100 book meme
As seen several times on my flist
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
Two were taken out of the list because they were repetitive (Hamlet & The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe).( See the list... )
29. Hmm. Although, if you counted the *individual books* represented by some listed *series*, that number shoots up to 41. (Why list some as series, and other things -- like the Jane Austen books -- separately?) And I'm really not sure how to count the Sherlock Holmes stuff.
I didn't bold "The Complete Works of Shakespeare", because I certainly haven't read the frickin' *complete works*, although if I had to count up which plays I've read (not just seen performed), that would add 5 or 6 more. (I did, however, bold the Harry Potter series, even though I've only read 4 of them.) I also underlined two things (Harry Potter and HDM) in which I only actually loved the first book, perhaps, and I don't want to commit to loving the entire series.
I'm struck, to be frank, by the way I have managed to go through life, and particularly by the way I managed to skate through my education, avoiding reading any number of things on that list that are usually assigned reading in various English classes. I did actually bold several things that I know darned well I read, but of which I have no memory now, or only the sketchiest recollection (Nineteen Eighty-Four, I'm lookin' at you. And you too, Gatsby).
I really had to go look up who or what the heck The Big Read was, too.