Posted by: mick | May 5, 2008

All that I can manage right now

What we have here is 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. Bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

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

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
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 Miserables
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


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

It’s sort of interesting to think about the books you’ve read.  I’d forgotten about many of these.  I apologize for the random spacing.

I’ve been super busy, so please excuse the lack of posting.  I’ve got a visit from KV to talk about, as well as some knitting, but for now this is all I can muster.



  1. Hey Mick! Thanks for the fun list. I participated on my blog. Check it out if you want!

  2. Hmm I may have to nick this off you once these DAMN ESSAYS are finished. Nice to see someone else has read both the Odyssey and Iliad, tell me, did you find the Iliad so excruciatingly dull in comparison to its successor?

  3. you just have to read one flew over the cuckoo’s nest, it’s amazing!

  4. […] most authentic pleasures I’ve experienced in life. So I was thrilled this morning to see that Mick posted the following list of “unread” books, and I’m going to treat it like a meme . . […]

  5. Love this idea and stole it from you . . . you’ve got to read CORRECTIONS when you can, I absolutely loved it.

  6. Late to the party on your list here. I’ve read at least 10 of these (and have tried to read 4 more; but couldn’t get into them). Am needing new reading material so I’m going to check some of these titles out. Thx for the compilation.

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