Roz Kaveney (rozk) wrote,
Roz Kaveney
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While still lagged, unread books thingy

Gakked from debg


According to a LibraryThing survey, these 106 works are the ones most often marked as “unread”, That is, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded.

Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you started, but didn’t finish.

Final touch: denote (*) the ones you liked, and would (or did) read again or recommend. Even if you did read them for school in the first place.


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell*
Anna Karenina (Tolstoy is fairly dislikable, though great)
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude**
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
Actually pretty much hated this and said so in a review
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Ulysses**
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
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma *

The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Great Expectations**
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
(but hated it)
Middlesex
Quicksilver
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
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King**

The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible: a novel
1984
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 Klay*
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune
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
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners***
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five

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
Lolita
Persuasion**
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye

On the Road (well, DUH)
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


That is pretty scary given that I can add most of the rest of Dickens, Eliot and Hardy; am shocked at the lack of Conrad; love Scott Fitzgerald and Eudora Welty; note the general absence of short story writers like Chekhov, Kipling, Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Bowen, VS Pritchett, Lorrie Moore and so on; note the absence of German novelists, especially Mann, whom I love; miss Angela Carter (here, as in life)and so on.
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