What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.
hey, i have read a lot of books. let’s take a looksee shall we?
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina– but i have meant to finish it
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22 i first read it for school, and have read it at least two other time.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Pride and Prejudice
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair *want to read
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Canterbury Tales i have also read this a few times.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath this book has the special privilege of winning my trifecta award. it may be the best book i have never finished. dear gods i tried. twice. but seriously, Steinbeck could yammer on and on and on.
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest i should read this again. i loved it.
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Les Misérables dear. FSM. for the record, i loved the musical, hated the movie.
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 this was the required text for the required two consecutive US history classes when i was a history major. does that count?
Cryptonomicon i read the Necronomicron.
Neverwhere *i should read this. i liked Stardust so much.
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Slaughterhouse-five one of my favorite books ever
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon *NEED to read
Oryx and Crake
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road *wow. this might be the only Kerouac book i haven’t read.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Watership Down i am apparently supposed to read this.
The Hobbit i want to read this w/ the Kid. she likes the LOTR movies.
In Cold Blood
apparently i am not that smart. *shrugs* i have read a lot of books by those same authors. for instance, i don’t think Slaughterhouse-five is the best Vonnegut book out there. i much preferred Mother Night, but loved all of the Vonnegut I have read. i consider myself fairly well read, even if i haven’t read everything on this list. i would rather chew tinfoil than read Ayn Rand. i read a lot in school b/c i may not have had access to a lot of “great” books otherwise. i remember starting War and Peace, and don’t think i got far enough into it to say i “started but didn’t finish”. i ended up reading Russian historical non-fiction instead.
i can read.