Friday, September 12, 2008

Memes and reading

A meme caught my fancy so I'm passing it on for the one reader of this blog. A meme is idea or behavior that passes from one person to another.

This is a list of the top 106 books most often marked “unread” by LibraryThing users. The rules: bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  • Anna Karenina
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Catch-22
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Wuthering Heights
  • The Silmarillion
  • Life of Pi : a novel
  • The Name of the Rose
  • Don Quixote
  • Moby Dick
  • Ulysses
  • Madame Bovary
  • The Odyssey
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Jane Eyre
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Brothers Karamazov
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel
  • War and Peace
  • Vanity Fair
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • The Iliad
  • Emma
  • The Blind Assassin (gripped me from the first paragraph)
  • The Kite Runner
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • Great Expectations
  • American Gods
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Middlesex
  • Quicksilver
  • Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • The Historian : a novel
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Love in the Time of Cholera (on my shelf waiting to be read)
  • 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 : a novel
  • 1984
  • Angels & Demons
  • The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
  • 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 : a memoir
  • 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 : an inquiry into values
  • 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
  • The Three Musketeers

School was so long ago that I probably have read most of the classics, but honestly do not remember. I have kept a list of every book I've read since graduate school days. My list is now in a database with over 1,200 titles.

So many books, so little time.

1 comment:

Marianaria Sra. bibliotecaria said...

Thanks for the list. I've read 28.3 -- the .3 is Inferno, but not the rest. I read Inferno as a follow-up to a book by Gloria Naylor, whose title escapes me at the moment.

I read Middlemarch when I was part of a reading group, years ago. We chose a "long classic" because there was going to be a longer-than-usual hiatus between meetings. I was prepared to be bored, but I loved it. I then read Mill on the Floss, and loved that. So the, I decided to reread Silas Marner because I had thought it unutterably sappy in high school --and boy, had I been right. Just why that was chosen is beyond me, apart from the fact it's short. Hope it's still not used.

I reread Tale of Two Cities recently as my hairdresser's son was reading it in high school -- I thought the opening was very cinematic, but the father/daughter love was too sentimental, without quite tipping over into sappy -- her son hated the whole book.

Mrs. Dalloway was the first Virginia Woolf novel I read. It was recommended by a friend who said it was more accessible than some of her other novels. I liked it a lot, plus her collection of short stories, Mrs. Dalloway's Party. Try Mrs. Dalloway.

Believe it or not, I read War and Peace after reading the first really long Harry Potter novel. I thought, well, if kids can read a book this long, I can read W&P. I did skip the appendices with Tolstoy's thoughts/philosophies. There's a book out on the graphic depiction of statistics that usually has as its example in ads and, for some editions, on the cover, a map with a thick/very thin line showing the size of Napoleon's army going to and then retreating from Moscow. Very revealing.

Hope your other readers, the non-posting ones (surely they are out there?) enjoy the list as much as I did.