Most Unread Books Meme

stack-of-booksI found this list over at The Bitter Scroll, so naturally I wanted to see how many of those most unread books I’ve read. (I’ve read 53 of them, so exactly half) The list is provided by LibraryThing. Books I’ve read are in bold. Not sure how accurate the LibraryThing list is as there’s a lot of recognizable titles and my intuition says that there should be a lot more obscure titles in that list but here goes:

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 –C’mon it’s Umberto Eco.

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 Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Atlas Shrugged?

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Memoirs of a Geisha

Middlesex

Quicksilver

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 – Umberto Eco again.

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

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 : 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 Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

The Mists of Avalon

Oryx and Crake

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

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

The Aeneid

Watership Down

Gravity’s Rainbow

The Hobbit – Most unread? Hard to believe.

In Cold Blood

White Teeth

Treasure Island

David Copperfield

The Three Musketeers


  1. Actually I’m not surprised to see that the Hobbit appears on that list.

    I read Lord of the Rings many years ago, well before I read The Hobbit and when I did pick up the Hobbit several people warned me that I’d find it heavy-going compared to Lord of the Rings.

    I wonder how many people still give their friends that warning.

  2. DG

    I just found the Hobbit to be for a much younger audience than LOTR. I enjoyed it, but like you, I picked it up after reading the trilogy because I wanted to know more history about Bilbo, Gollum and the ring.

  3. You can do without Life of Pi.

    But Dune is a must.

  4. DG

    Heard a lot of good things about Dune Yoav, but I’m not a real big fan of science fiction.

    Have a happy New Year!

  5. thanks for the list. I did this meme before but didn’t tag it, so though it would be easier to just google search it, and yours is the third result.

    Yesterday I *just* finished One Flew Over. It took me about two months (it was a bath room book, so I only read 1 or two page per ‘visit’.) and then yesterday I got to a point where I just couldn’t put it down.

    My new years goal was to read more. I have two memes as my ‘reading list’ this one and the “top 100 by BBC” list a few years ago.

    “On the Road” will probably be my next book and will have been the third time I checked it out. I’m about thee quarter in it when I had to return it last time.

  6. REV MARVIN PURSER

    THE MOST UNREAD BOOK IS THE MOST BOUGHT BOOK. IT IS THE BIBLE. FOR YEARS, IT SAT ON COFFEE TABLES WORLDWIDE AND RARELY READ. IT HARDLY EVER WAS READ FROM COVER TO COVER. THEREFORE, IT COULD BE CLASSIFIED AS THE MOST BOUGHT BOOK UNREAD FROM START TO FINISH.
    THE INTERNET HAS CHANGED THE AMOUNT OF THE BIBLE THAT IS BEING READ TODAY. BIBLE GATEWAY.COM IN THREE MONTHS RECEIVED 25 MILLION HITS FOR SCRIPTURE. MULTIPLY THAT FOR ONE YEAR AND IT IS 100 MILLION HITS–IN A DECADE, ONE BILLION.




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