The literary-snob meme


There are a couple versions of this going around. I think they're the same, just in a different order. I've been meaning to do it too. (I made up my own marks, though.)

    01) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
    02) Put an 'o' next to the ones you've read in part
    03) Put a 'q' next to it if you've read a gazillion books by that author, just not that one
    04) Put an 'f' next to it if you've never even heard of it before
    05) Put an 'n' if you can't imagine reading that stupid thing
    06) Put a 'g' next to the ones you feel guilty for missing
    06) Put a 'g' next to the ones you feel guilty for missing
    07) Put an 's' next to the ones you're shocked to realize you've never read.
    08) Put a 'y' next to the ones you imagine you'll read relatively soon
    09) Put an 'm' if you're really unsure whether you've read it or not
    10) Put an 'r' next to the ones you're reading now

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien x
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen x
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman o
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams x
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling x
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee x
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne x
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell x
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis x
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë x
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller x
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë x
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks f
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier x
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger x
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens o
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott y
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres n
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy y
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell n
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling x
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling x
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling x
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien x
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy g
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving f
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck g
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll x
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson f
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez g
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens o
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl x
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson o
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen x
39. Dune, Frank Herbert x
40. Emma, Jane Austen y
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery g
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams x
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald x
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas o
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh n
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell x
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens x
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian f
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher f
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett m
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck x
53. The Stand, Stephen King g
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy g
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth f
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl q
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome f
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell on
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer n
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky og
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman f
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden sn
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens og
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett sq
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton f
67. The Magus, John Fowles f
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman x
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett sq
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding x
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind y
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell f
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett x
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl sq
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding on
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt y
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins s
78. Ulysses, James Joyce n
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson f
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl sgq
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith m
83. Holes, Louis Sachar x
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake f
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy g
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson f
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley x
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons s
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist f
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac n
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo r
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel n
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett x
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho n
95. Katherine, Anya Seton f
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer f
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez g
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson f
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot on
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie f

My Total Xs: 32

But I'm not that impressed by the list. So I plead not guilty due to better taste. (And even the good taste---why so many Pratchett and Rowling books?) I emean, The Princess Diaries? I hated the first fifty pages of that book! It's one of the few books I could not finish and that is a rare event indeed for me. (Interstingly, the other I can think of are also whiney diaries --- Bridget Jones and Full-Frontal Snogging.)


  1. Wow.

    Like I mentioned last week about the list I posted: this is so Western, so white. Can't we find some other list against which to measure our literary acumen (not that I'm saying I'd fare better against that list or that I know what should be included in it)?

  2. .

    I would likely fare worse, but I still agree with you.

    This list is a weird (read:lousy) blend of highbrow and lowbrow.

  3. I had the same thought the first time I saw the list . . . while I was delighted to see one Pratchett nod, it probably should have stayed at one. It really is a bad blend of high- and low-brow literature.

    According to my friend, the list was created based on a survey distributed to BBC listeners . . . and apparently, they had a very interesting and strange demographic respond . . .

  4. .

    So it would seem.....

  5. I agree that the list is weird and lousy, but most lists, including that long list of 1001 book you should read-definitely biased in favor of particular authors. Even PhD reading lists are odd.
    Maybe, I just don't like lists, or, I like them, but dismiss them as irrelevant.