So Many Books, So Little Time

June 9, 2008

Saw this over at Hil’s place and couldn’t resist doing it myself, being the book lover that I am.

Meme: The top 100 or so books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. Bold the books you have read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.

Note: I can’t remember which, if any, I read for school – The Catcher in the Rye, perhaps…

Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights

The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
(One of my favorites!)
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Iliad
The Blind Assassin

The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged (Eww – Ayn Rand!)
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha

Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West (This is on my “To-read” list.)
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World

The Fountainhead (My least favorite book. Honestly, I hated it.)
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo

A Clockwork Orange (Loved the movie but never got around to reading the book.)
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons

The Satanic Verses (It’s on my bookshelf, but I haven’t read it yet.)
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray

Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse (No, but I did read Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.)
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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
Neverwhere (This one is also on my “To-read” list.)
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
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
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
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel

I’m curious about how many of these books others have read. Leave a note in the comments, if you feel so inclined.

Currently Reading: The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman and The Awakening by Kate Chopin (The latter is a re-read)

Song of the Day: The Book I Read by Talking Heads


9 Responses to “So Many Books, So Little Time”

  1. LA said

    And the crown goes to Miss Steph! My hat (and reading glasses) are off to you, oh queen of letters. I’ll be over here reading Mad magazine if you need me. ~LA

  2. yaketyyak said

    I used to love Mad magazine. And, don’t forget that I still read Archie comics!

  3. Jim said

    I hit 63, but that is including a couple that I gave up on before finishing… so I guess that we completed about the same number, but you attempted more than I did.

    I can understand how some of these books ended up on this list, but not others. How did three of Neil Gaiman’s novels end up on the list? By the way, I think Neverwhere is my favorite Gaiman novel… I liked American Gods, didn’t care that much for Anansi Boys. I’ve got Stardust around here somewhere… started it a couple of weeks ago but seem to have misplaced it and can’t find it. (Yes, I am disorganized.)

  4. Please put The Once and Future King and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on your “to read” list — they’re two of my favorites!!

  5. Sunshyn said

    Only 21. Me, too, on the Mad Magazine. And a book that should be on that list but isn’t – “The Power of One,” by Bryce Courtenay.

  6. terri t. said

    I haven’t read many of those books…a few I tried to get into and couldn’t but I did read The Mists of Avalon a few years ago and I loved it. I would recommend that one.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures. The flowers were so beautiful as was your new bedspread..very nice. And that carrot cake was a masterpiece. I hope it tasted half as good as it looked.

  7. Michael said

    I counted up to 35 that I’m sure I’ve read, and several more that I think I might have read but can’t remember (so they shouldn’t count anyway). Of the ones I’ve read and you haven’t, my favorite is “A Confederacy of Dunces.” I’ve also read “The Power of One” and agree it should be on the list, if only to make my total go up to 36.

  8. archytech said

    I counted 44 that I have read, 9 more that I started. But I devoured all of Jane Austin in one long summer. I understood the list to be made up of the most commonly “not finished” books, so recommending one for the list would be a bad thing, no? There are also several that took a couple tries, but ended up being great once I finally got into them. I love Poisonwood Bible (and everything else by Barbara Kingslover). Time Traveler’s Wife was also a big favorite of mine.

    Thanks for the fun idea!

  9. mz em said

    Although I didn’t like the movie, I am enjoying the book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams

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