Wednesday, October 3, 2007

106 Books: The Kansas City Granade Edition

Yesterday, Misty posted a blog entry about the 106 books most marked as unread by LibraryThing users. She listed it on her site with the books she's read in bold, the ones she's started and not finished in italics, and all others in normal typeface.

"Interesting list," I thought as I read it, and then promptly moved on.

"I should do it too!" thought Joy as she read it, and then promptly made her own list. Bowing to peer pressure, I made my list too. Here are the results:

Joy's List:

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
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


And Andrew's List:

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
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


I'd post Sam's list, but it is noticeably void of bold, unless you count Veggie Tales versions of The Grapes of Wrath

2 comments:

Martin Davis said...

Andrew, Joy - Well I guess this is the post that finally got me to jump in with a comment. I've been reading since LOLTrek hit the interwebs and check in every couple of days or so. It's a good read and I feel like I'm on the same wavelength with you guys on a lot of things. Sam is going to be a great kid!

At any rate, what a weird mix of pop-lit, classics, and high school reading lists this is. It's not surprising, I guess, but I think John Grisham and Stephen King would be represented if people actually admitted to reading them.

My truncated version:
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (I'm actually in the middle of it right now)
Crime and Punishment 12th grade, and re-read it just this year
The Silmarillion Oh man, I reached my limit with Tolkien on this one
The Name of the Rose
The Odyssey
The Tale of Two Cities 12th grade
The Iliad
Atlas shrugged OK, I didn't actually read the whole John Galt speech, but close enough
Memoirs of a Geisha
Quicksilver
The Canterbury tales 12th grade
A portrait of the artist as a young man Didn't actually finish it, but I wrote a paper on it in high school.
Brave new world
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s pendulum Yeah, I reached my limit with Eco on this one.
Frankenstein In the middle of this one right now too.
The once and future king 10th grade
The grapes of wrath 11th grade
1984 9th grade
The inferno 12th grade
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The prince 12th grade Euro history
The sound and the fury Same class
Cryptonomicon
A confederacy of dunces
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter 11th grade
The catcher in the rye 11th grade
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
The Aeneid and translated a good bit of it in 12th grade Latin
Watership Down
The Hobbit

I think that's 33 total.

Andrew said...

Martin, welcome and glad you stop by every once and a while. This list is extremely idiosyncratic, but has surprising width if not depth. What is really interesting to me is how many of these books are also in my "to be read" pile.