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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Meme: Top 106 books tagged "Unread" on LibraryThing

Posted by Irish in Misc2 Comments

I first read about this Meme on LibraryThing’s (LT) blog. Since then I’ve seen it listed on a few other blogs and I thought that I would add it here as well. The idea is to look at the top 106 books on LT that have been tagged “Unread” and see where you stand with that 106. Like others I wonder at the rationale behind choosing 106, but I try not to think about it too hard, for I fear giving myself a headache.

Here is how I stand:

  1. The ultimate hitchhiker’s guide by Douglas Adams (read, but no longer own)
  2. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (currently reading, about 1/2 through)
  3. The kite runner by Khaled Hosseini (read and own)
  4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (own but have not read yet)
  5. Life of Pi : a novel by Yann Martel (read, but no longer own)
  6. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra (own but have not read yet)
  7. Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  8. One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (own but have not read yet)
  9. Vanity fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (read, but no longer own)
  10. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (own but have not read yet)
  11. Ulysses by James Joyce
  12. War and peace by Leo Tolstoy (currently reading)
  13. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  14. The brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (own but have not read yet)
  15. Catch-22 a novel by Joseph Heller (own but have not read yet)
  16. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (Read in school)
  17. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (read)
  18. Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle I) by Neal Stephenson
  19. A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens (read in school)
  20. The satanic verses by Salman Rushdie
  21. Middlemarch by George Eliot (currently reading)
  22. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books by Azar Nafisi (read, but no longer own)
  23. The name of the rose by Umberto Eco
  24. The Kor’an by Anonymous
  25. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (own but have not read)
  26. The Odyssey by Homer (read in school)
  27. The Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (read in school)
  28. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (own but have not read)
  29. The hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (read but no longer own)
  30. The historian : a novel by Elizabeth Kostova (own but have not read)
  31. Foucault’s pendulum by Umberto Eco
  32. Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand (own but have not read)
  33. The history of Tom Jones, a foundling by Henry Fielding
  34. The three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  35. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (read)
  36. The sound and the fury by William Faulkner
  37. The Iliad by Homer (read in school)
  38. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  39. Emma by Jane Austen (read)
  40. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  41. Sons and lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  42. Gulliver’s travels by Jonathan Swift (read in school)
  43. The house of the seven gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (read in school)
  44. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies by Jared Diamond (read in school)
  45. Dracula by Bram Stoker (read but no longer own)
  46. Lady Chatterley’s lover by D.H. Lawrence
  47. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius by Dave Eggers (read)
  48. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  49. The once and future king by T. H. White
  50. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  51. To the lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  52. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (read)
  53. Oryx and Crake : a novel by Margaret Atwood (read)
  54. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (read in school)
  55. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (own but have not read)
  56. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (own but have not read)
  57. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed by Jared Diamond (own but have not read)
  58. The corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  59. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe (currently listening to in my car)
  60. Underworld by Don DeLillo
  61. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (own but have not read)
  62. The grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck (read in school)
  63. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (read but no longer own)
  64. The Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake
  65. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (read in school)
  66. Jude the obscure by Thomas Hardy
  67. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  68. Tender is the night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  69. A portrait of the artist as a young man by James Joyce
  70. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (read in school)
  71. The divine comedy by Dante Alighieri
  72. The inferno by Dante Alighieri
  73. Gravity’s rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  74. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (own but have not read)
  75. Swann’s way by Marcel Proust (own but have not read)
  76. The poisonwood Bible : a novel by Barbara Kingsolver
  77. The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay : a novel by Michael Chabon (own but have not read)
  78. Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen (read)
  79. The portrait of a lady by Henry James (own but not read)
  80. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  81. The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (read)
  82. The man in the iron mask by Alexandre Dumas
  83. The god of small things by Arundhati Roy
  84. The book thief by Markus Zusak (read)
  85. The confusion by Neal Stephenson
  86. One flew over the cuckoo’s nest by Ken Kesey
  87. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  88. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  89. The system of the world by Neal Stephenson
  90. The elegant universe : superstrings, hidden dimensions, and… by Brian Greene
  91. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  92. The known world by Edward P. Jones
  93. The time traveler’s wife by Audrey Niffenegger (read but no longer own)
  94. The mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  95. The English patient by Michael Ondaatje
  96. Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
  97. Dubliners by James Joyce (read in school)
  98. Les misérables by Victor Hugo (own but have not read)
  99. The bonesetter’s daughter by Amy Tan
  100. Infinite jest : a novel by David Foster Wallace
  101. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  102. Beloved : a novel by Toni Morrison (read in school)
  103. Persuasion by Jane Austen (read)
  104. A clockwork orange by Anthony Burgess
  105. The personal history of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  106. Tropic of cancer by Henry Miller

Going through the list I have read (or am currently in the process of reading) 39 books. I own but haven’t read 19 on the list. Which leaves 48 unread.

Where do you stand?

2 Responses to “Meme: Top 106 books tagged "Unread" on LibraryThing”

  1. mary_m

    The one on this list that I really, really intend to read is The Count of Monte Cristo.

    I love the story, I loved the movie, and I adored Stephen Fry’s modern retelling Revenge.

    But it’s, like, 1000 pages. I’m saving it for the next time I get the flu.

  2. Irish

    The Count of Monte Cristo is a really good book. Well worth the read. There are some parts when its slow and a little wordy but it is so much better than the movie.