Kelli said...

You shouldn't be sad. With a good chunk of these, you're not missing anything. I've read 50.

Anonymous said...

Today's being Dr. Seuss's birthday, I feel like somebody should mention that none of his books made this list, but Hamlet and the Complete Works both made the list. Well, if you read the Complete Works, doesn't that mean you've read Hamlet too. Or was Hamlet not included in the Complete Works?

Some on the list, I tried but did not complete: LOTR, 1984.

And dude, where's The Godfather???

Anyhoo, he's my list:
5, 22, 25 (2 of 5), 36, 49, 87, 92, 98, 99.

Only #25 was not mandatory reading in my education. So that's one out of one hundred that I read for pleasure, not just to get a good grade.

You don't need to read a book to know what the book is all about. Without having read the book or having seen the movie, I can make references to Of Mice and Men and make it seem like I've read the book. Thus, negating the purpose of having to read the book.

Anonymous said...

Highly recommend the Kite Runner. A must read.

Mattbear said...

Eh, you shouldn't feel bad. I only hit 23 of them. Plus:

1. This was from a list of "most popular books in Britain" compiled by the BBC in 2003 -

2. It's been doctored for this meme, including putting all the Harry Potter and Narnia books in one item and adding more recent books (@WIGSF: The Godfather is on the actual list - #91!)

3. The BBC, as far as I can tell, never said anything about "average person has read x number of these"

Claire said...

44. Ex-English major, a teacher, and a bookworm!


Miss Ash said...

Is you goal now to finish the remaining 64 books?

Miss Ash said...

Your not you :)