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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A challenge for myself (and any others who care to join...)

So I was just surfing blogs and I came across this list on BookEnds. I saw this list - and after quickly glancing I realized that I've probably only read 4 books from the list! I've read other books by the same author - like I've read Grapes of Wrath and not Of Mice and Men. So I'm going to challenge myself to read through all of these books. I don't know how long it will take me but just for fun I am going to say a year. I've already read Pride and Prejudice like 449 times but I won't mind reading it again! I'm going to create my own button - and for those that would like to join I guess you can put the button on your blog too or not :)

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up? Instructions: Copy this into your blog. Look at the list and put an (X) after those you have read. Pass it along to other book lovers...

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (x)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling - (X)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible - There are so many versions of it!!
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Total: 1

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (x)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (x)
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
Total: 2

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
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
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (x)
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll -
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Total: 2

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
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
Total: 0

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 - LM Montgomery-
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
Total: 0

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (x)
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
Total: 1

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (x)
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
Total: 1

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
Total: 0

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 - EB 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
Total: 0

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - (x)
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 (x)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Total: 2

OMG! My score is 9!!! :( BBC wold be right about me BUT NOT FOR LONG!! :)


Amanda said...

Have fun, Margo! I've read about 40 off the list and have many others on my to-read list. One day I hope to have a lot more. I have a friend who's read about 75 of them. !!!

margo said...

NO WAY!! I've only read 7 - and well you know :)

Wow - 40. Good job Amanda!!!!!! YEAH!!!

Allison said...

I've only read 15!

margo said...

HAHAH that's still WAY better than mine!!

Arielle said...

Meep I only read 17 from the list. There are quite a lot of books on there that I want to read though!

margo said...

HAHAHAH at least Arielle you're 10 ahead of me :)

B.A.M. Book Reviews said...

I'm embarresed. I've only read 1 on that list. Harry Potter series.


margo said...

Hahaha! No worries. I have so many half-reads that the list would have probably have been finished :)

I missed the HP series - so my score went up!! NOW TO *drum roll please* 8!!

No worries Bri. I'm sure some people haven't heard of "Wuthering Heights" oh waaaait that's right. It's Edward and Bella's fav book! How could I forget ;)

Kerri said...

Margo - so glad you find my site - Thanks for stopping by. I'm hoping to knock a few more off the list as well. I'll keep an eye on your blog for progress.

Kerri said...

(How about 'so glad you FOUND my site?) Geez.

margo said...

Hahah thanks Kerri!! It might take a little bit before books start being knocked off. I have like 5 books on my short TBR list 1st :)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Meggin said...

Have fun! I'm totally doing this- it'll give me a chance to get away from the mind numbing summer romances I've been reading lately ;)

I've been meaning to post this list for a long time- I saw it on the (well, I was bored!) and I forgot about it til now. I'll go post this now :)

P.S. Oops, LOONG comment. Sorry!

margo said...

No worries Meggin :) Have fun and good luck!!! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna do this, but no way am I setting a time limit. 100 books? Woaaaah!

Anonymous said...

Great challenge! I've joined and posted about it too -

I've also made a little blog to keep track of what I'm reading, blah blah -

margo said...

Yeah Sara!! Good Luck!! I think I might have bitten off more than I can chew ;)

But that makes it fun? RIGHT??

AHHHH! !! :)

Falling Off The Shelf said...

Wow, I'm above average! I've read 8 of the list, lol. Thankfully to school probably, because most of those 8 were required reading!

margaret said...

Hahaha! I think I've read some on my own and some for school :)

Today I Read said...

I can safely say that I've read more than 6 of those titles, but there's still room for improvement. I'll probably be joining you--in fact, I'm already reading 3 titles on the list (started before I realized they were on the list to begin with LOL). :D

On another note, it's kind of silly that "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" are listed because one is mutually inclusive. Basically, if you've already read "The Chronicles of Narnia," then it's a given you've read "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." I wonder who proofed this list...

margaret said...

Hahaha when I read that I thought the same thing! Maybe . . they want you to read them twice?

Anonymous said...

Super late, I know but I'm joining

My total was 28