Nicked this from Steph of Incurable Insomniac fame. I've also nicked the term "nicked" from Andrew of White Rabbit fame. That's how I roll.
"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." I've added a little flourish, as I often do, with some wise-ass comments. Once again, that's how I roll.
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - and it wasn't easy. Very long book.
- Anna Karenina
- Crime and Punishment - don't even know why I tried.
- Catch-22 - not even a Vonneg..., oops, Heller fan (Thanks Downtown Guy!).
- One Hundred Years of Solitude
- Wuthering Heights - wound up really liking it.
- The Silmarillion - but I tried. I really tried. Over. And over again.
- Life of Pi: a novel
- The Name of the Rose - after I saw the film.
- Don Quixote - read it in college, but turns out I didn't have to.
- Moby Dick - finally two years ago.
- Ulysses - ugh!
- Madame Bovary - I like saying "Gustave Flaubert". It's fun!
- The Odyssey - read it first on my own and then later for school.
- Pride and Prejudice
- Jane Eyre
- The Tale of Two Cities - my favorite Dickens work.
- The Brothers Karamazov
- Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
- War and Peace - impossible!
- Vanity Fair - don't remember much though.
- The Time Traveler’s Wife
- The Iliad - same with The Odyssey. First on my own...later for school.
- Emma - This was made into the movie with Alicia Silverstone, right?
- The Blind Assassin
- The Kite Runner
- Mrs. Dalloway
- Great Expectations - my least favorite Dickens work.
- American Gods - hard to believe this is on the list. Are there really a bunch of people out there buying Neil Gaiman novels and not reading them?
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
- Atlas Shrugged - I tried reading Rand when researching Objectivism, but I found her to be fucking ponderous.
- Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
- Memoirs of a Geisha - I stopped when I realized it wasn't Asian erotica. Very sad.
- Quicksilver - I've wanted to read Stephenson, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
- Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West - couldn't get through the sequel, though.
- The Canterbury Tales - Love me some Chaucer.
- The Historian: a novel
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
- Love in the Time of Cholera - "It's about girls, right?" - Rob Gordon.
- Brave New World
- The Fountainhead - See Atlas Shrugged.
- Foucault’s Pendulum - One Eco book is quite enough for me, thank you.
- The Count of Monte Cristo - I think for school. Can't imagine reading it on my own.
- Dracula - read a lot of Stoker in my teen years. Also attempted to read Feast of Blood (Varney the Vampire) in those days, but never made it all the way through.
- A Clockwork Orange - once again, after I saw the film.
- Anansi Boys - what's with all the Neil Gaiman?
- The Once and Future King - I really wanted to like this series of books, but I found them boring as hell.
- The Grapes of Wrath
- The Poisonwood Bible : a novel - how could I have missed out on one of Oprah's book club selections?
- Angels & Demons - why would someone own this and not read it?
- The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise) - I own a copy from the 1870's. My oldest book.
- The Satanic Verses - wasn't Rushdie the guy from the sauna who called himself Sal Bass?
- Sense and Sensibility
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Mansfield Park
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey is a freak. This and Demon Box are his only novels I have made it through.
- To the Lighthouse
- Tess of the D'Urbervilles
- Oliver Twist
- Gulliver’s Travels
- Les Misérables
- The Corrections
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - never heard of it.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - ditto.
- Dune - Frank Herbert bores the shit out of me.
- The Prince
- The Sound and the Fury - managed to avoid Faulkner thus far.
- Angela's Ashes: a memoir - ugh!
- The God of Small Things
- A People's History of the United States: 1492-present - I tried.
- Cryptonomicon - more Stephenson, eh?
- Neverwhere - even more Neil Gaiman??? I really don't understand this.
- A Confederacy of Dunces - it's on my bookshelf...just waiting for me.
- A Short History of Nearly Everything
- Dubliners - I wanna know who out there has actually read Joyce.
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being - "It's about girls, right?" - Rob Gordon
- Beloved - another Oprah selection.
- The Scarlet Letter
- Eats, Shoots & Leaves - there is a joke about pandas or koalas in there someplace.
- The Mists of Avalon
- Oryx and Crake: a novel - never heard of it.
- Collapse: how societies choose to fail or succeed
- Cloud Atlas
- The Confusion
- Lolita - read this during my Kubrick phase. Not for the under-aged girl. Really.
- Northanger Abbey
- The Catcher in the Rye - I thought everyone but me had read this.
- 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 - White Fang...yes. White Teeth...no.
- Treasure Island
- David Copperfield
- The Three Musketeers
So I've read a lot more books for school back in the day then I thought I would have, apparently. I would never have remembered reading all of these had I not done this meme. Cool!
My totals out of the 106 books:
Read on my own - 27
Read for school - 24
Started but never finished - 15
Never read - 40
That translates into 62% of the books that I've either read or partially read. Not bad, but it should be higher. Gotta give me credit for trying on some of those. I've noticed that a lot of the books that I haven't read are more recent works, and I don't read nearly as much now as I did when I was younger.
How did you do?
Aw crap 106 books! I'm thinkin' for an English major I ain't gonna do good. I'll give it a try, I've printed your post so I can go through it easier... I'm suck a dork.
Yikes - I've actually read quite a few of these. Memo to self: get out more
I wouldn't be able to remember which of those I've read for school and which I've read for pleasure.
Isn't 106 a weird number for a list? And I think the reason people buy Angels and Demons and don't read it is because they realize how shitty of an author Dan Brown is.
Paige - Hey you may do better than you think.
White Rabbit - nothing wrong with staying in with a good book. Or a good movie. Or a good bottle of bourbon.
Avi - I thought the same thing about the number of books. And I agree about Dan Brown...which is why I can't figure out why someone would buy it and then not read it.
ive only read 14 of these...
thats pretty sad, i know.
Slyde - they don't do some books on Audio CD so you may be missing out. ;)
I am too important to spend time reading books. I pay others to read books to me. But most of the time I am not paying attention, since I am dreaming of Pamela Anderson. If I have seen the movies based on the books, does that count?
Lotus - this Pam Anderbot fascination you have is...fascinating!
I'm nicking this from you!
Jerry Caysey here. Some of the books on that list are children's books. why would people buy the hobbit to make themselves look smart?
Why anyone would put Angels and Demons on their shelf to look "smart and well rounded" is beyond me. DAN BROWN MAKES ME FROWN...Avitable is right. He's just shit. I do however recommend the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
bobgirrl - nick away.
Jerry - they may buy it to make themselves look tall.
Artful Kisser - Dan Brown is popcorn. There is nothing wrong with popcorn, it's just not literature.
I love the hobbit. And I is smart. Most smartest person here.
PS Grapes of Wrath is nowhere as good as East of Eden.
Oh yes, and Watership Down? They made me read that in grade 5. GRADE 5! It made me sad. I may have been able to read it...doesn't mean they should have made me. It still makes my tummy hurt to think about it.
Good list though.
Liz - You most definitely is the smartest person here. ;)
You do know that Vonnegut didn't write Catch-22, right? (And, oddly enough, I had a discussion about exactly that with a friend last night.)
Downtown Guy - yeah, it was Heller...my bad. Read it so long ago, I couldn't remember.
I just thought it was funny, because, like I said, the same thing came up last night. I'd never considered mistaking the two before that, but I guess it's an easy wire to get crossed.
For some reasons, I confuse it with Slaughterhouse Five all the time. Maybe because both were adapted to film in the early 70's and both dealt with WWII.
Could be all the tequila I've had over the years. ;)
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