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What are these "books" of which you speak?

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 (Does the play count?)
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair (the magazine?)
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
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
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
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
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno 
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray (wasn't it portrait?)
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles  (Ugh. Horrid, horrid movie.)
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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
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
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

I'd add House of Leaves to this list, as well as Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird. And really, who has unread books on their bookshelf just to appear all literutt literate?

Still, there are many books on this list that I really want to read. Lolita, Wuthering Heights, anything by Oscar Wilde, More Vonnegut, and I really need to see Les Miserables (not so much read it).  That would also make the assumption that I have reading time available.



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Apr. 30th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Interesting list. Due to the whole English degree thing, I've read many of these... several actually by choice. I just didn't want to list 106 books on my blog! :-)

I have a well-worn copy of "Wuthering Heights", if you'd like to borrow it. The first time I read it, it took perhaps a dozen tries to get into the language and through the first chapter... then I devoured it. I've probably read it 6 or 7 times over the years. I also finally read "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde -- loved it. Quick read. Don't see Les Miserables, READ THE BOOK. I know. It's intimidatingly long, but it's worth it. None of the movies, plays, or musicals ever do it justice.

I'm actually quite surprised at some of the titles on this "unread" list. "Anansi Boys"? Someone bought a Neil Gaiman sequel and didn't read it?
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
I might take you upon that when I get some spare time... hee hee hee
Apr. 30th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Oh, hell... I'm weak. I may end up posting this after all...
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Behold the power of the meme.
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