Bookworm or Loser?

The BBC came out with a Book List, the Top 100 of the Nation’s (UK) “best loved” books. I read on another blog (Some Have Hats) that the BBC claims most people, on average, have read only 6 of the 100. Below is the list and I’ve put my x next to the books I have read. Total: 43. Not bad for a British book list. Am I a bookworm or a loser with no life? Don’t answer that.

How do you compare?

1 Pride and Prejudice- x
2 The Lord of the Rings- x
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte- x
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling- x
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee- x

6 The Bible-x
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte- x
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell- x
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman-
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens- x

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott- x
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy- x
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller-
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare-
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier- x
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien- x
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk-
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger- x
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger-
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot-

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell- x
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald- x
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens-
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy-
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams- x
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky-
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck- x
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll-
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame- x

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy-
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens- x
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis- x
34 Emma – Jane Austen- x
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis- x
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- x
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- x
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery- x
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy- x
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood- x
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- x
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 – Mark Haddon-
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck- x
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- 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-

71 Oliver Twist- Charles Dickens-
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker-x
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett- x
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson-
75 Ulysses – James Joyce-
76 The Inferno – Dante –
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome-
78 Germinal – Emile Zola-
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray-
80 Possession – AS Byatt-x

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens- x
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell-
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker-
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro- x
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert-x
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- x
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery- x (and in French. Take that!)
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- x
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- x
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo-

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