Interesting: The BBC Booklist Tag

Happy new year everyone. It is a new year, so let us start start this new year on blogsville with something very interesting.  

This tag will make some people spread the wings in pride, like an eagle, while some would just cover their eyes in shame, lol. 

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people would have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. 


Instructions: Copy and do a blog post on it. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt. Asterisks mean I've read the book over and over again.  Tag 25 (book loving) bloggers, and inform them on their blog about the tag.

[P.S: The first time I did this tag (In 2010), I had read 11 of them. If not for Harry Potter, I'd have almost fallen below BBC's standards then. But thank God, as for now, I have read 18. I try naa. At least, I am three times better than the BBC projection. Also note, watching the movies does not count ].

If I did not tag you, please, feel free to do it also, or just let us know how many you have read in the comment session

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien (this counts are three books, as it is a trilogy)

2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (also counts as three books, as it is a trilogy)

4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling

6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller

12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks

14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres

20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

22. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, JK Rowling

23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling

24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling

25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

27. Middlemarch, George Eliot

28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving

29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck

30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson

32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez

33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett

34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute

38. Persuasion, Jane Austen

39. Dune, Frank Herbert

40. Emma, Jane Austen

41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery

42. Watership Down, Richard Adams

43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

46. Animal Farm, George Orwell*

47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian

50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher

51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck

53. The Stand, Stephen King

54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth

56. The BFG, Roald Dahl

57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome

58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell  

59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer

60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman

62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden

63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough

65. Mort, Terry Pratchett

66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton

67. The Magus, John Fowles

68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett

70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding

71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind

72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell

73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett

74. Matilda, Roald Dahl

75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding

76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt

77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins

78. Ulysses, James Joyce

79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens

80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson

81. The Twits, Roald Dahl

82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith

83. Holes, Louis Sachar

84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake

85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson

87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

89. Magician, Raymond E Feist

90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac

91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo

92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel

93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett

94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

95. Katherine, Anya Seton

96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer

97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez

98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson

99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot

100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Bloggers I Tag

1. Sugarspring
2. Aloted
3. Myne Whitman
4. Toinlicious
5. Salt
6. Unyime Ivy-King
7. Atoskin
8. Strong Self
9. Ms Tizzle
10. Angels Beauty
11. Morounfoluwa Lukina Akibo
12. Inyamu
13. Geebee
14. Luciano
15. Priscy
16. Ginger
17. Dayor
18. Abi Tobi
19. MsJB
20. Relentless Builder
21. Naijamum in London
22. Daughter of her King
23. Ibifiri
24. jhazmyn
25. a-9ja-great


  1. thanks for tagging me...

    it appears i have read just 6 on the
    I'll do the tag here:
    Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
    Animal Farm, George Orwell
    A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho- didnt finish
    Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer- read over and over

  2. The movie does not count?
    thats so not fair. *covers face and runs away*

    1. It doesn't count. Watching movies aint the same as reading books

  3. Haaaaar!!!!!I just knew it!!smh**i knew u mentioned it on purpose that d movies don't count bcos of me abi? Ku ise oo!!!looooool
    I wee surprise u dnt worry..,wen I come back to start my tag list. And to say I have almost all of d above on my ipod and haven't read dm ehn...
    Out of the 100, I will come back and list abt 50...hehe..#in my dreams#bt criosly..I'll be back..sooner than u think.wink*

    1. Madam, I tagged you because I believe you read o. Please, come back and tell us the truth.

    2. LOOOOOL goes
      plus the one i read small part and didnt finish reading and the ones i read when i was still a child

      Memoirs of a geisha
      Great expectatns
      black beauty
      magic faraway tree
      pride and prejudice..didnt read this far
      Lord of the rings(fellowship) didnt go far either
      Secret garden(i think i saw ds wen i was lil but i cant remember d story)
      the thorn birds( i read the story on someone's blog) dont know if this counts sha cos she gave the details in ike 3 episodes or more and i followed each one. she wrote it as a soap opera
      does winnie the pooh children's book count as reading the story?..#biggrin#
      i'm still abt to read d ones u mentioned btw cos i have them but just dont have the time
      tanx fr d tag anyway. God bless

    3. Even with all your cheating, you only clocked 8. Side eye at you.

  4. Hey @ilola, this one is a tough call.

    Well, i thought to drop the comment message we agreed on in church yesterday.
    The link is (Motivational Thoughts and Insights)

    i'll await feedback.

    akin ( HotR e-Team)

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  6. watching the movies isn't part of the deal?! like seriously... matter don tire wrapper be that o. I have read a few though, lets see...
    Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
    A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
    Animal Farm, George Orwell
    Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck *
    forgot to add Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
    The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

    I have watched more than read. lol. thanks so much for the tag darl.

