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Another Read/Unread Book List

From Techfun:

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

Instructions:

1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total.

How many have you read? 27

1.   [   ] Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
2.   [X+] The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
3.   [   ] Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
4.   [   ] Harry Potter series JK Rowling
5.   [X] To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
6.   [X] The Bible
7.   [   ] Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
8.   [X+] Nineteen Eighty Four George Orwell
9.   [   ] His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
10.  [   ] Great Expectations Charles Dickens
11.  [   ] Little Women Louisa M Alcott
12.  [   ] Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
13.  [X+] Catch 22 Joseph Heller
14.  [X] Complete Works of Shakespeare (Most of it, at least)
15.  [   ] Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
16.  [X] The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
17.  [   ] Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
18.  [X] Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
19.  [   ] The Time Traveller’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger
20.  [   ] Middlemarch George Eliot
21.  [   ] Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell
22.  [X+] The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
23.  [   ] Bleak House Charles Dickens
24.  [*] War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
25.  [X+] The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
26.  [   ] Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
27.  [*] Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28.  [*] Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
29.  [X] Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
30.  [   ] The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
31.  [*] Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
32.  [   ] David Copperfield Charles Dickens
33.  [X+] Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis
34.  [   ] Emma Jane Austen
35.  [   ] Persuasion Jane Austen
36.  [X+] The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis
37.  [X] The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
38.  [   ] Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis De Bernieres
39.  [   ] Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
40.  [   ] Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
41.  [X+] Animal Farm George Orwell
42.  [   ] The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
43.  [*] One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44.  [   ] A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving
45.  [   ] The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
46.  [   ] Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery
47.  [   ] Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
48.  [   ] The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
49.  [X+] Lord of the Flies William Golding
50.  [   ] Atonement Ian McEwan
51.  [   ] Life of Pi Yann Martel
52.  [X+] Dune Frank Herbert
53.  [   ] Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
54.  [   ] Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
55.  [   ] A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
56.  [   ] The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57.  [X] A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens
58.  [X] Brave New World Aldous Huxley
59.  [   ] The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon
60.  [*] Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61.  [X] Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
62.  [*] Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
63.  [   ] The Secret History Donna Tartt
64.  [   ] The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
65.  [   ] Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
66.  [X] On The Road Jack Kerouac
67.  [   ] Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
68.  [   ] Bridget Jones’s Diary Helen Fielding
69.  [   ] Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
70.  [   ] Moby Dick Herman Melville
71.  [   ] Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
72.  [X] Dracula Bram Stoker
73.  [   ] The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
74.  [   ] Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson
75.  [*] Ulysses James Joyce
76.  [*] The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
77.  [   ] Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
78.  [   ] Germinal Emile Zola
79.  [   ] Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
80.  [   ] Possession AS Byatt
81.  [*] A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
82.  [   ] Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
83.  [*] The Color Purple Alice Walker
84.  [   ] The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
85.  [   ] Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
86.  [   ] A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
87.  [X] Charlotte’s Web EB White
88.  [   ] The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Alborn
89.  [X] Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90.  [   ] The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton
91.  [*] Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
92.  [   ] The Little Prince Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93.  [   ] The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
94.  [*] Watership Down Richard Adams
95.  [*] A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
96.  [   ] A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
97.  [X] The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
98.  [X] Hamlet William Shakespeare
99.  [X+] Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
100. [   ] Les Miserables Victor Hugo

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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