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Top Unread Books Meme

May 9, 2008

Okay, I’ll bite. I’ve seen this on a bunch of book blogs, and like Devourer of Books, I’m not going to have any reviews to post for at least a few more days. So, in the meantime…

The Top 106 Unread Books on LibraryThing Meme

This meme is based on the top 106 (why not 107?) books tagged “unread” on

I’ve bolded the books that I’ve read, and put links to reviews, where applicable. Since I don’t ever start books and not finish them (with the lone exception of Unfinished Tales by J. R. R. Tolkien – how appropriate!), I’m using italics to refer to books that are sitting at home on my giant TBR pile.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
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

A 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 (okay, I lied, I sort of half-started this one and never finished it, but I’ll have to start over when I get back to it.)
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales (or at least some of it in school)
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 (I’ve read it, but it was a long time ago and I think it needs a re-read.)
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

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
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
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
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

So, 46 down, 60 to go (in theory – I’ve got no real desire to read a lot of these, classics or no.) Thoughts? Any that I haven’t read yet that you can’t believe that I’m missing (except for the Austen – I know, I know, and it’s on my list)? How do your numbers stack up?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2008 4:52 pm

    I know you’re not sure how many of the rest you want to read, but Literate Housewife and I are thinking about making a challenge/contest out of it this fall.

  2. May 9, 2008 5:10 pm

    Because what I need is *more* things on my TBR list… :) Between Early Reviewers, stuff that comes in on hold at the library, and books that I’ve bought years ago and keep meaning to get to, I’m already swamped, but keep me posted anyways… I’m always up for a challenge.

  3. May 9, 2008 6:18 pm

    I know, I had to make a freaking calendar to keep straight all the books for group reads and reviews for various places to get everything done on time. Still, it could be fun, I’ll keep you posted.

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