What, you haven’t read that?

All the cool kids (Jen, Marianne) are doing this book meme.

106 Books You’ve Never Read and Probably Should:

The basic premise is that it takes the top 106 unread books from Library Thing, and you mark whether you’ve read them or not (and various other offshoots on that… see below).

The instructions are:

Bold what you have read
Italicize those you didn’t finish
Strikethrough the ones you hated
*asterisks next to those you’ve read more than once
+ cross in front of the books that are on your bookshelf
Underline books that are on your “to read” list.

*+Anna Karenina

+Crime and Punishment (I’m a very bad Russian major; I couldn’t make it to the end.)

+Catch-22

+One Hundred Years of Solitude

+Wuthering Heights

+The Silmarillion (Honestly, did anyone read this all the way through?)

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

American Gods

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Atlas Shrugged

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Memoirs of a Geisha

Middlesex

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 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 (Ha, I’m the only writer who hasn’t read this.)

The Mists of Avalon

Oryx and Crake: a novel (I gotta be in the right kind of mood for Margaret Atwood)

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

So, I guess we can all feel bad about this together. I mean, these are the books most tagged as unread on LibraryThing. No one else has read them either.

2 Comments

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2 responses to “What, you haven’t read that?

  1. I’m cool?? Really???

    LOL…

    And “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” is terribly entertaining. I didn’t read it so much to learn (though I did) but to laugh (which I also did and in copious amounts). How often can you say THAT about a book about grammar?

  2. Yeah, I think I’m the only literate American who didn’t like Confederacy of Dunces. Except for my DH. Maybe that’s why we belong together? I also realized that an awful lot of the classics I read, I read in my wonderful, wonderful high school English program. But you didn’t finish Dostoevsky? How can you skip all that lovely angst??

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