classical gas

stealing from jaxx, who also stole it. because this is for a brain-dead friday.

The top 100 or so books most often marked as “unread� by LibraryThing’s users. Bold the books you have read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.

this will show you just how illiterate i am — though to be fair, my period in english lit is american, 1920s. so phooey. in truth, there are several of these i have never read but HAVE seen the movie… or i’ve read the classics illustrated 😉

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

The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel – saw PBS special
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway – saw movie
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 – had to memorize in middle english. do i get extra points?
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 Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
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 was tested on it. i do not remember reading it. but apparently, i did.
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune – i tried only because sting was in the movie. my monosyllabic title? YAWN.
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
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 – books about bunnies? not my thing.
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit – books about fictitious little people? also not my thing.
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences – books about real psychos? my thing.
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield

Tagging all who dare… Especially my reader pals KellyO, Nylonthread, and MamaBird. surely your bookshelves are littered with things better than mine.

3 thoughts on “classical gas

  1. Hey! I got to research writers of the Harlem Renaissance at the Library of Congress on an independent study my senior year. 20s writers rock. You totes get extra credit for the middle english memorization. Also? I was not only an english major but then an english *teacher* – dangerous combo.

  2. mamabird: eek. you are double the pleasure, double the fun 🙂

    and foolery: don’t feel bad. i’m still waiting for the classic lit list of trashy biographies. i’d shine if anyone only wanted to know about andrew morton’s books on madonna, tom cruise, or princess diana. and don’t start me on the joy that is kitty kelly 😉

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