Them reading habits ....

So, here's a fun list doing the blog-rounds lately. Apparently, the average adult has only ever read 6 of the 100 books on the following list, ofcos I had to see how I stacked up...

The rules are as follows:

* Look at the list and bold those you have read.
* Italicize those you intend to read.
* Underline the books you really love (and strikethrough the ones you hate!).
* Reprint this list in your own blog.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK 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 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
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller'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 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
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 - 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
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
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-time - 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 Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
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
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 Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS 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 - 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
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

eeps ...
only 40/100, this means that I must stop whining that I have nothing to read (and stop reading the romance covers squirrelled away on my nightstand) !!

As for books I hated, the only one that evokes that knee-jerk reaction is Moby Dick which I read the first few chapters of and vowed never to pick again, so I'm sure it doesnt count.

So, how many have you read??


samir said...

p --- Now I feel realy bad. I thought that I was well-read, but I have read only 5 from this list.
Need to seriously catch up.
(I assume you mean the entire original book, and not some abdridged version.)

Bouncing-Bubble said...

40 is a decent number. I've read just 14.5 (0.5 = war and peace which I intend to finish before the library cancels my membership for inordinate delay in returning the bk)

Avionic Spanker said...

16/100 .. and two of them were books that you are planning to read .. *phew*, was getting psyched big time

How has this list been chosen though?

Smita said...

13/ ashamed....though few more books in there which are with me & I wud read them eventually...

But yes, had this list been only of Indian Authors am sure I wud have fared better :D wt say????

BTW 40 isn't bad at all...

mystiquedew said...

I've read 8 outta them...


Amit said...

Read only 4 :)

Count of Monte Cristo was in my std 7 curriculum, so had to read it anyway, to pass the exams:P

Thanks for the list. It reminded me of many of the classics that my parents brought me but I never really bothered to pick up. Hopefully, I would start reading them as I stack books for Arnav so that he doesn't end up writing a similar comment on a blog, 25 years down the line!

couchpapaya said...

hahaha, samir, that wld be easy wldnt it!

i have no idea how the list was chosen or even the source, it did amuse me to see bridget jones and jesus rubbing shoulders with each other. from the titles, it looks to me like the results of a most read books vote .....

WhatsInAName said...

40/100? well well.. I am nowhere near you, girl!
Very interesting one. I remember reading it in Ushas blog.
BTW, you are tagged.

Mama - Mia said...

i am not even gonna answer this embarassing question!!

and here i was waiting to inculcate the reading habit in Cubby!! ;)



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