Top 106 Books on LibraryThing

Yes, it’s another meme — but this one involves LibraryThing, my favouritest website in the whole wide world, and so I could hardly exist resist. (I totally just typed “exist” instead of “resist” — but what the hey, I’m leaving it). My variation on the rules as laid out below is that I haven’t struck through any books, but instead appended comments here and there.

At any rate, the list below is of the top 106 books tagged as “unread” on LibraryThing.

The rules:

Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, and strike through books you hated. 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 [so! boring!]
*Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote [read the first 200 pages…]
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 [started once, started twice, and then finally I just pretended to read it]
Great Expectations
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha [started, put down, never picked up]
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales [I’ve read a number of them, but not all of it]
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 [a favourite]
Oliver Twist
*Gulliver’s Travels
Les misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
Dune [booooooooring — but I finished it]
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 [holy cow, Hawthorne is prosy]
*Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The mists of Avalon
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
[hated it]
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
[another longtime favourite]

In unrelated news, I’m now watching Stardust for the third time in a week and a half. It’s just so good!

3 thoughts on “Top 106 Books on LibraryThing

  1. I am really surprised at how many great works are on this list. If you don't mind I'm going to tag myself for this meme.I loved the book Stardust but was disappointed in the changes to the movie. I probably would have loved the movie if I hadn't fallen in love with the book just before seeing it.

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  2. Loved the movie Stardust. Loved. The. Movie. I began the book, the illustrated version that Taylor has, but then couldn't find a copy like that and refuse to buy the movie take-off version. The original illustrations are awesome.This is an interesting list. Maybe I'll do a note on it. Who knows. Other things to do though, like write a dissertation…

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