A good read

Okay, here’s another one of those meme thingies that I got from that girl. What would we do without memes on weeks that we’re busy, I ask you.

“Someone” reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. It’s not the Big Read though — they don’t publish books, and they’ve only featured these books so far. In any event . . .

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you started but did not finish.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 or less and force books upon them.

1. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
2. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
3. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
4. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
5. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
6. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
7. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
8. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
9. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
10. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
11. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
12. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
13. His Dark Materials (trilogy) – Philip Pullman
14. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
15. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
16. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
17. Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
18. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
19. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
20. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
21. Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
22. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
23. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
24. Animal Farm – George Orwell
25. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
26. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
27. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
28. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
29. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
30. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
31. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
32. Complete Works of Shakespeare
33. Ulysses – James Joyce
34. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
35. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
36. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
37. The Bible
38. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
39. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
40. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
41. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
42. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
45. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
46. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
47. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
48. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
49. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
50. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
51. Little Women – Louisa M. Alcott
52. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
53. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
54. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
55. Middlemarch – George Eliot
56. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
57. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
58. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
59. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
60. Emma – Jane Austen
61. Persuasion – Jane Austen
62. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
63. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
64. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
65. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
66. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
67. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
68. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
69. Atonement – Ian McEwan
70. Dune – Frank Herbert
71. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
72. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
73. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
74. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
75. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
76. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
77. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
78. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
79. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
80. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
81. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
82. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
83. Dracula – Bram Stoker
84. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
85. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
86. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
87. Germinal – Emile Zola
88. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
89. Possession – A.S. Byatt
90. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
91. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
92. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
93. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
94. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
95. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
96. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
97. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
98. Watership Down – Richard Adams
99. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
100. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

Funny – most people know me as a “reader,” but I have barely scratched the surface of the more popular works of fiction on this list. Who the heck makes up this stuff, anyway?

About Tom Allen

The Grey Geezer Dauntless defender of, um, something that needed dauntless defending. Dammit, I can't read this script without my glasses. Hey, you kids, get off my damn lawn!
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31 Responses to A good read

  1. Marianne says:

    I’ve read 57 of that list. A few more I started and didn’t finish, and one, I’m in the midst of reading (The Kite Runner). Some interesting choices on the list… who compiled it?


  2. L says:

    HAH same here, I read a lot, but I’ve read even less than you, out of this list. I think it’s because I limit myself almost exclusively to sci-fi and fantasy. I know, I know… I just have a hard time switching to another genre, since I like this one so much 😛


  3. Patty says:

    I have only read 34, not including the ones I stopped reading (god I hated Moby Dick). I am a HUGE reader, but there weren’t a lot of the books I read on that list. Where was Heinlein, where was Dick? lol….I just typed dick….


  4. Eileen says:

    I’ve read 66 of them, but this list is moronic. At least, more moronic that most of the lists like this that I’ve seen. For example: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? Part of the Narnia Chronicles. Hamlet? Probably contained within the complete works of Shakespeare, ya think?

    And The Da Vinci Code. Don’t get me started.


  5. Kate says:

    I am a VORACIOUS reader and I might break 35 on this list…I am with Patty…Where’s Heinlein? Teddy Da Fish? Pratchett? King? What about biographies? What about non-fiction?


  6. Jennifer says:

    Okay, first I have to say that I am a new reader here and love your writing. I have learned more in the past week than I would have ever expected. Second, I’d like to apologize for a totally off-topic comment here, but I’m an idiot and can’t seem to find an email link.

    I have 2 questions I’d like to ask you, one easy, one a little more complicated. The first is – what is the yahoo forum you recommend? I know I read it here a couple days ago, but can’t seem to find where I read it.

    The second is this :My husband and I have just recently begun exploring chastity devices. We bought a cb2000, and it finally got here yesterday, but we seem to be having a few issues making it work.

    It seems that any A ring loose enough not to turn his bits purple and cold is also loose enough to pull his cock out the top, which makes it less effective – knowing he can get out. We tried to address this by adding multiple layers of waterproof foam tape to both the A and B rings, which does prevent him from pulling out the top. The issue now seems to be that he can’t sit comfortably in it without, in his words
    “Sitting, however, seems to “bind”, for lack of a better word, something…and my balls are getting a little tingly and uncomfortable” (sent to me in an IM from work a few minutes ago)

    So what are we doing wrong? Is it the tape on the A ring binding things too tight? But if we don’t have the tape there, is there any other way to prevent him from being able to pull out the top? As he put it last night, if he knows he can get out, it’s no longer an effective chastity device, just expensive jewlery.

