Meme- for Book Geeks Only

I saw Phoeknits’s book meme, and I thought I’d join in. This is from Most Common Unread books over at Librarything.com. The idea is that you bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn’t finish, and strike through what you couldn’t stand. The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book.

# Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (149)
# Anna Karenina (133)
# Crime and punishment (122)
# Catch-22 (117)
# One hundred years of solitude (115)
# Wuthering Heights (110)
# Life of Pi : a novel (95)
# The name of the rose (91)
# Don Quixote (91)
# Moby Dick (86)
# Ulysses (84)
# Madame Bovary (84)
# The Odyssey (83)
# Pride and prejudice (84)
# Jane Eyre (81)
# 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 (74)
# The Iliad (73)
# Emma (73)
# The Blind Assassin (74)
# The kite runner (71)
# Mrs. Dalloway (71)
# Great expectations (71)
# American gods : a novel (68)
# A heartbreaking work of staggering genius (67)
# Atlas shrugged (68)
# Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books (66)
# Memoirs of a Geisha (67)
# 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 (63)
# Brave new world (61)
# The Fountainhead (62)
# Foucault’s pendulum (61)
# Middlemarch (61)
# Frankenstein (60)
# The Count of Monte Cristo (59)
# Dracula (60)
# A clockwork orange (60)
# Anansi boys : a novel (58)
# The once and future king (57)
# The grapes of wrath (58)
# The poisonwood Bible : a novel (58)
# 1984 (57)
# Angels & demons (56)
# The inferno (56)
# The satanic verses (55)
# Sense and sensibility (55)
# The picture of Dorian Gray (55)
# Mansfield Park (55)
# One flew over the cuckoo’s nest (55)
# To the lighthouse (55)
# Tess of the D’Urbervilles (54)
# Oliver Twist (55)
# Gulliver’s travels (53)
# Les misérables (53)
# The corrections (54)
# The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay : a novel (52)
# The curious incident of the dog in the night-time (52)
# Dune (51)
# The prince (51)
# The sound and the fury (52)
# Angela’s ashes : a memoir (51)
# The god of small things (52)
# 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 (50)
# Beloved : a novel (49)
# Slaughterhouse-five (49)
# The scarlet letter (49)
# Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Pu… (49)
# The mists of Avalon (47)
# Oryx and Crake : a novel (47)
# Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed (47)
# Cloud atlas : a novel (48)
# The confusion (46)
# Lolita (47)
# Persuasion (46)
# Northanger abbey (47)
# The catcher in the rye (47)
# On the road (47)
# The hunchback of Notre Dame (45)
# Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of… (45)
# Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into … (45)
# The Aeneid (45)
# Watership Down (44)
# Gravity’s rainbow (44)
# In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its … (44)
# White teeth (44)
# Treasure Island (44)
# David Copperfield (44)
# The three musketeers (44)
# Cold mountain (43)
# Robinson Crusoe (43)
# The bell jar (44)
# The secret life of bees (44)
# Beowulf : a new verse translation (43)
# The plague (44)
# The Master and Margarita (43)
# Atonement : a novel (43)
# The handmaid’s tale (43)
# Lady Chatterley’s lover (42)
# Underworld (41)
# Little Women (41)
# A brief history of time : from the big bang to black holes (42)
# Stardust (41)
# Jude the obscure (42)
# The chronicles of Narnia (40)
# Possession : a romance (41)
# Fast food nation : the dark side of the all-American meal (40)
# Never let me go (40)
# The trial (40)
# Kafka on the shore (40)
# Bleak House (41)
# Sons and lovers (41)
# Alias Grace (40)
# The Arabian nights (39)
# Baudolino (39)
# Confessions (39)
# The great Gatsby (40)(This my all-time favourite book!)
# To kill a mockingbird (40)
# Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Gla… (40)
# The alchemist (39)
# Candide, or, Optimism (39)
# Snow falling on cedars (40)
# Midnight in the garden of good and evil : a Savannah story (39)
# Midnight’s children (39)
# White Oleander (39)
# A passage to India (39)
# The elegant universe : superstrings, hidden dimensions, and … (39)
# The house of the seven gables (39)
# The lovely bones : a novel (39)
# Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (39)
# The amber spyglass (38)
# The histories (38)
# Swann’s way (38)
# The shadow of the wind (38)
# Fahrenheit 451 (38)
# Good omens (38)
# Running with scissors : a memoir (38)
# Everything is illuminated : a novel (38)
# The divine comedy (38)
# Paradise lost (39)
# The English patient (39)
# Uncle Tom’s cabin (38)
# The Origin of Species (37)

I’d like to say that I could blame in on having been an English Major (well, double majored in English Lit and Women’s Studies…) but I actually read most of them on my own. I am Book Geek, hear me roar. Or hear me quietly reading in the corner. You know, same thing.

5 comments

  1. Melissa   •  

    The Great Gatsby is also my favorite.

  2. Sarah   •  

    Thanks for the comment on Twiggy! Despite the pattern mistakes it was still pretty easy, but would definitely trip up a beginner knitter!

    I think I will have to do that meme…

  3. Heather   •  

    Hi, I’m Heather! A crochet fiend who has been won over to the dark side of knitting partially due to your blog.
    How is Harry Potter on a Most Common Unread book list? And SO many others are staples of High School reading lists across the country. I love the list as a whole, it’s reminded me of a few title I’ve been meaning to get to, but I’m seeing many books that I had thought of as being classics of English Lit.

  4. Team Knit !   •  

    That’s a great compliment, that out blog is helping to win people to knitting! I was surpised at a few on that list, too- but I guess those books that are usually on reading lists don’t always get read- I saw a couple on that list that I never even cracked, despite being sure that they were on a reading list in unversity somewhere!

    And Melissa, I’m glad that The Great Gatsby is someone else’s favourite, too! I can’t even countr how many times I’ve read it.

  5. Phoe   •  

    I fully (and completely) blame Faulkner and Proust on being an english major. I’m a book geek of a different sort (Neil Gaiman and Cat Valente being more my style). Book geeks unite!

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