Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Those Were the Days My Friend,

I pinched this from Catsmum, who pinched it from Elspeth.

Below are the top 106 books tagged “unread” in Librarything.

The rules:Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, underline those ones you 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 Canturbury 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
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
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
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

Before I had children and knitted incessantly, I read. And read and read and read. I was never to be found without a book in my bag (and often a spare in case I finished and had nothing to read). I had almost permanent scabs on my knees and bumps on my head from falling over and running into things because I was reading while walking. I would stay awake until books were finished – and if that meant an hours sleep, then that’s what I would do.

I still read quite a bit – but not as much as BC. (You can read while breast feeding in the middle of the night – you just need to juggle a bit!)


catsmum said...

you now Tink m'love, you are only the second other person I've met [ first being my friend Di ] who has actually read Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Management by Robert M Persig. I annoyed a hell of a lot of people at a trivia night once by knowing the answer to " which blockbuster bestseller from 1974 chronicles a father and son's mid western odyssey?"
the other question that nearly got me lynched - and which I have no doubt at all you will know the answer to - which novel has the subtitle " the sacred and profane memories of Captain Charles Ryder ?"

Andrea said...

I can't believe I finally found someone else who voluntarily read "The Aeneid". I'm absolutely stunned!

catsmum said...

well two people actually Andrea

Nora said...

Gosh, you've just brought back a flood of memories.


kms said...

hmm apparently i used to read too cos i mentally bolded quite a lot of those, which is encouraging, seeing as how i may never read more than a lace chart ever again....

Amy Lane said...

I remember those days--before knitting, before children... *sigh* I still BUY books at that rate, (just as I still buy YARN at the rate of having two older children instead of four of many ages) I'm just never going to have time to read them!

Donna Lee said...

I used to read all the time, too. I was never without a book. Now, I find I listen to books more than I read them because I have discovered I like to be read to and I can knit at the same time.