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Nerd Alert (or “Look at me! Look at how well read I am!)

Via Wanted:Free time, She Likes Purple, Camels & Chocolate and Big Read:

According to Big Read, the average American has only read 6 of the books listed after the jump.  So let’s have a little quiz, shall we?:

  • Bold those you have read
  • Italicize those you intend to read
  • Underline the books you’ve read parts of
  • Any side notes can go in parentheses
  • Reprint this list in your own blog (if you gots one)

1) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2) The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

3) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

4) Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (x100)

5) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

6) The Bible (a very long time ago, when I was into that sort of thing)

7) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

8.) Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell

9) His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

10) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

11) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

12) Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

13) Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

14) Complete Works of Shakespeare

15) Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

16) The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

17) Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

18.) Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

19) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

20) Middlemarch by George Eliot

21) Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

22) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

23) Bleak House by Charles Dickens

24) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

25) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

26) Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

27) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28.) Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

29) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

30) The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

31) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

32) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

33) Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

34) Emma by Jane Austen

35) Persuasion by Jane Austen

36) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis

37) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

38.) Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres

39) Memories of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

40) Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne

41) Animal Farm by George Orwell

42) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

43) One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44) A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving (barf)

45) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

46) Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

47) Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

48.) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

49) Lord of the Flies by William Golding

50) Atonement by Ian McEwan

51) Life of Pi by Yann Martel

52) Dune by Frank Herbert

53) Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

54) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

55) A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

56) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57) A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

58.) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

59) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

60) Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

62) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

63) The Secret History by Donna Tartt

64) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

65) Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (mmm…Monte Cristo sandwiches…)

66) On The Road by Jack Kerouac

67) Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

68.) Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

69) Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

70) Moby Dick by Herman Melville

71) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

72) Dracula by Bram Stoker

73) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

74) Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson

75) Ulysses by James Joyce

76) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

77) Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

78.) Germinal by Emile Zola

79) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

80) Possession by AS Byatt

81) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

82) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

83) The Color Purple by Alice Walker

84) The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

85) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

86) A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

87) Charlotte’s Web by EB White

88.) The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom (triple barf)

89) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90) The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton

91) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

92) The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93) The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

94) Watership Down by Richard Adams

95) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

96) A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

97) The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98.) Hamlet by William Shakespeare

99) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

100) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


Total (including partially read works): 36

Conclusions?  I like to start books and then not finish them.  I also have a waning interest in classical literature (though some could argue that such gems as Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Five People You Meet in Heaven don’t really qualify as CLASSICS).

I also have a terrible penchant for historical (often romantically themed) fiction, à la Jane Austen.  I’ve also read the Harry Potter series, in its entirety, far too many times (and I’ll probably start Book 6 again this weekend — the trailer got me all hot and bothered).

But let’s be honest: while I do like to read, this kind of literature is far less useful to me then say, an entire library of culinary themed books.  A quick count of the food and wine related works sitting on my bookshelves — whether cookbooks, food memoirs or otherwise — is also numbered at 35 (and sure to expand).  Additionally, I’m amassing quite a collection of back issues of Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet and Bon Appetit. Doesn’t that count for something?

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