Saturday, 18 November 2017

Proving BBC Wrong!

So, way back in May MovieCritic tagged me with this quite unusual tag.
Apparently BBC have made a list of classics of which they don't believe people have read more than 6!

Preposterous, I know!

So because I love proving big know-it-all institutions wrong, and because I feel a little guilty of not yet answering this tag, here it is:

The Rules:
1. Be honest.
2. Put an asterisk next to the ones you have read all the way through. Put an addition sign next to the ones you have started.
3. Tag as many people as these books that you have read.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen*
2. Gormenghast Trilogy - Mervyn Peake
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte*

4. Temple of the Golden Pavilion - Yukio Mishima
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Story of the Eye - George Bataille
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte*
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell*
9. Adrift on the Nile - Naguib Mahfouz
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. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco
15. Baron in the Trees - Italo Calvino
16. The Master of Go - Yasunari Kawabata
17. Woman in the Dunes - Abe Kobo
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Feast of the Goat - Mario Vargas Llosa
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gogol's Wife - Tomasso Landolfi
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald*
23. Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann (But I have read Budenbrooks by Thomas Mann, which as far as I know is an even bigger classic of his)

24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. Ferdydurke - Gombrowicz
26. Narcissus and Goldmund - Herman Hesse
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. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
33. Tom Sawyer / Huck Finn - Mark Twain
34. Emma -Jane Austen* 
35. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe*
36. Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Naomi - Junichiro Tanizaki
39. Cosmicomics - Italo Calvino
40. The Joke - Milan Kundera
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. Labyrinths - Gorge Luis Borges
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. Under My Skin - Doris Lessing
46. Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery*

47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. Don Quixote - Miguel Cervantes

49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Absalom Absalom - William Faulkner
51. Beloved - Toni Morrison
52. The Flounder - Gunther Grass
53. Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol

54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen*
55. My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk
56. A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen (But I've read Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, so that should count as something)

57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens*
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Idiot - Fodor Dostoevesky
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman
64. Death on the Installment Plan - Celine
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas*

66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville*

71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens*
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Metamorphosis - Kafka
74. Epitaph of a Small Winner - Machado De Assis
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Inferno - Dante
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. The Light House - Virginia Woolf
80. Disgrace - John Maxwell Coetzee

81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Box Man - Abe Kobo
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. The Stranger - Camus (But I have read The Fall by Camus, still should count)
88. Acquainted with the Night - Heinrich Boll
89. Don't Call It Night - Amos Oz
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton (This is unfair! I've read tons of her books but not this particular one)
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pychon
94. Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas*
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare*

99. Faust - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe**
100. Metamorphosis - Ovid

17 read out of 100 (plus the 3 titles that technically wasn't on the list, but was a lesser known work by that same author)
1 started

Mission accomplished!
BBC proven wrong!!

I'm gonna break that third rule and not tag anyone, but if you read this post and thinks this sounds fun, by all means fill it out:)


  1. Way to go😊
    I read #1,18, 29(but a shortened version), 34,35,46,54,83,87 &92
    Started on 22 &59 but never finished. Embarassingly enough I'm not sure if I read #11, but I think so🙈
    Take that BBC!

    1. Thanks!
      You are quite a well read individual too;)

  2. Wow! You have read so many! And those really should count even though they are not on the list.

    Thanks for doing the tag! :D

  3. Haha. I like proving "big know-it-all institutions" wrong, too. ;) And I think the ones you mentioned that weren't on the list should totally count!

    1. Glad you share my sentiments on that subject! :)

  4. HI Rose!

    I thought I'd commented on this before but I guess not. Sorry. It's been such fun to see all the girls I know prove BBC wrong! Haha. It was especially fun to see you correcting some of their choices from authors you knew. :) In glancing quickly through the list, I think I've read eightish.

    Well, I actually just wanted to drop in, wish you a happy 2018 and let you know that you've been tagged. Sorry if you've already filled this out, but I found it to be pretty fun and wanted to share...
    Filling it out is optional!

    Happy 2018!!



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