Tuesday 3 January 2012

How Many of these have you read??

there is a post going around on facebook asking (yes i have nerdy friends) how many of these have you read so far, I believe it said something like only 10 of them have been read by people so i thought I would share and ask you to share either in the comments or in your own blog post just how many you have read. 

Being a teacher's daughter I have read 30 of these yes my summers included book reports which had to be well written and included a source page, and proper annotations. FUN FUN!!  I was THAT kid!!   I'm going to highlight the ones I have read and put the total on the bottom.  This year as part of my challenge list I will be attempting to knock as many of these 'classics' off, how many are you going to read? How will you stack up?

Blue means I have read them

Pride and Prejudice -
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien -
 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte -

Harry Potter series - JK Rowling -
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee -

The Bible= 
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte -
Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell -
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman -
 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens -
 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott -
 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy –
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller -
 Complete Works of Shakespeare -
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier -
 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien -

 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk -
 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger -
 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger -
 Middlemarch - George Eliot -
 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell -
 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald -
 Bleak House - Charles Dickens -
 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy -
 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams -

Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky -
Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck -
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll -
 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame -
 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy -
 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens -
 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis -
 Emma - Jane Austen -
 Persuasion - Jane Austen -
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis -
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres -
 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden -
Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne - 

Animal Farm - George Orwell -
 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown -
 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez -
 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving -
 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins -
Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - 

Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy -
 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood -
 Lord of the Flies - William Golding -
 Atonement - Ian McEwan -
 Life of Pi - Yann Martel -
 Dune - Frank Herbert -
 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons -
 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen -
 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth -
 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon -
 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens -
 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley -
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon -
 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez -
 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck -
 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov -
 The Secret History - Donna Tartt -
 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold -
Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas-

 On The Road - Jack Kerouac -
 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy -
 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding -
Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie –
 Moby Dick - Herman Melville -
 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens -
Dracula - Bram Stoker -
 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett -
Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson -
 Ulysses - James Joyce -
 The Inferno – Dante -
 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome -
 Germinal - Emile Zola -
 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray -
 Possession - AS Byatt –
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens -
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell -
 The Color Purple - Alice Walker -  The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro -
 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert -
 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry -
 Charlotte’s Web - EB White -
 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom -
 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -
 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton -
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad -
 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery -
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks -
Watership Down - Richard Adams -
A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole -
A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute -
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas -
Hamlet - William Shakespeare -

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -
 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo -

total I have read: 30
Read in 2012:
Left to read:

Let's get NERDY!!!


  1. There are several of these llists going around, in slight variations, and usually I clock in soewhere around 25. As do most of my friends. So either I only know book nerds, or the "no one has read more than 10 of them" is a joke. ^^

  2. I've read about 25 of these, and have put the link on my site (http://www.endomental.com/2012/01/which-have-you-read.html). I decided to do a reading circle for one of the books, so I'm taking votes if you'd like to join in!

  3. @Diandra, the person who gave it to me linked to a New York Times article which made the original claim, so unfortunately based on their sources of surveys conducted most Americans have only read 10 of the books. I thought that was low, but hey it's what people responded that they had read, so i guess it's true.

  4. Were there any Christopher Moore or Neil Gaiman in there, I'd be set. Alas, I think I fall at 17. Then again, there's no Edgar Allen Poe, or Mark Twain, or Machiavelli. Obviously the person who wrote this list doesn't know the joy that is "The Diaries of Adam and Eve". :)


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