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The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Instructions: Copy this and bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

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 Faulk
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

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 - A.A. 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 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 Inferno - Dante
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 - E.B. 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 Shut
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
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Book Meme

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Well, if you don’t count the graphic novels (Fables and Elfquest), it would have to be Charles De Lint. Tanith Lee is a close second, followed by the Preston/Child books.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I have to keep it in stock because I keep lending it to people.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Didn’t even notice.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
It’s no secret that the Watchmen movie set off Rorschach fangirliness. I don’t know if that counts since it was the movie version that did that. I almost said Agent Pendergast, but I think he would get on my nerves if I actually had to be around him. This is going to take some thought….

5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
Easy. Lord of the Rings. I’ve read at least one book of it every year since the 5th grade. I have also worn out paperbacks of Watership Down and Neverwhere.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old.
Watership Down by Richard Adams

7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
Hunh. I can’t say Twilight or Eragon, because I didn’t finish either. (Bleah) I’ll have to go with Moongazer by Marianne Mancusi. Not so terrible I gave up on it, but not that great either.

8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Well, gotta say Watchmen. With the movie coming out, I broke down and got my own copy. I’ve read it several times. The best book I’ve read for the first time this year is Monster Blood Tattoo: Book One by D.M. Cornish.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Good Omens. I wouldn’t have so many copies if I wasn’t always lending them or giving them as gifts. The Zombie Survival Guide is a good one, also.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Undecided.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I’d like a redo on Relic (Preston/Child) that was based a little more closely on the book. Fables would be awesome, but I‘ve heard rumor that it might be a tv series soon. Birth of the Firebringer! It would have to be animated, but if they did it right, it would be so cool.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Tales of the Flat Earth by Tanith Lee. Ok, it would gorgeous if they matched the visuals to the descriptions, but it would be long and sprawling and complicated and disturbingly beautiful, like some sort of conjoined twin lovechild born of a threesome between The Cell and The Matrix and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I would probably still watch it.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
My most recent was a Watchmen/Serenity/Coraline crossover . Details here. .

14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
Wildwood by John Farris. I’ve read it twice, with almost ten years in between them. It was a beach book the first time, and I wondered for a long time if that book had really been about what I thought it had. So I when I found it again in a used book store years later, I read it again. It was about what I thought it was.

15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis. I was bored out of my mind. I’ve never had to force myself to keep reading before.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
Augh. I don’t remember the name… It was a school play that was Midsummer’s Night Dream meets Taming of the Shrew. In SPACE!

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
You probably don’t mean salad dressing.

18) Roth or Updike?
I don’t think I’ve read anything by Roth.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Don’t know their work either.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Undecided.

21) Austen or Eliot?
Eliot

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Fanfiction. Finding the good stuff takes some effort, and I end up reading the bad every now and then too. I’m starting to understand why people watch soap operas.

23) What is your favorite novel?
Wow. This could take awhile. I have a pile of paperbacks that are my ‘staples’. I love them all and so if there’s going to be a long drive or a day at the beach, I can grab any of them and enjoy it. It includes Neverwhere, Soul Music, Relic, Big Trouble, Watership Down, Prince Ombra, Birth of the Firebringer, The Gunslinger, The Two Towers, and Book 3 of Fables.

24) Play?
Les Miserables

25) Poem?
Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe. Also like Yeats and Silverstein. And Tolkien.

26) Essay?
Alas, Alack, Alarms by James Lilek, mainly because I can’t remember the names of the Dave Barry ones I saved, and I can’t find them either.

27) Short story?
The Boy Who Kicked Pigs by Tom Baker. Yes, that Tom Baker.

28) Work of nonfiction?
Dave Barry Does Japan by Dave Barry. I laughed so hard the stewardess was worried. She brought me an extra snack to shut me up.

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Has to be Charles De Lint.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Stephenie Meyer. Thank goodness I had the option of walking away that I didn’t have with Arrowsmith.

31) What is your desert island book?
Dreams Underfoot was the first one to come to mind, but that list is long.

32) And... what are you reading right now?
Still reading Watchmen over and over. Also Based on a True Story, about movies that Hollywood claims are true stories.

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