Sunday, 8 April 2018

The "BBC" Book List Challenge

What is the BBC book list, you may ask? I learned about it this week and it's a list of 100 books which has been widely circulated on the Internet with the tagline "The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books on this list. How many have you read?"

Apparently, though, this list wasn't created or endorsed by the BBC since on their site there are no quotes, articles, or any mention whatsoever about the 6 book number. Do you remember back in 2009/2010 when there were notes on people's profiles of lists with questions and whatsoever all over Facebook? Do you feel old yet? Yes, it seems like that is exactly how this meme list started: going arround the internet, making people feel better about themselves for having read over 6 books of a list. I've seen worse memes.

The average Goodreads member has read 23 out of 100 books on this list. I have read 16 (marked with ✔) and 12 are still on my to read list (marked with ✉) so basically, if I didn't always read other books instead of sticking to me to read list I would have read 28 books and would be above the average Goodreads member. I'll get there someday, though. How about you? How many of these have you read? Let me know!

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling ✔
2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown ✔
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ✉
4. Animal Farm by George Orwell
5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ✔
6. 1984 by George Orwell ✉
7. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë ✔
10. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
11. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ✔
12. Lord of the Flies by William Golding ✉
13. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
14. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
15. Life of Pi by Yann Martel ✉
16. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen ✔
17. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ✔
18. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
19. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger ✔
20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ✔
21. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
22. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
23. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
24. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
25. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
26. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl ✔
27. Atonement by Ian McEwan
28. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ✉
29. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
30. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis ✔
31. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
32. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen ✔
33. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
34. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
35. Dracula by Bram Stoker ✔
36. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
37. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
38. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
39. Holy Bible
40. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
41. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
42. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
43. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens ✉
44. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
45. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley ✉
46. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
47. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
48. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
49. Persuasion by Jane Austen ✔
50. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold ✉
51. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
52. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
53. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
54. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
55. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
56. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
57. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
58. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
59. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
60. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
61. Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville ✔
62. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
63. Emma by Jane Austen
64. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon ✉
65. The Complete Works by William Shakespeare
66. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood ✉
67. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
68. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
69. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
70. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens ✔
71. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
72. Middlemarch by George Eliot
73. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
74. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
75. Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh
76. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
77. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath ✉
78. Possession by A.S. Byatt
79. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
80. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
81. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
82. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
83. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
84. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
85. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
86. The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton
87. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
88. Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
89. Dune by Frank Herbert
90. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
91. Watership Down by Richard Adams
92. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
93. The Secret History by Donna Tartt ✉
94. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
95. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
96. Ulysses by James Joyce
97. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
98. Germinal by Émile Zola
99. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
100. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

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