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Courtesy of [ profile] cakeface:

These 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've read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina - I keep meaning to take this one on, but never get past the preliminaries.
Crime and Punishment - I read it for school, & I'm not sorry!
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Over & over & over again. I never get tired of Garcia Marquez' imagery & irony, the parables, the political & family tragedies.
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion - I'm sorry to be a philistine, but this puts me to sleep every time.
Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose - Great yarn.
Don Quixote - I read it chapter by chapter, episodically, over a period of a couple of years, like some long, drawn out HBO tragicomedy. I love poor, crazy old Alonso Quijana like I love Omar on The Wire or Derek Jacobi's Claudius in the BBC's I, Claudius...
Moby Dick - Read it for school as a teenager, thought it mesmerizing. I've never gone back to it, though.
Ulysses - This is another one I keep stopping & starting.
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey - It's taking me longer to finish this than it took Odysseus to get back to Penelope ...
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov - This is the one Dostoevsky novel I've yet to finish. Someday ...
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad - Read this in an Ancient Epic class in college, after Gilgamesh and the Tanakh; I preferred it to the other two.
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods - My niece gave this to me to read, last Xmas. Couldn't put it down.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
The Canterbury Tales - Someday, I'm going to pick up the Riverside Chaucer and master the original. I am!
The Historian
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - I confess I get lost in Joyce's streams of consciousness. But not in Faulkner's, for some reason ...
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World - My favorite dystopia!
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum - Hated it, but somehow soldiered on to the end.
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses - This is actually still one of my favorite Rushdie novels.
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 - I know it's weird, but I really like Hardy's novels, despite (or maybe because of?) the bleakness.
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Seemed such a page turner at the time, but the story is hazy, in retrospect
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury - This inspired a years-long obsession with reading absolutely everything of Faulkner's that I could find in print. At this point, I've read everything but one early novel and the Snopes books.
Angela’s Ashes
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States - I don't know whether I've read all of it; I keep reading different parts.
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners - I like Joyce's short fiction much more.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Loved this book, the characters, the self-aware style.
The Scarlet Letter - Meh.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita - Nabokov's prose is on fire. I wish to God I could write like this.
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Double meh.
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield

And that's all I've got to say about that.

Date: 2008-12-12 11:30 am (UTC)
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PS. The Iliad rules, and American Gods brainfucked me for all time.


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