I finally decided to play along with this Facebook meme–but here on my blog, so it won’t get lost in the mists of Facebook time (instead it will get lost in the mists of my blog archives). I filled out the form a couple of weeks ago, and probably the reason I hadn’t posted it yet is because it’s embarrassing that I’m not actually very well-read. It even makes me want to write a little essay about why I’m not actually very well-read. Maybe I’ll write that essay in my next post. Anyway, here’s the meme:
Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. [I have never seen anyone post this meme who hadn’t read at least 25 of the books, and most have read many more than that. I guess all those 6-book-readers just aren’t that rabid to do this meme.]
Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES.
Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety. Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt. [I also added notes after any titles I felt like adding notes to.]
Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses! Feel free to add comments too.
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 –Pretty sure I’ve read the entire NT. Have tried several times to read the O.T., and right now have made it to Exodus by pretending to myself that I’m reading blog posts.
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell –Probably never read this b/c with part-time homeschool I only did one year of high school English, and missed a lot of required reading.
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman — Not interested. Heard it’s icky, from someone whose tastes I usually agree with.
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller —Another I missed by not taking high school English classes. I did use the expression “Catch-22” today.
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare –Who reads the complete works of Shakespeare? Those are some pretty impressive readers. I do want to dig my Riverside out of the basement. It’s not in the basement because of my not liking Shakespeare, it’s because Dean’s been acquiring so many YA series for himself and the kids that to make room we had to put all our grown-up books in the basement until we can to get more bookshelves. Which I hope will be soon; my favorite books have been banished for I think more than two years now. I should definitely get partial credit for Shakespeare, though, because today on Twitter somebody quoted a Lord of the Rings poem that starts “All that is gold does not glitter,” and I said, “All this time I thought that was from Shakespeare,” and she said, “It is, it’s from the Merchant of Venice.”
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier–Seen the movie. Actually, now that I think about it, pretty sure I also read the book.
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger–but I’m not a huge fan. I like his short stories and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters better.
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger–Returned it to Costco after skimming and deciding it wasn’t my cuppa.
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell –I had left this one as unread, but suddenly remembered that I probably did read this. Otherwise I wouldn’t have memories of seeing the characters’ names in small print, right? I wish I’d kept better records of my reading back when I read prolifically.
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 –I have definitely been meaning to correct this gap in my cultural education.
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens Possibly I read the whole thing.
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis –Several times over. These books are knit into my being. Srsly.
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen –But I LOVE the movie version with Ciaran Hinds
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis –Huh? This is separate from #33? (Oh, I get it, it’s so people can get partial credit.)
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini Seen the movie, and my brother says it’s pretty faithful to the book.
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 — Meh. No desire to read. This is again based on someone else’s trusted opinion.
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving —Another one I think I read as a teen but can’t remember.
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 —The very dull movie convinced me the books aren’t for me. I do remember the sand worm from the movie, and people wearing colored contacts.
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons —The made-for-TV movie is excellent.
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-time – Mark Haddon —Been meaning to read this.
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–I think I’ve only seen various film versions. (Are there various film versions?)
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac –Meh. No interest.
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding —Just the movie.
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville –My reason for not having read this is frail. I had a descriptive-grammar professor who had switched from the study of literature to the more-scientific study of language after he watched a grad student give a thesis defense in which she’d charted the sightings of the Great Whale in the book, and claimed they made the sign of Aquarius, which she took to be a reference to the Age of Aquarius. This is a great story, but a silly reason not to read a great book.
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker –I’m assuming the whole Twilight series doesn’t count? I want those
years days of my life back.
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce –I’m pretty sure I had to read at least parts of this in college. Or even all of it, maybe. That was another long
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace 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 – Kazu Ishiguro —Movie.
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert–I think I might have read this in French. Gonna look it up and see if it’s familiar. Okay, I looked it up and I’m still not sure. I guess it’s hard to retain things read in another language.
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle –recorded versions make great listening for road trips
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas —Might have read the whole thing. Not sure.
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
So, my grand total is 40/100.