Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

BBC Book Meme

A friend on FaceBook tagged me with this, and I thought I would share it. (By the way, I have been spending more time on FaceBook lately. I still hate the interface, but many of my friends have been moving there from MySpace.)

The basic meme reads as follows:

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read. Tag other book nerds.

The six out of 100 claim sounds improbable to me, and the list doesn't seem to be constructed by someone who is truly proficient in English. Why are there separate entries for "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"? Likewise, "The Complete Works of Shakespeare" and "Hamlet"? So I was skeptical. It turns out the 6% claim, and 37% of the list itself, are fraudulent.

Here is the whole story: http://www.purplecar.net/2009/03/02/how-do-memes-start-a-case-study-100-books-in-facebook/

And here is the original list: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml

Anyway, here is the list as I received it, with my accomplishments checked off. There are fifteen or twenty more books on this list that I feel bad about having not read, and may still get to one of these decades. There are several others that I would not read unless bribed REALLY heavily. As it is, I have read 32 of them.

Uncle Hyena

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