Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The reading meme

Thanks Steph, I needed a diversion today. I t seems like half the fiber world has chosen May 15th as a due date. Also day 7 of 9 of the Honey Man being out of town.
Beth and I decided we need a Sisterhood of the Traveling Husbands group on Ravelry.

Let's be diverted, shall we?

What we have here is the top 200 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.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
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
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (have it at home, might read it)
War and Peace
Vanity Fair

The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations

American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
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
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present Cryptonomicon
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 : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
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
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

I managed to get a lit degree, and work in the book business for 20 years without reading the Russians or much Dickens. One of the best parts of doing this is recalling when I read them. The most vibrant of memories are the books read for classes, and especially, books read on obsessive binges (Atwood, Kundera, Morrison) authors that so hooked me that I had to read everything they wrote.


Anonymous Kim said...

Dickens as a sedative works for me. Within 10 minutes of starting to read him, I'm dead asleep every time.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there Jillian - you're one of my favorite people on the whole internets. It started with the ruffle on Latifa, and the beat goes on...

I have to recommend CLOUD ATLAS - I binge-read all of David Mitchell's books after reading that one, after hearing Nancy Pearl (our beloved Seattle librarian rock star) finally run out of words when describing it, to finally say "just read it!" (Janet in Seattle)

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A Heartbreaking Work,etc." is really good and funny. If you start it, you won't be able to put it down. And it's long which is good, right? from Mary K. in Rockport

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God, Atwood is my all time fav..! I got to meet her at a book signing and was a complete blathering idiot - poor woman! I made my friends come with and carry all my copies of her books to get them signed too.
Beth in Ypsi

11:03 PM  

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