As seen at Unbalanced Reaction and elsewhere
"What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded.
Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you read for school". (I also added commentary in blue).
I've always been a voracious reader, and I grew up in a house full of books with nothing deemed off-limits or age-inappropriate, so I'm not surprised to see a fair amount of bold text!
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22 During high shool, but not for school. Loved it at the time
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights Didn't really ever get into it. Maybe I should try again
Life of Pi: A novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote Hated it, but made myself finish it
Moby Dick Ditto
Pride and Prejudice A favourite
Jane Eyre Meh
The Tale of Two Cities Awesome. I only got into Dickens quite recently
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair I have no idea why this is a classic: it's messy, boring and internally inconsistent
The Time Traveler’s Wife Laughed at the genetics, but otherwise loved it
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner Review here
Great Expectations Not as good as Tale of Two Cities, but still great
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha Not sure why this is on this list, I thought it was a fun and frothy book!
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
Brave New World During high shool, but not for school. Loved it at the time
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula I was surprised at how good it actually is!
A Clockwork Orange
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath Love, love, love Steinbeck, although this is not among my favourites
The Poisonwood Bible Awesome
1984 Lives up to the hype
Angels & Demons Review here
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility Not as good as Pride and Prejudice, obviously!
The Picture of Dorian Gray I'm pretty sure I've read it, although I don't remember much about it
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Quite recently. It's unbelievable that the main character wasn't written specifically for Jack Nicholson, it's just spot-on!
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles My sister is a huge Hardy fan and made me read this. I hated it
Oliver Twist Good stuff!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Just amazing
Dune Not sure I'd like it as much now as I did as a teenager
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes: A memoir Absorbing, but not very satisfying somehow
The God of Small Things I liked it, but didn't love it
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners Erm, challenging!
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves Not cover to cover though
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Collapse: How societies choose to fail or succeed
The Catcher in the Rye I think I read it too young
On the Road I could never get past the first few pages
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics: A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything I got a bit bogged down in the middle, but overall I thought it was great
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An inquiry into values
Watership Down Repeatedly. Awesome
The Hobbit See Watership Down...
In Cold Blood: A true account of a multiple murder and its consequences Years ago. Not to be repeated - too grisly
White Teeth Loved it!
Treasure Island See Watership Down...
I tag... anyone who thinks this looks fun!
Whew, TOO MUCH WRITING!
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