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From Michelle.  You can see how unread I am.  Going through the list, there aren't many where I said: "gee, I should read that."  For one thing, I like short books, Anna Karenina just about killed me with the boring economics in feudal Russia stuff.

I'm also wondering why so much Jane Austen is here.  I guess people took the books out because they liked the movies and then decided it wasn't for them.  This was my thing with A Clockwork Orange.  I had a thing about this movie when I was in my last year in high school (I was going through a stage where I tried to be shocking and subversive--I did my english independent study on Lady Chatterley's lover and the use of naturalistic language (which meant I got to say "fuck" a lot in class) and it got me into Kubrick's films.  But the book didn't really do it for me.  I find reading a book first is less likely to ruin a movie for me than the other way around.  Except maybe the Keira Knightly version of Pride and Prejudice which is horrible as an adaptation and really as a film.  But I digress, on to the 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
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
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 (have it at home, might read it)
War and Peace
Vanity Fair

The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
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
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
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
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984
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
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
Dune
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
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
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
Lolita
Persuasion
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

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From my quick count running through the list, I've read 40 of them in their entirety--almost all before I had kids. Most of the ones I haven't read are also books I don't intend to read, though, so I don't feel too bad about that.

I've read a large proportion of the "classics" (especially pre-1900) on that list, and only a handful of the 20th century ones... partly because, when starved for reading material over the past 10 years of schooling, I've turned to my husband's shelves -- and he did his undergrad in English, meaning he has a lot of those "classics". But I very rarely tend to read modern "literature" -- not sure why. Even the award-winning, everyone-says-its-amazing stuff. I have some sort of resistance... I should probably do something about that, because I'd probably enjoy at least some 'modern' classics...

I took this and put it on my blog, too. Fun.

I am still trying to make it through In Cold Blood. It is currently on my night stand. I must say it is the most well written work I have read in a long time.

You've read Dune? Have you read the whole series? I did. I was quite a Dune fan in college.

I too am going to post this on my blog. I am adding smiley faces at the end of the books that sit on my shelf and have not even been attempted yet!

Also printing it out to for my book club ( I am hosting this month)! I am sure they will get a kick out of it.

Very fun, thanks for sharing!

I too am going to post this on my blog. I am adding smiley faces at the end of the books that sit on my shelf and have not even been attempted yet!

Also printing it out to for my book club ( I am hosting this month)! I am sure they will get a kick out of it.

Very fun, thanks for sharing!

(Life of Pi : a novel) pretty sure you read avant de moi as is you what told me

(The Kite Runner) is another one at home...i thought you read

(Gulliver’s Travels) everybody read this book? no?

(Angela’s Ashes : a memoir) pretty sure this is on shelf too and you at least started to read it

(Oryx and Crake : a novel) why anyone would read this is beyawned me...and it shall never be in the house.

the list of what i read...

Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
Don Quixote
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (have it at home, might read it)
The Iliad
Emma
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Brave New World
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
The Once and Future King
1984
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
Gulliver’s Travels
Dune
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Cloud Atlas
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
The Aeneid
Watership Down
The Hobbit

the list of what i own but aint read yet

The Brothers Karamazov
The Kite Runner
Great Expectations
Oliver Twist
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
David Copperfield

oops remove these three from "read"

Neverwhere
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon

Those books are classics, but they are hard reads. I find myself reading some simple fiction to wind down at night time.

I've tagged you! Come on over and see the instructions. :)

The Silmarillion
The Tale of Two Cities
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (have it at home, might read it)
The Iliad
The Canterbury Tales
Frankenstein
Angels and demons
Dune- all of them
The Prince
Freakonomics
Mists of Avalon
Hobbit
1984

I Tried to read,
The Name of the Rose

War and Peace -Russian lit (shudder) long and borring.

Reading needs to be educational, enlightening or fun too many of these books are hard work with little pay off

Steph, will you call the wench and plan something, we are so hermitish these days.


The Silmarillion
The Tale of Two Cities
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (have it at home, might read it)
The Iliad
The Canterbury Tales
Frankenstein
Angels and demons
Dune- all of them
The Prince
Freakonomics
Mists of Avalon
Hobbit
1984

I Tried to read,
The Name of the Rose

War and Peace -Russian lit (shudder) long and borring.

Reading needs to be educational, enlightening or fun too many of these books are hard work with little pay off

Steph, will you call the wench and plan something, we are so hermitish these days.


I have this horrible tendency to start books without finishing them. Adding those up more than doubled my count of books (and some of them, like To the Lighthouse, I'll never attempt again). I keep meaning to print out this list (it has been all over the blogs I read in the last two weeks), and actually check it out against my bookshelves. I never remember which books by an author I have.

Interesting list. I'm amazed at which ones I've actually read. If I got all the way through them it was because I enjoyed reading them. Unless it was for school.

I'm really weird. I loved War and Peace and read it more than once!

I've read about 80 of those books. I'll send you a review of my some of my favorites on the list if you need a little boost to get you into them. For everyone, I will say, read "A Confederacy of Dunces". It is hysterical. The author, John Kennedy Toole, wrote it on a bunch of scrap paper and kept in a messy pile. Years later, his mother took the entire mess to a publisher and told him that her son had committed suicide but that she'd found this mess in his things and that it was very funny. The publisher only read the first few pages, in front of the mother, because of the weirdness of the situation, and subsequently published this very funny book which went on to win a pulitzer prize. I've purchased "A Confederacy of Dunces" in hardcover, from Amazon, for $10 several times. Get it. It's funny.

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