Tarry for the Nonce

May 31, 2006

To the Literate

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 11:20 am

Nothing can make me feel like a bourgeoise as quickly as a list of the 100 Best Novels.

Of the list, I’ve read (in entirety):

1984 by George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Wow. And I thought I was generally well-read. I guess not – or perhaps I just read unpopular literature.

On a side note, I am amused by the number of books that are apocalyptic in nature.

(Hat tip to Kevin Miller.)



  1. Well, Ms. Walker, you’ve read a heck — and I do mean heck — of a lot more than I have!

    Comment by Matt C. Abbott — May 31, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

  2. I got 11 from Board’s list & 19 from the Readers’ list.

    Laura, no wonder I’m always correcting your grammar.
    (yup… gonna pay for that comment)

    The non-fiction lists were truly humbling:

    I got one complete and two “starts”.

    Comment by Chris — May 31, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

  3. 15 from the Board’s List & the Reader’s List (combined).

    The non-fiction – zippo, nada, nil!

    I read ALOT of non-fiction, but apparently, the non-fiction that I read is not popular — although I must say that I was surprised to see on the Non-fiction Reader’s List a much more balanced (politically, if you will) set of books than on the Board’s List.

    Comment by auntlori — May 31, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

  4. I read 6 on list 1 and 10 on list 2.

    I did not see Canterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer or Gullivers Travels by Jonathan Swift and I think they belonged on the list. What about Shakespeare — did he get overlooked too?

    I also would add the Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov for the readers list.

    Comment by Brian — May 31, 2006 @ 5:46 pm

  5. 18 from the Board’s List & 9 from the Reader’s List.

    Aside from missing several favorites on these lists, I was surprised by the inclusion of some books I found rather silly (ie. Wide Sargasso Sea.) However, as my nearest and dearest will tell you, I am addicted to reading lists and am now compelled to scurry to my local library and get to work on these! Thanks heaps, Laura.


    Comment by Janice — May 31, 2006 @ 9:07 pm

  6. Since everyone is doing book counts, mine (for the record) is four from the board’s list and seven from the reader’s list.

    Comment by laura — June 1, 2006 @ 8:41 am

  7. 10/17 for me FYI.

    Comment by FRJTK — June 1, 2006 @ 9:26 am

  8. I’ve read 11 from the Board’s list and 24 from the reader’s list.

    Comment by Troy — June 5, 2006 @ 10:39 am

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