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Book meme

By way of hangingfire 

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of 9/30/07).
As usual,
· bold; what you have read,
· italicise what you started but couldn't finish,
· and strike through what you couldn't stand.
The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the unread tag for that book.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (150)
Anna Karenina (133)
Crime and punishment (121)
Catch-22 (117)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (115)
Wuthering Heights (110)
The Silmarillion (104)
Life of Pi : a novel (95)
The Name of the Rose (91)
Don Quixote (92)
Moby Dick (87) (Our English teacher claimed the only difference between Billy Budd and Moby Dick was the upteen details about whaling, and she didn’t care for whaling)
Ulysses (85)
Madame Bovary (83)
The Odyssey (83) (Do I get bonus points for having read it in Greek? I can no longer read Homeric Greek, but I had a year or two in there where it was possible to make it out).
Pride and Prejudice (83)
Jane Eyre (80) (I detest this book and many of its retellings.)
A Tale of Two Cities (80)
The Brothers Karamazov (80)
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (80)
War and Peace (79)
Vanity Fair (75)
The Time Traveler's Wife (74)
The Iliad (73) (I’m not all that fond of Achilles, either)
Emma (73)
The Blind Assassin (74)
The Kite Runner (72)
Mrs. Dalloway (71)
Great Expectations (70)
American Gods (68) (I keep meaning to finish it, but I would like to know who Shadow is; it was discouraging to hear that wasn’t disclosed)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (68)
Atlas Shrugged (68)
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books (67)
Memoirs of a Geisha (66)
Middlesex (66)
Quicksilver (66)
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West (65)
The Canterbury tales (64)
The Historian : a novel (63)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (63)
Love In the Time of Cholera (63)
Brave New World (61)
The Fountainhead (62)
Foucault's Pendulum (62)
Middlemarch (62)
Frankenstein (59)
The Count of Monte Cristo (59) ( I love this romance – in the French sense, not bodice-ripper.)
Dracula (60) (Never inspired to slog through it.)
A Clockwork Orange (59)
Anansi Boys (59) (My beloved adores trickster gods; I do not.)
The once and future king (57)
The Grapes of Wrath (57)
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel (58)
1984 (57)
Angels & Demons (57)
The Inferno (57)
The Satanic Verses (56)
Sense and Sensibility (55)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (55)
Mansfield Park (55)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (55)
To the Lighthouse (55)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (54)
Oliver Twist (54)
Gulliver's Travels (53)
Les misérables (53)
The Corrections (54)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (53)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (52)
Dune (51)
The Prince (51)
The Sound and the Fury (52)
Angela's Ashes : a memoir (51)
The God of Small Things (52)
A People's History of the United States : 1492-present (52)
Cryptonomicon (50)
Neverwhere (50)
A Confederacy of Dunces (50)
A Short History of Nearly Everything (50)
Dubliners (51)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (50)
Beloved (50)
Slaughterhouse-Five (49)
The Scarlet Letter (48)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (48)
The Mists of Avalon (47)
Oryx and Crake : a novel (48)
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed (48)
Cloud Atlas (48)
The Confusion (47)
Lolita (46)
Persuasion (46)
Northanger abbey (46)
The Catcher in the Rye (46)
On the Road (46)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (46)
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything (45)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values (45)
The Aeneid (45) (Arma virumque cano, this is how I bonded with my Roommate.)
Watership Down (44) (This was the angst carrier of choice for a tiresome period in my adolescence)
Gravity's rainbow (44)
The Hobbit (44)
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences (45)
White teeth (45)
Treasure Island (44)
David Copperfield (45)
The Three Musketeers (44)



N in azaleas

September 2009

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