Gaps in my education? Hmmmm


I lifted this from LargeMarge’s blog. It was rather interesting. According to Marge, the Big Read figures the average adult has read only about 6 of the following 100 books. I am only going to bold those I’ve read all the way through. Some I’ve started (“Stately plump….”) You know the really sad thing? Most of the classics I read as a child and the real question is how many of them I actually remember!
Well, here goes:

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Reprint this list and leave a comment
1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (read the 1st; saw the others in the movies, LOL)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible most of it anyway
7 Wuthering Heights
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – 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 This is part of 33.
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
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’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman
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

There are so many more books I actually have that I want to read – fiction and non-fiction alike.
I should live so long….

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Author: fuguestateknits

Wife of one, mother of six, gram of five (so far) and lawyer for many young persons, I love to sing, read, knit and walk. My politics are somewhat left of Marx and I want to hear what you think, too!

16 thoughts on “Gaps in my education? Hmmmm”

  1. What a great list of books. I enjoyed looking through them and seeing what I have read, it also made me want to read the ones if haven’t

  2. What a great list of books. I enjoyed looking through them and seeing what I have read, it also made me want to read the ones if haven’t

  3. I have read almost the same ones you have, but since my favorites are 19th century, I have read more of those. You had better get going on Jane Austin. Not much better than her.

  4. I have read almost the same ones you have, but since my favorites are 19th century, I have read more of those. You had better get going on Jane Austin. Not much better than her.

  5. Love the list – there are so many I think I remember reading in school. I do remember having to get parental permission to read Catcher in the Rye and then not liking the book at all. Others I do remember reading. I also like how the list has changed over the years – books added and other loved books are missing now.

  6. Love the list – there are so many I think I remember reading in school. I do remember having to get parental permission to read Catcher in the Rye and then not liking the book at all. Others I do remember reading. I also like how the list has changed over the years – books added and other loved books are missing now.

  7. Hello you! Well I have not read most of them. I have seen many as TV films or cinema films. I have read Lord of The Flies and ALL the Narnia books.The Faraway Tree books, all of Dan Brown’s books.The Lovely Bones by Sebold is probably the best I have ever read or at least when I was reading it, I knew I was reading LITERATURE.

  8. Hello you! Well I have not read most of them. I have seen many as TV films or cinema films. I have read Lord of The Flies and ALL the Narnia books.The Faraway Tree books, all of Dan Brown’s books.The Lovely Bones by Sebold is probably the best I have ever read or at least when I was reading it, I knew I was reading LITERATURE.

  9. I really enjoyed this meme. Thanks for sharing it. I put up my own list (in case yer interested…)

    And I do urge you to consider reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker – it is one of my favorite books ever…and I see that you haven’t read it. It’s wonderful.

  10. I really enjoyed this meme. Thanks for sharing it. I put up my own list (in case yer interested…)

    And I do urge you to consider reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker – it is one of my favorite books ever…and I see that you haven’t read it. It’s wonderful.

  11. Yeah, it’s a little Jane Austen-heavy, but that makes it a great list in my opinion.

    I’ve read almost exactly half the list, but that includes all 6 of Jane Austen.

    I believe that it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. You may quote me.

  12. Yeah, it’s a little Jane Austen-heavy, but that makes it a great list in my opinion.

    I’ve read almost exactly half the list, but that includes all 6 of Jane Austen.

    I believe that it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. You may quote me.

  13. Judith – thanks – I agree – the list makes me want to catch up on what I missed when I was younger and what I should begin now. The NY Times recently came out with a list of good books to read – from just THIS year! Too much to read – too little time!
    Joanna – thanks I have heard the same about Jane Austin – have seen movies about her and her books made into movies. I have also heard that George Sands is excellent.
    Turtledoves&Tofu – thanks!
    Gail – We had a small issue with Catcher in the Rye and of course I read it right away, LOL! Like you, it left me cold – precisely, I think, what it was intended to do. Reading it again some forty years later, I felt exactly the same way!
    Colin – I share your opinion of The Lovely Bones – what an amazing piece of literature! Didn't you keep wanting the SOB who killed her to be "caught" in a more dramatic way???
    Helen – one of these years I am going to read The Color Purple – yet having seen so much of it on the Silver Screen, I wonder if it's a spoiler?
    Moonspot – thanks for the comment, but nope – not gonna quote that one. I like the by Gloria Steinem: A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle – or something like that.
    Thanks to all of you for commenting!
    Joan

  14. Judith – thanks – I agree – the list makes me want to catch up on what I missed when I was younger and what I should begin now. The NY Times recently came out with a list of good books to read – from just THIS year! Too much to read – too little time!
    Joanna – thanks I have heard the same about Jane Austin – have seen movies about her and her books made into movies. I have also heard that George Sands is excellent.
    Turtledoves&Tofu – thanks!
    Gail – We had a small issue with Catcher in the Rye and of course I read it right away, LOL! Like you, it left me cold – precisely, I think, what it was intended to do. Reading it again some forty years later, I felt exactly the same way!
    Colin – I share your opinion of The Lovely Bones – what an amazing piece of literature! Didn't you keep wanting the SOB who killed her to be "caught" in a more dramatic way???
    Helen – one of these years I am going to read The Color Purple – yet having seen so much of it on the Silver Screen, I wonder if it's a spoiler?
    Moonspot – thanks for the comment, but nope – not gonna quote that one. I like the by Gloria Steinem: A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle – or something like that.
    Thanks to all of you for commenting!
    Joan

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