Along the Pentland Road, 25 May 2017

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Wanted: readers

The BBC say the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list. How many have you read?

1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ before those you have read.
2) Tally your total at the bottom.

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
x The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
x Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
x Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
x To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
x The Bible - some of it. Had no choice :-/
x Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
x Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
x Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
x Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
x The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
Middlemarch - George Eliot
x Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
Bleak House - Charles Dickens
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
x David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
Emma - Jane Austen
Persuasion - Jane Austen
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
x Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
x Animal Farm - George Orwell
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Atonement - Ian McEwan
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Dune - Frank Herbert
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
x A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
On The Road - Jack Kerouac
x Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
x Moby Dick - Herman Melville
x Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Dracula - Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
x Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
x Ulysses - James Joyce
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
Germinal - Emile Zola
x Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
Possession - AS Byatt
x A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web - EB White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
x Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
x The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
x Watership Down - Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
x Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

26 out of a hundred.

I wonder what other books should be added to this “top books” list though?


  1. I have 36 of those but many of my favorites aren't on there. I don't have TV though and read all the time.

  2. This looks like the same list I filled out on Facebook, and I think I had 35 or so. I also wondered about the list, and thought it was missing some important books like A Clockwork Orange, etc.

  3. 5 *but I've seen alot of these as movies*.

  4. woohoo! I came in at 10! I'm above average! ( DOES still count if I was forced to read them because I was in Honors classes in high school, right?)

  5. As Beth say a few of us have already done this on Facebook, but also lamented the fact that there were few comtempory authors to chose from.


  6. i am going to show off - 83 out of 100
    i am surprised by some of the choices and agree re the small number of contemporary novels - though pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of some

  7. Who voted on the choices? I was surprised at some of the more modern authors, and more surprised that there weren't more non-English authors. Where's The Illiad?

    I've read 36 and parts of about 6 others--for instance: the Bible and Shakespeare are hard going. Also, one of these days, I've got to finish Anna Karenina.

    ;^) Jan the Gryphon

  8. 27-but some was forced to read in school-liked picking my own books rather than being told what to read.

  9. 36....thanks,Guido,enjoyed this.

  10. Many I saw as movies, but may have read in high school.... so about 26 for sure... I'm snagging to do an entry... :)
    Have a good weekend!

  11. I`ve read 20 of them but I`m not sure whether to count War and Peace as I only managed the first chapter! I also tried Anna Karenina but it was just too miserable for me. I`m proud to say that I read The Grapes of Wrath aged just 10 because my dad told me John Steinback was an excellent author. :o)

    Love Sandra xx

  12. I have read 19 of them. I did read Gone With The Wind 3 times. I don't know why none of the great Dostoyevsky books are on that list. Especially Crime & Punishment or The Brothers Karamazov. I'm reading The Idiot next.
    Your above posts are quite interesting & a great tribute. So many people don't think about the brave men who fight for us.
    Have a good week.
    Barb (queenb)

  13. A quick glance, I've read 23 of them, with possibly more but I'd have to think if I read them, or skim-read them, or saw the movie. But, 23 were read (a couple even acted out). I agree that Anna Karenina was too difficult to read the entire way through albeit gosh, what a lovely movie it made.