The Book Meme


The BBC apparently believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here:


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
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

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29 Responses to The Book Meme

  1. capnstephel says:

    lol, I like your creative bolding for a couple of the books!

  2. MsRedPen says:

    Really? Only 6? It would actually be faster for me to bold the ones I haven’t read. LOL.

  3. AmyH says:

    Oooh! I wanna play! But I’ll have to do this from home. I’m well past six, but I love that this list gives me more to choose from. As if I have time to read more. Can I get partial credit for seeing the movie versions of some of these?
    I snickered at your creative use of bold. I will have to do the same on some of the above.

  4. M-----l says:

    Any idea where they got the list? It seems kind of random.

    • Lauri says:

      It seems extremely random. I thought they might choose …..oh….”the 100 biggest selling books” or “100 books with three words in the title”…I’m not seeing a theme here.
      I just grabbed this meme that has been circling the intranets.

  5. Doug says:

    I count 38, but that’s without movies 😉

  6. I always wondered why I was such an ignoramus.
    Only 3……. 30, 40 and 42 and they are hardly the most intellectually challenging. I’ve got some work to do.

    • Lauri says:

      There are quite a few on here that don’t have anything to do with intellect! 😉

      But, most of the so-called “classics” I can’t even remember what was in them!

  7. leendadll says:

    they might be right in my case. of the few on the list that I’ve read, i hated most of them.

  8. homebody says:

    Huh. This is one of the few lists like these I’ve seen from which I’ve actually read a substantial portion (about 44, with about 5 more on my pile of books purchased/not yet read). I’m tempted to do this meme just so’s I can feel literate for a change. 🙂

  9. crankypants says:

    It’s more than 100 books, since they count The COMPLETE works of Shakespeare (gimme a break, oh that reminds me I have some kit kat bars somewhere….!) and the H. Potter series, and the LOTR series, etc.
    I agree it’s pretty random, and it’s different from the one that was going around a few years ago. I wouldn’t even be surprised if the BBC didn’t actually put this list together, it was a random blogger who had read all of these books and wanted to look superior to everyone else.
    I think I counted 37 this morning when I read LM’s…

    • Lauri says:

      Oh man, I didn’t even notice that. And who came up with this so-called “list”? Most of my favorites aren’t on it! 🙂

      • geologywoman says:

        I think it was an ex of mine who has a degree in English. I am sure of it. He always acted like he was smarter than everyone cause he could quote Joyce. In fact, when I left him and he irritated me one day when I ran into him in a coffee shop, I informed him I had always thought he was smart but in fact he was just good at memorising. ; )

  10. crankypants says:

    now I count 39, I did see one I missed and I’m pretty sure that I did read Oliver Twist and this morning I thought I hadn’t. Plus I read parts of some books which I didn’t count. Can I count The Catcher in the Rye 5 times and 1984 twice, since that’s how many times I’ve read them? 😛

  11. kimkiminy says:

    Only 28! But 5 more are on my to-read list… As I was reading through the list, I was thinking, “how can they not include Les Miserables?” Okay, they put it at the very end.
    BTW, “The Woman in White,” by Wilkie Collins, was one of the most captivating and enjoyable books I’ve ever read.

  12. M-----l says:

    I think it’s funny that they included the Bible. Everything else on the list is fiction. What are they saying?

    • geologywoman says:


    • crankypants says:

      haha, good point! plus, do people really read the Bible like they read a regular book? Most people have at least read passages from it (most Westerners, anyway that would be doing this list) and plenty of people have read the whole thing but I thinkk most people read bits of it here and there. But what do I know, I’m a born-again heathen child.

  13. pyrit says:

    I’m shocked you haven’t read To Kill A Mockingbird! Shocked I say!
    How do you explain yourself, missy?

  14. Emmi says:

    Color Purple was quite good. FYI. I agree the list is quite dry. I think we should make our own lists. Mine would be totally obscure, I’d love to list ones that just came out like, a week ago. Really see what people are up to.

  15. I got 37 (or maybe 39) and thank dog I caught up on some “classics” just in the past year (when I was in HS or university, I would avoid classics like medicine) or I’d be 5 or 6 farther behind. If we counted movies, I’d be a bunch farther ahead, too.

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