Words to live by

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BBC Book List Challenge

Yesterday I stumbled upon the BBC Book List Challenge. Have you ever heard of it? As far as I understand BBC brings out a list each year with 100 classics that you must have read. According to BBC most people have only read 6 out of the 100 books.

I love a challenge and I love books so I’ve printed out the list and I am going to complete this challenge as fast I can. I find it shocking that I have read so few, apparently important, books. I need to update my common knowledge.

The local library has an online reservation system so I immediately logged in and looked around. I will soon receive To Kill a Mockingbord by Harper Lee, Charlotte’s Web by EB White and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

Don’t you agree that these books would be perfect for my Re- Read- A- Thon?

Below you can find the list. The books that I’ve crossed through are the ones that I’ve already read. The names of the books that are written in Italic (cursive) are books that I have started in ages ago but never finished.

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 Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife
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
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
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 – 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 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 – 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 – 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 Alborn
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad started but never finished
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adam
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

The only book that I am not looking forward to at all is the bible. I’ve been raised catholic but never felt a connection with any religion at all and call myself an atheïst these days. I’ve heard many people saying that it’s a beautiful story even if you’re not religious so I guess I’ll just give it a try.

Personally I think the following books should have been on the list; The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

What books should have been on the BBC Book List list according to you?

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Reading Goals – 2012

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Projects, challenges and goals. You know I love ‘em all.

The Goodreads Reading Challenge
Last year, in the beginning of 2011, I stumbled upon Goodreads. Goodreads is an online community and a holy grail to everyone that loves to read.

It’s best described as an online bookclub where you can share your reviews and keep track of all the books you have read, are currently reading and want to read in the future.

But we were talking about projects, challenges and goals. And that is where The Goodreads Reading Challenge comes in. When you sign up for Goodreads you can enter the number of books you would like to read this year and a little widget will keep track of how you’re doing.

This means that you will know exactly how many books you are behind or ahead. And for the first time ever I am on the right track! Ladies and gentlemen, hereby I present, my progressbar:

So, as you can see I want to read 50 books this year. It shouldn’t be a problem. There are 52 weeks in a year and I think it’s very doable to read one book a week.

The first read book of 2012 is Julie & Julia by Julie Powell. It took me three months to read the damn book!
I loved the project on itself, and I always like to read about bloggers but Julie is just so… gross! Every time I read the book I felt like disinfecting my hands. Who in the world has maggots in her kitchen? That’s just wrong!

Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? If not, have you set yourself a reading goal? 

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