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That Book Meme

Gacked from manonlechat,nokomarie and45cats:

(This is a list of 106 books most often listed as unread by LibraryThing users. Bold the ones you've read, italicise the ones you plan to read, and strikethrough the ones you couldn't make it through. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. )

Plus, I have my own twist; any book I only read for school is in red.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion -- I think?
Life of Pi : A Novel
The Name of the Rose -- I liked the way it started but not where it seemed to be going.
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
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
-- I think?
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno/L'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 -- I may have called it a day after1 or 2 pages. Does that count?
Oliver Twist
* Gulliver's Travels
Les Misérables
-- I think it was abridged.
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
* Dune -- I know I've read it at least once. Maybe more.
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 -- I confess, the second time was for school. I would not have reread it voluntarily.
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 -- I'm actually not sure about this one.
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

My list seems short compared to some of you all. It's because I'm a reading wimp; I want a happy ending and a lot of those 18th and 19th century novels seem to be long, involved tales of angst and doom with no redeeming ending. Also, I won't voluntarily read a book about a protagonist I don't like. I just don't see the point in spending the time.

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Are you not interested in reading any of the books you haven't touched yet? (You don't have any italicized.) I'm going to have to gank the list from you but I'm afraid the majority are on my "read when I'm retired/at the end of the world and hope my glasses don't break like Burgess Meredith's" list.

I feel that when it comes to reading, there is no plan, only do.

That said, I should probably give The Canterbury Tales a go.

That was one of the best Twilight Zone's ever. The gremlin on the plane gave me nightmares, but my sense of loss when the glasses broke was devastating.

Yes. That vignette is the one that has stuck with me out of all the Twilight Zone eps I ever saw. Because "all the time in the world" to read all the books I ever wanted is a favorite fantasy of mine, without, y'know, having to worry about reading glasses. ^_^

Does seeing the movie count? Otherwise, I think I've only read three of the above listed books--how's THAT for pitiful?

I'm much more the murder-mystery/suspense type reader myself. Can't do flowery things--and I agree with your assessment of Tess of the D'Urbervilles--gave up after reading the same three pages three times in an hour. :D

I like genre works myself, thus the Neil Gaiman.

Some of those books I enough quite a bit about so I'm not sure if I've read the book or just seen several movies. Treasure Island, for instance.

I don't know if I'd call Thomas Hardy flowery, but he's certainly one of those Victorian writers whose books relentlessly suck all the life and hope out of a person. I've read a couple of his novels, which on some levels amazes me (that I was able to get past the first three pages, much less finish them).

I'm going to edit my list. The asterisks add something, as does the use of red.

Some of the books on my list were read by accident-picked them up and couldn't put them down-and some I read because I decided I had never stretched myself and waded through things like The Mill on the Floss and Jude the Obscure for about 2 years. Then they began getting more depressing so I went back to my old 'read for entertainment' strategy.

I read Don Quixote for school but, unlike the other two, I actually enjoyed it. My favorite part, which I remember nearly 30 years later, Quixote is riding through town mighty pleased because everyone is cheering him and saying "Hey! Don Quixote!". He has a sign stuck to his back, by a prankish duke, that says "I am Don Quixote". [/random]

That's a book I should probably read again. My mom saw the play or movie and played The Man From La Mancha soundtrack (from the movie) over and over. I was around 12 and when I got the book from the library the front was filled with notes about the translation. There was some sort of problem, but I don't recall what it was.

I only remember feeling so sorry for poor Don Quixote.

He was actually pretty happy in a senile kind of way.

I'm beginning to think I should read The Count of Monte Cristo and American Gods (I saw the Count of Cristo movie, maybe it counts).

It depends on which movie you saw. Frankly, I recommend the anime Gankutsuou as one of the better adaptations.

The great thing about Monte Cristo is the people he brings down are so evil that he manages to get revenge via bad stuff they did to other people. And I've never seen a version that included all the revenge details. On the other hand, Edmond Dantes is a bit of a Stew.

I take it 'stew' is not a nice term?

Marty Stew?

Not a nice term.

Picky, picky, picky.

I don't deny it. I make a good living being picky.

One should always work towards ones stengths.