Librarything’s top 106 unread books meme

I picked this meme up from Reading is my Superpower. Below are the top 106 books tagged “unread” in Librarything. Caveblogem, wanna give this one a whirl next?

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 tbr list.

Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22 — maybe I’ll read this some day
One hundred years of solitude
* Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote — but to be fair only part of this was assigned in a class I took.
Moby Dick — HATED this one
Madame Bovary — can’t remember but I think I’ve only read excerpts
* 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 — I don’t know what to put on this. I read the abridged version!
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
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
* Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
* Dracula
A clockwork orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible — have considered reading this
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 — again, I was only assigned part but read it pretty much willingly
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 — have thought for a while that I might read this
A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present — Zinn, right? If that is what I think it is, then maybe I’ll read it at some point
A confederacy of dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The unbearable lightness of being
* The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves — I’ve heard this is good, but I am dubious…
The mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita — not sure I’d say I hated this but pretty darned near hated
* Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye — probably should read this, but….
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’m surprised at this list, actually. Are people really not reading these books that often, or is Librarything skewed a great deal in a certain direction?


5 Responses

  1. […] 5, 2007 Posted by caveblogem in Books, COMBS, librarything, memes. trackback I got this from Writing Grandmother’s Book, who got it from Superfastreader.  It’s another book meme which lists books tagged as unread […]

  2. It seems likely that librarything is skewed in some way here. I would assume that a lot of these books are quite “popular” (as in lots of copies in librarything) and thus are also more likely to have more of any given tag assigned to them. There is a statistical way to eliminate this skewing, but it isn’t coming to me at the moment.

  3. Yes, this struck me as odd, too….

  4. […] picked this meme up from Writing Grandma’s Book. Below are the top 106 books tagged “unread” in Librarything. I am so not in the loop with […]

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