Tuesday, March 10, 2009

How Well Read Are You?

Captain's Log, Stardate 03.10.2009

I got this from Ladette Kerr (thanks, Ladette!)

Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
2) Add a '+' to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total at the bottom.
5) Another one: put a # by those you've started but not finished.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen x+
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien x+
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte x
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling x+
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible x+
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte x
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens x
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 x
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger x
19 The Time Traveller’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 x
34 Emma - Jane Austen x+
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen x+
36 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
37 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
38 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden *
39 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
40 Animal Farm - George Orwell
41 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown x
42 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
43 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
44 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
45 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery x
46 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
47 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood #
48 Lord of the Flies - William Golding x
49 Atonement - Ian McEwan
50 Life of Pi - Yann Martel *
51 Dune - Frank Herbert #
52 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
53 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen x+
54 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
55 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
56 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens #
57 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley x
58 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
59 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
60 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
61 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
62 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
63 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold *
64 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas x
65 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
66 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
67 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding x
68 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
69 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
70 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
71 Dracula - Bram Stoker #
72 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett x
73 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
74 Ulysses - James Joyce
75 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
76 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
77 Germinal - Emile Zola
78 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
79 Possession - AS Byatt
80 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens x
81 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
83 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
84 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
85 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
86 Charlotte’s Web - EB White x
87 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
88 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle x
89 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
90 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
91 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
92 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
93 Watership Down - Richard Adams x+
94 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
95 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
96 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas #
97 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl x
98 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo #
99 A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett x+
100 Twilight series - Stephenie Meyer *

X (read) = 26
# (not finished) = 11
* (plan to read) = 5

Camy here: The original list had a few redundancies, and I’m a bit anal about that so I removed them. I added a few extra books, too. If you do this, feel free to add a few more!

I guess I’m not terribly well-read. There are some books that are “classics” that I simply have no desire to read.

My philosophy is that life is too short to waste on a book you don’t particularly want to read. If a storyline doesn’t sound interesting to me, I don’t feel a need to read the book, even if it’s a classic or bestseller.

So while my tastes might be a bit plebian, I really don’t care. I’d rather spend time with a nice romance than some weighty classic or a book I “ought” to read.

What about you?

4 comments :

  1. Camy,
    I read 47 of them,don't have any that I started but did not finish and plan to read 5 more. There were 5 more i was not sure if I read. When I have vacation, I try to read one "meaty" book and the rest fun stuff - for me that is chaos theory, cook books, japanese language acquisition and all kinds of fairy tales.
    There were a number of books on the list that I simply cannot read because of the content so they are my Do Not Read list.
    I think I will do this onmy facebook page and see how well read my frinds are.

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  2. Love what you said about not wasting time on a book you just don't want to read. I have a number I have tried to read (some on this list, some not) because I felt pressure that I "had" to read it - but just could not interest myself. Sometimes I feel like a slacker for reading so much chick-lit these days, but I am engaging my mind and reading and setting a good example for my kids just by reading and now I can say, "plus Camy said I don't have to read it" :)

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  3. Reihaisha, WOW you are very well read!

    Tricia--Suuuuuuuuure blame the author! ;)

    Camy

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  4. I've only read 10 of these books.
    Now if they were asking which movies you've watched according to this list well that then I've probably watched quite a lot more. I tend to read Love Inspired and Smart chic lit. I agree with you Camy if the back cover and excerp does't grb me then I probably won't read it.

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