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I saw a girl I knew from high school had this list in a note and I found it interesting. This is the top 100 and something list of books that people mark as unread on LibraryThing. I guess books they can't get through? Here it is, and I've bolded the ones I've read. And added commentary, of course. :)
I am kind of amazed. Some of these books I can't believe you could put down; others, I see why! Which ones should I have read and haven't yet?
Here's mine (I didn't include the ones I started and gave up on):
* Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell * Anna Karenina * Crime and punishment * Catch-22 * One hundred years of solitude * Wuthering Heights-I know a lot of people hate this one, but I loved it... * The Silmarillion * Life of Pi * The name of the rose * Don Quixote * Moby Dick--I read *most* of this in American lit... * Ulysses * Madame Bovary * The Odyssey * Pride and Prejudice--I've listened to most of this on CD, but not the whole thing, and I've actually never read it... * 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--I think it took me 3 times, but I did actually read it for a class! * 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 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 * 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--I think I was supposed to read this in high school and never did, but I did read it on my own after college. I still didn't like it. * On the Road--I PAINFULLY read the whole thing. Maybe I was just too young. * The Hunchback of Notre Dame * 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 * David Copperfield * The Three Musketeers
I must be a major dork because some of my favorite books of all times are on this list!
(I do admit, though, that there are some that I started and didn't finish that are here too)
Boldface are ones I've read, italics are ones I didn't finish
I've read over half of the list (51) and started another healthy bunch of them w/out finishing!
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I just listed the ones I've read...many of them were assigned in high school and college, but I enjoyed the majority...I think the one I was most disappointed in was Angela's Ashes - it was excellent - but I guess the hype made me expect so much more. My favorite on the list is Catch-22, I've read it three times. My most recent read was the Hobbitt. My fifth grade boys were all reading it, so I decided to give it another try - once a decade for five decades and I finally "got" it! I loved it!
The ones I've read are bold. There are many on the list that I have in my house that I haven't read for one reason or another. I have a shelf of books that I want to read but haven't I'm making that a goal next year to read them all!!!! We'll see how successful I am!!!
ETA: The titles that are italicized I have on my bookshelf waiting to be read. The underlined ones are on my bookclub's list for next year to be read...
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These are the ones I've read:
Wow, I've read 75 of these! I must be a masochist! LOL! I started but didn't finish 4 of them, although I feel that I deserve credit for Foucault's Pendulum since I read over 500 pages of it before I quit.
I've been reading since age 3 and have my B.A. in English Literature, so maybe that explains it. (Or maybe my social life has suffered for the love of books!) I've read ALL of the books, except for:
not too shabby :) Wuthering Heights is my favorite book on this list from a classics perspective. I loved The Kite Runner. The more recently published books that I have read have all been courtesy of PBSwap :)
I've read quite a few of these, especially The Silmarillion and The Hobbit. I am surprised they are on there, as well as Watership Down, these are some of my all time fave books!
Found this quite interesting...thanks for making me think about it.
The books I've read are bolded; the ones I've tried but never finished are italicized:
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I am so shocked that The Time Traveler's Wife and Angela's Ashes are on this list! I'm reading Time Traveler now and I absolutely adore it! I don't want it to end. And when I read Angela's Ashes years ago, I remember I could not put it down.
I also put in italics the ones I have and still plan to read...
Wow, not very many!
(Edited to delete some comments from the person I copied the list from.)
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Compare 2003 BBC survey of nations best loved books. Funny that 7 of the top 10 are fantasy/sci-fi/children, with Austen and Bronte breaking in to the top. BBC
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Here is my list. Funny, some of these are my favorite books :)
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
**Crime and punishment
One hundred years of solitude
Life of Pi
The name of the rose
**The Odyssey (high school English)
**Pride and Prejudice
**A Tale of Two Cities (High school English)
**The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
**Great Expectations (high school English)
American Gods (own but have not started yet)
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
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 (high school English)
The Historian : a novel
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera
Brave New World
**The Count of Monte Cristo (high school English)
**A clockwork orange
The once and future king
The grapes of wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
**Angels & demons
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The picture of Dorian Gray
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
To the lighthouse
**Tess of the D’Urbervilles (high school English)
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
**The sound and the fury
The god of small things
A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present
Neverwhere A confederacy of dunces
A short history of nearly everything
The unbearable lightness of being
**Beloved (college lit.)
**The Scarlet Letter (high school English)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
**The Mists of Avalon (one of my favorites--have read the series)
Oryx and Crake Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Persuasion (own but haven't started yet)
**The Catcher in the Rye (high school English)
**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
**Watership Down (6th grade--gave me nightmares)
**In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
The Three Musketeers
not too bad--I'm surprised more people weren't required to read some of these like I was
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All of you who haven't read American Gods or Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.....go read them....Anansi Boys is a lighter, shorter read than American Gods but both are fabulous....Look up Neil Gaiman's work, he's amazing!
Bolding the one's I've read:
I too have read at least 75 of these and in fact, my dog is named Dagny from Atlas Shrugged.
Some of these books I've read many, many times.
Mists of Avalon is one of my favorite books of all time so if it's on your never read list, please read it!!!