    1. No watching movies is not the same as reading a book. So you are one of the BBC predictions, lol.

  7. Kai, I read what you wrote but let me just ask again, are you sure the movies don't count? They don't?? Okay o

    Fully covers face. Thanks for the tag. I'll do mine soon but how come Elechi Amadi's Concubine, Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Ola Rotimi's The gods are not to Blame, Sugar Girl, Eze Goes to School, Time Changes Yesterday, abi Shakespeare sef are not on this list? (Can you tell i'm looking for excuses?) Oya leme go do sha

    1. abi o Toinlicious I agree with you, books like Concubine and Things Fall Apart were not included. :(

    2. I agree with you, Toinlicious, hehehehehehe. So not fair! Tenable excuse o, lol.

    3. hahahahahahahhaahhah GO Twinny. Mehn Eze goes!! Memories.

    4. @ Toinlicious: Seriously? You want to name those as classics? Eze goes to school ko?

      @ All y'all: Keep looking for excuses o

  8. Hmmmm,my enemies are at work!!! These BBC people were sent by my enemies! How come they listed books I've not read and left the lots I've read?! You understand why I said my enemies are at work now,right?

    1. You have a choice. Either call thunder and fire on your enemies, or go and read!

  9. Thanks for the tag, I've read about 40 of the books, but I do not accept the BBC list and so won't be promoting it. Imagine, not even one African-written classic?

    1. 40? I really respect you. You are one reader.

      I don't believe there are so many African-written classics. They are very few. And also, its not only African books that were left out of this list.

  10. Mynes comment makes me ashamed of myself x_X. 40? What!!!!
    It's unfair that the movies don't count... it's a leisurely way of reading..
    I'll get round to doing it soon.

    1. As in.... Myne's something else. And please please, movies are not books.

  11. Watching movies doesnt count??? Can i cover my eyes in shame now?? x_X Jezzz!! i have only seen these books. Chai, so much for book lover X_X

    1. Oya cover your eyes in shame. So how many have you seen o

  12. Wow some very interesting books. I tried sha, I didn't think I'll even reach the said 6 :)
    Thanks for the tag dear

  13. do movies and romance novels count in? ..*teasing*

    Happy new year.

  14. I read these ones aeons ago-i've even forgotten some of the storylines by now, lol. I hope it still counts. Watched a few of the others as movies, though you're saying that it does not count: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
    Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
    Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
    Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
    David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
    Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
    Emma, Jane Austen
    A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
    The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
    Ulysses, James Joyce
    Lord Of The Flies, William Golding.
    I agree with the others, these list is so not complete. Too many other classics, left out and no African representation. Thanks for the tag, anyway.

    1. No, movies don't count, I already said that, lol. But you are more than the average, even though your list is short, lol.

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  16. I've seen about 25% of these books but I've not read them, kai! that's bad. At least if I've read them I'd be acing this. Anyways, I've read just Wuthering Heights, The Secret Garden, Pride and Prejudice, Treasure Island and The Christmas Carol, I've read a part of Winnie the Pooh and Animal Farm. I'm still pained that movies don't count. :(

    1. No matter how pained you are, the movies still don't count, lol. I also doubt that an unfinished book counts

  17. Babes....... this a challenge and the half... how am I suppose to do this oo.. Yepa.

    1. Thanks for the tag, but be like say shame go mek me pass oo...

    2. I think I might have read this "Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck" lol.. that am certain it was for GCSE ENGLISH...hahah

    3. Lool. See her running away o. Better go and read.

  18. Errr...Shamez le le yi o. I've read only 7 of the books o. Choi! I should do more

    I really think there should be african authours too like @toinlicious & @Myne pointed out. But then, I need to make sure the no of the ones I've read moves from 7 to ....

  19. Happy New Year girl! I know its been a while but just popped in to check on you.
    I have read 12 of these not interested in the magic ones ie Harry Potter. There are many other great classics not listed here...what of African writers like Myne said?
    Hhhm BBC shame on
    Hope you've been well.

    1. I miss you lady. 12 books is okay for this list. You are better than the average

  20. Heeeeeyyy, I know your plan! You have put this thing here to disgrace me! You want to put me to shame. Why tag me? Why?


