How many have you read?

You know that silly Facebook meme, the one that lists 100 books that the BBC has allegedly selected as the best evAH, and then goes on to claim that the average reader has only read like 6 of them.  It’s fun, but completely bunk.

Well, our friends over at NPR, (who are like the BBC in a non-British way, I guess), recently put out a call for the best SciFi and Fantasy books.  Over 5000 people nominated books and series in the comments.  (I might have. I thought about it, but then I don’t know if I actually did or not).   Then they slimmed the list to the top 237 nominations, specifically excluding books that didn’t make their strict criteria (basically, they excluded horror, paranormal romance, and YA  from the list), and asked for votes.

50,000 votes later, and mine was for sure one of them, and they came up with a list of the top 100 SciFi/Fantasy novels (excluding YA. They are running a YA poll next summer.  Sorry Harry.)

I don’t propose a meme, although go ahead and play along if you want.  I’m just curious to know how many of them I have read.  I’ve got the top 13 down, except I have never finished 1984

Here’s the list.  I bolded the ones I’ve read at least one of the series, although in most cases, I’ve read the whole she-bang. 

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

So there it is. I count 37 of them. That leaves me with a whole lot of reading to do.  I recently added #14 Neuromancer to my to-read list, and several of the Neal Stephenson books are there.  Looks like we’ve got a lot to draw on for our SpecFic book club too.  So far, we have read #32 – Watership Down and #35 – A Canticle for Leibowitz.  Some of our other books will likely be on next summer’s YA list. 

Good times.  How many have you read?

18 thoughts on “How many have you read?”

    1. I’m curious to know which six. Which SciFi/Fantasy books make it onto the list of someone not into SciFi/Fantasy?

  1. I’ve only read 3. I guess I’m with Elizabeth. SciFi/fantasy just isn’t my cup of tea. lol. I’m sure I’ve read a lot of what will be on the YA list though, so maybe it’s just the adult novels I’m not into as much. 🙂

    1. It’s all good. I know not everyone like SciFi/Fantasy. I do. I’m pretty sure that giving a few of these a try, you’d find something that you’d like. There isn’t a lot of difference between YA Fantasy and “adult” fantasy, just older protagonists and possibly more grey. I’d recommend The Belgariad series by David Eddings or The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde to you, Cass.

  2. I managed 10. Thank goodness for SpecFic or it would have been much worse. But wait until next year…

    1. A lot of answers seem to cluster around 10 (mostly over on my Buzz feed). So that’s pretty good. Lots of good stuff ahead of you!

    1. They do make for good movies! There is some speculation that if they had called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by its movie name (BladeRunner), it would have gone way up the list.

  3. 0 : You’re a Nerd Brady. Not only have I not read any of these I have only heard of about 5 or 6 of them and that’s only because they turned them into movies. So… maybe I’m a nerd… Or a non-nerd nerd…. Or what do nerds call people who aren’t their kind of nerd but are nerdy in a different way? Because that’s what I am.

    1. You are a not-nerd Julia. I’ll have to ask my nerd friends what we call you people. We probably just laugh at you. 😀

  4. These are the six. Two of them are series, so they really should count as more than just six.

    1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
    3. Enders Game, by Orson Scott Card
    6. 1984, by George Orwell
    9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
    99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony (when I was a teenager)

    1. I read the Xanth series when I was teenager too. 😀 The terrible puns made it wonderful!
      I bet you would like The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. You should check it out.

  5. Turns out I’ve read more of these than I told you last night–I count 11 (plus a few more I’ve only partially read), which I guess is still pretty sad. Unsurprisingly, I did much better on the BBC list.

    1. I am struck by the cluster of people clustered around 10-11 of these books. I’m guessing that a fair few of them are such standards (LotR, Animal Farm, 1984, for example) that many people are exposed to them through school or popular culture.

      Any favorites?

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