Thursday, September 18, 2008

Too Many Books, Too Little Time

I've seen this on quite a few pages while browsing blogger recently and found it to be interesting. The idea is to see how many of the "classics" you've read. And before you ask, I have absolutely no idea who compiled this list or who deemed them classics. Although I would say I agree with that status for most of them.

Here's the instructions:

Check out the list. Bold those you have read. (You can italicize those you intend to read if you wish. To see why I did not, jump to end of blog.)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series- J.K. Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. 1984 - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
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
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
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
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
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
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
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
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
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
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 - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
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
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
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Wow. That's pretty sad... only 21 out of 100. (Or should it be 27 if you count the HP series as 7 books??? Hmmm...) A few of these I haven't even ever heard of, which I find surprising. I worked at B. Dalten and B&N for 7 years, so even if I haven't read something, I've usually at least heard of it. Guess this just goes to show ya.. I'm not as well read as I think I am. I would like to say that I'm going to start plowing my way through the classics to remedy this situation...but I highly doubt I do. Why? Because there are just too many books, too little time.:)


A*B said...

I have never been much of a reader. However, here lately I've been yearning for a good book. So I have to ask...... Out of your list, which one of those that you have read, is the best??? Or hell, just tell me a book that would be good to start with. I think fall and winter would be the perfect time to cuddle up with a good book.

Rebeckah said...

I saw your comment on Heather's page. I like your new little picture. I noticed it very nice! I am afraid to count how many of these books I have read. I have seen this around too.

2 Kids 3 Martinis said...

Yikes! How scary I cannot remember, for sure, which ones I've read...a lot of alcohol was consumed at the time of English Lit!
This reminds me what an uneducated slacker I've become...thanks.
(kidding :P)
Gone With the Wind is my alltime favorite so far. What's yours?

Jessica said...

Amie-- what type of subjects normally interest you? Even if you don't read much... I'd hate to recommend something without knowing if you normally like romance, mystery, nonfiction, etc... I could go on and on with suggestions though:)

Rebeckah-- glad you like the new pic. It was just time to change it up a bit:)

Kathy-- I'm gonna say my faves on that list are Time Traveler's Wife (have you read this?? It's amazing!), Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, and of course, Harry Potter. Although I do love GWTW as well. Hmm.. it's been YEARS since I read that. May be time for a re-read!

Susan said...

I've read 31 on your list. There should be more Dickens and Hardy listed. I tried Time Traveler's Wife but just couldn't get into it. My all time faves are To Kill a Mockingbird and Les Miserables. We had to read Les Miz in senior english (1966!). Since then I've re-read it twice and saw the Broadway production 7 times.
It's really hard to limit a list like this to 100 and some on there are not classics. But I will definately use your list to add to my list of books that must be read.