I lifted this meme off of Casey’s blog over at All I’m Saying. It totally caught my attention because I am forever picking out books that I am “supposed” to read and then never finishing them. Go figure that someone who wanted to be a writer from the age of 7 isn’t really into heavy duty literature anymore! Oh well!

What you do is take the following list of books (the top 106 marked most often as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users). Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you started but couldn’t finish, strike through the ones you really sort of hated, put an asterisk (*) next to the ones you’ve read more than once, and underline the ones on your own personal To Be Read list.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
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 Traveller’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
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex (this a FABULOUS book – if you haven’t read it already, please do!)
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
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
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 Miserables
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
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
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
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
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

So basically what this little exercise has taught me, is that I start a LOT of books and don’t finish them!! Of course there are many more books that I do finish, but they are not likely the kind of books that would make it onto a list like this! I do feel comforted that I have read a few “classics” (do I have to admit that most of them were in school??). Much to my surprise, I have even managed to read some books since Nate arrived – not much else to amuse me during those late night feedings.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on some of the books on my “Must Read” list, and I’m always open for book suggestions. I tend to be the type who picks a book based on its cover (come on, admit it – we ALL do it!) but that strategy doesn’t always work too well, so please share your recommendations for good late-night feeding/reading material!

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