A Challenge? I Accept

Oh look!

BBC made a list of 100 Classic books that they say most people have never read more then six of.

Well, BBC...
Challenge Accepted!

1. Be Honest
2. Put an asterisk (*) next to the ones you've read and a addition sign (+) next to the ones you've started.
3. Tag as many people as the books you've read (*Weak laugh*)


  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen *
  2. Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  4. Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima
  5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. The Story of the Eye- George Batallie
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
  9. Adrift on the Nile
  10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens *
  11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott*
  12. Tess of the D'Uvervilles by Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller 
  14. Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco
  15. Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino 
  16. The Master of Go by Yasunare Kawabata
  17. Woman in the Dunes by Abe Kobo
  18. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  19. The Feast of the Goat by Marin Vargas Llosa
  20. Middlemarch by George Elliot 
  21. Gogol's Wife Tomasso Landolfi
  22. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
  24. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  25. Fredydurke by Gombrowicz 
  26. Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse
  27. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of wrath by Jogn Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll *
  30. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame *
  31. Anna Kerenina by Leo Tolstoy
  32. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair 
  33. Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain **
  34. Emma by Jane Austen  *
  35.  Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe * (bleh) 
  36. Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
  37. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  38. Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki
  39. Cosmicomic by Italo Calvino 
  40. The Joke by Milan Kundera 
  41. Animal Farm by George Orwell *
  42. Labyrinths by Gorge Luis Borges 
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  44. A Prayer for Own Meaney by John Irving
  45. Under My Skin by Dories Lessing
  46. Anne of Green Gables- L.M. Montgomery *
  47. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  48. Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
  49. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  50. Absalom Absalom by William Failkner
  51. Beloved by Toni Morrison 
  52. The Flounder by Gunther Grass
  53. The Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  54. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen *
  55. My name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
  56. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
  57. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens *
  58. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  59. The Idiot by Fodor Dostoevesky 
  60. Love In The Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  61. Of Men and Mice by John Steinbeck 
  62. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  63. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  64. Death on the Installment Plan by 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
  88. Acquainted with the Night - Heinrich Boll
  89.  Don't Call It Night - Amos Oz
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
  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

Books I've Read: 18

I tag:

1.  Lia @ Singer Writer
2. Grey @ Writing is Life
3. Catherine @ Rebelling Muse,  
5. Florid Sword @ The Writer's Song 
6. Cait @ Paper Fury 

Ok, so I didn't get to 18 people. 
(Now if you multiply these people by 3, then...) 

-Mary Kate-


  1. Ooooh, I'll have to do this one! *writes it down on a long list*

    1. It was really fun. At first I tried to retype every single title into my post, but gave up half way through and copied and pasted them in.

      I can't wait to see your list!

  2. I've read none of these. Moby Dick was exerpts for school. (Which I did my best to avoid as it was just terrible.) And Hamlet. I did read Hamlet. I read it for school. (Thanks to Spark Notes.)
    My goodness, the amount you've read is impressive since these are not the type of books readers typically go for now.

    1. A few years ago (during a long cold winter) I asked my Dad for book suggestions and he said to start with the classics. So I did. And Moby Dick was just....bleh, but some of the others were a bit more interesting.

    2. Moby Dick was awful to me. And I didn't even have to read all of it! Hamlet was okay on Spark Notes. I highly recommend that website for Shakespeare woes.

    3. I don't really have....

      Shakespeare woes.

      I like to know the basic story before I start so I understand what is going on, but I love the different wording and the script format.

  3. Wow that's a lot of classics!! I LOVE classics so much, but it's been a while since I've read any :(

    Thanks for the tag! I'm not sure when I'll get to doing it, but I'll try :)

    Hope you have a lovely July! <3

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

  4. I betcha I've read more than you have! We'll have to see when I get this tag up in a few days!


    1. Maybe. Maybe.

      We should do a before summer and an after summer where we try and read some of the more interesting looking titles...

  5. Yay! Tags!!!!!

    Hopefully i'll have this up soon!


  6. Cool answers! I have read a few that you have read too!
    I am so surprised that you got through Robinson Crusoe, my dad doesn't like that book either.


    1. I had to read it for school, so I forced myself to finish.

  7. I've read:
    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    Emma by Jane Austen  
    Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
    Anne of Green Gables- L.M. Montgomery
    Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
    A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
    The Inferno - Dante
    Dracula - Bram Stoker
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

    I'm currently reading:
    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

    In the lineup of books to start when I finish the ones I'm on:
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

  8. I have not read Anna Karenina. (In fact I'd never even heard of it until know.)
    What do you think of it?
    Impressive list.
    Did you like Pride and Prejudice better or Sense and Sensibility?

    1. Anna Karenina is good. A little slow, in the way of long Russian novels (they did make more money that way). It has less to do with Anna herself than one would think, which is good because I don't particularly like her. Certainly worth reading.

      I like Pride and Prejudice more; It is my favourite Austen book and I'm quite fond of dear Mr. Darcy (oh yes, and Lizzy). I find the characters easier to like than the Dashwood sisters (though those two ladies are certainly loveable).

    2. I like Pride and Prejudice better too. Sense and Sensibility was good, but not good enough that it would become a favorite of mine.

      And I'll look into Anna Karenina. Thanks

    3. That's pretty awesome... :) Quite a few of my favorites on that list.

    4. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! You know I will hunt you down and find out if you have a blog or not, right?

      Which ones are your favorites?

    5. Haha, yes I do have a blog. And have I not commented before? Hmmm, I thought I had. But maybe I'm thinking of someone else's blog. :) Mine is www.simpleimpossibilities.com.

      Ooh, my very favorites on the list are:
      Pride and Prejudice (of course!)
      Jane Eyre
      Little Women
      Anne of Green Gables
      Sense and Sensibility (although I like the movie better... *hides*)

    6. You don't have to hide. I didn't like the book all that much, so I'll probably like the movie better too. (I have no watched one yet though)
      Which movie is your favorite (IS there more then one?)

  9. I've only watched one. I asked my dad and he said it was the modern one with Hugh Grant. It's just SO GOOD. It was the first Jane Austen movie I ever saw. I watched it before I read the book! In fact, I think I saw it before I knew who Jane Austen was, haha. It is so much better than the book, in my humble opinion. I read the book later and it was rather dull. 😶

  10. For a second there I thought Hugh Jackman and I was sitting here thinking.
    "I want to watch a period drama with the wolverine in it."

    But no.

    Ok, that will be the one that I watch first then.