Thursday, February 12, 2009

Read it Or Weep

I always wanted a bookstore cat

Warning! this isn't about eating. Books are delicious, but inedible. If you dislike over-sharey memes, you can skip this whole post.

Here's the deal: Bets passed this meme on a while back (it was on Ravelry, but I missed it there), and since I aspire to read all the good books I can get my hands on I held onto the list so that I could post my results one day. Apparently, the list below contains the top 106 books most often marked “unread” on LibraryThing (I'm a Goodreads user, myself).

The instructions I received from Bets were to "bold the ones you’ve read, note the ones you read for school, and italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish." I also noted the books I haven't read but bought, planning to read. I still could read them one of these days. I still own them, after all. They're on the shelf!

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Anna Karenina -- I own this.
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22 (in high school)
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion -- I own this.
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose -- I own this.
Don Quixote -- I own this.
Moby Dick -- I own this.
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey (college)
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre

The Tale of Two Cities (high school)
The Brothers Karamazov -- I own this.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies -- I own this.
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad (college)
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway (college)
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 -- I own this.
Quicksilver -- I own this and got about 50 pages from the end.
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
Frankenstein (high school)
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula (high school)
A Clockwork Orange
(high school)
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath (high school)
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
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 (high school)
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay ***I LOVE THIS BOOK!**** [That's Bets' note, but I totally agree.]
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune -- I own this.
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 -- I own this.
Neverwhere - Why haven't I read this?!
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved (high school?)
Slaughterhouse-five (high school?)
The Scarlet Letter
(high school)
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 (high school)
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 - I thought we had a copy of this, but couldn't find it when I went to look on the shelf.
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences

White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

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