Every year or so, an Internet quiz starts recirculating, about 100 books the BBC thinks most people have only read six of. The implication being, of course, that most people are ill-read mental slobs who don’t know which end of a dust jacket to eat their soup with.
And every year or so when I see this quiz pop up again, I take a peek at the latest iteration, which never fails to amuse, amaze, and annoy me. I have been reading since 1975. I average 2 or 3 books a month. And since I math almost as well as I read, that tells me 100 books is a small fraction of what I’ve mentally consumed in my literate lifetime. So, BBC, here are a few things I would like to tell you about my reading habits and my take on your idea of what people should be reading: