Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Literary Meme

What we have here is 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.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary - In French even...
The Odyssey - I read this for school - but I loved it - I've read parts of it in Greek as well...
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre - first time when I was 9 - I recently re-read it though...
The Tale of Two Cities - I love Dickens - I think I've read nearly everything he wrote...
The Brothers Karamazov - I love Dostoevsky too - I could add a whole list of his books...
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (have it at home, might read it)
War and Peace - Love love love Tolstoy too - this one was a bit long and drawn out - but I loved Anna Karenina...
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad - Loved it - still read parts of it in Greek...
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations - probably my least favorite Dickens novel - it's funny that it's so often required reading for school...
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged - I first read Rand's 'Anthem' and was so intrigued that I read Atlas...
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha - this is on my to-read list
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales - read in 12th grade - I was probably the only one in my class that loved it - I loved Beowulf too - can't wait to see the movie...
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
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King - from Karen...
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles - saw the movie first - then read the book...
Oliver Twist - a lot of Dickens on this list - I love Dickens...
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables - read it in French - I love Hugo too...
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune - I forced myself to read this one - but never got through the rest of the set my brother loaned me - I think I finally gave it back...
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 Cryptonomicon
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Slaughterhouse-five - I love Vonnegut - even did a post when he died - I have read everything of his I could get my hands on too...
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye - read in 9th grade - didn't get much out of it...
On the Road
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 - In Latin...
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers


  1. I've read 27 of these - and many more have been on my list for a while. I love James Joyce! I am SO impressed that you read the Aeneid in Latin!!!!

  2. No point me doing this meme. I haven't read any of them - except Angela's Ashes. And some kids versions of some of them! I'm so uneducated!!!

  3. Hi Nicola,

    I wouldn't worry about it - it's a funny list - and some people do read books just to impress - so you just go on and read what you like...