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new book meme!

via janetmk

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today whenever this was originally posted). As usual, bold what you have read, italicize what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (149) (on audio)

Anna Karenina (132)
Crime and punishment (121) (required reading for high school)
Catch-22 (117) (required reading for high school)
One hundred years of solitude (115)
Wuthering Heights (110) (on audio, recently. maybe it's better if you read it when you're young. my attitude: why read this drama-laden drivel when i can just go read livejournal? seriously, it's finely crafted, but it's ugly)
The Silmarillion (104)
Life of Pi : a novel (94)
The name of the rose (91)
Don Quixote (91) (lit course in college)
Moby Dick (86) (on audio, recently. totally loved it—the narrator is superb. i doubt i could get through it in print)
Ulysses (84) (assuming this means Joyce's work)
Madame Bovary (83)
The Odyssey (83)
Pride and prejudice (83)
Jane Eyre (80) (one of my all-time favorites, and it stood up to a recent re-read, but i don't know if a person would like it if a person hadn't imprinted on it during puberty)
A tale of two cities (80) (recently, on audio)
The brothers Karamazov (80)
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (79) (some annoying stuff, but some fascinating stuff too, especially the analysis of how human relationships change as societies grow larger)
War and peace (78) (recently, on audio)
Vanity fair (74) (recently, on audio)
The time traveler's wife (73)
The Iliad (73) (required reading in high school)
Emma (73) (required reading in high school)
The Blind Assassin (73)
The kite runner (71) (I have it on audio but haven't started it yet.)
Mrs. Dalloway (70) (college lit course)
Great expectations (70)
American gods (68)
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius (67)
Atlas shrugged (67)
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books (66)
Memoirs of a Geisha (66) (on audio. it was interesting enough to keep listening, but i totally despised the ending.)
Middlesex (66) (I went to high school with the author)
Quicksilver (66) (not so much that I couldn't finish it, as that I figured out it wasn't science fiction and that's what I was in the mood for, so I set it aside for later)
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West (65)
The Canterbury tales (64) (read some for a college lit course, never felt compelled to read more)
The historian : a novel (63)
A portrait of the artist as a young man (63) (a favorite in college, I wonder how it would stand up now.)
Love in the time of cholera (62)
Brave new world (61)
The Fountainhead (61)
Foucault's pendulum (61)
Middlemarch (61)
Frankenstein (59)
The Count of Monte Cristo (59)
Dracula (59)
A clockwork orange (59) (I got a copy of this book when I was about eight years old and I loved it. This may explain a few things about me.)
Anansi boys (58) (on audio)
The once and future king (57)
The grapes of wrath (57)
The poisonwood Bible : a novel (57)
1984 (57)
Angels & demons (56)
The inferno (56) (bits were required reading in high school, didn't feel compelled to read more)
The satanic verses (55)
Sense and sensibility (55)
The picture of Dorian Gray (55)
Mansfield Park (55)
One flew over the cuckoo's nest (54)
To the lighthouse (54) (college lit course)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (54)
Oliver Twist (54) (required for hs)
Gulliver's travels (53)
Les misérables (53) (On my audio book list)
The corrections (53)
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay (52)
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time (52)
Dune (51)
The prince (51)
The sound and the fury (51)
Angela's ashes : a memoir (51)
The god of small things (51)
A people's history of the United States : 1492-present (51)
Cryptonomicon (50)
Neverwhere (50)
A confederacy of dunces (50)
A short history of nearly everything (50) (I'm reading this right now...I'm not going to admit defeat yet)
Dubliners (50)
The unbearable lightness of being (49) (my quote file is full of quotes from it but i don't know if i'd like it if i read it again)
Beloved (49)
Slaughterhouse-five (49) (I loved it in high school but it did NOT stand up to a recent re-read)
The scarlet letter (48) (required in hs)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (48)
The mists of Avalon (47)
Oryx and Crake : a novel (47)
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed (47)
Cloud atlas (47)
The confusion (46)
Lolita (46)
Persuasion (46) (recently, on audio)
Northanger abbey (46) recently, on audio. didn't much like)
The catcher in the rye (46) (required in hs. Ptui)
On the road (46) (I read enough of it to get the idea)
The hunchback of Notre Dame (45)
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything (45)
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into values (45) (you know, I'm kind of surprised I've managed to avoid this book my whole life. at this point I have no inclination to change that.)
The Aeneid (45) (in Latin, even. /showoff)
Watership Down (44) (I've managed to avoid this, too. However, I do want to read this one.)
Gravity's rainbow (44) (I read all but the last 50 pages or so and then I thought "what's the point?" and stopped)
The Hobbit (44) (in grade school)
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences (44)
White teeth (44)
Treasure Island (44)
David Copperfield (44) (recently, on audio)
The three musketeers (44)

Comments

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micheinnz
Oct. 1st, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
I love the Silmarillion. I found it worked best for me when I read it as history and not fiction.
surelars
Oct. 1st, 2007 06:43 am (UTC)
Oh, yes. That's how I read it the first few times as well. I first read it in high-school, and loved it. I've gone through several re-reads, and I still do.
nolly
Oct. 1st, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)
The problem is that I only really enjoy history that reads like fiction. :)
firecat
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, I should give it another try one of these days.
sarahmichigan
Oct. 1st, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
Read and liked:
Catch-22
Wuthering Heights
The name of the rose
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey (83)
Pride and prejudice
Jane Eyre
A tale of two cities (on audio as well- I don't know if I'd have been able to plow through if I'd read it as a paper book, but I enjoyed it as an audio book)
The time traveler's wife
The Iliad
Emma
American gods
Anansi boys (also on audio)
Brave new world
The poisonwood Bible (just finished this recently and LOVED it)
1984
Sense and sensibility
Mansfield Park
One flew over the cuckoo's nest
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Dune (multiple times)
The prince
Angela's ashes : a memoir
Cryptonomicon
The unbearable lightness of being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The scarlet letter
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Lolita
The catcher in the rye (multiple times)
On the road
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into values (I didn't think I'd like it but quite enjoyed it as a book on CD)
The Hobbit
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences

On my "to be read" list:
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
Great expectations (possibly this would be more fun as an audiobook, too)
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Middlesex
The picture of Dorian Gray
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Started but couldn't finish:
Atlas shrugged (67)
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales
Frankenstein (it was for credit, and I still couln't make myself finish it)
A clockwork orange
firecat
Oct. 1st, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
I seem to prefer Dickens on audio, although I like him on paper too. Maybe on paper he was better read in two-page chunks once a week, the way he was published.
treacle_well
Oct. 1st, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
Just read this on supergee's LJ, and counted only 25 that I hadn't read (though I didn't post my list). Might repost actual meme with details later.
firecat
Oct. 1st, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Wow!
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