Have you read it?

I missed this meme until a friend highlighted it. Shows you how behind I am on my feed reader…(don’t ask).

LibraryThing has a meme going about the top 106 books tagged “unread” by users. It looks like people are marking them in their posts different ways. Also, the actual titles and order of the list seems to change from blog to blog, presumably because the actual top 106 changes regularly depending on LibraryThing users tagging (I took my list from my friend’s post).

My markings:
bold = books I’ve read
italics = books I read for course work/school (some used this for those you started but didn’t finish…but I honestly don’t have any so I re-purposed it)
* = books I own but haven’t read yet

Do you get extra credit for reading something once in translation and once in the original language? I’ve gone marked those in a different font color (red) altogether. These titles could also be filed under “particularly tortuous.” Have I mentioned that I can’t stand Gabriel Garcia Marquez before? Yes? Oh. Well, it bears repeating. And Dickens…there’s a lot of Dickens on this list. Again, it bears repeating that while I’ve read a lot of Dickens, I do not like his works. I’d rather poke my eyes out than read him again.

Anyway, back to the list:

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
*Anna Karenina (I know I have this…the same copy my mom read while pregnant with me!)
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Crime and Punishment
Wuthering Heights

*The Silmarillion
Don Quixote
The Odyssey
The Brothers Karamazov
War and Peace
Madame Bovary
A Tale of Two Cities
Jane Eyre
The Name of the Rose
Moby Dick
The Iliad
Vanity Fair
Love in the Time of Cholera
The Blind Assassin (want to read it, but don’t own it…yet)
Pride and Prejudice
The Historian: A Novel
The Canterbury Tales
The Kite Runner
Great Expectations
Life of Pi
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Atlas Shrugged
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Grapes of Wrath
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Mrs. Dalloway
Sense and Sensibility
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Sound and The Fury
Memoirs of a Geisha
Brave New World
American Gods
The Poisonwood Bible
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The Satanic Verses
Mansfield Park
Gulliver’s Travels
The Three Musketeers
The Inferno
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
*The Fountainhead

Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
To the Lighthouse
*A Clockwork Orange
Robinson Crusoe
The Scarlet Letter
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (read it a second time because I enjoyed it)
The Once and Future King (read it a second time because I enjoyed it)
Anansi Boys
The God of Small Things
*A Short History of Nearly Everything
Oryx and Crake
Angela’s Ashes
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
In Cold Blood
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
A Confederacy of Dunces
Les Misérables (in English, and an abridged version)
The Amber Spyglass
The Prince
Watership Down
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
The Aeneid
A Farewell to Arms
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
Sons and Lovers
The Book Thief
The History of Tom Jones
The Road
Tender is the Night
The War of the Worlds

It’s interesting just how many of these more recent ones I haven’t heard of. I guess I’m a bit behind. And I’m amazed at how many of the classics I had to read either in high school or college. Even more amazing is the relatively few number of things on this list I own but haven’t read. Of course, the ever growing pile of things to be read (my TBR pile) largely is not represented by this list. I wonder what that says about me and my taste in books?

Your turn. How many have you read?

Side note: yes, I have a LibraryThing account. No, I haven’t had the time to go through and actually add and tag my books. One of these days…

About slmcdanold

I’m learning to laugh at myself on a daily basis. I’m a librarian (cataloger) and I love it. My job involves all things metadata related in any and all formats. I have been known to cause a ruckus when necessary (aka troublesome cataloger) and make no apologies for it. I have a passion for continuing education and teaching. I’m a newbie coder (still learning). I like to cook. I’m a fan of rugby (go Australian Wallabies!) and ice hockey (go Detroit Red Wings!). I’m car-free and bike/walk a lot. I’m learning to love running one stride at a time. I own (and love) a very mouthy cat with a punk attitude and a slightly neurotic rescue mutt.
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