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Unfinished books meme

According to Kim these are the top 106 most unfinished books according to LibraryThing.

Bold are the ones I've read. Strike-through indicates I started but didn't finish. I've also noted the ones I read for school. Yeah, I'm doing my formatting different.

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  • Anna Karenina (school)
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Catch-22 (don't remember it though)
  • 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 (school)
  • The Odyssey
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Tale of Two Cities
  • The Brothers Karamazov (currently own, haven't gotten to it yet)
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
  • War and Peace
  • Vanity Fair
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife (currently own, haven't gotten to it yet)
  • The Iliad
  • Emma
  • The Blind Assassin (I'll get back to again some day)
  • The Kite Runner
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • Great Expectations
  • American Gods
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  • Atlas Shrugged (I need to read this so I understand the kooky side of libertarians)
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (currently own, haven't gotten to it yet)
  • Middlesex (was thinking about making this my next book)
  • 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 (currently own, haven't gotten to it yet)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Brave New World (currently own, haven't gotten to it yet)
  • The Fountainhead (same comment as previous Ayn Rand book)
  • Foucault’s Pendulum
  • Middlemarch (school)
  • Frankenstein
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Dracula (currently own, haven't gotten to it yet)
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Anansi Boys
  • The Once and Future King (might have read this)
  • The Grapes of Wrath (school)
  • The Poisonwood Bible : a novel (currently own, haven't gotten to it yet)
  • 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 (school)
  • 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 (can't remember if I finished this, so it goes here for now)
  • A Confederacy of Dunces (currently own, haven't gotten to it yet)
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • Dubliners
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Beloved
  • Slaughterhouse-five
  • The Scarlet Letter (school)
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves (currently own, haven't gotten to it yet)
  • 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 (school)
  • 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

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burgunder From: burgunder Date: April 28th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I like Atlas Shrugged about 4,000,000 times better than The Fountainhead. I'll be curious to see if The Fountainhead pisses you off the way it pissed off 20-something me.
gkr From: gkr Date: April 28th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Who knows if I'll ever get around to reading them though. I have a "to be read" pile larger than most people's book collections. And those two aren't actually on the physical pile yet.
bigdonkeyretard From: bigdonkeyretard Date: April 28th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
1984 and Brave New World: How can people just STOP reading these? The are SO good.

And Eats, Shoots, and Leaves is ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME. It's fucking AWESOME.

I want it to be required reading for all the writers and journalists out there. ALL OF THEM!
gkr From: gkr Date: April 28th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I want to read it jut because I want to know what buttons to push to rile up the pedants.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: April 28th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
YOU KNOW WHAT BUTTONS TO PUSH ON ME, SI......

oh, that was a more general statement, wasn't it?

Never mind.

~Aramada
gkr From: gkr Date: April 28th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: April 28th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
OooOOooOoo shiny.....red.....must....push...it.....

Again and again and again!

~Aramada
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: April 28th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure you want to get back to "The Blind Assassin". I love her as an author and I found that to be a slog of interesting starts that just kept dead-ending and annoying elocution safaris.

~Aramada
martygreene From: martygreene Date: April 28th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Some were for school but I couldn't tell you which anymore. I try really hard to finish any book I start, even if I hate it. I also don't generally read many new books. I know, I'm strange.


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (too new)
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 (waaaay too new)
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West (again, new)
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 (also listened to this as a book on tape, so this is doubly finished)
Dune (I saw the movie, does that count?)
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 (on my list, again it's too new)
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
lori_dyann From: lori_dyann Date: April 28th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Read and finished:
Life of Pi: a novel
Moby Dick (read in school)
Ulysses (read in school)
The Odyssey (read in school)
The Iliad (read in school)
Great Expectations (read in school)
Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
Brave New World
Anansi Boys
The Grapes of Wrath (read in school)
1984
Neverwhere
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter (read in school)
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything

Didn't finish:
A Clockwork Orange (stolen)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (borrowed)
The Name of the Rose (own)

I own, but haven't read yet:
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Foucault’s Pendulum
Frankenstein
Dracula
gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: April 28th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't imagine you not finishing a book, as you are such an avid reader. What stopped you from the ones you didn't finish?
mrsloane From: mrsloane Date: April 29th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
looks like you have some reading to do -slacker
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