Wednesday, August 19, 2009

How Well-Read Are You?

Hello All!

I'm using this meme to get me back to blogging.

This is from http://thetruebookaddict.blogspot.com/ and she got it from 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.(Like Rebecca, 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
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 (X)
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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
18. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
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)
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 (M)
29. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
30. The Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
31. Roots by Alex Haley (M)
32. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (X)
33. Katherine by Anya Seton
34. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
35. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (X)(M)
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 Porter4
0. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
41. The Stand by Stephen King
42. Carrie by Stephen King
43. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
44. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
45. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
46. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
47. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
48. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (X)
49. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (X)
50. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (X)
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 (X)(M)
54. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
55. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
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 (X)
60. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
61. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (X)
62. Sandman by Neil Gaiman
63. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
64. World’s Fair by E.L. Doctorow
65. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (X)
66. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (X)
67. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (X)
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
81. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
82. Native Son by Richard Wright
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
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 (X)(M)
92. Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (X) (M)
93. Beloved by Toni Morrison
94. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
95. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
96. So Big by Edna Ferber
97. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (X)
98. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
99. The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty
100. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’ConnerBooks

read: 28
Books seen movie of: 11
Books read AND seen movie: 7
Books not read yet: 62

I don't know that I'd necessarily read any of those I have not read to date. My to-be-read list is ridiculous as it is :), so I think I'll focus on those books for now. Have fun!

Happy Reading!
Patti

2 comments:

Jen said...

I've read 26 of these. I'm not sure I'd classify a couple of them into "American Lit", though. It's kind of like Elie Wiesel; I don't consider his work American Lit either - World Lit, yes. I didn't count WALDEN or LEAVES OF GRASS but I have read significant portions of those books, just never the whole things straight through. MYSTIC RIVER is actually the only Dennis Lehane I haven't read and that was because I saw the movie before I knew it was a book. So, I haven't been as anxious to read it because it usually ruins things for me.

Anyway, I would highly recommend FAHRENHEIT 451, especially since you work with the teens at your library. And I am also a HUGE fan of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST - but not the movie (*gasp)...likewise A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY. Phenomenal book. I like very little of John Irving's works but Owen is magnificient. The movie (Simon Birch), not so much!

And there are a handful on this list that I'd like to get to at some point before I die...THE COLOR PURPLE, which I started and have never gotten back to. The Vonnegut novel, CATCH-22. I'm sad, though, to see a few of the authors on here and not have a Pat Conroy on the list. I think he's one of America's greatest living writers. And he really illustrates the culture of the south, especially the southern male, well.

Very cute, Patti! This was fun!

thebookaddict said...

Glad you did the list! I own most of the ones I haven't read so I guess I'll eventually get around to reading them! My to read list is ridiculously long as well! I'm now following your blog. Be sure to check out my latest book review on The Time Traveler's Wife.

~M~