Book Meme

First Arun posted this, then Ellen. Now I am feeling the (nonexistent) pressure.

Below is a list of 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing users. They sit on their shelf, perhaps to make their owner feel smart or well-rounded. The meme comes with these instructions: Bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish. (I couldn’t help but add comments in parens.)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment ( What, I read some Tolstoy. Once dense Russian novel is enough.)
Catch-22 (Yes, but did I understand it?)
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights (This is one of those books that I simultaneously feel like I must have read for school, but don’t think I actually did. Likewise Tess and Jane Eyre. I know I’ve definitely read one of them.)
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses (I had one of those “I’m an English major, I should read this! moments. That didn’t last long.)
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
(I have read this both for school and because I love Austen)
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (I read a little bit of this at random one day, thinking I should check it out from Simmons. But I didn’t like what I did read. Despite that, this recently went back on my to-read list.)
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
(This was really excellent.)
The Iliad
(In my Austen class, when we read this the prof organized an optional evening screening of “Clueless” and had a discussion afterwards. It was awesome, all the hardcore nerds showed up, and that’s saying something given that the class was cross-registered in the English Dept and the special program for humanities geeks.)
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway (Really good, though.)
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged (I forget if it was this or The Fountainhead that I didn’t finish. I wanted to fit in with my new friends junior & senior year, but not that badly.)
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha

Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West (I keep thinking I should read this, but my dislike of “The Wizard of Oz” holds me back. Then again, I really liked “Ozma of Oz,” so who knows.)
The Canterbury Tales (portions, and unfortunately in the worst class I took for my English degree)
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
(Another one I’ve read for school & for pleasure)
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King (I did get most of the way through Morte D’Arthur, though.)
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
(This would be interesting to re-read right now.)
Angels & Demons (I read a few pages of it before discarding it as crap, pardon my French.)
The Inferno (and Purgatorio and Paradiso)
The Satanic Verses (Hm, I really should.)
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Thanks for the reminder, just added this to my list!)
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 (But I do love his collection of essays How to Be Alone.)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury (ugh)
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel (Loved The Handmaid’s Tale, though. Very 1984-esque, but with a feminist twist.)
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita (Fantastic novel. Also wonderful was Pale Fire, an amazing and confusing novel only a first semester freshman English major can love.)
Northanger Abbey

The Catcher in the Rye
(Did I read this in high school? I really can’t recall. Maybe.)
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values (Never read it, but went on a date with someone who was really into it. Does that count? Also, I’ve read the Tao of Pooh, and that is probably close enough.)
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth (Was it this that I didn’t finish, or was it On Beauty?)
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers (I really like the ’93 version with Charlie Sheen, though.)

One thought on “Book Meme

  1. Of the ones you haven’t read you should add The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and The God of Small Things to your to read list. Both excellent books.

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