Wednesday, July 30, 2008

And the nerd shines through

Jenny at She Likes Purple put up a list of books printed by the Big Read, an organization promoting reading. They claim that the average American has read only 6 of the following 100 books. (Okay, I can't find that anywhere on the actual site - it could be because I am technologically incapable or it could be that it's not there. Regardless, this is an interesting exercise because I never stop reading.)

1) Bold the books you have already read
2) Italicize the books you intend to read
3) Personally added: Make fun of other books in parentheses.

1) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (read in high school - does it count?)
2) The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
3) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (another high school read)
4) Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (does it add to my total that I've read them all many, many, many times?)
5) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6) The Bible
7) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
8) Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell (again, bonus points for multiple reads, please???)
9) His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (a friend recommended this like a million years ago)
10) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Hated.)
11) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (the hours I've spent with this wonder I don't have a dissertation written...)
12) Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
13) Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
14) Complete Works of Shakespeare (ummmm...this is given the same credit as Harry Potter, because, really?)
15) Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (I read half of it and gave up, so it's only half bolded)
16) The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
17) Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
18) Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (this is my best friend's favorite book - I kind of wanted to slap Holden Caulfield for being such a brat, but apparently I am one of the few)
19) The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
20) Middlemarch by George Eliot
21) Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
22) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
23) Bleak House by Charles Dickens
24) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
25) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (brilliant, just brilliant)
26) Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (huh? shouldn't I have at least heard of this?)
27) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (we had a reading from C & P at our wedding! no joke, either)
28) Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
29) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
30) The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
31) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (my friend the English major had to read this and she referred to as Anna fucking Karenina the whole time she had it and that made me not want to read it - ever)
32) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
33) Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
34) Emma by Jane Austen
35) Persuasion by Jane Austen
36) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
37) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
38) Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
39) Memories of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (Own.)
40) Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
41) Animal Farm by George Orwell
42) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
43) One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I read the first ten pages or so when I was in my friend the English major's room in college and it was SO boring - I know people love this, but, ummm...)
44) A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving
45) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
46) Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery (between this, Little Women, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you know how I spent my junior high years)
47) Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
48) The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
49) Lord of the Flies by William Golding (total boy book - hated every minute of it)
50) Atonement by Ian McEwan
51) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
52) Dune by Frank Herbert
53) Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
54) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
55) A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
56) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57) A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
58) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
59) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
60) Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
62) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
63) The Secret History by Donna Tartt
64) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
65) Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
66) On The Road by Jack Kerouac
67) Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
68) Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
69) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
70) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
71) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
72) Dracula by Bram Stoker
73) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (again with the junior high love)
74) Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
75) Ulysses by James Joyce
77) Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
78) Germinal by Emile Zola
79) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
80) Possession by AS Byatt
81) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
82) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
83) The Color Purple by Alice Walker (I was assigned this in college and did a half-hearted skim right before the test - it hardly counts)
84) The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
85) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
86) A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
87) Charlotte's Web by EB White
88) The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
89) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90) The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton
91) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
92) The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93) The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
94) Watership Down by Richard Adams
95) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
96) A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
97) The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98) Hamlet by William Shakespeare
99) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
100) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

I've read about a quarter of these. Not too shabby, I guess. How do you do?


  1. Interesting that both "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe" and the " Chronicles of Narnia" are on the list. I thought the former was one of the latter.

  2. I know, right? And isn't Hamlet part of Shakespeare's Completed Works?

  3. I LOVE that Bridget Joan's Diary is on here because... why? You haven't read a lot of cool books on there. I'd suggest some to you, but you don't listen to me anyway. Oh well. Vampire book tomorrow :)


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