Blog Meme — Top 106 “Unread” Books on LibraryThing

There’s a meme going around some blogs which consists of bloggers listing the top 106 books tagged as “unread” on LibraryThing. (For those wondering about the numbers on the list, it’s the number of users with the book tagged as unread/number of users who list the book overall.)

The rules: bold the books you have read, italicize books you’ve started bu not finished, strike the books you read but hated (likely for school), add an asterisk* to books you’ve read more than once, and underline those you own but still haven’t read yourself.

1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (236/9040)
2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (211/8954)
3. One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (183/11970)
4. Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (176/10686)
5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (162/12137)
6. Catch-22 a novel by Joseph Heller* (158/10885)

This requires a little explanation. I read this when I was 18, really liked it, then decided to reread it a couple years ago during one of my winter breaks from school. My level of appreciation had grown considerably, but I never finished the reread (I really should have another go at it).

7. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (155/8789)
8. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra (152/6654)
9. The Odyssey by Homer* (136/10953)
10. The brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (136/7174)
11. Ulysses by James Joyce (135/6254)
12. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (132/6267)
13. War and peace by Leo Tolstoy (132/5952)
14. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (124/13764)
15. A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens (124/7460)
16. The name of the rose by Umberto Eco (120/7705)
17. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (119/7719)
18. The Iliad by Homer (117/8723)
19. Emma by Jane Austen (117/8948 )
20. Vanity fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (115/3827)
21. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (114/7115)
22. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (110/4806)
23. The Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer* (108/6164)

I don’t know anyone who has actually read ALL of them … besides, it was unfinished.

24. Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen (108/18291)
25. The historian : a novel by Elizabeth Kostova (108/6444)
26. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (106/8595)
27. The kite runner by Khaled Hosseini (106/13571)
28. The time traveler’s wife by Audrey Niffenegger (105/11412)
29. Life of Pi : a novel by Yann Martel (105/12689)
30. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies by Jared Diamond (104/7492)
31. Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand (102/5984)
32. Foucault’s pendulum by Umberto Eco (101/5616)
33. Dracula by Bram Stoker (100/6873)
34. The grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck (99/7811)
35. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius by Dave Eggers (97/6451)
36. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (97/9127)
37. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (97/5565)
38. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books by Azar Nafisi (96/4404)
39. Middlemarch by George Eliot (96/4159)
40. Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen (96/8591)
41. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (95/5166)
42. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (94/11616)
43. The sound and the fury by William Faulkner (94/5042)
44. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (93/12421)
45. Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle I) by Neal Stephenson (92/3525)
46. American gods : a novel by Neil Gaiman (92/10317)
47. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (91/8869)
48. The poisonwood Bible : a novel by Barbara Kingsolver (91/7459)
49. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West… by Gregory Maguire (90/8905)
50. A portrait of the artist as a young man by James Joyce (89/6646)
51. The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (89/7165)
52. Dune by Frank Herbert* (89/9221)
53. The satanic verses by Salman Rushdie (88/3250)
54. Gulliver’s travels by Jonathan Swift (88/4857)
55. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (88/5358 )
56. The three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (87/4127)
57. The corrections by Jonathan Franzen (84/5066)
58. The inferno by Dante Alighieri* (84/5873)
59. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (83/4377)
60. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (83/5794)
61. To the lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (83/4608 )
62. A clockwork orange by Anthony Burgess (83/6754)
63. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (83/4735)
64. The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay : a novel by Michael Chabon (83/5956)
65. Persuasion by Jane Austen (82/6478 )
66. One flew over the cuckoo’s nest by Ken Kesey (82/5908 )
67. The scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (82/7746)
68. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (82/4436)
69. Anansi boys : a novel by Neil Gaiman (81/6534)
70. The once and future king by T. H. White (81/4293)
71. Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan (80/6966)
72. The god of small things by Arundhati Roy (80/5508 )
73. A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson (79/6266)
74. Oryx and Crake : a novel by Margaret Atwood (78/3975)
75. Dubliners by James Joyce (78/5530)
76. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (78/5384)
77. Angela’s ashes : a memoir by Frank McCourt (77/6349)
78. Beloved : a novel by Toni Morrison (77/5523)
79. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed by Jared Diamond (76/3822)
80. The hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (75/2520)
81. In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its… by Truman Capote (75/5473)
82. Lady Chatterley’s lover by D.H. Lawrence (73/3169)
83. A confederacy of dunces by John Kennedy Toole (73/6061)
84. Les misérables by Victor Hugo (73/4693)
85. Watership Down by Richard Adams (72/6255)
86. The prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (72/6361)
87. The amber spyglass by Philip Pullman (72/6644)
88. Beowulf : a new verse translation by Anonymous* (72/6349)

OK, I may not have read the translation listed here, but I’ve read Beowulf multiple times by multiple translators.

89. A farewell to arms by Ernest Hemingway (71/5121)
90. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into… by Robert M. Pirsig (71/5554)
91. The Aeneid by Virgil (71/5057)
92. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (69/4625)
93. Sons and lovers by D.H. Lawrence (69/2563)
94. The personal history of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (69/4310)
95. The road by Cormac McCarthy (67/5097)
96. Possession : a romance by A.S. Byatt (67/4127)
97. The history of Tom Jones, a foundling by Henry Fielding (67/2131)
98. The book thief by Markus Zusak (67/3552)
99. Gravity’s rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (66/3260)
100. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells* (66/3046)
101. Tender is the night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (66/3128 )
102. Candide, or, Optimism by Voltaire (65/5083)
103. Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro (65/4317)
104. The plague by Albert Camus (65/4610)
105. Jude the obscure by Thomas Hardy (65/2944)
106. Cold mountain by Charles Frazier (64/4160)

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About John Carr

Gamer, comic guy, office drone.

Posted on May 1, 2008, in Books. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. John

    Have you really not read “American Gods”? You really should.

  2. And seven days later, the lazy blogger replied…

    Yeah, I hear that it’s one of his best works. Outside of comics, the only thing by Gaiman I’ve read is Coraline. I was at a reading in NYC when American Gods was coming out, and I remember being fairly impressed with the story he read, about a djinn working as a taxi driver.

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