  21. Almost Freaked Out tiil the harry Porters and co started rolling on lol BBC why evils.. this is something though,i`d say they listed most of the books i haven`t read.

    1. Loool. They listed most of the books you haven't read? Or you haven't read most of the books they listed?

      Your comment reminds me of some Nigerians who when they fail, they say 'they gave me F.'

  22. I have read 35 of those books( i am feeling nice just cos 7 is the pass mark *wide grin...I know someone who has read 90 of those books ooo).. I have read Wuthering heights like 7million times...Anna Karenina like 2million times..Tess of D'Uberville was on my secondary school literature list so we had to hammer the book by force..,so i read it multiple times too..,Counte of Monte Cristo...ohh that book..all i can say is the movie doesn't cut it at all...
    P.s Ignore the million million ...just tryn to say how I love dem books...*wink
    but why 50 shades trilogy no make the list

    Happy new year ...hugs

    1. 35? Wow lady, you rock. You are a real reader, unlike some of us.

      The day 50 shades makes it, that's the day literature dies.

  23. I have read 30 of these books. However I consider this list rather racist! I do not see - Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, The Concubine here. Neither does it include recent but fantastic classics like Small Island (which even the bbc made into a movie).... list not okay

    1. How can it be a classic if it is recent? Thousands of books have been made into movies that are not classic.

      30 books? You are sure a reader

  24. Ok, I try small, I've read 27...emm, that's a pass mark right?

    Happy New year dear, its going to be an amazing one

    1. 27 is a very good number. Far more than the average.

  25. Jhazmyn, Ronke, Myne and all my other seniors who have read almost all these books, I'm kneeling down for you o. Please tell me when it's okay to get up.

    I've aonly read 6 and like Mrs Ivy King, I can barely remember the storylines. The only exception is To Kill A Mockingbird. If movies counted, we'd be telling a different story. Some of us are visual learners (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

    1. You should remain on your knees o. Those people you mentioned are real masters

  26. I've read 21 o and that was about 15yrs ago. Shows how badly adult reading has been. I do have 10 bookmarked in my ereader to read sometime this year. Amen.

    p.s. Only if i am paid will i read Tolstoy's War and Peace. Lord of the rings? I shall watch. Thank you!

    1. 21? Mehnnn. You were once a reader. Please, don't relent o. Read lord of the rings jooo. It's more fun than watching it. Lol

  27. I have read 17 of them. Should look up a lot of them and also read as well.

    1. I thought you'd have read like 60, cos I know you read well.

  28. I just looked at the list again and I have read 21 not 17 and all along time ago. My dad used to have a library that's how I read them. Like Myne says not with them on this list as no African author. Terrible.

  29. I have read 21 too and that was years ago too, i don't read anymore ..what a shame, well if you said Francine rivers sha i have read all her books and will keep reading..

    1. 21 is really good. Please, keep reading. I have also read all Francine Rivers, lol.

  30. chai! i am too ashamed! lol i can't believe it. I have only started reading 2 or 3. i have read a harry potter book but i dont remember which!

    I have watched more than i have read.. *sigh* my reading collection keeps growing!

    1. Madam, if you don't remember the particular harry potter book you read, then you are not a book lover o.

  31. thank you for tagging me! I am not a big fan of reading long stories and :( i dunno it's sad :(

    1. Reading is really good, and very beneficial to the intellect.

  32. This post is sooo for me. I can't remember the last time I successfully finished reading a book!

    @ilola, thanks for gingering me. I can't even boast of 5.

    Happy new year, sorry my response is coming late, I had to take a quick flight from the moon.

  33. I have read seven of those books but read some of them as a child...don't think I can remember the stories. However, I'm wondering why none of shakepare's work was listed on the list and what criteria was used in making that list?

  34. OMG! Seems I've read just five...that's one short of the BBC prediction. I think I've found a new mission 4 2013-To read as much of these books as possible!

  35. *Strolls in whistling*...........I will ask NTA to do their own book list jare........I can't see " Alawiye by JF Odunfa" here.......*strolls out with swagger*

  36. Hmmm this is a post designed to open our yanshes o! Lol. I actually thought I was an avid reader but I just realised I have only read 9 of these books. If you include movies, that would take me to 22. I have a lot of unread books on the list in soft copy and hope to read them this year because I've been challenged . . . And yes ke, the list is soooo racist. There are a good number of African classics that were left out. Bad! Lol @ your point that literature dies the day 50 Shades of Grey trilogy makes the list. Lol

  37. Thank you for the tag, I will respond to it. Thank you.


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