Saturday, May 3, 2008

Library Thing's Most Frequently Unread Books

This is a list of the 106 books most often tagged unread (I actually tag my unreads as TBR, so I guess I wasn't included in the statistics of these) on LibraryThing with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell making the top of the list. Actually, this is the list that's making the rounds of biblio-blogs. If you look at the current list, it's a tad different, but I'm sticking with the original set.

Here are the RULES:

BOLD=books you've read
ITALICS=books you started but couldn't or didn't finish
CROSSED OUT = books you hated (finished or unfinished)
*STARRED*=you've read more than once
UNDERLINED=books on your TBR list (books you own but haven't read, yet)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (technically not a TBR, since I don't own it, but I would like to read it)
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
A Tale of Two Cities (it was the worst of times)
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 (I'm not sure - I think I've read it, but I've seen the movie so many times, I can't be sure. I named my daughter Emma after this character, though.)
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner (This one's in my Ipod)
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations (I think I read it in school, but I'm not sure)
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 (again, I don't own it, but it's on my wishlist)
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
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


Pam T said...

Fantastic post, Traci. Very creative and fun... and as a LTer now I'll have to see how I fit in.

Traci said...

Well, I can't take credit for the idea - I first saw it on LibraryThing's blog and have since seen it on several other blogs, but thanks just the same. I did look at which books were most often tagged TBR (as opposed to unread), and it's pretty close to the same list. Maybe a few minor differences in the ordering, but for the most part the same books pop up as being owned (or catalogued) but not yet read. My theory is we buy many of these books when we're feeling overly ambitious (especially ones like Jonathan Strange and War and Peace) and then get home and think "Ah, maybe next week...."