Only Six?

How many of these have you read?

rp_Jornal-300x18011.jpgThere are many  surveys about how many books you should have read. Everyone’s list will be different. The BBC (probably based on an average thing,) have claimed that you would have only read six of these hundred books listed. I spotted about fourteen that I’ve read (that’s if you count The Harry Potter series as a whole.) There are a few I’d like to read ( I turn my head in shame at some of the titles that are on this part of the list,) and then some others that I have no interest in at all and will probably never read – War and Peace for example. That’s not my cup of tea. How about you? Which ones have you read? Are there any you feel should be on this list but aren’t?


Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Persuasion – Jane Austen

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie 

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling (all)

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Dracula – Bram Stoker 6 – The Bible

Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

Animal Farm – George Orwell

Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson

Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

Ulysses – James Joyce

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

Germinal – Emile Zola

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

Possession – AS Byatt

Complete Works of Shakespeare

The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

Atonement – Ian McEwan

The Colour Purple – Alice Walker

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

Dune – Frank Herbert

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

Middlemarch – George Eliot

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

Charlotte’s Web – EB White

Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Bleak House – Charles Dickens

A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint Exupery

Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks 27 – Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Watership Down – Richard Adams

Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Emma – Jane Austen

(Source: List Challenges.)

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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