How well read are you? Take this challenge and see!

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My book club friend (hi S!) sent this link to our group and we had a lot of fun seeing how we did. There are 500 books on the list and the challenge says if you’ve read 10% of them, you are well read.

I thought this was a good one because it reminded me of books I’ve wanted to read, but somehow never go to. I was also glad to see that some of the ones I haven’t read are on my mystery book club’s 2021 reading list.

Here’s the link:

Happy reading!

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89 thoughts on “How well read are you? Take this challenge and see!

  1. This was interesting. I read 22% of the books on the list. Some of the authors listed I had read but not the books listed. I wonder who picks the books for these lists.

    1. Hi Darlene – I got 28% – a lot of the books were from college. It’s a good thing I took that Shakespeare class! I wondered about who chose the books too because I noticed the same thing you did. Thanks for stopping by and taking the challenge 🙂

      1. That’s right! We’ve talked about this! I don’t know though: chocolate milk vs. urine. Ehhh… Urine is definitely grosser, but it doesn’t stain, at least.

    1. Hi Alethea – I also got 28%. I was an English major undergrad too. A lot of these books were ones I’d read in college. Thanks for stopping by – I hope you are doing well 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing, Barbara! This was fun 🙂 Even though I scored at 24%, I don’t feel well read. So many of the books, especially the classics and Shakespeare, I read decades ago when I was a student. I tend to notice the books I haven’t *yet* read, and there’s certainly a lot 🙂

    1. Hi Marie – it was a good thing I’d majored in English because there were lot of books on the list from those years. It got me interested again in going back to some of these classics. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. I only ‘qualify’ as well read if I read the books I wasn’t sure if I read or not or just know they story from other sources. Though I was pretty pleased with the books I had read. Truth be told. In the last few years I have finally given myself permission to stop reading a book if it did not grab me…of which there were quite a few on the list.

    1. Hi Chatter Master – there’s only so much time and if a book doesn’t grab you then yes move on! Thanks for the visit and thank you for your wonderful sketches – they are a bright spot in my day! So glad to see you post them on Instagram too 🙂

      1. Aw! Thank you! And it took me decades to give myself permission to pass on a book that doesn’t grab me. Sad part is….I had ‘wanted’ them to grab me.

      2. I know, I often so want to like a book, then the optimist in me keeps telling me it will get better. I find it hard to stop, but I should learn to move on from a book that doesn’t hold my interest. You’re more evolved than I am!

      1. Thanks for sharing the list. My new novel Just One Look is in production and I’m working on the next. Hope you are well also.

  4. Interesting test – thanks for sharing it! According to this list, I am well read. 🙂 I was a bit surprised by some of the choices; a few of them I don’t want to read. Others I have been meaning to read for a long time …

  5. I’ve read more than 50, and that surprised me. There were others I couldn’t remember whether I’d read or was just familiar with the titles and authors. I read a lot more when I was younger. Others I’ve seen as movies but not read. I only counted the ones I was sure of having read. It was an interesting exercise though. It reminded me of lots of books I intend to read – some day. I was surprised at some that were included and some that weren’t. Thanks for sharing the list.

    1. Hi Norah – a lot of these books were ones I’d read in college, some in French class (though I have to say my comprehension in French literature was not good!). Thanks so much for stopping by – hope you are doing well 🙂

    1. Hi Marian – thanks for stopping by and taking a look. I haven’t read Becoming yet, but I did read Bel Canto (twice). It’s one of my favorites. I’m thinking I’ll like Becoming so we will have that in common!

  6. I’ve only read five on the whole first page, Barb, but I saw a whole bunch that I’d like to read. That’s a great list for anyone who runs out of reading ideas… as if. Lol. That was fun.

    1. Haha – it’s amazing how many more books there are out there – almost every day there are new ones – but it’s a good problem, even if it is overwhelming at times. 🙂 Thanks for the visit, Diana!

  7. I’ve read 98 books or 20% as it calculates. I was surprised to see a lot of books on there which were fluff titles, it shows how much I have to read though, and how many good titles were missed off the list.

    1. Hi Ste J – yes there were some fluffy ones for sure but I guess the idea of being well read means reading broadly – both solid and fluffy? Thanks for stopping by and for checking out this list.

  8. I didn’t have the time to take the challenge… but I couldn’t resist. And nice of the site to then give our number of books read and the percentage. i read 174 books of the 500 – 35%. So much fun going through each title and thinking “I remember that one,” and “I loved that one.” Most of the ones on this list that I haven’t read I don’t think I will. I’m pretty selective, but reading the list did make me think I need to up my game this year. During the pandemic, I’ve been reading more books for escape and pleasure than for learning and pushing myself.

    1. Wow you are a super reader! I read 139 from the list – 28%. Right now I’m reading another thriller but after that I’m going to dig in a little and read some of the ones on the list I never got to. Thanks for stopping by and taking the challenge, Oh Supreme Reader!

      1. Haha. There are a lot of Shakespeare plays in that list, and I had to read a lot of Shakespeare in my college and post-grad lit classes. I can’t wait to see what books you choose to read from that list.

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