Trog links to a piece on The Federalist entitled The Top Ten Books People Lie About Reading and enumerates those which he, Trog, has read between Danica Patrick fan fiction (between two and five, because Trog counts partial reads).
I’d seen the linked piece before and considered doing a list-post comparing what I’ve read to the actual list, but my laziness precluded me. But now that all the cool kids are doing it (“If Trog jumped onto a river, would you?” “Yeah!”)
A little note, though: the item at the Federalist says “ten” books, but one list entry is actually two books. The math, it is hard for English majors.
Ergo, here is the list, with the ones I have read rendered in bold:
- Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
- On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
- Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
- A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
- 1984, George Orwell
- Democracy in America, Alexis De Tocqueville
- The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
- Moby Dick, Herman Melville
- The Art of War, Sun Tzu
- The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli
- Ulysses, James Joyce
I do own Les Miserables and Democracy in America with the intent to read them. I also own Ulysses, but I’m not sure I’ll ever reach a point where I pick that up before another book unless it’s a post-apocalyptic world where I’m burning books for warmth.
That’s six of eleven. And The Art of War and The Prince are a hundred pages each. They’re not books. They’re fat pamphlets.