106 Books

I thought this was cool, so I stole it from Limax.

These are the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. I’ve bolded what I’ve read and italicized what I started but couldn’t finish (some italicized I read excerpts of in school). I put an asterisk by the ones we have in our library.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell*
Anna Karenina*
Crime and Punishment
*
Catch-22*
One hundred years of solitude*
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The 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 : a memoir in books*
Memoirs of a Geisha*
Middlesex
Quicksilver*
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales
The historian : a novel
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 : a novel*
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 : a memoir
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
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
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 : 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
The Hobbit*
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences*
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers*

I thought I was decently well read but not according to this list. At least I know now what I can find in our house when I don’t have anything to read!

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4 Comments

  1. seth vidal
    on October 2, 2007 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    jonathan strange and mr norrell – no kidding about not being able to finish it. It was described to me as ‘Harry Potter for adults’. What I didn’t realize is ‘for adults’ is used in the same sense that cspan is ‘for adults’.

    snooooooooooooooooooore.

  2. on October 2, 2007 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Heh, “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” is not too bad so long as you skip all of the footnotes — they easily double the size of the book. We have several of the books on the list; many I have read, the rest I have plans to read when I get a chance.

  3. on October 3, 2007 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I enjoyed the book, but it was slow going at first. I even read the footnotes!

  4. on October 3, 2007 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Dan & I just ran through this list verbally and combined we’ve read 70% of it. Cool! My “reading the classics” project helped knock a lot of them off, as did Dan’s bizarre fondness for Russian novels of interminable length.

    It’s a good list — I’d be happy to read all of it except for the Rand trash.