The BBC believes most people have read only 6 of the 100 books listed 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 Brontë

8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11. Little Women – Louisa May 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 Travellers 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 – William 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 Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood

49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50. Atonement – Ian McEwan

51. Life of Pi – Yann Martell

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

74. Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson

76. 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 – Charles Mitchell

83. The Colour 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 & the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100.Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I think if you ever went to school, you probably read a slew of them.

Looks like we’ve got ourselves a classic Internet meme ~ an internet phenomenon (think: cat video) that spreads from one person to another seemingly for no logical reason at all.

When people see a meme, no matter how silly it is, they find it amusing and forward it to their friends. In a nanosecond, millions of people know about it. More about what constitutes a meme here. 

The instructions for the *alleged BBC Book Dare (*most likely presented in a newscast, then took off as an Internet meme) : Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt, and underline the ones for which you’ve seen the movies. Post/share.    

So, back to the list.

how do you stack up?

Think the list is a little Brit-centric?

Find any titles to add to that ever-growing pile?

or eReader file?

Toni 11/12/13

Day 12




  1. I’ve read quite a few of them. Yes, the list is a bit British-centric, but so was my education 🙂 By the way, you have “Hamlet” listed but also “The Complete Works of Shakespeare”. Is that not double-counting…sort of?


  2. Not sure how accurate is this reported number! This number should be an average value, or may be an estimation! Wish they’ve mentioned what was their statistical population!
    Being from a non-English speaking country, I’ve read at least 20 of them. I know the story plot of lots them from watching the movie/animation based on the book!


  3. Two and three quarters. I nearly finished Lord of the Rings but not quite. I read Of Mice And Men at school, and I read Pride & Prejudice a couple of months ago


  4. Lots of my favorites are on this list and some that I have no intention of reading.
    I love these lists…. I hope that somewhere down the line, you’ll find another to share with us.


  5. I can honestly say I have read more than 6. My number is closer to 20. That’s a little embarrassing as I thought it would be higher. I only counted the ones I was absolutely sure I had read. The majority were, “Did I read that or just see the movie?”. I seem to have a fuzzy area here.


  6. I have read pretty much all of them, with the exception of some of the newer, like Donna Tartt (although oddly I have read that!) I chalk it up to me locking myself in my room to be alone for most of my childhood and High School years, also, I went to a Catholic girls HS, so they had us reading most of the time, and all deep stuff. I never realized until I was well into my adulthood what a great literary education I got! My husband, although he has a degree in Philosophy hasn’t read the majority of what I have. In a way that’s sad, but it’s a nice thing I can expose him to! Alright, I admit it, I am a serious book geek!


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