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Random: The Current Book Meme from LibraryThing, which I keep meaning to join... 
5th-Oct-2007 03:58 am
Books (Trinity College Long Room)
The current book meme. I'm probably going to be ashamed, though there looks to be some crap here, too....

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicize those you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
*The Silmarillion (somewhere between 12-20 times, I'd reckon)
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
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
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 & 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 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 (Even more)
White Teeth
Treasure Island
*David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers
5th-Oct-2007 11:35 am (UTC)
I am, of course, mostly fascinated by the one strike-through and the underlinings...
5th-Oct-2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
As I knew you would be! Everyone raves about Confederacy, and I just could not get into it or find it any more than weakly funny, at least in the first few chapters....
5th-Oct-2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
I like you better for it.
5th-Oct-2007 02:22 pm (UTC) - The Brothers Karamazov Club -- Admittedly a member too
I am also a member of the club :-). I've read the first few chapters twice over now, years ago, but havent picked it back up to get beyond the introductions since.

As we know, Russian classics start off with the introductions and what always seems to be the entire life stories of all characters before the plot begins.

Quite frankly, I dont care about all that and would rather get to the plot. Russian authors attempt to have the reader know the players, through remnants of their life stories. I'd rather get to know them through the plot itself. After wading through all that, I didnt have the motivation even get to the plot.

Oh well, Kafka and Dostoevsky are still some of my favorites, despite that up hill battle in getting the reading underway. But I would say that my view here seems to be the consensus, doesnt it?

5th-Oct-2007 02:26 pm (UTC) - Re: The Brothers Karamazov Club -- Admittedly a member too
Actually, that's on my to read list, Mike. I've enjoyed the isolated chapters I've read for classes, but never remember to pick it up when I'd actually be in the mood to read something of the sort. I keep thinking one of these summers I'll attack the Russians as a lot, but as I told someone the other day, it hasn't ever been that summer, yet....
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