nostrangerer (wrayb) wrote,

in my castle

"Here are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish."

This list is a curious mish mash of pop literature past and recent past. Maybe seems so since I am so old that several of those were not yet writ when last I was in school. Plus I only barely finished HS so there's 4 years less for reading that many had.

Still I will clutter herein with my response:

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (assume this is post 1969 & hence unknown to me)
Anna Karenina *
Crime and Punishment *
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel (definitely after my time)
The Name of the Rose * (I remember when many were reading this.)
Don Quixote (I have dipped into this a few times. Would love to be able to read in Spanish)
Moby Dick (Some day the elusive great white will be mine.)
Ulysses (a great party book, read aloud and amuse your friends)
Madame Bovary *
The Odyssey (I think I finished it. It was so long ago.)
Pride and Prejudice *
Jane Eyre *
The Tale of Two Cities (cheery little tale I sample when the mood is light)
The Brothers Karamazov *
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace *
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad (only a bit of it was required for school but I enjoy it all)
Emma *
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner *
Mrs. Dalloway * **
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged *
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books * (a recent one to be on this list)
Memoirs of a Geisha (This pop culture smear is one book that I cannot fathom why it is on this list)
Middlesex *
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales (totally enjoyed what was available)
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead *
Foucault’s Pendulum
Middlemarch *
The Count of Monte Cristo *
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
The Satanic Verses * (I've read bits of this but not really made a start on it)
Sense and Sensibility *
The Picture of Dorian Gray (At least 3 times, at least once aloud.)
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse * **
Tess of the D’Urbervilles *
Oliver Twist *
Gulliver’s Travels (Although I never finished it, but have read sections many times over)
Les Misérables *
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune (read dune messiah and a large chunk of the main book before losing momentum and interest, made for a nice movie though)
The Prince *
The Sound and the Fury *
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir *
The God of Small Things *
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present *
A Confederacy of Dunces This one I've read about 3 times and browsed again recently when I repurchased it.
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners *
The Unbearable Lightness of Being *
Beloved *
The Scarlet Letter (was supposed to read, but didn't for some reason)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita (Oh Daddy!)
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye *
On the Road (perhaps I am near ready to look at this one again.)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame *
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow (I greatly enjoyed the beginning but decades later have yet to get back to it)
The Hobbit (for school? on the shelf to show you're smart or well rounded? WTF?!?!?)
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences *
White Teeth
Treasure Island *
David Copperfield *
The Three Musketeers *

So many of those I've not finished, I read a chunk upon first getting it and then it goes on the pile never to be returned to again.

* There should be a category for those that you've never started but do sit on your shelf.
** In deference to theda_b where I chanced upon this list, I've never phrased Mrs. Woolf as scary, but certainly am intimidated by her.

PS: You should count yourself lucky Ms. theda_b that LJ limits comments to 4300 characters or this would be in your inbox.

I do do but only a fraction of my books are listed, being mostly those I've gotten in the last few years or some favorites that I've kept close at hand. In fact, now that I think of it, attributing this list to librarything is likely apocryphal.
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