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December 9th, 2008

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10:12 pm - Book meme!
What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, italicise the ones you own but haven't read, underline the ones you started but didn't finish.

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
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
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
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales (I read parts of it for school, but not the whole thing.)
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
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (I love Dante; my current copies of the Commedia are Dorothy Sayers' tranlations.)
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
The Mayor of Casterbridge
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 : a memoir
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 : a novel
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 (I loved this in high school.)
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

Hmmm, I read many of these in high school. Too much free time. :)
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Date:December 10th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
I think I've done this one before and it was pathetically small.
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Date:December 10th, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
How have you never read Brave New World? :o I'll lend you my copy if I can find it.
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Date:December 10th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
I flipped through part of it in the library once and decided I didn't want to read it. I'm actually not a big fan of dystopian fiction; it has to be damn interesting in some other way for me to be bothered, usually.
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Date:December 10th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
Ahhh, gotcha
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Date:December 10th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
Yes, that's why I never read 1984 or A Clockwork Orange, myself. However, I did read Brave New World; it seemed less horrible than the others. It's interesting for a dystopia, because to most of the inhabitants it feels like a utopia.
Date:December 10th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
I had to read it in school. You didn't miss much, though his prediction of an economy based on mindless, pointless consumption was pretty much dead on (though he didn't think the attendant environmental consequences through...)
Date:December 10th, 2008 09:57 am (UTC)
How can people not have finished "The Hobbit"?
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Date:December 10th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
Is "Dune" a good read? I see it everywhere but never bothered to pick it up.
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Date:December 12th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, actually. If you're ready to follow political machinations and have part of your brain turned inside out by philosophy. It's a good read, for sure, playing with some deeply interesting ideas in a well-written way. At least I found it so, and I'm not Frank Herbert's biggest fan, so.

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