Posted by: Matt | October 5, 2007

Meme, Meme

I haven’t done a meme in awhile so I thought I’d post this one that has been going around. This is the list of LibraryThing’s top 106 (as most people have already commented it’s a bizarre number) titles tagged “unread” (as of October 3.)

Bold the titles you’ve read
. Italicize the titles you have on your bookshelf but haven’t read.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22 (on my TBR list)
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote (on my TBR list)
Moby Dick
The Odyssey (in high school)
Pride and Prejudice (sort of reading right now through DailyLit)
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (as a geographer I sort of feel like I should read this)
War and Peace (on my TBR list)
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad (in high school)
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods (on my TBR list)
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books (kind of surprising to me)
Memoirs of a Geisha
Quicksilver (on my TBR list)
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales (read parts of in high school)
The Historian (incredibly disappointing)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum (nope, but I have other Eco books on my shelf)
Middlemarch (on my TBR list)
The Count of Monte Cristo

A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys (on my TBR list)
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible (on my TBR list)
1984 (one of my favorite books, ever)
Angels & Demons (no way)
The Inferno (once again in high school)

The Satanic Verses (on my TBR list)
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray (on my TBR list)
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels (on my TBR list)
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Dune (excellent sci-fi novel)
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury (cannot stand this book)
Angela’s Ashes
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon (on my TBR list)
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion (on my TBR list)
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye (I find this book to be overrated)

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
The Hobbit
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

I have read 28 of these, have several more sitting on my bookshelf, and there are even more which I plan on reading some day.



  1. I really enjoyed GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL. About a quarter of the way through, it kind of slumped for me (my eyes began to cross when he began explaining the pollination process), but it promptly picked back up and I couldn’t finish it fast enough. COLLAPSE though, was a different story, which I found strange because, as a (kind of) history major, I thought I’d love it. Not the case unfortunately. Still, I’d recommend GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL, and Bryson’s A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING.

  2. I have A Short History of Nearly Everything on my shelf right now and plan on reading it soon. I have been on and off about Guns, Germs and Steel however. I’ll decide I want to read it and then decide I don’t, not sure which way I’ll end up although your recommendation pushes it closer towards the “read” side.

  3. Thanks for reminding me that I have to get A Short History of Nearly Everything 🙂

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