14 October 2007

Thank you. May I have another?

I found this little exercise over at Jeff's place. Below are listed the top 106 books listed as "Unread" in Librarything. No one seems to know why 106. It is that it is.

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 "To Be Read" list.

[Luckily I didn't hate anything, because I don't know how to strikethrough!]

Jonathan Strange & M. 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
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*
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway*
Great Expectations

American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales*
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
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
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
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
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

I hereby tag Amy, Jessica, Jason, Jen, and Sara for this.


John Guzlowski said...

Long list. Odd list. It seems like half are books that were or should have been read for class, and half are books people recommend or you hear about on NPR.

2 of my favorite books are on the list. Crime and Punishment and Love in the Time of Cholera.

It gets me wondering why those two books are among my top 20 or so favorites.

They seem so different in so many ways. Murder, poverty, rage in one, love and death and hope in the other. Or maybe the first is love and death and hope, and the second is about murder, poverty, rage.

Maybe they are the same book.

I once had a friend who argued that all of the books we read are finally one book. The book that is in our mind. A novel called "My Book."

Everything we read is that book, whether it's winnie the pooh or brothers karamazov.

Bailey said...


I haven't read any of those.

Bailey said...

Shoot. Spoke too soon.

I have read Ulysses multiple times.

John Guzlowski said...

Reading any one book on the list multiple times counts as reading all of the books one time.

All great books carry one truth.

The math is simple.

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