JWG (jwg) wrote,


Seen in various people's LJs.

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users as of 9/30/07. Bold what you have read, italicize what you started but didn't finish, and underline it if you watched the movie adaptation.

I was surprised to see how many books on this list I have read. I used to be a big book reader. In fifth grade we lived in a sublet apartment for a year and I read every single book in my room that my unmet counterpart (same age) had including the 20 volume Book of Knowledge). In High School 3rd Form (9th grade) our English Teacher had a notebook with a page for each person that we were supposed to enter what we'd read with a brief comment. It sort of became a contest between me and several of my friends to see how many books we could read. In my second (and last) year of Physics grad school at Columbia while trying to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up (it wasn't physics) and when not becoming a computer hacker at the fledgeling computer center I read a lot.

These days between Baseball, a bit too much TV (because of Baseball and our week and a half away in Greece we have more than 20 hours awaiting us on the Tivo), and magazines (New Yorker, Wired, MacWorld, Cooks Illustrated, Business Week, and various freebies from organizations I belong to), newspapers (Boston Globe and the Gloucester Daily Times (summer/fall only)), LJ and various newsgroups, and Sudoku's I don't read many books.

In fact I have a 3 week overdue from the library and not renewable book that I haven't quite finished - Made in America, An informal history of the English Language in the United States by Bill Bryson). I guess I'll return it today and then borrow it again sometime because it is interesting.

Here's my list.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude

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
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
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
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 and 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 Miserables
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 Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (peruse occasionally)
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
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 (not yet - and I didn't read LotR until after I saw the first movie)
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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