Another Book Meme

Geoff mentioned on his blog about another book meme, this one originating from the BBC. Nobody has tagged me, but I thought I'd give it a go.

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. It's a weird ecclectic list.

Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an ‘X’ after those you have read ENTIRELY
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (\*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total at the bottom. 

For me, '+' will mean that I not only intend to read the book, I actually already have a copy of it. I'm also going to add another entry: '-' will mean that I HATED it.

  1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen X
  2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien X+
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling X+
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee X+
  6. The Bible
  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
  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 X+
  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+
  26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh X
  27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck \*
  29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll X+
  30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame X
  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 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 X
  41. Animal Farm - George Orwell X+
  42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X+
  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 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
  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 X+
  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 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 X-
  71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
  72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
  73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson X+
  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 Color Purple - Alice Walker X
  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 Alborn
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X+
  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 X+
  94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole X-
  96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas \*
  98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare X
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
  100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

If I've counted correctly that's 35 that I've read and 15 (17 really as one is a three book series) that I own and want to read. I need to start working on that. So many books, so little time.

Some people may ask why read a book if you are hating it. Well one of them (Moby Dick) was a class assignment. Why they force that kind of book done the throats of kids who are barely into their teens, I don't know. For others, I take the Magnus Magnusson (Mastermind) approach: "I've started so I'll finish". The undying hope that the book can only get better. It rarely does.

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