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December 01, 2010

Updated BBC meme

So, the BBC 100 book meme is going around again, so I thought I'd do an update of my previous post. My list is unchanged with the exception of The Count of Monte Cristo, which brings my total to 46.

However, I have been trying to find the source of this, which is where in the web does it say that BBC things most people will have only read 6 of these books? The only thing I find is the BBC's list of 100 books from their Big Read project in 2004, which really seems to be a list of the 100 most popular books. It's slightly different from this list, and there's nothing that makes it a competition in how many books you've read.

For fun, here's how I do with the original BBC Big Read List:
1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien - yes
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen - yes
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman - yes
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams - yes
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling - yes
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee - yes
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne - yes
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell - yes
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis - yes
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë - yes
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller - no
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë - yes
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks - no
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier - no
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger - no
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame - yes
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens - yes
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott - yes
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres - no
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy - no
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell - no
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling - yes
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling - yes
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling - yes
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien - yes
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy - yes
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot - no
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving - no
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck - no
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll - yes
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson - no
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez - no
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett - yes
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens - no
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl - yes
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson - yes
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute - no
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen - yes
39. Dune, Frank Herbert - yes
40. Emma, Jane Austen - yes
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery - yes
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams - yes
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald - no
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas - yes
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh - no
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell - no - didn't finish
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens - yes
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy - no
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian - no
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher - no
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett - yes
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck - no
53. The Stand, Stephen King - no
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy - no
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth - no
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl - yes
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome - no
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell - yes
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer - no
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky - alas, yes
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman - no
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden- no
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens - yes
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough - no
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett - no
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton - no
67. The Magus, John Fowles - no
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - no, but on the to-read list
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett - no
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding - yes
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind- no
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell - no
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett - no
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl - yes
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding - yes
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt - no
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins - no
78. Ulysses, James Joyce - no
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens - no
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson - no
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl - yes
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith - no
83. Holes, Louis Sachar - yes
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake - no - started, I think
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy - no
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson - no
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley no
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons - yes
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist - yes
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac - no
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo - no
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel - yes
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett - yes
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho - yes
95. Katherine, Anya Seton - no
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer - no
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez - yes
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson - no
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot - no
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie - no

My total for this list is: 44. Pretty close.

Update: My friend Lisa pointed me to this blog post that also tried to come up with the source of this meme.

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