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batyatoon ([personal profile] batyatoon) wrote2007-10-03 11:53 am
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Book meme!

Ganked from [ profile] camwyn:

The list is the 106 books most often noted as unread by Library Thingusers. Bold is for books you've read. Italics for books you've started but haven't finished. Strikethrough is for books you found unreadable.

* Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
* Anna Karenina
* Crime and Punishment
* Catch-22 Assigned for a class, and I've reread it a few times since.
* One Hundred Years of Solitude
* Wuthering Heights
* The Silmarillion I ... have no excuse. *shamefaced*
* Life of Pi : a novel
* The Name of the Rose
* Don Quixote
* Moby Dick
* Ulysses
* Madame Bovary
* The Odyssey
* Pride and Prejudice
* Jane Eyre I was fifteen at the time. I've been meaning to give it another go.
* A Tale of Two Cities
* The Brothers Karamazov
* Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
* War and Peace
* Vanity Fair
* The Time Traveler’s Wife
* The Iliad Again, for a class. I've tried reading it again since, but ... you know, for an epic war story, it's unbelievably dull at times.
* Emma
* The Blind Assassin
* The Kite Runner
* Mrs. Dalloway
* Great Expectations
* American Gods I own this one. *happysigh*
* A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
* Atlas Shrugged I feel like I really should read this one, and The Fountainhead below, since my only exposure to Ayn Rand has been through Anthem (which I understand does not adequately represent her, ah, philosophical oddities).
* 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 This is one of those rarities: a book I enjoyed greatly while reading, and still think is brilliant, but have had real trouble reading a second time.
* The Canterbury Tales I feel a positive fraud as an English major for never having read this.
* The Historian : a novel
* A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
* Love in the Time of Cholera
* Brave New World One day I will write that compare-and-contrast dystopia paper with this, Fahrenheit 451, and 1984.
* The Fountainhead
* Foucault’s Pendulum
* Middlemarch
* Frankenstein
* The Count of Monte Cristo
* Dracula
* A Clockwork Orange Been too long since I last picked this up.
* Anansi Boys I need to read this.
* The Once and Future King As a kid I made the mistake of reading The Book of Merlyn first and expecting The Once and Future King to be like it, and was grievously disappointed. Someday I should give it another go.
* The Grapes of Wrath
* The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
* 1984 See above re Brave New World. Yeahh.
* Angels & Demons
* The Inferno At age ... fourteen or fifteen I think. And I did read the rest of the trilogy, but wound up mostly skimming.
* The Satanic Verses
* Sense and Sensibility
* The Picture of Dorian Gray
* Mansfield Park
* One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Book's got issues, but one of my all-time favorite unreliable narrators. ("But it's true even if it didn't happen." Yeah.)
* To the Lighthouse
* Tess of the D’Urbervilles
* Oliver Twist A combination of being a little too young, prior exposure to the musical, and the constant jarring of Fagin being referred to in text as "the Jew".
* Gulliver’s Travels
* Les Misérables This one was definitely because of prior exposure to the musical. I did actually manage to plow through it, but I skimmed a lot, so I don't think I can fairly claim to have read it.
* The Corrections
* The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
* The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
* Dune I still like this one, despite the many many things wrong with it.
* The Prince
* The Sound and the Fury
* Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
* 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 Assigned for a class, again. I remember liking parts of it and being very frustrated by others, and deciding that my money was on Yeats.
* The Unbearable Lightness of Being
* Beloved
* Slaughterhouse-Five Best science fiction novel ever to not call itself a science fiction novel. Damn you anyway, Vonnegut.
* The Scarlet Letter
* Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation I adore Lynne Truss with a joyful adoration. TESTIFY, SISTA.
* The Mists of Avalon I remember liking this, but not enough to reread it.
* Oryx and Crake: a novel
* Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
* Cloud Atlas
* The Confusion
* Lolita
* Persuasion
* Northanger Abbey
* The Catcher in the Rye
* On the Road
* The Hunchback of Notre Dame
* Freakonomics
* Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
* The Aeneid
* Watership Down One of the books I reread every year or so. So much love.
* Gravity’s Rainbow
* The Hobbit Please. Let's not waste time questioning my loyalties.
* In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
* White Teeth
* Treasure Island
* David Copperfield
* The Three Musketeers

Wow, there are ... really a lot of books on that list I haven't read and should.

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