July 1, 2009

Sigh. I give in. Here's the book-list-that-everyone-believes-must-be-read-in-order-for-life-to-hold-any-meaning:


Apparently, the BBC believes that most people will have read only 6 of the books listed below. Here are the rules:

1) Look at the list and put an ‘X’ after those you have read.
2) Tally your total at the bottom.
3) Tag a few people you think would enjoy sharing similar information about their book interests.

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 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 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 Jone’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 Mitchel
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


Grand Total: 53 out of a 100.



But the problem is, where are the books that I HAVE read on this list? Where are the works of Saadat Hasan Manto? or Ghalib? Where is Nadeem Aslam (Yes, I liked Maps for Lost Lovers that much). Where is Waiting for Godot? Where are the works of T. S. Elliot, Philip Larkin or Pablo Neruda? Where is Keats? Shelley? Byron? Where is the Stephanie Meyer? Where is PG Wodehouse? And I could go on...


BBC's booklist makers need to read a little more, and a little more varied, methinks.


Opinionated Jaahil said...

There are a lot of books on this list that I have yet to read, but keep on forgetting to borrow from the library, so it's awesome to have them all compiled into a list=D

Ps:I hate Jane Eyre. Despise it. Probably because I've had to sit and listen to endless lectures regarding some hidden eroticism in the damned book. I refuse to touch anything by the Bronte sisters. Ever.

Opinionated Jaahil said...

And I totally agree. Wodehouse and Manto are favourites of mine as well, they should have made the list!

Nashe^ said...

Well only 12 for me!

S said...

14 for me, though in several cases I cheated and accounted for illustrated / abridged versions and movie versions as valid proxies for the book itself. Sue me... :D

brok3n said...

Ok not as much as you...considering I only ever got into reading anything apart from my school text books 2yrs ago o.o... that list has definitely reminded me some of the ones I need to borrow from the library soon =p

OnLY OnE..! said...

this is probably a better list.
in terms of literature.

Desert Mystery said...

Off topic...Nice and improved new template.

Desert Mystery said...

In case 100 is too short, here is a list of 1001 Must Read Books"

veda said...
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veda said...

this list makes me feel very well read.
it's official. my life is meaningful. yay!

veda said...

you've read the complete works of shakespeare!

meaning has suddenly left my life

Minerva said...

53 is good!

Deepak Iyer said...

If it makes you feel any better, I didn't even have to read the list to give myself a zero.

Now I don't need to rant about the importance of zero, right ?

Xeb said...

O: I've read the books I've read, but not all of them were worth reading. Jane Eyre was one my least favorites too. Too, err, creepily repressed for my taste.

N: Hah! Beat you! :P

S: I would, except in Pakistan the courts would just laugh at me. When I'm in the US next Paranjape... :P

B: Good luck with the reading list! :)

O: Thanks for the list :)

D: *bows*

V: Haha, I'm sorry (about the works of Shakespeare)! :P We read some of him in school, and I was one of those who actually enjoyed it so I read the rest!

M: :)

D: Do you really think a rant will serve to justify your, err, not very admirable life choices? :P

Deepak Iyer said...

so your blogging isn't justified ??

Ok sorry, but you gave me such a sitter and I would kill myself if I missed that :)

sorry again :)

Xeb said...

D: Everything I do is justified. Atleast to myself. Which is, ofcourse, the only thing that matters! :P