Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Unread books meme

Couldn't resist this and I don't have much time this week, but it focused my attention on a number of books I really ought to get round to reading. Mostly the rather serious stuff, which is difficult to tackle when life is making demands, and is too demanding itself to cope with in the gentler periods, when all one wants to do in unwind. It came via Pages turned.
These are the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users (as of today). Bold what you have read, italicise that you started but couldn’t finish, and strike through what you couldn’t stand. Add an asterisk* to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list. (Only I don't seem to be able to underline or strike-through, so I've added a note).
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: good start, I really liked this
Anna Karenina
Crime and punishment: but I did finish The Idiot
Catch-22
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion: it's unreadable, isn't it?
Life of Pi: a novel
The name of the rose*
Don Quixote: absolutely no intention of ever trying to read this
Moby Dick: ditto
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice*
Jane Eyre*
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov: one Dostoevsky was enough, thank you
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife: thought I would love it, surprised when I didn't
The Iliad
Emma*
The Blind Assassin: back on the TBR pile
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations*

American Gods* (one of my favourite books)
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver: TBR
Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales: I've read quite a few of the stories

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: hated, won't read again
Anansi boys: wonderful book
The once and future king* (there ought to be lots of asterisks, I've read it so many times!)
The grapes of wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984
Angels & demons (not if it was the last book in the world...)
The inferno*
The satanic verses: this is probably a TBR, didn't read it at the time because the library wouldn't stock it
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: had to read it in French at school, it was pretty miserable
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 (no, but I've read a lot of British history!)
Cryptonomicon: this is another TBR
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: I've got Chicago MOS on my bookshelf, who needs cheap imitations?
The mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake: another book I have to go back to
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas: I really liked his previous books, I was disappointed not to be engrossed, but may still finish it
The Confusion
Lolita*
Persuasion*
Northanger Abbey*
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road: husband loves it, I hate it
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: it's way down the TBR pile
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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