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Thu, Jan. 1st, 2009, 01:20 pm

"These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish."

*I dont really stop reading books that I start, very often.*

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
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 (i'm going to read it in the next month or so though as well!)
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
Zatoichi
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Quicksilver Exposition
Wicked
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian
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 (on my list as well)
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
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
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States
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
Collapse
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity's Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club.
Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

*On the rare occassion that I do start and don't finish a book, it is usually a complete condemnation of the work.*

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Leguin
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut

43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks (currently reading)
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

Thu, Jan. 1st, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
xtrustisyoursx

The emphasis you put on Dune,I'm putting that on Crime And Punishment. That book seriously changed my life.

Thu, Jan. 1st, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
xtrustisyoursx

same goes for ender's game

Thu, Jan. 1st, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
e_burke

Really? I mean...really?

Thu, Jan. 1st, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
xtrustisyoursx

seriously. i had heard the hype, and read it, and it seriously is just completely incredible. life changing.

Thu, Jan. 1st, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
terrorismyname

I lost the game :(

Thu, Jan. 1st, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
e_burke

Yeah I have been meaning to read that and The Brothers Karamozov next. I just signed up for librarything because I need a place to recommend books and to remind me what to check out next.

Fri, Jan. 2nd, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
ladymeag

I posted these in my journal a while back. I also posted the top one compared to a similar one about "things you've actually done" and it seems that I read more than I do anything. I've read 68 of the top list and 20-ish (a few start-and-not-finished) of the second.

Fri, Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
e_burke

hahahaha

Fri, Jan. 2nd, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
ladymeag

There's also this (for the record, 79 of these):

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/uncategorised/the-omnivores-hundred/ linking to your results.


1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more.
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (all of the above!)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Fri, Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
e_burke

I want the one about stuff you do!

Fri, Jan. 2nd, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
ladymeag: For the record, I've done 60 of these.

Two comments, too long to make one:
01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said I love you and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
4. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise (Not for the purpose of, but I have)
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby's diaper
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse
30. Called in sick when you were not ill
31. Asked out a stranger (And was soundly turned down.)
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Enacted a favorite fantasy - Don't have one?
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse.
41. Ridden a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment (I'm sure I have, right?)
48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 50 states
50. Loved your job
51. Taken care of someone who was shit-faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign from uncle sam
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road-trip - not for road-tripping purposes
59. Rock climbing - Not holding on with one hand and dangling over drops or anything!
60. Lied to foreign governments official in that country to avoid notice
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan
67. Benchpressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your CDs or DVDs
70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day
73. Posed nude in front of strangers
74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to "Lets Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theater
80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it
81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn't have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made you dizzy
96. Had sex at the office
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice

Fri, Jan. 2nd, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
ladymeag

101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
105. Got flowers for no reason
106. Masturbated in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don't remember anything
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug (pot counts)
109. Performed on stage or recorded music
110. Eaten shark
111. Had a one-night-stand
112. Gone to Thailand
113. Seen Siouxsie live.
114. Bought a house
115. Been in a combat zone
116. Buried one/both of your parents
117. I'm not leaving this one here.
118. Been on a cruise ship
119. Spoken more than one language fluently
120. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
121. Bounced a cheque
122. Performed in Rocky Horror
123. Read - and understood - your credit report
124. Raised children
125. Recently bought and played with a favourite childhood toy
126. Followed your favourite band/singer on tour - only working.
127. Created and named your own constellation of stars
128. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
129. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
130. Called or written to your Congressperson
131. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
132. ...more than once?
133. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
134. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
135. Had an abortion, or your female partner did
136. Had plastic surgery
137. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived.
138. Wrote articles for a publication
139. Lost over 100 pounds
140. Held someone while they were having a flashback
141. Piloted an airplane
142. Petted a stingray
143. Broken someone's heart
144. Helped an animal give birth
145. Been fired or laid off from a job
146. Won money on a T.V. game show
147. Broken a bone
148. Not leaving this one here either
149. Gone on an African photo safari
150. Ridden a motorcycle
151. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of 100mph or faster
152. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
153. Fired a rifle, shotgun or pistol
154. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
155. Ridden a horse
156. Had major surgery
157. Had sex on a moving train
158. Had a snake as a pet
159. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
160. Slept through an entire flight
161. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
162. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
163. Visited all 7 continents
164. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
165. Eaten kangaroo meat
166. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
167. Been a sperm or egg donor
168. Eaten sushi
169. Had your picture in the newspaper
170. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
171. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
172. Gotten someone fired for their actions
173. Gone back to school
174. Parasailed
175. Changed your name legally
176. Petted a cockroach
177. Eaten fried green tomatoes
178. Read The Iliad
179. Selected one "important" author whom you missed in school, and read him/ her
180. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
181. ...and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
182. Taught yourself an art from scratch
183. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
184. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
185. Skipped all your school reunions so far
186. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
187. Been elected to public office
188. Written your own computer language
189. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
190. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
191. Built your own PC from parts
192. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
193. Had a booth at a street fair
194. Dyed your hair
195. Been a DJ.
196. Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
197. Written your own role playing game
198. Been arrested

Fri, Jan. 2nd, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
e_burke

sweet! Thanks

Fri, Jan. 2nd, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
ladymeag

No problem.

Fri, Jan. 2nd, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
e_burke

I've actually done 104 of those.

The Bulk of the stuff I didn't do I have no desire to do. Except visit the birthplace of my ancestors, which is coincidentally Ireland.