How many have you read?

I think this is a pretty old list but someone sent to to me yesterday and I was surprised by the results. A BBC report reckons that people have only read, on average, six of the following 100 books:

It turns out that I have only actually read 37 of them which surprised me as I thought I would have read so many more. Mind you if you include all the one I have abandoned then the total shoots up somewhat!

The ones that I have read are highlighted in green. The ones that I have started and given up on are in grey.

 

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 (all) 

 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 – William 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 Berniere

  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

How many have you read?

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42 thoughts on “How many have you read?

  1. I also read about 37. Maybe a few more, as I’m not sure about some of the classics. I may or may not have read them in a distant past. 🙂

    It’s just a list. I’m not really worried that I don’t read enough! Or enough decent stuff. I know I do.

    I wonder which 6 books most people will have read.

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  2. I’ve read 40 but there are another 6 that I’ve started and didn’t finish. I wonder why The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe appears separately from the Chronicles of Narnia and Hamlet separately from the Complete Works of Shakespeare?

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  3. I’ve read 37 of these books but I dont know why this is becoming, and I dont mean by you just in general, the definitive list of books people should have read as I would say about 5 of the books I have read I struggled with and a few on the list I started and loathed.

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  4. I count 37 1/2 as I’ve not read the complete Complete Works of Shakespeare and only three of the Harry Potter books.
    Many of the balance are on my to-read pile, though!

    Boof, I cannot believe you have not read The Kite Runner! This must be remedied immediately 🙂

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  5. I’ve read 25; I see you didn’t finish Of Mice and Men, that’s one of my favs!, and being Spanish I didn’t read it in school like most people! :oD and I agree with Suzanne about The Kite Runner, it’s a beautiful book worth reading.

    I’ve only read 2 Harry Potter’s but I think it’s a bit silly to include 7 (I’ve lost count of how many there are) books as 1

    I’ve started but didn’t finish a couple of them and I have quite a few in my TBR list! ;o)

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  6. I’m pretty surprised that I’ve read 53, as I do NOT consider myself particularly well-read, and normally get horrible results in these things 😛 I guess it helps that this list has a lot of contemporary books. Some of the ones I HAVEN’T read are really obvious picks, such as Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, and all the Dickens except A Christmas Carol. I should fix that 😛

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  7. Ooh, I was just writing a post on this too:) Will put it up in a few days, although I’m doubtful this is a definitive guide. But then each time a list such as this comes out we always grumble as it changes. But I love book lists!

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  8. I have read 67 and have 10 on the good old TBR. There were a couple on there that I started and didn’t finish, but actually plan to go back and give another go some day. I couldn’t count Shakespeare, as I have read MOST of his work, but not all. I can MAYBE see lumping Harry Potter together, but Shakespeare?! I also find it interesting that HP is lumped together, but Narnia isn’t.

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  10. I went through this list a long time ago but I did it again recently and I got 43 with 5 on my to-read pile. Slowly getting there, lol!

    On a random note, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve given you a blogger award! You may pick it up over here. Congratulations! =)

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  11. I hsurprised myself, I have read about 25 on the list. First time visitor to your blog and I am looking forward to your recommendations.

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  13. I’ve read 36 from that list, so quite a bit of reading to go! I wondered, though, how did something like The Da Vinci Code get into the list? Not that I want to be a book snob :), but all of the others seem like they’re either “classics” or acclaimed critical works. Some of my favorites are on the list–like Jude the Obscure–and some of them, I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to finish (Heart of Darkness). I love lists like these–something fun to think about, and a good conversation starter.

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