13 October 2007

The LibraryThing Unfinished Books Meme

I found this at BookLust - as well as at a few other places - and decided a meme was just the thing needed to get me back into blogging mode after my enforced break (due to some nasty allergic dermatitis, if you haven’t read it elsewhere). The books on the list are the top 106 books most often tagged as being unread by LibraryThing users, as of 3 October.

The titles in bold I’ve read - and those in italics I tried to read and failed. An asterisk* means I’ve read it more than once. Underlined books are in my TBR box waiting to be read. The ones in purple are books I want to read but haven’t yet laid hands on. And a question mark ? means I’ve never heard of it.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Anna Karenina (Year 10 English)
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights*
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: A Novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice*
Jane Eyre (I hope to make this a twice-read book soon. Preferably before the ABC finally gets its backside into gear and shows the new adaptation.)
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
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations (also Year 10 English)
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
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
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
Sense and Sensibility*
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park* (Well, partly twice)
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
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 ?
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake: A Novel
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion ?
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

Out of the 106, I’ve read 38, given up on 4, have a pathetic 2 in the TBR box, am on the lookout for 21, and have never heard of 6. The rest I have no interest in or am undecided about. I’ve also noticed three things: I’ve done a lot of re-reading of Jane Austen; I’m not the only one who has trouble with Dickens, and a lot of people have been having an unaccountably hard time reading Austen and Gaiman.

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