Sunday, May 04, 2008

Most unread books

From CV Rick, the 106 (why 106? nobody knows) books most often tagged "unread" at LibraryThing. The idea is to mark the ones you've read in bold, the ones you've started but not finished in italics, and the ones you read for school in bold and underlined. À la CV Rick, I put asterisks next to the ones I plan to read.

I don't tag people, but it seems like a fun exercise if you want to try it.

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*
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales (I read selections for school. I read all the selections, but not the whole thing, so I guess I can't count it as finished.)
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
1984 (I first read this in 6th grade, I think, but I also remember doing a high school book report on it, because my teacher told me to get parental approval. Why? I asked. Because some parents wouldn't approve of the content, she said. It took me a moment to figure out what she was talking about. Oh, I said, my parents don't censor my reading. Well, ask them anyway, she said. Um, OK, I said. I didn't ask, but I did tell my mom about it. As an amusing anecdote of high school life.)
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
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 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
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


  1. Good one, Kuri. I'll cover this list as well.

    I DID buy Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I did try to read this giant book. But I couldn't get past the first few chapters before I complete lost interest. Felt like I was reading a history text book. I tried twice.

  2. Kuri, you are a very well-read man.

  3. If only I could be a well-paid one as well.

  4. Hope you're feeling better!

    I just did my list. :)

  5. I'm feeling a lot better, thanks.


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