Take That BBC. Or Rather, Facebook Meme.

Note: Drat.  I fell for a meme! As it turns out, the BBC does not think that readership is declining.  Or at least members of the company’s staff never suggested that most people have only read six of the one hundred listed below.  Alas, this is a pure and simple Facebook ploy.  (My thanks to a savvy Houghton professor who posted the incriminating link–on Facebook, of course.) However, I’m leaving this post up with some editing to clear the good name of the BBC.  This is a good lesson in humility…and fact checking.

Original Post: I am absolutely, unashamedly a bookworm and I freely admit to a lifelong love affair with the classics.  Indeed, when I exhausted the children’s section of my elementary school library, the first book I reached for, at the precocious age of eight, was Oliver Twist.  (Yes, I am showing off a bit.)   A friend’s note on Facebook concerning the readership of one hundred books intrigued me this morning.   I can’t resist the opportunity to post a few good books, so below are the 42 books I have read off of the list of one hundred.  For those of you keeping score, that’s seven times more than the report expected.  (Now I am out-and-out bragging.)  The rest are going on my book list.  Take that Facebook meme!  Literacy isn’t dead yet.  (And thanks to LJ for posting the original note!)

1 Pride and Prejudice

2 The Lord of the Rings

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 Berniere

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

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


4 thoughts on “Take That BBC. Or Rather, Facebook Meme.

    • Thanks for your comment! Agreed, discerning which sources to trust is harder and harder in the internet age, but as a grad student I should know better. And just to clarify–it was a friend that posted the meme this morning, but a savvy professor who alerted me to your enlightening link. Credit is certainly due to him.

      • No shame! : ) You did at least cite your source for it, and we all know that Facebook reality is different from reality reality anyway. At least, I think so…

  1. Well, that IS good news, that a professor knows how to use Internet search and he had the sense to stay away. It is good fun to pick out/remember/even brag about reading books, I admit, but I never liked the mean tone behind that particular meme. As I said in the comments, I thought the “Name all your most influential reads (or favorite reads, or books that stuck with you) in 15 minutes” meme was really interesting. It takes away the elitist tone and it involves trust. You must trust your friends to respect your list. I, for one, posted The Little Engine That Could, and if there is ever an opportunity to poke fun, that would be it… and now you know why I only tagged the one friend that sent me the meme in my note! 😉

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