Sunday, October 14, 2007

106 Most UnRead Books

"A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably." - William Penn

What a lovely quote. And my DD would be quick to tell you all about Mr. Penn, how he came to settle Pennsylvania and what "sylvania" means. We learned about him last year in history, and she's been re-reading her history reader from then.

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Following on the heels of my confession that I've only read five of the top 100 most meaningful books, I give you this meme I stole borrowed from Allie, because I wasn't embarrassed enough about my reading habits.

These are the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, and strike through books you hated. Add an asterisk* to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your TBR (To Be Read) list.

Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales
The Historian
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
1984
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
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
Dune
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes
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
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down*
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit*
In Cold Blood
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers
Does it count that I've seen a TON of these movies?

Anyone else want to chime in? If you do, let me know so I can come look.

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Had a small brainstorm for my NaNo Fantasy novel... still not sure if it's practical for me to work on it. I'll know on November 1st.

I set up little word count whoosies on the side bar near my weather pixie if you want to watch. Yikes! 70 Days of Sweat starts tomorrow, and my goal is to finish my short story "Kitchen Matches" before NaNo starts. Fingers crossed (well, maybe toes, because it's hard to type with your fingers crossed).

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7 comments:

Dru said...

My movie nerd heroine is Hermione.

good luck with all your writing endeavors.

I hope you have a good Sunday.

Alice Teh said...

I played the 106 book meme on Tue...

Happy writing and reading!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Read Jane Austen. Really. You'd love her. ;-) Jane Eyre, too - it's the MOST romantic book of all time, IMHO.

Sorry I'm so sporadic lately - having one of those weeks!

Brandy said...

I'm Hermione, too. *g* I read somewhere where she is the ultimate feminist example. *g*

Have a relaxing sunday!

Avery Gray said...

Hey, how come I'm McLovin? I'm not that creepy, am I?

Melissa said...

You're Velma, the dressed-in-orange, mystery-solving nerd. You know your friends appreciate having you around, but it's frustrating when they take your brilliant ideas for granted. Sarcasm is one of your favorite tools, but you're not always cynical – once in a while you meet someone who makes your heart say "jinkies!" and puts a big cartoon sparkle in your eye.

Gay said...

I played. My new resolution (why wait until New Years?) is to read more. A lot more. I read an essay by an author/lecturer I respect that said how poor we all are at reading, and that we can't expect to write well until we stop being so egotistically selfish and start taking the time to read well. I used to read more...

And I need to read widely. Of course, the Short Story MFA is going to have me reading. A lot.