April 30, 2008

Top 106 Books on LibraryThing

Yes, it's another meme -- but this one involves LibraryThing, my favouritest website in the whole wide world, and so I could hardly exist resist. (I totally just typed "exist" instead of "resist" -- but what the hey, I'm leaving it). My variation on the rules as laid out below is that I haven't struck through any books, but instead appended comments here and there.

At any rate, the list below is of the top 106 books tagged as "unread" on LibraryThing.

The rules:

Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, and strike through books you hated. Add an asterisk* to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your tbr list.

Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One hundred years of solitude
*Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion [so! boring!]
*Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote [read the first 200 pages...]
Moby Dick
Ulysses
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 Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway [started once, started twice, and then finally I just pretended to read it]
Great Expectations
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha [started, put down, never picked up]
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales [I've read a number of them, but not all of it]
The Historian
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera
Brave new world
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A clockwork orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
1984
Angels & 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 [a favourite]
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
Dune [booooooooring -- but I finished it]
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes
The God of Small Things
A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A confederacy of dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The unbearable lightness of being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter [holy cow, Hawthorne is prosy]
*Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
*Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
[hated it]
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
*The Hobbit
In Cold Blood
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
*The Three Musketeers
[another longtime favourite]

In unrelated news, I'm now watching Stardust for the third time in a week and a half. It's just so good!

3 comments:

Petunia said...

I am really surprised at how many great works are on this list. If you don't mind I'm going to tag myself for this meme.

I loved the book Stardust but was disappointed in the changes to the movie. I probably would have loved the movie if I hadn't fallen in love with the book just before seeing it.

Christine said...

Tag away -- I got it by running a google search after the meme was mentioned here: http://www.librarything.com/blog/2008/04/librarything-love-and-unread-books-meme.php

Here, apparenly, is the original: http://nhw.livejournal.com/939967.html

I haven't read Stardust -- but I'm defiitely going to do so! If the movie is any indication, it must be fantastic.

glumpuddle said...

Loved the movie Stardust. Loved. The. Movie. I began the book, the illustrated version that Taylor has, but then couldn't find a copy like that and refuse to buy the movie take-off version. The original illustrations are awesome.
This is an interesting list. Maybe I'll do a note on it. Who knows. Other things to do though, like write a dissertation...