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These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand, and underline those you have no intention of reading (oursin's idea, apparently, and a good one.) The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book (that is, last time that the algorithm was done).



Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (149)
Anna Karenina (132)
Crime and punishment (121)
Catch-22 (117)
One hundred years of solitude (115)
Wuthering Heights (110)
The Silmarillion (104)
Life of Pi : a novel (94)
The name of the rose (91)
Don Quixote (91)
Moby Dick (86)
Ulysses (84)
Madame Bovary (83)
The Odyssey (83)
Pride and prejudice (83)
Jane Eyre (80)
A tale of two cities (80)
The brothers Karamazov (80)
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (79)
War and peace (78)
Vanity fair (74)
The time traveler's wife
The Iliad (73)
Emma(73)
The Blind Assassin (73)
The kite runner (71)
Mrs Dalloway (70)
Great expectations (70)
American gods (68)
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius (67)
Atlas shrugged (67)
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books (66)
Memoirs of a Geisha (66)
Middlesex (66)
Quicksilver (66)
Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West (65)
The Canterbury tales (64)
The historian : a novel (63)
A portrait of the artist as a young man (63)
Love in the time of cholera (62)
Brave new world (61)
The Fountainhead (61)
Foucault's pendulum (61)
Middlemarch (61)
Frankenstein (59)
The Count of Monte Cristo (59)
Dracula (59)
A clockwork orange (59)
Anansi boys (58)
The once and future king (57) (Can we have code for "Read so often it's falling to bits?)
The grapes of wrath (57)
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel (57)
1984 (57)
Angels & demons (56)
The inferno (56) (I've read bits of this and acutally enjoyed it – just haven't got around to reading the rest of it.)
The satanic verses (55)
Sense and sensibility (55)
The picture of Dorian Gray (55)
Mansfield Park (55)
One flew over the cuckoo's nest (54)
To the lighthouse (54)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (54)
Oliver Twist (54)
Gulliver's travels (53)
Les misérables (53)
The corrections (53)
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay (52)
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time Yes, I know, but I've heard bits on the radio and didn't like them at all... (52)
Dune (51)
The prince (51)
The sound and the fury (51)
Angela's ashes : a memoir (Life is too short.) (51)
The god of small things (51)
A people's history of the United States : 1492-present (51)
Cryptonomicon (50)
Neverwhere (50)
A confederacy of dunces (50)
A short history of nearly everything (50)
Dubliners (50)
The unbearable lightness of being (49)
Beloved (49)
Slaughterhouse-five (49)
The scarlet letter (48) (Look, I, for one, know the plot... thanks to Richard Armour.)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (48)
The mists of Avalon (47)
Oryx and Crake : a novel (47)
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed (47)
Cloud atlas (47)
The confusion (46)
Lolita (46)
Persuasion (46)
Northanger abbey (46)
The catcher in the rye (46)
On the road (46)
The hunchback of Notre Dame (45)
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything (45)
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into values (45)
The Aeneid (45)
Watership Down (44)
Gravity's rainbow (44)
The Hobbit (44)
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences (44)
White teeth (44)
Treasure Island (44)
David Copperfield (44)
The three musketeers (44)

Obviously, all the furren books were read in translation...

Hmm. Perhaps not so good for a lifetime's reading but, on the other hand, when I left school I promised myself I'd never read a book again because I thought I ought to. Some favourites on there, and some of them are quick reads (Anansi Boys, The Prince, The Hobbit.) The Dickens I have read were because I was forced to at school.


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This is an interesting list, but these take too much time for me; I get too bored doing all that bolding and such. I suspect that what my list would most reflect is the era in which I went to school, when many of these were required reading. Some I know I read but can't remember my reaction--for example, Moby Dick. (Italicized because it's a title, not because I didn't finish it). I know I read the Iliad and the Odyssey in Latin.

I've had to edit the b*gger several times already....

I'm working my way slowly through, but find memory failing me on some of them.

My memory is not good enough for these titles
I think my list is similar to yours ,but I finished Dante in the DL Sayer translation.

I met someone once, who learnt medieval italian just so they could read it in the original - weird

Some of them are books I read for school, while inamac and I were on an Austen kick about fifteen years ago, which brings up the total a tad, plus the Diamonds - Germs and Guns and Steel was one of those idea-changing books that knocked me sideways at the time I read it and is one I keep recommending. The only untouched two that are in the house and I probably ought to have read are Wicked (which Ina bought in the superb US hardback edition and raved over) and Memoirs of a Geisha.

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