Book lists

I like books and I like lists, therefore I get a huge kick out of book lists. Found a couple recently that I like.

The UK Telegraph has a list of the 50 Best Cult Books. It’s an interesting list but I take issue with a few nominations.

Then there’s 100 Must Reads for Men. Note the crossover between the Dude books and the Cult books.

I think the one I like most right now is one that fanaticalpupil posted – the most “unread” on LIbraryThing list. As in the “I’ve been meaning to read this but…” list. Here’s the markup, I’ve changed it from the original meme cuz I can: italicize books I have/want to read, bold books read, and underline books read for school.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
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
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
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel (listened to the audiobook, actually)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
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
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
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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
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 did ok. I swear though, more than half the italicized books I have sitting on my friggin shelves here at home. No more Borders trips till I make a bigger dent in the list! How about you, how’s your “to read” list looking?

8 thoughts on “Book lists”

  1. the 50 cult books list had some expected/typical books such as Catch 22. some of the reviews bugged me though, like for The Fountainhead. The person clearly did not understand Rands philosophy at all.

  2. I did this meme earlier this year, and didn’t do that great on it either. (Don’t remember the “underline books read for school” option.)

  3. Ooh book lists! I’ve read 25 of these, and have a “to read” stack around 50 books high (getting books for $0.50 apiece at Goodwill is a beautiful thing). I just finished The Corrections… what did you think of it?

  4. @archphoenix, I recently came into possession of a 2nd Edition copy of Jane Eyre. According to Google, it’s only worth about $10. So, if you want to borrow it some time, let me know.

    @craig, I thought at first your comments was like “I’ve ready 25 book lists!” It was good for a laugh. For me anyway…

  5. grezakster – I agree, there were a few problematic things on the cult list.

    Kathyp – I did better than I thought. I think it’s kind of an interesting list though.

    Craig – I donated so many books to Goodwill last year they could have opened up a library. I read The Corrections awhile back, when it first came out (yay, free access to hard covers from the book store job). I thought it was ok, not great. He hasn’t done more fiction since.I did think it was funny that he had the whole “to do” with Oprah though. You know he’s from St. Louis? 🙂

    Endub – Ooh nice!! Lemme see if that’s in the bedstand “to read” pile. I was reading some book blog and she is reading 25 lists. 🙂

  6. I think you should have also made a category that was bold AND italicized for the books on the list that you haven’t actually read but have seen the movie version. heehee.

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