John C. Kirk (johnckirk) wrote,
John C. Kirk

Book meme

Courtesy of pozorvlak, another book meme...

Apparently: "These are the top 106 books most often marked as 'unread' by LibraryThing's users (whenever someone started this meme). Bold what you have read, italicize those you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list."

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights * (This was a set text for A Level English Literature.)
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice (I've watched "Bride and Prejudice" twice, but that probably doesn't count.)
Jane Eyre (Having read "The Eyre Affair", I'd like to read this for context.)
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace (I remember this being a set book for the "Peanuts" kids to read over their Christmas vacation, which seemed quite mean for young children given how long it is.)
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Iliad (I've certainly read part of this, but I don't recall whether I finished it, so I'll try again at some point.)
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations * (This was a set text for GCSE English Literature.)
American Gods
Atlas Shrugged (I really don't think so.)
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Quicksilver (I have it on my bookshelf, along with the rest of the trilogy, but it's quite a nice hardback edition so I don't want to lug it around on the train with me)
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West (I'll post a longer entry sometime about why I disliked this book, although I've heard good things about the musical from everyone who's been.)
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
Frankenstein (This is worth reading, particularly if you only know The Monster from films.)
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys (I have this as an e-book, but I may wait to read a paper copy instead.)
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
1984 (I read this at school, and did wonder why Orwell bothered writing both this and "Animal Farm", given how much overlap there is between them. Still, they were both good, and I really ought to re-read them sometime.)
Angels & Demons (I'd probably buy this if I was stuck in an airport, but I won't go out of my way for it.)
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses (a Muslim friend read this at school, and said that he wasn't offended but he did think it was a really bad story, so I'm inclined to avoid it)
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 * (I first read this when I was quite young, and it was a very short book, with the two familiar destinations (Lilliput and Brobdingnag). The copy I read at CH had two extra voyages (the flying island of Laputa and the talking horses), and annotations at the back which were almost as long as the original text! Lots of the satire is a bit dated now, but the story still works on its own merits.)
Les Misérables (I bought the paperback about 10 years ago, after it was referenced in DS9 and a Hulk novel, but I haven't made much progress with it yet.)
The Corrections
The Amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
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
Neverwhere *
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
Lolita (The big AI project in Durham was called LOLITA: Large-Scale Object Based Linguistic Interactor Translator and Analyser. The lecturers were planning to write a book about it, but whenever I search for that keyword I get rather dodgy results...)
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 (I studied book VI for GCSE Latin (Aeneas in the underworld) and book II for A Level Latin (the Trojan war), but I haven't got round to reading the remaining books yet)
Watership Down
Gravity's Rainbow
The Hobbit * (I liked the Tolkien books when I was 12, but I found them dull at 30.)
White Teeth
Treasure Island (I think I've read this, but I don't remember much about it, so it doesn't really count.)
David Copperfield (I borrowed this from the house library when I was at CH and read it on a Sunday afternoon. I then discussed it with my housemaster, saying that I wouldn't want it to be turned into a film because they'd have to chop too much out. Mind you, I haven't seen the BBC version, so I don't know how successful they were.)
The Three Musketeers (I enjoyed watching "Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds", but I was less impressed by the original novel. As I recall, it started out by talking about one of the lead characters having several affairs with married women, then basically said "Ah well, boys will be boys, what can you do, eh?" Still, it was interesting to note that the musketeers got their name because they used muskets, i.e. guns, given that they're normally associated with swashbuckling sword fights.)

So, my overall score is 15 read, 4 abandoned, and 8 pending.

I started out with a fairly loose definition of "to-read" list, meaning "I recognise this as a Classic Of Literature that I ought to read sometime, maybe, if I happen to see it in a library". I've now restricted it to the ones that I already own, or that I'm actually likely to read within the next year (e.g. not "War and Peace").

Hmm, one of these days I'll have to start a "best 100 comics" meme, then I should finally wind up with a higher score than the rest of you!
Tags: books, meme

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