RS (rainbowstevie) wrote,

This required very little brainpower...or at least that's my excuse for posting it before reviews.

(*cough* Or studying for my test, which is slightly more pressing)

Instructions: These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users. Bold what you have read, italicize those you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

(Because I'm me, of course, I also have oodles of commentary in parentheses.  :D  I have also put strikethroughs through any books I flat-out refuse to read.)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment  (oh, C&P!  I didn't really like it, but I have fond memories due to the fact that for AP Lit, I wrote a paper on it which earned 100%)
Catch-22 ("We said it jumps around a lot, kind of like Seinfeld.  So it's a book about nothing" - Steve's quote shall live in immortality.  I'll take it a step further, and call it a bunch of spastic nonsense.)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (hah!  My roommate had to lead student discussion on this for a week, and she was freaking out because she'd ordered copies for the class but they hadn't come in on time.  After half an hour of panic, I found an eBook of the text in full, so now I own a virtual copy of this.  Which I will never read.  Ever.)
Wuthering Heights (I read this the summer after high school, mostly while on a camping trip, even though my AP Lit teacher had told us it was made to be read on a blustery November afternoon.  Still loved it to pieces, and will read it again someday after I stop being obsessed with quantity on my reading list.)
The Silmarillion (I couldn't even get through The Fellowship of the Ring, what makes you think I'll try this?)
Life of Pi : a novel (although it's faintly sad when there's a book my brother's read that I haven't, but I am still not interested)
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby-Dick (because it was a big thing of Scully's on X-Files. Seriously, that's why.  Well, that and we played a band song called "Of Sailors and Whales" based on this book, and I never felt I connected enough with the music for lack of knowing the novel)
The Odyssey (see, we sort of read...chunks of it in my Western Literature in Translation class, but that was only a survey course.  And anyway, Wishbone did a better job of conveying the story than our haphazard reading and discussion did.)
Pride and Prejudice (It took me half the summer to read this for AP Lit, and I resisted every additional chapter because I didn't want summer homework.  But once I got into the second half and finished up in a day, it was like "Wait, what the hell was my problem?" and thereafter, I loved Jane Austen forevermore)
Jane Eyre* (first in 8th grade, because a girl I really respected chose it for her book report, and then again in 12th at the end of AP Lit so I could write a short essays on it, and as I write this it occurs to me that I somehow do not own this book.  WHAT THE HELL?  I love this story!)
A Tale of Two Cities (haven't read, but Wishbone told me about it)
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair (this is shelved in the general YA collection rather than "classics", and between that and it becoming a movie starring Reese Witherspoon I figure it cannot possibly be that hard and is maybe even like an Austen novel, but I just haven't had time yet)
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Iliad (see "The Odyssey," only without Wishbone's help)
Emma (things to do before I die: read all Jane Austen novels)
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West ("WHAT THE HELL IS WITH ALL THE SEX IN THIS BOOK??" I shouted several times, and kept throwing it off to the side.  Unfortunately, the rest of the story was so damn compelling that I had to finish it)
The Canterbury Tales (see: "The Illiad")
The Historian: a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World (read over the summer just for fun, and I loved it!)
The Fountainhead
Foucault's Pendulum
Frankenstein (And the imagery, it was beautiful.  Plus this was the first novel I had to read in a college course, which made me feel much better about the difficulty level of college)
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible: a novel (this is by Kingsolver, right?  Yeah.  We read "The Bean Trees" in 11th grade.  I have no further interest in said author)
Angels & Demons 
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility (erm...I saw the movie?  I really will read the book someday!)
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D'Urbevilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver's Travels
Les Misérables (someday, by going in small sections, I will finish this book.  I know it's not going to be as fun a ride as the musical that I love, but it still has Eponine, right?)
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
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
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (I actually do own a copy of this book that I have never read.  It was a freebie from the English prof I worked for when she was cleaning out her office for retirement, but it looks dull as sin)
Beloved (Toni Morrison whines.  So much.)
The Scarlet Letter (yes, I've only read it once.  I don't reread books a lot, even when I love them.)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon (see "Wicked", after which I vowed never to read fantasy-genre books recommended by my best friend again.)
Oryx and Crake: a novel
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita (Oh, HELL NO.  No one will ever, ever, ever convince me this book deserves to be mentioned, much less read.)
Northanger Abbey (Austen!)
The Catcher in the Rye (*is still bitter that her 11th grade English class studied this novel for a month, but bumped Scarlet Letter back to an option novel for independent study*  Stupid book full of cursing.  Waste of time.)
On the Road (we own a copy.  I have never felt inclined to check it out)
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
The Aeneid
Watership Down (if you buy me a book with rabbits on the cover, I want to read about rabbits acting like wild rabbits.  Not like people in rabbit clothing)
Gravity's Rainbow
The Hobbit
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers
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