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October 2nd, 2007

Unreadable books, apparently... @ 06:43 pm

temper: tired tired
soundtrack: The Fallen - Franz Ferdinand

Ganked off fatal_blue and quenya_tattoo.


These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise that you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and punishment
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights (Bloody ridiculous emo crap).
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The name of the rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (this was the basis of most of my big essays in 2nd and 3rd year history. Really good book.)
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler's Wife (my mother gave this to me earlier in the year. I think I got about a page in, then got distracted with something else).
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods (But I only started it last night, so I expect that I will finish it soon)
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
The Canterbury tales (well, not so much started as read only one of the tales, when searching my sister's english class stuff for things to read)
The historian : a novel
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera
Brave new world (favourite book ever, both for the story itself and the way Huxley uses words)
The Fountainhead
Foucault's pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A clockwork orange (I have a feeling i read about a page of this once too, but again, got distracted.)
Anansi boys
The once and future king
The grapes of wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
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 (A long long time ago, another one page or so)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver's travels (well.. bits, in a somewhat extracted form, in a children's anthology. I liked it though)
Les misérables
The corrections
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay (I recommend for all fans of comics.)
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The prince
The sound and the fury (Although the Filth and the Fury is an excellent documentary)
Angela's ashes : a memoir
The god of small things
A people's history of the United States : 1492-present
Neverwhere (only Carey's graphic novel adaptation of it, sadly. Although that was really good).
A confederacy of dunces
A short history of nearly everything (Someone was reading it and had to do something for a while so I started it... but then they came back and took it away).
The unbearable lightness of being
Beloved (No, although I really liked the Bluest Eye. And Sula was... odd.)
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed (I got bored in the first chapter while he waxed lyrical about the half-destroyed beauty of mining Montana, or some such.  Did intend to go back to it, but now I don't have a copy, I'm not in a huge rush.)
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
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
Gravity's Rainbow (Yes! Along with a bare handful of other masochistic/wouldbe superior people around the world, I have actually finished this. And... well, it is really good, in a very odd geeky but disturbingly sexually obsessed way).
The Hobbit
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The three musketeers

Apparently I don't really hate anything. Or I hate/can't finish stuff like the Forsyte Saga (which is sad, because it's where my name came from, and the reason I hate it is that I hate my namesake for being dull and submissive...) . Anyway, lack of strike-through is making me feel a bit sad. Maybe I should try reading more Dickens, just to give myself some opportunity. And in general, kinda a poor showing. Ah well, the street book sales with their $2 second-hand 100-level english requirements should set me up eventually. Well... in between finishing off George RR Martin, anyway. 
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Date:October 3rd, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
If anything can foster dislike - or at least major apathy - it would probably be Dickens. I'll never, ever forgive my grade school teacher for foisting Great Expectations off on us. My biggest regret is that I gave any of his other work the benefit of the doubt and actually read it before I realized I more or less hate everything he's ever written.
Date:October 4th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
You know, skimming past this on the f-list, I think this is the first time I've noticed that this meme is basically a way to find out what kind of an elitist literary snob you are.

I'm almost motivated to do it now; the only thing stopping me is the sure knowledge that, well, I haven't read enough of these to win.
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Date:October 5th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
Ooo! Speaking of books, have you heard of goodreads.com? It's basically last.fm but for books! UH. MAY. ZING. JOOOOIN! :D

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