August 18, 2009

How Well Read Are You?

I found this on the blog Lit and Life first, so I am linking back to it, but the idea came first from
Laura, at Laura's Reviews. Laura wanted to see how well read she was in American Literature so she combined a few top 100 lists of books pulling out the American authors. How well read do you think you are?

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.

(I decided for fun to put an M for those whose movies I have seen.)

1. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (X)
2. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (X)
3. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (M)
4. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
5. The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (X) (M)
6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (X) (M)
7. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
8. Dune by Frank Herbert
9. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (x)
11. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
12. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (x)
13. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
14. O Pioneers! By Willa Cather
15. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
16. My Antonia by Willa Cather (X)
17. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (M)
18. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (I will by end of this year!)
19. Little House on the Praire by Laura Ingalls Wilder (X)
20. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
21. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
22. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (X) (Can I put an X for every time I read it? No?)
23. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
24. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
25. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
26. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
27. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
28. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Also will read this year hopefully.)
29. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (X)
30. The Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
31. Roots by Alex Haley (M)
32. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
33. Katherine by Anya Seton
34. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
35. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
37. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (X)
38. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (X)(M)
39. The Collected Stories of Katherine Ann Porter
40. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
41. The Stand by Stephen King
42. Carrie by Stephen King (M)
43. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
44. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (part of it)
45. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
46. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (X)
47. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
48. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
49. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (M)
50. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
51. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (X)
52. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
53. Mystic River by Denis Lehane (M)
54. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
55. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (M)
56. Rabbit Run by John Updike
57. Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates
58. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
59. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (didn't finish this one, but will try it again one day)
60. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
61. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (X)(M)
62. Sandman by Neil Gaiman
63. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (X)
64. World’s Fair by E.L. Doctorow
65. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (M)
66. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich
67. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
68. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
69. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger
70. Cathedral, Raymond Carver
71. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
72. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (X)(M)
73. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (M)
74. Deep End of the Ocean by Jacqueline Mitchard
75. John Adams by David McCullough
76. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
77. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult (X)
78. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
79. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
80. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut (also want to read this year)
81. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
82. Native Son by Richard Wright (didn't finish b/c couldn't renew at library, but want to go back to)
83. U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos
84. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
85. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (M)
86. The Bridge of the San Luis Ray by Thornton Wilder
87. The Call of the Wild by Jack London (X)
88. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
89. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
90. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
91. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy (M)
92. Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
93. Beloved by Toni Morrison (X)
94. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
95. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (M)
96. So Big by Edna Ferber
97. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
98. The Awakening by Kate Chopin (X)
99. The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty
100. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Conner

So, breaking it down

Books Read: 21 (yikes, Laura)
Books Seen Movie Of: 17
Books Read AND Seen Movie: 5
Books Not Read Yet: 79

How do you compare? Do the Meme on your blog! Please link back here and to Laura's Reviews if you do. Thanks.


  1. I've read 35 of them...and some of them I don't care if I ever read LOL!!! I've watched 15 movie versions!!!

  2. I like the idea of marking which movies you've seen. I think I might actually do better on that--I watch a lot of movies!

  3. I too love the idea of marking the movies you read - great idea to enhance the meme!

  4. I see you have not read Moby Dick. I haven't either, and yet I manage to complain about it on a semi-regular basis. One day, I WILL read that book. I will conquer it!

  5. Staci: Yeah, a few of them I don't want to read either but there were many more I do want to get to one day.

    Lit and Life: I thought I would do better but I didn't. I was surprised.

    rhapsody: Why, thanks! :)

    Charley: Yeah, that's one I've been putting off too.

  6. I did your list! Here it is:


  7. wonderful idea for marking the movies (and I'm all for adding Xs for all the times you've read a book again and again...)

  8. I did this a few weeks ago... I've read 25 of the books, if I remember correctly.

  9. I love how you marked the movies and redid mine with the movies marked!

  10. Okay here's my link to my post of this:

    I've read 60 (I majored in English, not that I need to make an excuse). Many of the rest won't get read as they are by men and I usually choose classics by women when I can. But a few perhaps.

  11. Is this different from the Facebook one? I'll have to do this ... seems like an easy "cheater" post!

  12. I just counted the number of books that I've read, which came out to 33. I don't think that is too bad. I won't mention that most of those books were required reading in high school and college. Oops, just mentioned it :)


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