Let’s see how I do on this list of Top Twenty Books People Lie About Having Read.
Here’s how I did on the list, with links to the books (some are free on Kindle),
- Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Lewis Carroll, Yes. I recommend the delightful illustrated edition.
- 1984 – George Orwell, Yes.
- The Lord Of The Rings trilogy – JRR Tolkien, Yes but ended up skimming over most of the battles.
- War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy, Yes, and see 3 above.
- Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy, Yes. Tiresome neurotic girl. I’d love to send Anna to the mall with Emma Bovary.
- The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle, Yes, started at age 13 and re-read every few years all the Sherlock books.
- To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee, No, only segments, not the whole book.
- David Copperfield – Charles Dickens, Yes, but speed-read most of it.
- Crime And Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Yes, fascinating book, but over time I ended up conflating it with the Brothers Karamazov. I prefer Trollope’s The Last Chronicle of Barset.
- Pride And Prejudice – Jane Austen, Yes, all of Austen.
- Bleak House – Charles Dickens, Yes, but skipped lots because it was for homework. Otherwise, zzzzzzzzz.
- Harry Potter (series) – JK Rowling, Yes, with lots of skimming over the quiddich, though. Too formulaic for my taste.
- Great Expectations – Charles Dickens, No. And let’s not forget Anthony Trollope used to refer to Dickens as Mister Popular Sentiment.
- The Diary Of Anne Frank – Anne Frank, Yes, when I was the same age as she when she wrote it. The correct title in English is Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, btw.
- Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens, Yes. Enough Dickens, please!
- Fifty Shades trilogy – EL James, Read the first 50 (!) pages and decided life’s too short for that crap, won’t go back for more. If you are interested anyway, knock yourself out and search it on Amazon.
- And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie, Yes, read most of Christie.
- The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald, Yes, in the special edition with photos of the Robert Redford movie.
- Catch 22 – Joseph Heller, Yes, found it funny/sad.
- The Catcher In The Rye – JD Salinger, Yes, but it’s rather overrated.
So my tally is 12 firm yes, 3 no, lots of skimming with the remaining.
Neo-neocon went through the list, too.
On to the mother of all book lists, the Western Canon.