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The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

106 Unread Books

Picked up this Library Thing meme from Bookn3rd. This is a list of the top 106 titles on LT marked as owned but unread. Adjust the list to reflect your experience

I used to play this game when I worked at B&N trying to one-up people on how many titles I'd read off the summer classics table. See how much I've matured?


The rules:

Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, and strike through books you hated [and yes it's a bookseller's prerogative to hate books you've never read]. 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
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick *****
Ulysses**
Madame Bovary
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
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
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales (I've convinced myself I need to read this in middle English)
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
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
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 (loathsome)
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 : a novel
Collapse :
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey (After giving this gothic parody the old college try, I've decided I never need to read Jane Austen. It was very liberating)
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics
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

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