Fun Fridays: The BBC Says… And Some Updates!

I got this from a mate who posted it on Facebook and I’m pretty sure there are some variations of it out there because I’ve seen it around a few times, but not recently. I have made a few changes though because you’re meant to mark which ones you have read and how many times you have read it (if you’re an avid reader with a lot of favourites how can you remember that?). I think that’s a bit ludicrous because I won’t ever remember how many times I’ve read The Exorcist or The Queen of The Damned (quite a lot!).

I’ve put the ones I’ve read in orange italics, attempted in green, to be read in pink, owned and not read in red, considering in purple, Sarah’s Books in blue and not interested as is.

And as for the 6… Why 6? Is that meant to reflect how little people read or how cultured their reading tastes aren’t? I got 19. How many have you read?


The BBC says most people have read around 6 books on this list – lets see how we go!
Instructions: Cut & Paste all of this, including the instructions, into your Note’s section (or blog). Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read once. Enter a number for the number of times you read something.

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (I also own a copy of this one)
  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 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 (I own a copy of this one too)
  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 Meany – 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 Zifon
  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 Burnet
  74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses – James Joyce
  76. The Inferno – Dante
  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 Factoy – Roald Dahl
  100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

In other news…

I’ve created a couple of new polls and they have been posted on the Polls page. Due to me being very sporadic with my posting and being active online those polls aren’t going to expire. They’ll stay there for a week minimum and then I will change them or just add new ones when I get a chance.

I also have added a new page called Sarah’s Books (as mentioned above). It’s an add on to my reading journal with books recommended to me by the lovely Sarah. I’ll be adding a few other add on pages as well (such as my owned, wanting to read, and favourites), but those will come slowly.

One more thing – I have created an account on Goodreads for my books to coincide with my blog. I’m still adding books, but if anyone would like to add me or follow please do so. If I don’t know you personally just let me know how you found me.

3 thoughts on “Fun Fridays: The BBC Says… And Some Updates!

  1. It is definately a weighted demographic. You couldn’t say otherwise!! I mean, there are so many books I think should be on that list, and others I think shouldn’t. It is all about perspective. A lot of tese are definately the type of literature that the psuedo-interllectuals like to brag that they have read. I wouldnt be surprised if a lot of those types decided to use this as they TBR list LOL and yes, I do have a lot of distain for people who read books just for the sake of bragging in polite company that they have read them *snickers* I am all about reading for myself, not for other people.

    I have read so many of these either because I was a bored teen (or child) with little access to the books I wanted to read (we didnt have much fantasy or science fiction in our small shire library) or because I studied them for university. Others are classics and others I just liked reading. And again, others, like the Du Maurier that I hated reading, but there was nothing else to do, so I read it anyway ;-p


    • You freakish reader you :p I don’t think that’s a freak thing though. I like to know how they measure the list. What is there demographic and how wide is it for instance? That’s got to play a big part in it too. I’m sure there’s got to be a group of people out there who have read a lot of those books like you have.


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