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How Well Read Are You??

I’ve seen on many sites, all refering to a post by Life After Jane that apparently…”The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.” Hmm. I guess we’ll just have to prove them wrong, won’t we?

How Well Read Am I?

I’ve read: (I’m not counting what I’ve listened to as audiobooks because I’m not sure that they count for this list.)
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Ulysses – James Joyce
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Dracula – Bram Stoker
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The King James Bible

— 2010 —
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

— 2011 —
Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Remaining Books:
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four (1984) – George Orwell
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Emma -Jane Austen
Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Dune – Frank Herbert
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
The Inferno – Dante
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Germinal – Emile Zola
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Possession – AS Byatt
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Watership Down – Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

This is not nearly enough and I’ve not even reviewed the ones I’ve read. The worst part? There are only THREE I don’t own. Well.

So I’ve decided to join the ‘Wish I’d Read That‘ challenge and include only those books on this list. I’ll be starting from the beginning because even the ones I’ve read… well, let’s just say I haven’t read them recently. So, starting January 1, 2011 and ending December 31, 2011 we’ll see how many of these books I can read – I’m sure the full list will take longer than a year but I’m starting with 2011.

I’m going for the Obsessed Level of the Challenge and plan to read a book a month. That sounds feasible, right?

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