LibraryThing’s Top Unread Books

I ran across an interesting post by LunarEclipse and thought, with all the LT lists that’s been done, this one would be fun to do, too.

These are the top 103 (was 106, bu I guess I lost 3 somewhere) books most often marked “unread” (or the equivalent) by LibraryThing’s users. The rules are: BOLD the books you have read, italicize the books you started but did not finish (DNF), *STAR* the books you’ve read more than once, underline books that are on your TBR pile, and cross out books that you hated.

Here is my list:

  1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  2. Anna Karenina (a long time ago in high school… should reread)
  3. Crime and Punishment
  4. The Silmarillion
  5. Life of Pi : a novel
  6. The Name of the Rose
  7. Don Quixote * (in English and the original Spanish)
  8. Moby Dick
  9. Ulysses
  10. Madame Bovary (read it in high school and I want to reread it.)
  11. The Odyssey
  12. Pride and Prejudice *(read it in high school, and just reread it a couple weeks ago, review is here)
  13. Jane Eyre (read in high school and want to reread)
  14. A Tale of Two Cities
  15. The Brothers Karamazov
  16. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
  17. War and Peace (read in high school, but need to reread)
  18. Vanity Fair
  19. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  20. The Iliad
  21. Emma (next up on my Jane-a-thon)
  22. The Blind Assassin
  23. The Kite Runner (one of my top 5 this year)
  24. Mrs. Dalloway
  25. Great Expectations (loved it! Read in high school, and want to reread)
  26. American Gods
  27. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  28. Atlas Shrugged (got to the sex scene, got side tracked by school, haven’t gotten back to it)
  29. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
  30. Memoirs of a Geisha
  31. Middlesex (one of my top 5 this year)
  32. Quicksilver
  33. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
  34. The Canterbury Tales
  35. The Historian : a novel
  36. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  37. Love in the Time of Cholera
  38. Brave New World
  39. The Fountainhead
  40. Foucault’s Pendulum
  41. Middlemarch
  42. Frankenstein
  43. The Count of Monte Cristo
  44. Dracula
  45. A Clockwork Orange
  46. Anansi Boys
  47. The Once and Future King
  48. The Grapes of Wrath
  49. The Poisonwood Bible: a novel
  50. 1984
  51. Angels & Demons
  52. The Inferno
  53. The Satanic Verses
  54. Sense and Sensibility *(read in high school, reread a couple weeks ago, review here)
  55. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  56. Mansfield Park (read it last week, review is here)
  57. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  58. To the Lighthouse
  59. Tess of the D’Urbervilles *(read in HS, reread at the beginning of this year)
  60. Oliver Twist
  61. Gulliver’s Travels
  62. Les Misérables
  63. The Corrections
  64. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  65. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  66. Dune
  67. The Prince (I’ve been reading this one for about 6 or 7 months now.)
  68. The Sound and the Fury (read in HS, could probably do with a reread, but I didn’t really care for it the first time so it’s hard to force myself to do it again)
  69. Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
  70. The God of Small Things
  71. A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
  72. Cryptonomicon
  73. Neverwhere
  74. A Confederacy of Dunces
  75. A Short History of Nearly Everything
  76. Dubliners
  77. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  78. Beloved
  79. Slaughterhouse-five
  80. The Scarlet Letter
  81. Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  82. The Mists of Avalon
  83. Oryx and Crake : a novel
  84. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
  85. Cloud Atlas
  86. The Confusion
  87. Lolita
  88. Persuasion
  89. Northanger Abbey
  90. The Catcher in the Rye **(I’ve actually read this one three times, hated it at 14/ loved it at 15/ hated it as a mom)
  91. On the Road
  92. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  93. Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
  94. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
  95. The Aeneid
  96. Watership Down
  97. Gravity’s Rainbow
  98. The Hobbit
  99. In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
  100. White Teeth
  101. Treasure Island
  102. David Copperfield
  103. The Three Musketeers

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5 Responses

  1. I couldn’t get my list to bold, italic, or underline in the comments, so I posted my list at

  2. Hey thanks for the link back. I liked Great Expectations as well. To be honest, it was one of the first classics I picked up to read.

  3. This is interesting. I hadn’t seen the “unread” list before.

  4. I couldn’t finish Johnathan Strange & Mister Norrell

    LOVE the Life of Pi — very interesting.

    Middlesex is on my TBR list too, as is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

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