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Because we're all doing this:

These are the top 100 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicize what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand.

# Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
# Anna Karenina
# Crime and punishment
# Catch-22
# One hundred years of solitude
# Wuthering Heights
# Life of Pi : a novel
# The name of the rose
# Don Quixote
# Moby Dick
# Ulysses
# 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
# Emma
# The Blind Assassin
# The kite runner
# Mrs. Dalloway
# Great expectations
# American gods : a novel
# 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 : a novel
# The once and future king
# 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 : a novel
# 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 : a novel
# Slaughterhouse-five
# The scarlet letter
# Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
# The mists of Avalon
# Oryx and Crake : a novel
# Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
# Cloud atlas : a novel
# 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
# In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
# White teeth

And before I forget, here are the song titles and band names to go with the lyrics posted in last week's Playlist Meme:

01) Everything's Perfect, Magnet
04) Stay, David Bowie
08) Little Wing, Jimi Hendrix
11) Transatlanticism, Death Cab for Cutie
12) So Lonely, The Police
13) Ride, David Sylvian
14) Secret, Maroon 5
15) 'Til Kingdom Come, Coldplay
16) Anywhere, Beth Orton
17) Sexcrime (nineteen-eighty-four), Eurythmics
19) You Sexy Thing, Hot Chocolate
20) I Don't Mind If You Forget Me, Morrissey
22) Gleaming Auction, Snow Patrol
24) To Be Alone With Me, Sufjan Stevens
26) Summer's Gone, Placebo
27) (Nothing But) Flowers, Talking Heads
30) Promised You A Miracle, Simple Minds
32) Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, Tavares
34) Macro, Depeche Mode
35) They Dance Alone (Gueca Solo), Sting

Which reminds me, I read in the paper the other day that The Verve have reformed. I quite liked them before, maybe I shall again? Also, I read that Placebo have lost their drummer, but aren't looking to replace him just yet. I don't understand: how can you be a rockband without a drummer?



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Oct. 4th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
how can you be a rockband without a drummer?
R.E.M. used a drum computer when they lost their drummer, I think. Maybe they plan on doing the same?
Oct. 4th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
A drum computer? Ugh, that sounds so 80-s!
Oct. 5th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
Or you just hire a temporary drummer... but he's not really part of the band, you know?

wtf is this book: "Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation"

And I can't believe Angels and Demons is on that list (I mean, assuming that this is a list of GOOD books that most people haven't read!).
Oct. 5th, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)
There is that old joke, of course, that says the drummer is just someone who hangs around with the band...

I don't think this is a list of good books/great works of world literature per se; just a list of books that most people on Library Thing have listed. Considering the hype that surrounded Dan Brown not too long ago, I'm not surprised Angels & Demons made it onto the list -- not everyone has as discerning a literary taste as us (!), and sometimes they just buy a book because everyone else has, too. I'm not immune from the phenomenon myself -- I', almost ashamed to admit I own a copy of James Redfield's The Celestine Prophecy. I felt I had to buy it because everyone was talking about it then. But I've loaned it to someone years ago, and haven't asked for it back.

You don't know Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots & Leaves? It's a book about the proper use of punctuation, and apart from being informative, it's hilarious.
Oct. 5th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
*L*! *cues rimshot from drummer*

I'll have to check out that book; I'm a punctuation fiend, but I still get confused sometimes.
Oct. 5th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
hello piglet!!
Oct. 5th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
*waves!!!* Hullo!!!! You've been quiet... or else I've just been missing you on my infrequent LJ visits.
Oct. 5th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
where's the category for books bought but not yet got around to reading? - I have 6 of those on my shelf waiting for their spines to be bent!

I loved Life Of Pi! ... although it WAS weird!!
Oct. 5th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
where's the category for books bought but not yet got around to reading?

Start a meme!
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