The official prompt for today is: Freebie (create your own topic). So, my topic for this week will be:
Top Ten Books I Expect Everyone To Have Read
It comes up now and then. I mention a book to someone and they haven’t read it, and I just can’t imagine how that’s possible. It’s happened in reverse, too; there are books I haven’t read which other people find equally impossible. (Until recently, To Kill a Mockingbird was one of those books. I didn’t study it in school, while everyone else seems to have. It happens.) So here’s a list of the ten books that first come to my mind as ones I’ve read and just expect everyone else to have read, also.
1. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle ~ I had always assumed that everyone read this book. And then the movie came out and I started finding out that a lot of people hadn’t read it. I still can’t imagine this. It’s one of my absolute favorite books.
2. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding ~ This one is not one of my favorite books, but I had to study it twice in school and so I’d assumed everyone else did, too. Turns out that’s a “no”.
3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis ~ Another book that I read young and always assumed everyone else had. I don’t expect people to have read the whole series, but I do expect that they’ve read the first one.
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ~ I was a holdout on this book for a long time. I guess that’s part of why I expect everyone to have already read it, though: by the time I read it, it seemed like everyone I’d talked to already loved the series. So it felt like I was one of the last people to read the book, which means everyone has read it now.
5. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie ~ So many people only know the Disney version of Peter. And while I loved the Disney movie (I haven’t watched it lately because I’m afraid I’ll notice that it hasn’t aged well, and I’d rather remember loving it) it pales in comparison to the original story.
6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll ~ As with Peter Pan, it blows my mind when people have only seen the Disney version of this story.
7. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ~ I don’t expect people to have read other Tolkien — and actually, I don’t even expect everyone to have finished The Hobbit. But I am surprised when I find someone who hasn’t even tried to read it.
8 & 9. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain ~ These are two other ones that it just seems like everyone has read, and yet I know that’s not true. Oddly, I can’t even tell you much of either plot or what I thought of them. I just know that I’ve read them, and I think everyone else has too.
10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens ~ I suspect it’s safe to say that everyone knows the basic plot, but not everyone has read the book. It’s a relatively easy Dickens to read (in part because it’s short) but that still doesn’t mean everyone actually has.
And there you go! Have you read all — or any — of these? What books do you assume everyone has read?