As if there were any doubt…106 Books of Pretension

So, I was reading Otrops blog and he has a bit on there about the “106 books of pretension,” compiled from the books most frequently marked unread by Library Thing users. He closes by tagging all readers to identify books they have read; books they have started and not finished; and those owned but unread.

Here are my stats: For the love of…I know it would be bad but…

I have read 68 (and really enjoyed most) and started and not finished 3 (I have read 3/4 of Don Quixote about ten times but never made it to the end).

And my list:

  • Books I have read are in bold
  • Books started and unfinished are in italics

And here’s the list:

  1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  2. Anna Karenina
  3. Crime and Punishment (2 times)
  4. Catch-22
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  6. Wuthering Heights
  7. The Silmarillion
  8. Life of Pi – This overrated and frankly silly book was part of the reason I gave up reading fiction for several years. Maybe if I had finished it…
  9. The Name of the Rose
  10. Don Quixote (This is the book I cannot finish. I have read it a dozen times but never gotten through it.)
  11. Moby Dick (2 times)
  12. Ulysses (at least 3 times)
  13. Madame Bovary
  14. The Odyssey
  15. Pride and Prejudice
  16. Jane Eyre
  17. The Tale of Two Cities
  18. The Brothers Karamazov (4 times – I reread whenever I need to be reminded of great lit…oh, how pretentious)
  19. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
  20. War and Peace
  21. Vanity Fair
  22. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  23. The Iliad
  24. Emma
  25. The Blind Assassin
  26. The Kite Runner – read it but think it overrated and sentimental
  27. Mrs. Dalloway
  28. Great Expectations
  29. American Gods
  30. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  31. Atlas Shrugged
  32. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
  33. Memoirs of a Geisha
  34. Middlesex
  35. Quicksilver
  36. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
  37. The Canterbury tales
  38. The Historian : a novel
  39. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  40. Love in the Time of Cholera
  41. Brave New world
  42. The Fountainhead
  43. Foucault’s Pendulum
  44. Middlemarch
  45. Frankenstein
  46. The Count of Monte Cristo
  47. Dracula
  48. A Clockwork Orange – read by accident; forgot books on a trip and this was in apartment we were staying in; surprisingly good
  49. Anansi Boys
  50. The Once and Future King
  51. The Grapes of Wrath (at least 4 times)
  52. The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
  53. 1984 (3 times)
  54. Angels & Demons
  55. The Inferno (in 3 different translations) – Please withhold comments until the end of the list
  56. The Satanic Verses – Perhaps the only Rushdie I have never read
  57. Sense and Sensibility
  58. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  59. Mansfield Park
  60. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  61. To the Lighthouse
  62. Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  63. Oliver Twist
  64. Gulliver’s Travels
  65. Les Misérables
  66. The Corrections
  67. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  68. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  69. Dune
  70. The Prince
  71. The Sound and the Fury
  72. Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
  73. The God of Small Things
  74. A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
  75. Cryptonomicon
  76. Neverwhere
  77. A Confederacy of Dunces – Good God, Otrops!! Waste no more time and read it!
  78. A Short History of Nearly Everything
  79. Dubliners
  80. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  81. Beloved
  82. Slaughterhouse-Five
  83. The Scarlet Letter
  84. Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  85. The Mists of Avalon
  86. Oryx and Crake : a novel
  87. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
  88. Cloud Atlas
  89. The Confusion
  90. Lolita
  91. Persuasion
  92. Northanger Abbey (3 times – love it – hilarious)
  93. The Catcher in the Rye
  94. On the Road
  95. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  96. Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
  97. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
  98. The Aeneid
  99. Watership Down
  100. Gravity’s Rainbow
  101. The Hobbit
  102. In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
  103. White Teeth
  104. Treasure Island
  105. David Copperfield
  106. The Three Musketeers

So, consider yourself tagged as well. And ‘fess up to your reading pretension.

2 Responses to “As if there were any doubt…106 Books of Pretension”

  1. I’m afraid that Life of Pi really wouldn’t have been any better if you had finished it, but I’ll take your advice (and Duck’s) and read A Confederacy of Dunces.

  2. ickyiggy Says:

    Hey…you gave my Life of Pi as a gift one year! What’s up with that???

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