Top 106 Unread Books on LibraryThing

A friend tried to explain the concept of memes to me the other day. My reply was “Meme… I’m not sure I get it. Well, maybe I do, but then in the doing, I don’t.” Ah, but when did not understanding the purpose of something ever stop one from engaging in it anyway?

I came across a meme related to one of my favorite web toys, LibraryThing, and decided I’d play along (at least to some degree, because I’m not into the “tag, you’re it!” bit of the game). So the rules are that from the list of books tagged by LibraryThing users as “unread”, those bolded represent books I’ve read, italicized books are ones I’ve started but not (or never) finished, those with a strikethrough are ones I read but hated, an *asterisk means I’ve read it more than once, and a #dollar sign means it’s on my shelf and also unread. The meme began as Top 106 unread books on LibraryThing. While there are more than 106 on the list now, I’ll stick with this number. Here goes:

Most often tagged unread

  1. The ultimate hitchhiker’s guide by Douglas Adams
  2. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  3. The kite runner by Khaled Hosseini
  4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  5. Life of Pi : a novel by Yann Martel
  6. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
  7. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  8. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  9. Vanity fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  10. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  11. Ulysses by James Joyce
  12. War and peace by Leo Tolstoy
  13. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  14. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  15. Catch-22: A Novel by Joseph Heller
  16. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  17. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  18. Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle I) by Neal Stephenson
  19. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  20. The Satanic verses by Salman Rushdie
  21. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  22. #Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books by Azar Nafisi
  23. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  24. The Kor’an by Anonymous
  25. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  26. The Odyssey by Homer
  27. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  28. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  29. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  30. The Historian : a novel by Elizabeth Kostova
  31. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  32. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  33. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding
  34. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  35. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  36. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  37. The Iliad by Homer
  38. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  39. Emma by Jane Austen
  40. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  41. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  42. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  43. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  44. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies by Jared Diamond
  45. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  46. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  47. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius by Dave Eggers
  48. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  49. The Once and Future King by T. H. White
  50. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  51. To the lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  52. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  53. Oryx and Crake : a novel by Margaret Atwood
  54. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  55. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
  56. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  57. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed by Jared Diamond
  58. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  59. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  60. Underworld by Don DeLillo
  61. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  62. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  63. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  64. The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake
  65. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  66. #Jude the obscure by Thomas Hardy
  67. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  68. Tender is the night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  69. A portrait of the artist as a young man by James Joyce
  70. #A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  71. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  72. The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  73. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  74. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  75. Swann’s way by Marcel Proust
  76. The Poisonwood Bible : a novel by Barbara Kingsolver
  77. #The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay : a novel by Michael Chabon
  78. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  79. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  80. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  81. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  82. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
  83. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  84. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  85. The Confusion by Neal Stephenson
  86. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  87. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  88. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  89. The System of the World by Neal Stephenson
  90. The Elegant Universe : superstrings, hidden dimensions, and… by Brian Greene
  91. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  92. The known world by Edward P. Jones
  93. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  94. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  95. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  96. Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
  97. Dubliners by James Joyce
  98. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  99. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  100. Infinite Jest : a novel by David Foster Wallace
  101. #Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  102. Beloved : a novel by Toni Morrison
  103. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  104. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  105. The Personal History of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  106. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Well, it seems my “unread” list is a bit different from my fellow LibraryThingers. I’ve got plenty of my own books that fall into this category, but by comparison they’re different. The majority of these books listed are ones I don’t own and haven’t read (though that hardly means I don’t know of them. I am a literate librarian, after all.) More to add, I guess. So many books…

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