Stolen from my friends iKate and Amander (she’s British, you know), I give you The Unread Books Meme!
Instructions: 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, asterisk the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.
A Clockwork Orange
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A People’s History of the United States: 1492-present
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man* – BUSTED! I took Joyce as my senior seminar in college.
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Angela’s Ashes: a Memoir – Couldn’t. Couldn’t do it. Don’t do depressing well.
Angels & Demons
Brave New World
Collapse: how societies choose to fail or succeed
Crime and Punishment* – Russian literature is not my forte!
Don Quixote* – Only portions were assigned. But I read it in Spanish!
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Frankenstein* – I never got to really start, but this is in my to-read pile.
Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Guns, Germs, and Steel
In Cold Blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Just couldn’t get into it. I dunno.
Life of Pi: a novel
Love in the Time of Cholera
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlemarch* – Still ashamed about this one. Need to go back and finish.
On the Road
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Oryx and Crake
Pride and Prejudice
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Sense and Sensibility
Tess of the D’Urbervilles*
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Blind Assassin
The Brothers Karamazov
The Canterbury Tales*
The Catcher in the Rye
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The God of Small Things
The Grapes of Wrath
The Historian: a novel
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Kite Runner
The Mists of Avalon
The Name of the Rose
The Odyssey* – Seriously? Who’s read the WHOLE THING??
The Once and Future King
The Picture of Dorian Gray*
The Poisonwood Bible: a novel
The Prince* – I think we were only assigned excerpts. Machiavelli. Oy.
The Satanic Verses
The Scarlet Letter*
The Sound and the Fury
The Tale of Two Cities* – Eh. Dickens isn’t my favorite. What can I say?
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
To the Lighthouse
Vanity Fair – I put this down when we moved and need to pick it back up!
War and Peace
Watership Down – In fairness, I started this when I was 10.
Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an inquiry into values
Woo! 23 of 106! I feel pretty good about that, though it seems I should have done better, considering the fact that I was an English major. I like that so many of them were read for fun, though. Go, literature! Now I have a list of recommendations for the future. Yay!