Too Many Books, Too Little Time

19 Sep

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.:)


Posted by on September 19, 2008 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “Too Many Books, Too Little Time

  1. A*B

    September 19, 2008 at 1:48 am

    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.

  2. Rebeckah

    September 19, 2008 at 4:29 am

    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.

  3. 2 Kids 3 Martinis

    September 19, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    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?

  4. Jessica

    September 20, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    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!

  5. Susan

    October 30, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    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.


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