Tuesday, March 10, 2009

How Does Your Bookshelf Look?

I found this very interesting. I was raised by an avid reader. Every Saturday my Mom would take my sister and I to the library on the island where we would pick out 2-4 books that we would read over a 2-week period (the average time you were allowed to check out library books). So we read - a lot. Now I came across this over at Red Bird Knits' blog and took the quiz (answers beside the titles) and I find it sad that the average person has only read 6 books from the list.

My number is 71

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - yes
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien –
Read them in middle school and again before the movies came out.
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - yes
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling – yes - thanks mom :)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - Yes
6 The Bible - yes, but I've never read it cover to cover
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte - yes
8 1984 - George Orwell - Yes
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman - no
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - Yes
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott - Yes
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy – Yes
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller – Yes
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – I haven't read all of them, but I do have them all
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - Yes, see #2
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks - no
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Yes, and more than once
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - it's on my bookshelf
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot- Yes
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Yes
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald - Yes and I have ALL his works
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens- no
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy - Yes, but I loved Anna Karenina more
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - yes
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh - Yes
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - no
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll - Yes and read it again last year, just because
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame - Yes - one of my all time favorites
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - Yes, Yes, Yes
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - Yes
33 The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - like Tolkein, once in middle school
and then again with David
34 Emma - Jane Austen - Yes
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen - yes
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - Yes - see above
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - No, and I really have no interest in it
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres- No, why is this on the list?
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - Yes
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne – Yes -
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell -Yes
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - Yes, Angels & Demons was a better book
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Yes, and HATED every page
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving - Yes, Yes, yes
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins - no
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - Yes
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy - no
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - Yes
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding - Yes
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan - no
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel - Yes
52 Dune - Frank Herbert- Yes
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons - No
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen - Yes
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth - No
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon - No and haven't heard of this one
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - Yes
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - Yes
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon - No
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Yes, and LOVED LOVED it
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck – Yes.
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov - No
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt - no
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold – it too is on the bookshelf waiting
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas - Yes, and ALL his works are on the shelf
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac - No
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy - No
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding - Yes
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie - No
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville - Yes, and again with David
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens - Yes
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker - Yes
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett - Yes, may be my all time fav book
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson - No
75 Ulysses - James Joyce - no
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - Yes
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome - No
78 Germinal - Emile Zola - No
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray - Yes
80 Possession - AS Byatt- Yes - No
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens - Yes
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell - No
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker - Yes
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro - Yes
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert - Yes
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry - No
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White - Yes, multiple times
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom - No
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Yes
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton – No
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - No
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery – Yes
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks - No
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams - Yes
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole - No
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute - No
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas - Yes
98 Hamlet – Shakespeare – Yes
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - yes
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo - Yes

So where is the Hemingway? Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises - Why not The Grapes of Wrath, No Ayn Rand or Carson McCullers? ...all missing. Puzzling

By going over this list I found that I used to read a lot more than I do. I'm going to try to read 3 from this list this year - wonder how I'll do?

How did you do?

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