46 – Not Too Well Read, eh?

This is in response to Paula’s post (here):

Two weeks ago Book Riot published the list of the 100 books everyone has to read to be able to call themselves “well-read“. I was going to do this a few days after it was published but I’m lazy I’ve been really busy this past two weeks watching the whole saga of Stars Wars and doing nothing.

If you’re good at maths or watched that Sesame Street episode were they taught us to subtract, you would know by now that I’ve read 35 books (35! only 35… My world is collapsing!), so basically, I’m only a wannabe. For now.

Despite the fact I want to become a “well-read” person no matter what, I’m afraid that, even in the hypothetical scenario where I read the rest of the books, only a 99% of myself will be entitled to be called that because I refuse to go anywhere near book 100. (Ok, now that you’ve scrolled down the page, you know what book that is). I’m a book snob and *raises right fist to the air* as God is my witness, I’ll never read “50 shades of grey“. Don’t I love to overreact?

 

At the end of the post she asked how many we had read. Here’s my list. (Read crossed out)

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay  by Michael Chabon
  • American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Beowulf
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Brave New World by Alduos Huxley
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • The Call of the Wild  by Jack London
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor 
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Dream of Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Faust by Goethe
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  • The Golden Bowl by Henry James
  • The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Gospels
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Harry Potter & The Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
  • Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • if on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • The Inferno by Dante
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • The Little Prince by Antoine  de Saint-Exepury
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Oedipus, King by Sophocles
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  • The Pentateuch
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James
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18 Replies to “46 – Not Too Well Read, eh?”

  1. Haha.Only 35.Not bad! This list mostly consists of most famous & most read. Doesn’t constitute what I would consider well-rounded,much less well-read. The ones you read Are Good.50 shades is not a great piece of literature. It has a story,yes.It is unique,yes.It’s sensational & titillating,good.But basically an upgraded adult version of Mills&Boon.Both are good for passing the time,but wouldn’t be remembered 100 years after.Though there is something to be learned from both 50 shades & MBs.

    1. Thank you! I could not agree more. I agree – the ones you have read are some of the good ones, the rest are popular fiction that I don’t expect to stand the test of time. Just goes to show that lists like this don’t always hit the nail on the head and I think you can call yourself well-read anyway!

  2. I was so depressed when I saw the list, lol! I was like shit, what the hell have I been reading all my life? (Other than reading the Harry Potter series over and over and over and over…)

  3. You girls,who read 46/35 from this list ,well done,Others,don’t despair,we all have milessss to read before considering ourselves ‘well-read’.This list is not the holy gospel,that we’ve to live by,and misses many authors/poets who are just meant to be felt,experienced and lived.We can do it!(no Nietzche or Sun Tzu or Camus or Austen or Kafka or Donne or Keats or Coelho or Hardy or Byron etc..) Not very well-rounded ,is it?That is my opinion anyways,you’re entitled to yours.,

  4. As someone who has an undergraduate degree in the Humanities and working on my master’s, I always laugh at these lists. There are several “well rounded” read lists. What all of them leave off is the reason to read them, and how you approach them. It is not enough to have read all the classics, you must also get something from them. If you read them just say you have, then walk away ,you are missing the point. Being well read means you take something away from each book you have read. I think that if you read from only one genre, yet critically think about your reads and allow them to broaden your world view, you can say you are well read.

    1. Haha! That is one book on this list I’m never reading!

      Oh, c’mon, this list isn’t the final word. So what if we haven’t read all these.

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