Monday, April 28, 2008

My Library Sucks So Bad...

110 best books: The perfect library - Telegraph

I was wondering how well my own library and reading habits stacked up.

Pretty poorly it turns out. And I consider myself widely, if not well, read.

And yet this is how my results turn out. If I've read it, it's italicized. If I've got it, it's in bold. So this means?

Title

By

Notes:

The Iliad and The Odyssey

Homer

Long.

The Barchester Chronicles

Anthony Trollope

 

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

 

Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift

 

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë

 

War and Peace

Tolstoy

 

David Copperfield

Charles Dickens

 

Vanity Fair

William Makepeace Thackeray

 

Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert

 

Middlemarch

George Eliot

 

Sonnets

Shakespeare

 

Divine Comedy

Dante

 

Canterbury Tales

Chaucer

 

The Prelude

    

William Wordsworth

 

Odes

John Keats

 

The Waste Land

T. S. Eliot

 

Paradise Lost

John Milton

 

Songs of Innocence and Experience

William Blake

 

Collected Poems

W. B. Yeats

 

Collected Poems

Ted Hughes

 

The Portrait of a Lady

Henry James

 

A la recherche du temps perdu

Proust

 

Ulysses

James Joyce

Has anybody actually read this? Liar

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway

 

Sword of Honour trilogy

Evelyn Waugh

 

The Ballad of Peckham Rye

Muriel Spark

 

Rabbit series

John Updike

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel García Márquez

 

Beloved

Toni Morrison

 

The Human Stain

Philip Roth

How 'bout Portnoy's Complaint instead?

Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier

 

Le Morte D'Arthur

Thomas Malory

 

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Choderlos de Laclos

 

I, Claudius

Robert Graves

 

Alexander Trilogy

Mary Renault

 

Master and Commander

Patrick O'Brian

 

Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell

 

Dr Zhivago

Boris Pasternak

 

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy

 

The Plantagenet Saga

Jean Plaidy

 

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome

 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis

The movie blew.

The Lord of the Rings

J.R. R. Tolkien

A dozen times.

His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman

Over-rated.

Babar

Jean de Brunhoff

 

The Railway Children

E. Nesbit

 

Winnie-the-Pooh

A.A. Milne

 

Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling

 

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

 

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Frankenstein

Mary Shelley

 

The Time Machine

H.G. Wells

 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Jules Verne

 

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

 

1984

George Orwell

 

The Day of the Triffids

John Wyndham

 

Foundation

Isaac Asimov

 

2001: A Space Odyssey

Arthur C. Clarke

 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Philip K. Dick

 

Neuromancer

William Gibson

 

The Talented Mr Ripley

Patricia Highsmith

 

The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett

 

The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I've read a couple of them, but the complete?

The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler

 

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

John le Carré

 

Red Dragon

Thomas Harris

Manhunter is one of my favourite movies.

Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie

 

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Edgar Allan Poe

 

The Woman in White

Wilkie Collins

 

Killshot

Elmore Leonard

 

Das Kapital

Karl Marx

 

The Rights of Man

Tom Paine

 

The Social Contract

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

 

Democracy in America

Alexis de Tocqueville

 

On War

Carl von Clausewitz

 

The Prince

Niccolo Machiavelli

 

Leviathan

Thomas Hobbes

 

On the Interpretation of Dreams

Sigmund Freud

 

On the Origin of Species

Charles Darwin

 

L'Encyclopédie

Diderot, et al

 

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Robert M. Pirsig

 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Richard Bach

 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

 

The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell

 

The Beauty Myth

Naomi Wolf

 

How to Cook

Delia Smith

 

A Year in Provence

Peter Mayle

 

A Child Called 'It'

Dave Pelzer

 

Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Lynne Truss

More language mavens. That's what we all need.

Schott's Original Miscellany

Ben Schott

 

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Edward Gibbon

 

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples

Winston Churchill

 

A History of the Crusades

Steven Runciman

True classic.

The Histories

Herodotus

 

The History of the Peloponnesian War

Thucydides

Most of what we need to know about the modern nexus of politics and war, Thucydides said already.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom

T. E. Lawrence

 

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

   

A People's Tragedy

Orlando Figes

 

Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

Simon Schama

 

The Origins of the Second World War

A.J.P. Taylor

 

Confessions

St Augustine

 

Lives of the Caesars

Suetonius

 

Lives of the Artists

Vasari

 

If This is a Man

Primo Levi

 

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

Siegfried Sassoon

 

Eminent Victorians

Lytton Strachey

 

A Life of Charlotte Brontë

Elizabeth Gaskell

 

Goodbye to All That

Robert Graves

 

The Life of Dr Johnson

Boswell

 

Diaries

Alan Clark

 

So there you have it, a warning never to scan my bookshelves. Too bad there aren't more entries for Japanese-English dictionaries. I'd have made out a bit better.

2 comments:

the rev. paperboy said...

Actually my library comes off a little better than I thought, though mainly because of the "trashy" stuff on the list I own like Harry Potter and Elmore Leonard and the number of books left on my shelf back in Canada from university coursework.
That said, its a pretty crap list if it includes JK Rowling and doesn't include Kurt Vonnegut or Mordicai Richler or Mark Twain. Obviously a British list, and I'm guessing it was put together by poll since it includes fluff like "A Year in Provence" but not "Huckleberry Finn" or Proust. At least there's no Barbara Cartland.

The Eternal Gaijin said...

There's a couple of problems I have with it.
Where, I scream aloud and worry the dog, is Roberston Davies? Anything by Davies?
Ondaatje? The English Patient is one of the finest novels in a hyperbole laced time frame.
Not to mention Kazuo Ishiguro getting stiffed.
Not to mention John Keegan's treatise The Face of Battle.
I get kinda grumpy with these lists that are supposed to make you feel half-literate and omit some obvious stuff.
Plus dumping most of my university text books in the last three moves hasn't helped my score at all.
On the plus side, with the no Cartland came no Atwood.