Tell the truth

Apparently most people will have only read 6 of the ‘classic’ 100 books in this list…so its time for some literary one-up-manship, and tell the truth!

Instructions
1) Look at the list and add an ‘x’ those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you love.
3) Add a ‘*’ if you tried to read it and failed.
4) Tally your total at the bottom.
5) Feel smug if your score is higher than that of your friends.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen x
2. The Lord of the Rings x
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte x
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling x+
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte x
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell x+
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman x+
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens x
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott x
12. Tess of the D???Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller x
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (Has anyone read all of them? Really?)
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien x
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger x+
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 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
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll x
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame x
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen x
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 x
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden x
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne x
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell x
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown x (Yes, I’ve read. No I’m not proud. Yes, I felt dirty afterwards.)
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez x+
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving *
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery x
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid???s Tale – Margaret Atwood x
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding x
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan x
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel x +
52. Dune – Frank Herbert* (I tried to read this for a course at uni)
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 x
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I’m sitting next to the DVD, does that count?)
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov x
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt x (Why do people think this is a classic, I don’t get it, I thought it was more or less the most mediocre thing I’v ever read)
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac x+ (yes, on my gap year…what a cliche, cringe)
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones???s Diary – Helen Fielding x
69. Midnight???s Children – Salman Rushdie x+
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens x (Ive read it, but there are no words to express how much I hate Dickens)
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker x
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett x+ (I loved this when I was little, I wanted a secret grden of my own)
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce *
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath x
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 *(Ivertried and tried and tried again with this. gave up and read The Calcutta Chromosome instead, they’re similar)
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker x+
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert x
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry x+
87. Charlotte???s Web – EB White x, (I know I’ve read it, but blocked out the trauma of the experience)
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Alborn
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton x
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad x
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Eupery
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks x+
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams (see Charlotte’s Web comments)
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 x
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Conclusions
1.I’ve read 45, therefore I am 7.5 times more literary than ‘average’
2.I only loved 12 of them though.
3. I failed to finish 7 – I’m a quitter, but I try and fail more times than the ‘average’ person tries
4. This list is biased – it’s full of books that people are told they should read, rather than ones they want to read.
5. I have too much time on my hands.

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