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LibraryThing meme [Apr. 30th, 2008|03:57 pm]
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Though I'm not a LibraryThing devotee (I keep track of books all day; do I really want to spend my evenings doing the same thing at home?), here is the LibraryThing meme that's been going around.

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, italicize the ones you own but have not read.

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 (classic case of "movie good, book extraordinary")
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary (in English though. But on my own, not for class.)
The Odyssey (for class.)
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (What? I didn't say I enjoyed it. But it's got some important ideas.)
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 (An amazing read for anyone who believes in the power of literature.)
Memoirs of a Geisha
Quicksilver (Yes, I read it. Then I stopped and didn't read the next two. Why? My back hurt. The book was so heavy I had to read it lying on my belly on my bed. But leaning on my elbows that way has always made my shoulder blades hurt. Also I didn't care about any of the characters.)
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 (One of my favorites!)
The Fountainhead (No, but I just bought it for the library)
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo (In French!)
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible: a novel
1984 (Another favorite! I have always been into apocalyptic fiction.)
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (No, but we now have two spanking new copies in the library, so maybe it's time)
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 (Perhaps the only thing my non-reading sister has read that I haven't.)
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
Neverwhere (Not crazy about it though.)
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Slaughterhouse-five (I read everything Vonnegut had written when I was in high school. I'm still not sure why. This wasn't my favorite, but it's the only one I had to re-read for a high school class.)
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 (My favorite Jane Austen. Maybe it's time to re-read!)
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything (I was actually going to check it out *today* but it got requested on interlibrary loan! Aaagh!)
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

No, I didn't forget to italicize anything. I just don't buy fancy schmancy things merely to decorate my bookshelves (at least, not at home). I buy things and read them, or I get them from the library, or if I buy them and find myself not reading them, I find them a new home. Bookcrossing, anyone?

[User Picture]From: arebekah
2008-05-01 03:35 am (UTC)
Interesting - I wouldn't italicize anything either. The latest move made me re-evaluate my book priorities. While I never bought to decorate, I did occasionally buy/accquire because I thought something would be a good idea to read or might be good references (that I never cracked open, no pictures, yes, I could be 5 years old)...those things are mostly cycled on now - unless it's on my one shelf devoted to "not read yet" books. If a book hangs out on that shelf for too long, I find it a new home, too.
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[User Picture]From: guineveremaire
2008-05-03 03:55 am (UTC)
Off the list that I have read:
Crime and Punishment
Withering Heights
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejedice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities (own it)
War and Peace (read through for the first time in 8th grade, again in 9th, and have read through it a couple more times since then. And it was just for fun)(own it)
The Time Travler's Wife
The Iilad
Great Expectations (own it)
The Cantenbury Tales (own it)
The Grapes of Wrath (own it)
Sense abd Sensibility
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest
Oliver Twist (own it)
Guilliver's Travels (own it)
Les Miserables
The Sword and the Fury
The Scarlet Letter
Northanger Abbey (own it)
The Catcher in the Rye
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hobbit
treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

I am surprized Animal Farm did not make the list. I don't think many people have read this clasic either... Or Lillies of the Field..... but then again i have been wrong before. I read all my books, and there is not a one that enters into my library that has not been read. Children's fiction included. ( I have two boys, who have their own tastes when it comes to reading)
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