Library Thing Top 106 Unread Books

Like many other dedicated LibraryThingers, I’ve decided to succumb to the LT Top 106 Unread Books meme. I what? Here’s the explanation:

This meme has been going around for a while now: Top 106 unread books on LibraryThing. People are going through the top 106 books tagged “unread” on LT, and then marking which ones they’ve read, which they read for school, which they started but didn’t finish, which are on their to read list, which they loathed, which they read more than once…

(For those of you who haven’t heard of LibraryThing before … oh boy, where to start. At its simplest, it’s an online book cataloguing site. But it’s so much more than that. Reviews, social networking, recommendations … it’s got the lot. As much or as little as you want it to have. You can even have a trial catalogue of up to 200 books for free. Go now and have a look. I’ll still be here when you get back. Promise.)

Here are the rules:
  • books you’ve read go in bold,
  • books started but not finished are in italics,
  • strikethrough for books you’ve read and hated,
  • an *asterisk for books read multiple times,
  • and underline is for books that are on your “yet to read” list.
So, from the most recent list that I have:
  1. *The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  2. *Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke
  3. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  4. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  5. Life of Pi : a novel – Yann Martel
  6. Don Quixote – Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
  7. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  8. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  9. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  10. The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
  11. Ulysses – James Joyce
  12. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  13. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  14. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  15. *Catch-22: a novel – Joseph Heller
  16. *Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  17. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  18. Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle I) – Neal Stephenson
  19. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  20. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
  21. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  22. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books – Azar Nafisi
  23. *The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  24. The Kor’an – Anonymous
  25. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  26. The Odyssey – Homer
  27. *The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
  28. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  29. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  30. The Historian : a novel – Elizabeth Kostova
  31. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  32. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  33. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling – Henry Fielding
  34. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  35. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  36. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  37. The Iliad – Homer
  38. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  39. *Emma _ Jane Austen
  40. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  41. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
  42. Gulliver’s Travels _ Jonathan Swift
  43. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  44. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies – Jared Diamond
  45. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  46. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
  47. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  48. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  49. The Once and Future King – T. H. White
  50. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  51. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  52. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  53. Oryx and Crake : a novel – Margaret Atwood
  54. *Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  55. Labyrinth – Kate Mosse
  56. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  57. Collapse: how societies choose to fail or succeed – Jared Diamond
  58. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  59. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
  60. Underworld – Don DeLillo
  61. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
  62. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  63. *Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  64. *The Gormenghast Trilogy – Mervyn Peake
  65. The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells
  66. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  67. The Origin of Species – Charles Darwin
  68. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  69. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  70. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain
  71. The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
  72. The Inferno – Dante Alighieri
  73. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
  74. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  75. Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust
  76. The Poisonwood Bible : a novel – Barbara Kingsolver
  77. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay : a novel – Michael Chabon
  78. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  79. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  80. Silas Marner – George Eliot
  81. *The Portrait of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  82. The Man in the Iron Mask – Alexandre Dumas
  83. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  84. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  85. The Confusion – Neal Stephenson
  86. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  87. *Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  88. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  89. The System of the World – Neal Stephenson
  90. The Elegant Universe : superstrings, hidden dimensions, and… – Brian Greene
  91. Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
  92. The Known World – Edward P. Jones
  93. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  94. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  95. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  96. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  97. Dubliners – James Joyce
  98. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
  99. The Bonesetter’s Daughter – Amy Tan
  100. Infinite Jest : a novel – David Foster Wallace
  101. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
  102. Beloved : a novel – Toni Morrison
  103. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  104. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  105. The Personal History of David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  106. Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller

Hmm, this could be embarrassing … I need an extra category – “um, I think I have, but I can’t remember for sure, it was a long time ago”. Oh, and “Never heard of it. Is it any good?”

How did you do?

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