Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Book It

I've noticed this quiz making its way through Facebook. It's pretty neat.

The quiz says, "The BBC believes most people will have read only six of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?"

Here's the list -- and how well I'm doing.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen -- I love Jane Austin and I love this book.
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien -- I know it doesn’t count but I’ve seen all the movies because of my husband.
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte -- I would like to read it.
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling -- Ditto #2.
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee -- I read this freshman year of high school and liked it.
6 The Bible – I’ve read a lot of it, but want to know all of it more thoroughly.
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte -- I have this book but haven’t made it all the way through yet.
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell -- I read this in honors English in high school and it blew me away. I still think about it.
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens -- Great book.
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott -- Lovely book (and there’s also a lovely movie version with Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes and Winona Ryder).
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy -- I adored this book in high school.
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare -- I haven’t read all of it but I’d like to read more.
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 -- This is our latest book club pick. I’m excited to dig in!
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell -- Not yet but I hope to read the book and see the movie.
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald -- Another fave from my high school years.
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy -- I hope to read this someday.
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Another I hope to read someday.
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck -- And another.
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll -- Hmm, I don’t think I ever read this.
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy -- Yet another on the list.
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis -- I loved these books as a kid and re-read them as a teenager. I think another reading may be due.
34 Emma - Jane Austen -- Such a good story.
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen -- This is an Austen work I haven’t read yet.
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis -- Loved it.
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossein – Great story.
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden -- I enjoyed reading this one.
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne -- Oh, such a wonderful book. My aunt brought me a copy from London when I was young.
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown -- A fun read.
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- I really enjoy his voice and way of writing.
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery -- I liked this book when I was young.
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen -- This is one of my all-time favorite books. Love it, love it!
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens -- I hope to read this.
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley -- Another memorable read.
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- I just read this book and I got swept up in the story.
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck -- I liked this book in high school but found it so sad.
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov -- After loving “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” I am especially intrigued to read this.
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas -- Another I hope to read.
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding -- I adored the movie and really should read the book. I’m sure it’s great.
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker -- I’m not one for horror but this is a classic.
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson -- My aunt raved about this one. I'll have to check it out.
75 Ulysses - James Joyce -- Wow, another one I need to read.
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray -- Want to read this one, too.
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens -- I like how this story's become such a holiday tradition.
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker -- I’d like to read this one.
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 -- I should read this again because I didn’t care for it as a child but people rave about it.
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- It could be fun to read some Sherlock Holmes tales.
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad -- I read this in grad school and was glad I did.
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adam
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 -- Great, obviously.
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl -- Maybe I should read this again too; it kind of creeped me out as a child.
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo -- Yet another I really need to make time for.

Looks like I’ve got some readin’ to do. That’s a great problem to have!

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