Saturday, October 13, 2007

106 Most Unread Books

This is a book meme going around right now. I got it from Books, Memes, and Musings.

These are the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, and strike through books you hated. Add an asterisk* to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your TBR (To Be Read) list.

Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell
Anna Karenina[TBR]
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
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 Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma[TBR]
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius [TBR]
Atlas shrugged*
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West [TBR]
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[TBR]
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
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[TBR]
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[TBR]
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

And yes, I was an English major in college (as if you couldn't tell!) I rarely put books down without finishing them, but there's a couple here I just had to. I've read 36 of the 106, only about 30%. Wonder if there's a reason why they're the most unread??

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Some of these are surprising - the most surprising is Atlas Shrugged. Put Mists of Avalon on top of your TBR pile - puts a whole new twist of the Arthur legend. I loved it. Liz

BookGal said...

I wondered the same thing. I noticed that there weren't many sci fi or mystery on the unread list. I see you couldn't finish Life of Pi. I've got it on my TBR list. We'll see what happens.

Marianne Arkins said...

Wahoo! Something to post about tomorrow... it might be embarassing. Have a great weekend!

Michael said...

Say, I'll do this one!

But some of them are rather new. I wonder if they should have given more time before adding them to the list?

Alice Teh said...

I did the list too. Here's mine. :)

Alice Teh said...

Hi Allie, I like Life of Pi a lot. Am also an animal softie and yes, the scenes where they start tearing each other apart got to me too. I was like OMG, not the orang utan too... :( I said silent prayers for the poor things and moved on. It's an interesting book and I must say one of its kind. When I run out of stuff to read (highly unlikely) I'll definitely re-read Pi. Maybe you can skip the animal cruelty part and read on?... Just a thought. :)

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