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Discussion in 'History & Literature' started by BARNETFAN1, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. BARNETFAN1

    BARNETFAN1 Barnet on tour

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    The BBC believes most people have only read 6 of the 100 books on this list. How many have you read? (x) the ones you have read......

    1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (x)
    2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
    3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (x)
    4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (x)
    5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (x)
    6 The Bible (A fair amount of it x)
    7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
    8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (x)
    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 (x)
    14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I've read part of it - I own it if that counts x)
    15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
    16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
    17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
    18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (X)
    19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (x)
    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 (x)
    25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
    27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (x)
    28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (x)
    29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (x)
    30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
    31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (x)
    32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (x)
    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 (x)
    38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres (x)
    39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
    40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
    41 Animal Farm - George Orwell (x)
    42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (x)
    43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (x)
    44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving (x)
    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 (x)
    50 Atonement - Ian McEwan (x)
    51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel (x)
    52 Dune - Frank Herbert (x)
    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 (x)
    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 (x)
    61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (X)
    62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (x)
    63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
    64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
    65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (x)
    66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac (x)
    67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
    68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
    69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie (x)
    70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville (x)
    71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (x)
    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 (x)
    79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
    80 Possession - AS Byatt
    81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (X)
    82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell (x)
    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
    87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White (X)
    88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
    89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (x)
    90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
    91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (x)
    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 (x)
    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 (x)

    50/100
     
  2. Crespo

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    0/100.

    :party

    EDIT: After fully reading through I have honestly read none of them.
     
  3. Nr1

    Nr1 Since 1986

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    Here's my list
    1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (x)
    2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (x)
    3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (x)
    4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (x)
    5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (x)
    6 The Bible (x)
    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
    12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (x)
    13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (x)
    14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (x)
    15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
    16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (x)
    17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
    18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (X)
    19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (reading it right now)
    20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
    21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (x)
    22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (x)
    23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
    24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (x)
    25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
    27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (x)
    28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (x)
    29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (x)
    30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
    31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (x)
    32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (x)
    33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (x)
    34 Emma - Jane Austen (x)
    35 Persuasion - Jane Austen (x)
    36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (x)
    37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini (x)
    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 (x)
    42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (x)
    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 (x)
    48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
    49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (x)
    50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
    51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel (x)
    52 Dune - Frank Herbert
    53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
    54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen(x)
    55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
    56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (x)
    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 (X)
    62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (x)
    63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
    64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (x)
    65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (x)
    66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac (x)
    67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
    68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
    69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie (x)
    70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville (x)
    71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (x)
    72 Dracula - Bram Stoker (x)
    73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
    74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
    75 Ulysses - James Joyce (x)
    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 (X)
    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 (X)
    88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom (x)
    89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (x)
    90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
    91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (x)
    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 (x)
    99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
    100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (x)
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    52 out of 100 :eek

    Most of which I read in college, for all my Russian and English Literature classes.
     
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    14 I think, though I was rushing through. I'm less than impressed with my tally, although it has to be said, there are quite a few that surely cannot be considered 'essential reading'.

    It isn't a bad list on the whole, but the Da Vinci Code particularly makes a bit of a mockery of it. Essential reading if you want to see just how poorly written a book can be - and still sell huge numbers based on hype.
     
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    About 9 or 10 i think.
     
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    I know for sure I've read 8, but most were for school. (The Da Vinci Code has no business being on a 'Must Read' list.)
     
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    Only 3.

    And only because I was forced to!

    I prefer non-fiction tbh.
     
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    Suffolk Punch Be careful what you wish for

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    3 for me.

    Harry Potter, Of Mice and Men and The Secret Garden

    My mum used to read the Faraway Tree to me if that counts :laugh:
     
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    Ha make that 4! Best books ever.

    Still have them in the loft :love:
     
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    Why are Hamlet and the Complete Works of Shakespeare both on there??? :hmmm
     
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    Same reason C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia" and "Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe" are on there? :hmmm
     
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    Oooh, yep, I didn't notice that one. Bit weird.
     
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    2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
    12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
    25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
    30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
    36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
    40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
    41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
    42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
    71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
    72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
    98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
    99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

    13, most of those were in my school years though. Only LotR, Da Vinci Code and Hitchhikers from that list have been read in the last 3-4 years. Plenty on there that I want to read though, and plenty more I feel I should have read but haven't.
     
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    I'm currently about 150 pages into The Time Traveler's Wife, and I must say, it's a fantastic book. It's incredible how well it's written and how things seem to logically take place.

    I was getting on to recommend it to you BARNETFAN if you hadn't already read it, but I see you put an 'x' by it, so there goes that plan.
     
  17. King_Kenny

    King_Kenny JUSTICE FOR THE 97!

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    Just two for me...Animal Farm and Da Vinci Code :eeek

    I've read some of the bible when I was a lot younger.
     
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    I have read 59 of the, most of them whilst i was a kid and at School. I did Englis at College, so had to read a few more on that list, and some of the, i chose to read in my own time (Harry Potter:therethere)
     
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    If you ever feel the desire to read a book that's good. I'm telling everybody to read The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It's on the list at 19 and it's just a interesting and decently quick read.
     
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    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 Faulk
    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

    21/100 and most of those quite some time ago.
     

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