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‘Ello BBC Book Challenge!
January 17, 2011, 5:34 pm
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The BBC Book Challenge is one of those memes that you find on some tight-ass’s personal blog from time to time. The challenge says that the average person has read only 6 books on a list of  100 classics compiled by the BBC. The introduction is usually followed up with “Let’s prove them wrong!” and some bolded and italic titles indicating what books they’d read, but never enough titles to actually “disprove” the BBC.

But I always wonder: do these bloggers, between their shopping trips to Banana Republic and keeping up with their raw vegan diet, actually read the books they hadn’t read on the list?

Well, I wanna be a tight-ass and play along, so here’s the list ( the ones I have read are bolded). The ones I haven’t read, I will read and blog about here:

  1. Pride and Prejudice — Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings — J. R. R. Tolkien [I read the Two Towers, not sure if this counts]
  3. Jane Eyre — Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter series — J.K. Rowling
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird — Harper Lee
  6. The Bible
  7. Wuthering Heights — Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four — George Orwell
  9. His Dark Materials — Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations — Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women — Louisa May Alcott
  12. Tess of the D’Ubervilles — Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 — Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  15. Rebecca — Daphne du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit — J.R.R. Tolkien
  17. Birdsong — Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye — J.D. Salinger
  19. The Time Traveler’s Wife — Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch — George Eliot
  21. Gone With the Wind — Margaret Mitchell
  22. The Great Gatsby — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Bleak House — Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace –Leo Tolstoy
  25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams
  26. Brideshead Revisited — Evelyn Waugh
  27. Crime and Punishment — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath — John Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland — Lewis Carroll
  30. The Wind in the Willows — Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina — Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield — Charles Dickens
  33. Chronicles of Narnia — C.S. Lewis
  34. Emma — Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion — Jane Austen
  36. The Alchemist — Paulo Coelho
  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 — A. A. Milne
  41. Animal Farm — George Orwell
  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
  46. Anne of Green Gables — L.M. Montgomery
  47. Far From the Maddening Crowd — Thomas Hardy
  48. A 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 — 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
  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
  62. Lolita — Vladimir Nabokov
  63. The Secret History — Donna Tartt
  64. The Lonely Bones — Alice Sebold
  65. The 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
  71. Oliver Twist — Charles Dickens
  72. Dracula — Bram Stoker
  73. The Secret Garden — Frances Hogdson Burnett
  74. Notes From a Small Island — Bill Bryson
  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 — A.S. Byatt
  81. A Christmas Carol — Charles Dickens
  82. Cloud Atlas — David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple — Alice Walker
  84. The Remains of the Day — Kazuo Ishiguro
  85. Madame Bovary — Gustave Flaubert
  86. A Fine Balance — Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte’s Web — E.B. 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
  92. The Little Prince — Antoine de  Saint-Exupery
  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
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — Roald Dahl
  100. Les Miserables — Victor Hugo

Some of these are tough to group. Do people actually read the entire Bible or all of Shakespeare’s Plays (seriously, I don’t know if I’ve met anyone who has read Measure for Measure). In these situations, if I feel like I’ve read most of it, I’m counting it as “read”. Also, why is Hamlet separate, BBC?

Otherwise, it looks like an interesting list. Some I’m eager to dig into (I’ve never read any of the Russian powerhouses), others not so much (I am NOT a Steinbeck fan). My friends in high school were really into Jane Austen and Hitchhiker’s Guide and I was going through my Stephen King/James Michener phase (because those two are JUST alike :P), so I’ll finally be able to decide whether or not I actually like them.

Onward!

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