Did I Mention I Read A Lot?

Thank goodness I have this literary meme in my “to be published” posts. Because I have a scant hour to do stuff, and I haven’t thought of a bloody thing to write today. I’ve just gotten back from Target, and I am happy to report that I am almost done Christmas shopping. I love Target, and my 10% off coupons I get from them.

Got this from the redoubtable MaryP. I found it an interesting list, as per usual. These are the 106 books most often marked unread (so, the least read books, I guess?) by LibraryThing users.

Bold the ones you’ve read.
Italicize those you’ve started but not finished.
Put an asterisk (*) by those you’ve read more than once.
Underline those you mean to read. (I don’t seem to have an underline function here. Let’s just say I aspire to read all of these books. There are a few I actually aim to read. I put a double quote (“) by those.)

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (I have started this book FOUR times, and I’ve barely made it to chapter 2, and that only on the last try. People who get through this book must be much more intelligent than I am.)
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22*
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights*
The Silmarillion (I’ve read bits and pieces of this. Let me just say right now that I’ve only read “that much” because DearDR? A Lord of the Rings fanatic. I cannot empasize that enough.)
Life of Pi: A Novel
The Name of the Rose*
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses” (I would truly like to read this book, but I think you need to take a class to understand it.)
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 (I intend to re-read this because I just read its “sequel”, for lack of a better word, Son of a Witch. It was okay.)
The Canterbury Tales
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
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: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
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* (This is one of my all-time favorite books, and I’ve probably read it close to 10 times.)
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit*
In Cold Blood*
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

3 thoughts on “Did I Mention I Read A Lot?

  1. Reading has dropped so far from my radar in the past year that I can’t even imagine having a list of want to read books that long. I’m barely keeping up with my must-read fiction authors at this point. Maybe in about 15 years I’ll be able to read every day like i used to. Good luck on chugging through that list!

  2. well, to clarify, I didn’t make up the list. And while I would love to read all of these, it will take me several years. Hell, it has taken several years to read what of the list I have read. Some of these I read in high school or college, you know? And high school and college are a number of years behind me!

    Also, I read for about an hour every night. I have to. it’s a bit of an addiction. I don’t watch a lot of TV. That leaves some time. Plus, while Monkey watches her before-bed DVD (about 1/2 hour), I often cram in a few pages.

    ciao,
    rpm

  3. My reading has dropped off a LOT since I began blogging, but I still have the addiction. This week I read “Open House” by Elizabeth Berg – great book! And am partway through “I’d rather eat Chocolate”, by … um, I can’t see the book from here… It’s entertaining enough so far, but I’m getting impatient to know what solution she’s going to come to for her situation. Though there is a sequence of events (it’s not really fiction), there’s not enough plot to entertain while you wait for the resolution.

    Dr. Strange is one I think I *should* read, but every time I pick it up, I put it down again. Something about it puts me off. Don’t know what, because several people whose opinions I quite respect RAVE about it.

    Similarly those Gabaldon books. Just can’t bring myself to start one.

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