Tuesday, April 29, 2008

More Sloth on My Part

Another meme, this one from Jeff by way of Mike:

Below are “106 books of pretension,” compiled from the books most frequently marked unread by Library Thing users.

Books I’ve read are in bold; books I’ve started but haven’t finished are in italics; books I own but haven’t read are marked with an dagger (†).

Books I've read: +/- 11
Books I've started but not finished: 9

And the total number of all these books that I own? Drumroll please.... one. And it's loaned out.
  1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  2. Anna Karenina
  3. Crime and Punishment
  4. Catch-22
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  6. Wuthering Heights
  7. The Silmarillion
  8. Life of Pi
  9. The Name of the Rose
  10. Don Quixote
  11. Moby Dick
  12. Ulysses
  13. Madame Bovary
  14. The Odyssey (against my will)
  15. Pride and Prejudice
  16. Jane Eyre
  17. The Tale of Two Cities
  18. The Brothers Karamazov
  19. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
  20. War and Peace
  21. Vanity Fair
  22. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  23. The Iliad
  24. Emma (I think)
  25. The Blind Assassin
  26. The Kite Runner
  27. Mrs. Dalloway
  28. Great Expectations
  29. American Gods
  30. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  31. Atlas Shrugged
  32. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
  33. Memoirs of a Geisha
  34. Middlesex
  35. Quicksilver
  36. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
  37. The Canterbury Tales
  38. The Historian : a novel
  39. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  40. Love in the Time of Cholera
  41. Brave New World
  42. The Fountainhead
  43. Foucault’s Pendulum
  44. Middlemarch
  45. Frankenstein
  46. The Count of Monte Cristo
  47. Dracula
  48. A Clockwork Orange
  49. Anansi Boys
  50. The Once and Future King
  51. The Grapes of Wrath
  52. The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
  53. 1984
  54. Angels & Demons
  55. The Inferno
  56. The Satanic Verses
  57. Sense and Sensibility (I think)
  58. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  59. Mansfield Park (maybe)
  60. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  61. To the Lighthouse
  62. Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  63. Oliver Twist
  64. Gulliver’s Travels
  65. Les Misérables
  66. The Corrections
  67. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (on my list)
  68. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  69. Dune
  70. The Prince
  71. The Sound and the Fury
  72. Angela’s Ashes : a memoir (Good Lord, no)
  73. The God of Small Things
  74. A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
  75. Cryptonomicon
  76. Neverwhere
  77. A Confederacy of Dunces
  78. A Short History of Nearly Everything
  79. Dubliners
  80. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  81. Beloved
  82. Slaughterhouse-Five
  83. The Scarlet Letter
  84. Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  85. The Mists of Avalon
  86. Oryx and Crake : a novel
  87. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
  88. Cloud Atlas
  89. The Confusion
  90. Lolita
  91. Persuasion (can’t remember)
  92. Northanger Abbey
  93. The Catcher in the Rye (I’m the only person I know who still likes this book as an adult)
  94. On the Road
  95. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  96. Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
  97. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
  98. The Aeneid
  99. Watership Down
  100. Gravity’s Rainbow
  101. The Hobbit
  102. In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
  103. White Teeth (my favorite book of all time)
  104. Treasure Island
  105. David Copperfield
  106. The Three Musketeers


  1. You haven't read Pride and Prejudice? And with the name of your blog as it is? For shame! I'll lend you my copy. Or better yet, you can read it online.

  2. Nothing like a good book list to make me feel bad about myself. I'm ripping this post off for my blag, btw. Will credit. I too noticed Pride and Prejudice was marked unread. I know exactly what Jane Austen would do. She would come back from the dead and slap the lazy out of you! Great, now I'm going to be having dreams about zombie Jane Austen.

  3. This is great! I love this list and I too will steal for my blog and credit, mostly to see for myself how poorly I have done on this list. At first glance, I have done ok, but am really lacking in the "classics" area. Thanks for the exercise (and for populating my reading listy for the next 6 years of my life!)

  4. I'm embarrassed to admit I've read many and own most on this list. Yes, even Angela's Ashes. This just proves that I can no longer blame my boring life of my children. It appears I was boring long before their arrival.

    I might steal this list as well. I may or may not give credit. ;)