wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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Why, yes, I am a complete f*cking Philistine, thank you very much

Ganked from danae; obnoxious comments in italics.

...are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users.
As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded.
Fuuuuuck that noise. ;)
Bold the ones you've read, star the ones you read for school, strike the ones you started but didn't finish.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment It continues to amaze me that in the almost thirty years since I left DLI, I have yet to read any Russian novelists besides Solzhenitsyn. I really don't know Russia...at all. [/Jodi Mitchell]
Catch-22 After sixteen years in the Army and four in Civil Air Patrol, this isn't as funny as it used to be.
One Hundred Years of Solitude Reading The General In His Labyrinth was enough work, thank you.
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion Not nearly as good as LotR.
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses James Joyce is hideously overrated.
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice I need to check out Jane Austen sometime.
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies I thought this was really awesome for about ten minutes.
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood is only slightly less overrated than Joyce, imao.
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Any book with a title like this, I'm ignoring, because it almost certainly doesn't live up to its title.
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Quicksilver I need to get a copy of this so I can finish it.
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 See Ulysses, above.
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead Atlas Shrugged was better. Not that that's saying much.
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange And right horrorshow it was, O my brothers!
Anansi Boys Neil Gaiman rules...
The Once and Future King ...but not as much as T.H. White.
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno I like the Niven & Pournelle rewrite better, tbqh.
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Sometimes A Great Notion was actually better.
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
The Prince I keep meaning to read this...
The Sound and the Fury This book may have single-handedly killed my interest in Faulkner.
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present The day I need Howard Zinn to teach me about history is the day I eat my pistol.
A Confederacy of Dunces I think this was the book that cured me of reading "literary" novels.
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 Creepy as shit.
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 Remember, people, this is A WORK OF FICTION.
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow This honestly was not worth the effort. You can find better tinhat conspiracy stuff on the internets.
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield I think I read the Reader's Digest condensed version. That counts, right?
The Three Musketeers

You'll notice nothing on the list got starred. That's because in high school and college, the only lit courses I ever took were "SF as Literature" and Shakespeare courses. Just as well; everything I heard about the crap being assigned in literature courses confirmed my gut feeling that I didn't want anything to do with those books. Also, Kipling and Emily Dickinson > Beatles; so much for poetry.
Not tagging, but I'm curious about how stuckintraffik and redmartel's answers & comments would look.
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