Favorite Books to Throw Against the Wall

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I saw a girl I knew from high school had this list in a note and I found it interesting. This is the top 100 and something list of books that people mark as unread on LibraryThing. I guess books they can’t get through? Here it is, and I’ve bolded the ones I’ve read. And added commentary, of course. 🙂

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
-I know a lot of people hate this one, but I loved it…
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick–I read *most* of this in American lit…
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey

Pride and Prejudice–I’ve listened to most of this on CD, but not the whole thing, and I’ve actually never read it…
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
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
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
Frankenstein–I think it took me 3 times, but I did actually read it for a class!
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
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
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes
The God of Small Things
A People’s Fistory 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
Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye–I think I was supposed to read this in high school and never did, but I did read it on my own after college. I still didn’t like it.
On the Road–I PAINFULLY read the whole thing. Maybe I was just too young.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
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
The Three Musketeers

I am kind of amazed. Some of these books I can’t believe you could put down; others, I see why! Which ones should I have read and haven’t yet?

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