Lynch’s Book Meme

Lynch has a book meme up. Its the “the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users.” The books I have read are in italics. Unfinished books are struck through.


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The 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
Emma
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
Middlesex
Quicksilver
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
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King (I have read one of the later books in the series)
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
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 Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune
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
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
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
Persuasion
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

34 read and 3 unfinished. I’m not sure what, if anything, this means. Although I guess it’s passable. There are a few that I read that I wished I hadn’t (Catcher in the Rye springs to mind – horrible dreck, not sure why it’s so popular) and a few that I would like to…

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4 Responses

  1. I find it amazing that Jane Austen wrote 6 novels and they are all on the list.

  2. Of the books you haven’t read, the two I’d recommend (and yes, I have the two I’m recommending–which is perhaps why there are only two?) are Guns, Germs, and Steel and Neverwhere. Freakonomics is worth a try, but it has an irritating style in places.

  3. Arrggghhhh! That’s “I have read the two…” (albeit I do still have them as well). Bad keyboard!

  4. 50 of them:
    Anna Karenina
    Crime and Punishment
    Catch-22
    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    Wuthering Heights
    The Silmarillion
    The Name of the Rose
    Don Quixote
    Moby Dick
    Ulysses
    The Odyssey
    Pride and Prejudice
    Jane Eyre
    The Tale of Two Cities
    The Brothers Karamazov
    Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
    Vanity Fair
    Emma
    Great Expectations
    Quicksilver
    Brave New World
    Foucault’s Pendulum
    Dracula
    A Clockwork Orange
    The Once and Future King
    The Grapes of Wrath
    1984
    Angels & Demons
    The Inferno
    Sense and Sensibility
    The Picture of Dorian Gray
    Mansfield Park
    Tess of the D’Urbervilles
    Oliver Twist
    Gulliver’s Travels
    Dune
    The Prince
    Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
    Cryptonomicon
    Slaughterhouse-five
    The Confusion
    Lolita
    Persuasion
    Northanger Abbey
    The Catcher in the Rye
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    Watership Down
    The Hobbit
    Treasure Island
    David Copperfield

    …not to mention parts of the Iliad, Aeneid and Canterbury Tales in the original language, back at school. Only one of them was a waste of paper (Angels and Demons if that weren’t obvious). I look forward to someday catching up with War and Peace, Frankenstein, Collapse and perhaps Gravity’s Rainbow.

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