Literary kitteh (or the BBC Big Read)

I’ve been a little bit sidetracked lately and if this were a blob that I felt under obligation to write, I’d apologize for my absence from it.  But as it is, I will just offer up this diverting and completely non-garden related meme that I just encountered on one of my time sucking forays within the facebooks:
The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.  (copy and paste to do your own)

I have put two x’s by the ones both Z and I have read and one x if only one of us has read it.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (xx)
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (xx)
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (x)
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (x)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (x)
6 The Bible – ()
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 (xx)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy (x)
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (xx)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare ()
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier (x)
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien (xx)
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk (x)
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (x)
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger ()
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot (x)
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 ()
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (xx)
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh ()
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky ()
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (x)
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (xx)
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame (xx)
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (x)
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens (x)
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (xx)
34 Emma – Jane Austen (x)
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen (xx)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (xx)
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini – (x)
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres (x)
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (x)
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne (xx)
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell (x)
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (x)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (x)
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving (x)
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins (x)
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery (xx)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy (x)
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (xx)
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding ()
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan ()
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel (x)
52 Dune – Frank Herbert (xx)
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 (x)
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (x)
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (xx)
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon ()
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (x)
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck ()
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov ()
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt ()
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (x)
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas ()
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac (x)
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy (x)
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (x)
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie ()
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville (x)
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (xx)
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker (x)
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (xx)
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson (x)
75 Ulysses – James Joyce (x)
76 The Inferno – Dante (x)
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 (xx)
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell ()
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker (xx)
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro (x)
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert ()
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry ()
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White (xx)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom ()
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (x)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton ()
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (x)
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (xx)
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks ()
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams (xx)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (x)
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute (x)
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas (x)
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare (x)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (xx)
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (x)

We’re feeling so snart [sic] that between us we’ve read 72 out of the hundred (me 62, Z 33, Audrey 20 – she prefers kitty porn to the classics).  Z wanted me to mention that between us we’ve seen 49 of these adapted to stage or screen, including a few cartoons.  Your turn.

10 thoughts on “Literary kitteh (or the BBC Big Read)”

  1. Pam/Digging says:

    I’ve read 66, Kris. Some I’ve never heard of–must check them out.

    We have a winner! Let me know if any of the unknowns worth reading. -kris

  2. I hate to admit it…16 and the ones I haven’t read I have little intention of reading but then I think ‘Moby Dick’ counts for ten as that is long and there is a whole chapter, a whole chapter, did you hear me, a whole chapter on different kinds of whales. Well, I guess I didn’t forget it although I have tried. LOL 🙂 You are too smart!

    Layanee, It’s not about smart with me, it’s about addiction! (Though I’m fully aware that there are worse things to be addicted to) And I agree about Moby Dick – that was one of the hardest books to get through but I was determined… -kris

  3. I lost count because my daughter was acting like a maniac and yelling about a book, of all things… I’m at about 2/3 or a bit more, need to add a few but some of those are real head-scratchers – Mitch Albom on the list of authors one shouldn’t miss? Or maybe that one was thrown in there for the non-readers. I like your kitteh and waste way too much time on FB and my “blob” too (better word for it, I think)!

    It is a really strange list. DaVinci Code in the top 50? Please. -kris

  4. Way more then 6 but not nearly enough! I would have like to have read 2/3 but only read 37. There needs to be a list of garden books…please!


    Gail, This list was missing a lot – we should definitely do our own! -kris

  5. It’s fun to recall some of them but embarrassed that I can’t remember whether it was 100 Years of Solitude or Love in the Time of Cholera :O … but I counted 40. And yeah, what’s with a list that squeezes Bridget Jones’ Diary between Jude the Obscure and Midnight’s Children?? Good fun though 🙂 Reminds me of some books my mama has sent me that need reading, incl Madame Bovary.

    Lynn, Madame Bovary is one that I’ve tried and tried to get through… Moby Dick was easier. Let me know if you think it’s worth another try. -kris

  6. I have read more than six but in no way compete with you well read folk.

    Wayne, If you’ve read more than six then you’re more well read than the BBC gives you credit for. -kris

  7. wait, Moby Dick was easier? We read that chapter by chapter in high school–all year long–and that was the only way we got through it. Call me Ishmael! and right there at the start you gotta go look stuff up…

    Lynn, I think I just powered through all of the things I didn’t understand – makes for a much quicker read! -kris

  8. Kris, the ones I’ve read that you or your husband haven’t are “His Dark Materials” (meh), “Gone with the Wind” (a classic–read it), “War and Peace” (ditto), “Lord of the Flies” (read a long time ago, my son is reading right now, I must re-read), “Lolita” (completely amazing, do read it), “Vanity Fair” (good), and “Madame Bovary.” Happy reading!

    Pam, Thank you for the recommends! – It looks like I’ll have to give Madame B one. more. chance. (I have a vague memory of losing patience with her as a character…) -kris

  9. BTW, I was an English major (B.A. and M.A.), which accounts for my rocking out the BBC’s estimation. But clearly I should have been reading a lot more since I’m nowhere near all 100.

    I don’t know – I bet you’ve read tons that ought to have been on the list. -k

  10. I forgot to comment on Madame B., but actually it’s not one of my favorite books either. I’d skip it and read Lolita or Gone with the Wind instead.

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