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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

LibraryThing Meme: Top 106 Unread Books

LibraryThing users unscientifically calculated the top 106 books that users own, but haven't yet read. The data was based on the user-defined tag "unread". How many have you read?

So, here's the game: Bold what you have read (because this is hard to see, I'm going to underline as well); italicize those books you’ve started but couldn’t finish; asterisk those you own, but haven’t read. Below are my results.

Jonathan Strange & M. 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
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
*War and Peace
*Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
*The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
*Great Expectations
Middlesex
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
Quicksilver
*Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
*The Canterbury tales
The Historian
*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
1984
Angels & Demons

*The Inferno
*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 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
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
*Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
*The Aeneid
Watership Down
*Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood
White teeth
*Treasure Island
David Copperfield
*The Three Musketeers

My final stats:
61 Read
40 Owned but unread
5 Neither owned nor read

One observation: this is a great reading list. A lot of classics, and a lot of great contemporary stuff too. I didn't love, love, love everyone of these books that I'd read, but I couldn't find any that I hated. (Though Joyce, had I ever given him a shot, might have qualified.) So, dig in.

5 Comments:

At 12:32 PM, Blogger Liz in Seattle said...

(whispers) only eleven read. Oh, the humanity...

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger Kathleen said...

(shamelessly shakes head) I can't even begin to compete.
Bowing down to the master reader! :)

 
At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Virginia said...

Read:
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
Wuthering Heights
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Iliad
Emma
Great Expectations
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales
The Fountainhead
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A clockwork orange
*Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
1984
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
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
Dune
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter
The mists of Avalon
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Aeneid
Watership Down
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

You know me...if I'm not reading it immediately I don't generally buy it. LOL So 58 read, a bunch still to buy.

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger E. Peevie said...

Thanks for the tip. I haven't been LTing in awhile, so I had missed this meme. I linked to your blog in gratitude and deference to your out-of-my-reach reading stamina.

My final tally: 41 read.

 
At 6:18 AM, Blogger Today's Blogger said...

Can't remember if I read Atlas Shrugged, or just looked at an Atlas as Shrugged. So, somewhere between one and two, counting Catch 22. If it's got pictures, send me a copy of Lolita.

 

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