Book meme

October 7, 2007 at 11:14 am 2 comments

A book meme that I filched from Pea Soup and Superfast Reader. These are apparently the top 106 books that Library Thing users mark as unread.

The books I’ve read are in bold,
the ones I started but couldn’t/didn’t finish are in italics,
what I couldn’t stand is red,
those I’ve read more than once have an asterisk*,
and those that are green are on my To Be Read list.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and punishment
Catch-22
One hundred years of solitudethis one is red and green – I hated it at the time, but I think I might like it now, so I aim to try again.
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion – yep, every page. Ten years ago. Wouldn’t happen these days.
Life of Pi
The name of the rose
Don Quixote
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
Great Expectations *
American Gods *
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
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
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 lighthouseI think I’m ready for Woolf now, must try again…
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s travels – I listened to a children’s version of this on audio tape over and over. Does this count?
Les misérables (I got to page 600 (or thereabouts, wasn’t even half way through, and realised I couldn’t stand any more…)
The corrections
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
Dune
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
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – are you kidding?
Freakonomics : a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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 – see Gulliver’s Travels
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

My favourite from this list are: The Brothers Karamazov, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Middlemarch, Mrs Dallaway, War and Peace, Slaughterhouse Five, American Gods, Anansi Boys, Dubliners, The Name of the Rose, The Satanic Verses, 1984. Brilliant, one and all.


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  • 1. Eva  |  October 9, 2007 at 6:30 am

    Of your favourites, I’ve read all but three: The Brothers K (planning for 2008), War and Peace (ditto-saving for when I join the Peace Corps and don’t have any books), and Slaughterhouse 5. I’ll have to put that last on my TBR list, since I also loved all your other favourites!

  • 2. meli  |  October 10, 2007 at 10:48 am

    that’s fun that we’ve got similar taste! slaughterhouse five is a fantastic book – funny and tragic. and it’s quite short. i read it in germany, just before visiting dresden, and it made my afternoon in dresden in the snow even more haunting than it would have been otherwise.

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