Another “game” from Facebook:

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up? Books I’ve read are marked, sometimes with additional comments.

    1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien – read, twice, before the movies
    3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    4. Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling – read them
    5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – read
    6. The Bible – read
    7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – read
    8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
    9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman – read
    10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – read, and have avoided most things Dickens since then
    11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott – read
    12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy – read
    13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller – read
    14. Partial Works of Shakespeare – read
    15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
    16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien – read
    17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
    18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – read
    19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger – might read this
    20. Middlemarch – George Eliot – read, reluctantly, with much napping
    21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell – read, and nearly burned it
    22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald – read
    23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
    24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
    25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – read, and waved to Douglas Adams once
    26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
    27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky – read, with a cheat sheet for the Russian nicknames
    28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
    29. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll – read
    30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame – read
    31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
    32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
    33. Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis – read
    34. Emma – Jane Austen
    35. Persuasion – Jane Austen – read
    36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis – read; isn’t this redundant to #33?
    37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
    38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
    39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden – might read this someday
    40. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne – read
    41. Animal Farm – George Orwell – haven’t read this; it was part of a cluster of books read by my class in jr. high – some folks read this, I read Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
    42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown – read
    43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    44. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving – recommended to me by a friend about 20 years ago, and I still haven’t gotten around to it
    45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
    46. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery – read, and the seven books that came after it
    47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
    48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood – read
    49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding – read
    50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
    51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel – read
    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 – read
    59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon – might read this
    60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – read
    61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck – read
    62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov – read
    63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
    64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold – read
    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 Rushdie
    70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
    71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
    72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
    73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – read
    74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
    75. Ulysses – James Joyce
    76. The Inferno – Dante
    77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
    78. Germinal – Emile Zola
    79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
    80. Possession – AS Byatt – might read this
    81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens – read
    82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell – Ian’s read this one
    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 – E.B. White – read
    88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
    89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – read portions
    90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
    91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad – read
    92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery – read
    93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
    94. Watership Down – Richard Adams – read
    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 – read
    99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl – read
    100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I believe I’ve read 43 of these… I might read a few more someday, but there are probably several on this list, unarguably classics, that I’m very likely not going to get around to. Some people read fiction (which most of these are) to better understand The Human Spirit or explore some Great Questions. Me, I read fiction to be entertained. Too bad I couldn’t have gotten a degree in Contemporary Science Fiction or Speculative Fantasy. Not that I’d be using that degree any more than I’m using the one I have…

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