    Thanks in advance for any help or advice.

    (sorry this is so long)


  7. swingerwife says:

    Hey Tom, I just found your blog and spent some time reading through this year’s entries. Love your writing! You have gained a fan and a blogroll addition.


  8. Bunny says:

    What an eclectic, yet very imperfect, list. I posted my list too


  9. Tom Allen says:

    Where was Heinlein, where was Dick?

    heh heh… heh heh… she said “Dick” heh heh… heh heh”

    Yeah, Heinlein? Pratchett? What kind of criteria is this?
    Bah. Next time when I’m too busy to write, I’ll just post more pics of my butt.

    Swinger – thanks for stopping by and commenting. You forgot to leave your own link.

    Bun – I saw yours – we’ve got a lot of the same books.

    Eileen – so, what if I only read a dozen of the Shakespeare works? Does that mean I don’t get credit?


  10. Tom Allen says:

    Jenn –
    I know what you’re asking. You’re describing the “pullout” issue, which happens to a lot of men, me included. I made a spacer out of several sections of an unused cuff ring which narrows the opening to the cage. I’ve got pictures of this at The Devices tab up on top.

    Others use an aftermarket device called the KSD, which can be found at :

    You might also want to ask around at the CB-3000 Yahoo group:

    My contact info is on the About page. Please feel free to email me at:
    taomlin (at) gmail (dot) com

    What you’re describing is actually pretty common, and there are a number of ways to resolve it. Part of the issue is that he needs time for his body to adapt to wearing the device. I recommend that people just wear the thing for several weeks just to get comfortable, without worrying about the security. Once you feel comfy, then it’s time to snug things down a bit.


  11. em says:

    I’ve read 20 of these… I love Winnie the Pooh too…


  12. Tom Allen says:

    I love the original, A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. I read that to my daughter for years – it’s excellent. Way better than the Disneyfied mutation.


  13. Jennifer says:

    Thank you! I’ll check out those links, and we’ll keep working at it.


  14. kimba says:

    you loved winnie the pooh!!!!
    maybe you are my ideal man after all.. x

    (which is your favourite story?)


  15. Patty says:

    I am so glad that I have found other people who appreciate the original Milne. I can’t tell you how many of my “mom friends” don’t even know that it started as a book!

    Have you tried Benjamin Hoff’s Tao of Pooh? Happy Thursday!


  16. Tom Allen says:

    I can’t tell you how many of my “mom friends” don’t even know that it started as a book!

    Aauuurrrggghhh! Don’t even get me started!


  17. Cocotte says:

    I’m at 30 and holding. Many of the others I attempted to read and thought they were real snoozers.
    Tom, I think you’d enjoy The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s a funky story!


  18. Agotaras says:

    Read them all?

    Hell, I WROTE them all.



  19. Fuse says:

    It’s a weird list to be sure, I’ve only read 16 of them, and thats because the HP series was 7 books. Now if there were more Sci Fi on that list…


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  21. Verity says:

    I’m with Eileen……..Who created this payhetic list?


  22. I’ve read 8 on the list – yes, I should read more 😦


  23. havingmycake says:

    Im with Marianne, having read between 50 and 60 of the titles. I always had my nose in a book in my teens and twenties. Kids rather got in the way after that but there are a fair few on there that I shall be trying to get to grips with over the next couple of years. Great meme x


  24. Cat says:

    The thing I am finding most surprising is how many of the folks who have read Dune. Are all the folks on my blog roll Dune enthusiasts? Oh and I loved Winnie the Pooh too, Cam didn’t care for it but Corey still likes for me to read it to him from time to time.


  25. Eileen says:


    Er, sorry, if you have only read a dozen of Shakespeare’s plays, I will give you credit for having read a dozen of Shakespeare’s plays. I can see why one might choose to pull out individual works, but why Hamlet and not Romeo & Juliet, for example? I basically reject this list, because I am picky. And also because these lists are impossible. Something’s always going to be off to someone.

    Also, why haven’t you read all of Shakespeare’s plays, huh? Shouldn’t you get on that ;)?


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  27. selkie says:

    cool meme! May I copy it for my blog?


  28. selkie says:

    cool, I’ve read around 68 or 9 – some I enjyed, some I didn’t!


  29. Selkie – please steal away. I do it all the time.


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