Am I Well Read?

05 Aug

I have often wondered, probably due to the nature of some of the classes I took at University, what it is to be ‘well-read’, and whether I am.
I suppose this comes under the eternal question of what makes a ‘good book’, and whether the works of literary canons are any better than personal favourites.
It is for this reason I have decided to compile a list of all the books in my library. See what you think, and let me know any thoughts on my taste, good or bad…

  • Little Women: Alcott, L.M.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale: Atwood, M.
  • Emma: Austen, J.
  • Persuasion: Austen, J.
  • Pride and Prejudice: Austen, J.
  • Sense and Sensibility: Austen, J.
  • The Rite: Baglio, M.
  • Waiting for Godot: Beckett, S.
  • Noughts & Crosses: Blackman, M.
  • The Girl’s Guide to Homemaking: Bradley, A.
  • Jane Eyre: Bronte, C.
  • Wuthering Heights: Bronte, E.
  • The Da Vinci Code: Brown, D.
  • Angels and Demons: Brown, D.
  • Doing It: Burgess, M.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Carroll, L.
  • Through the Looking Glass: Carroll, L.
  • The Canterbury Tales: Chaucer, G.
  • Disgrace: Coetzee, J.M.
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Doyle, A.C.
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Illustrated Short Stories: Doyle, A.C.
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles: Doyle, A.C.
  • Blow Up and Other Stories: Cortazar, J.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Dahl, R.
  • A Christmas Carol: Dickens, C.
  • Great Expectations: Dickens, C.
  • Oliver Twist: Dickens, C.
  • Crime and Punishments: Dostoyevsky, F.
  • Rebecca: Du Maurier, D.
  • The Name of The Rose: Eco, U.
  • Middlemarch: Eliot, G.
  • Birdsong: Faulks, S.
  • The Diary of a Young Girl: Frank, A.
  • Memoirs of a Geisha: Golden, A.
  • Lord of the Flies: Golding, W.
  • The Wind in the Willows: Grahame, K.
  • Water for Elephants: Gruen, S.
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Haddon, M.
  • Red Harvest: Hammett, D.
  • Jude the Obscure: Hardy, T.
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles: Hardy, T.
  • Catch-22: Heller, J.
  • The Remains of the Day: Ishiguro, K.
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Joyce, J.
  • Metamorphosis and Other Stories: Kafka, F.
  • Angels in America: Kushner, T.
  • To Die For: Lee, C.
  • Put Out the Fires: Lee, M.
  • Goodnight Mister Tom: Margorian, M.
  • I am Legend: Matheson, R.
  • The Twilight Saga: Meyer, S.
  • Her Fearful Symmetry, Niffenegger, A.
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife: Niffenegger, A.
  • Dreams from My Father: Obama, B.
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four: Orwell, G.
  • The Bell Jar: Plath, S.
  • Northern Lights: Pullman, P.
  • 127 Hours: Ralston, A.
  • Bruges-La-Morte: Rodenbach, G.
  • The Catcher in the Rye: Salinger, J.D.
  • The Goddess Experience: Scanlon, G.
  • The Lovely Bones: Sebold, A.
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  • Stargirl: Spinelli, J.
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: Stevenson, R.L.
  • Treasure Island: Stevenson, R.L.
  • Dracula: Stroker, B.
  • War and Peace: Tolstoy, L.
  • Slaughterhouse 5: Vonnegut, K.
  • Selected Poems of William Wordsworth
  • The Penguin Book of First World-War Poetry
Now I’m thinking that considering I’m only 20 years old, that’s quite the collection, no?
1 Comment

Posted by on August 5, 2011 in Uncategorized


One response to “Am I Well Read?

  1. kirstenmhairi

    August 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Oh, and ‘The Somnambulist’ by Essie Fox, which I forgot as it’s by my bed 🙂


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