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List of the most unread books

From nwhyte via sciamanna...

"These are the top 107 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book (that is, last time that the algorithm was done - when I checked, I found most of them had a few more added to the total)."


  1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (149)

  2. Anna Karenina (132)

  3. Crime and punishment (121)

  4. Catch-22 (117)

  5. One hundred years of solitude (115)

  6. Wuthering Heights (110)
  7. (I wouldn't say that I couldn't stand this, but I didn't really like it. Jasper Fforde's take on Wuthering Heights where all the characters are sent to anger management counselling is hilarious, however. :)
  8. Silmarillion (104)

  9. Life of Pi : a novel (94)

  10. The name of the rose (91)

  11. Don Quixote (91)
  12. (I've read bits of this, but I don't think I've read the whole thing.)
  13. Moby Dick (86)

  14. Ulysses (84)

  15. Madame Bovary (83)
  16. (I think I've heard bits of this on the radio and wasn't impressed.)
  17. The Odyssey (83)
  18. (I've certainly read parts of this in translation.)
  19. Pride and prejudice (83)

  20. Jane Eyre (80)

  21. A tale of two cities (80)
  22. (This was the only Dickens novel I've ever really enjoyed. Having said that, I have no idea whether I'd still like it now.)
  23. The brothers Karamazov (80)

  24. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (79)

  25. War and peace (78)

  26. Vanity fair (74)
  27. (I think we read bits, if not all, of this at school. Can't really remember anything about it.)
  28. The time traveler's wife (73)

  29. The Iliad (73)
  30. (Did bits of this in Latin for O-level Latin. ETA see Aeneid below.)
  31. Emma (73)

  32. The Blind Assassin (73)

  33. The kite runner (71)

  34. Mrs. Dalloway (70)
  35. (I actually enjoyed this far more than I expected, even if Mrs Dalloway is a very silly woman.)
  36. Great expectations (70)

  37. American gods : a novel (68)

  38. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius (67)

  39. Atlas shrugged (67)

  40. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books (66)

  41. Memoirs of a Geisha (66)

  42. Middlesex (66)

  43. Quicksilver (66)

  44. Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West … (65)

  45. The Canterbury tales (64)
  46. (Read this in the original when I was at school, just for fun.)
  47. The historian: a novel (63)

  48. A portrait of the artist as a young man (63)

  49. Love in the time of cholera (62)

  50. Brave new world (61)

  51. The Fountainhead (61)

  52. Foucault's pendulum (61)

  53. Middlemarch (61)

  54. Frankenstein (59)

  55. The Count of Monte Cristo (59)
  56. (I'm sure I have read this, though perhaps I've just seen too many dramatisations?)
  57. Dracula (59)

  58. A clockwork orange (59)

  59. Anansi boys: a novel (58)

  60. The once and future king (57)
  61. (Absolutely love this!)
  62. The grapes of wrath (57)
  63. (Was forced to read bits at school. Hated it.)
  64. The poisonwood Bible: a novel (57)

  65. 1984 (57)

  66. Angels & demons (56)

  67. The inferno (56)

  68. The satanic verses (55)

  69. Sense and sensibility (55)

  70. The picture of Dorian Gray (55)
  71. (Also read some of Wilde's other short stories.)
  72. Mansfield Park (55)

  73. One flew over the cuckoo's nest (54)

  74. To the lighthouse (54)

  75. Tess of the D'Urbervilles (54)

  76. Oliver Twist (54)
  77. (I must have read parts if not all of this. Also seen umpteen film and TV adaptations.)
  78. Gulliver's travels (53)
  79. (Though this was possibly a children's version.)
  80. Les misérables (53)

  81. The corrections (53)

  82. The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay : a novel (52)

  83. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time (52)
  84. (Absolutely brilliant, but too painful to ever read again.)
  85. Dune (51)

  86. The prince (51)

  87. The sound and the fury (51)

  88. Angela's ashes : a memoir (51)

  89. The god of small things (51)
  90. (Does having listened to a BBC radio dramatisation count? No, I thought not...)
  91. A people's history of the United States : 1492-present (51)

  92. Cryptonomicon (50)

  93. Neverwhere (50)
  94. (And seen the TV show.)
  95. A confederacy of dunces (50)

  96. A short history of nearly everything (50)

  97. Dubliners (50)

  98. The unbearable lightness of being (49)

  99. Beloved: a novel (49)

  100. Slaughterhouse-five (49)

  101. The scarlet letter (48)

  102. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Pu… (48)

  103. The mists of Avalon (47)

  104. Oryx and Crake: a novel (47)

  105. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed (47)

  106. Cloud atlas: a novel (47)

  107. The confusion (46)

  108. Lolita (46)

  109. Persuasion (46)

  110. Northanger abbey (46)
  111. (One of the set books for O-level English.)
  112. The catcher in the rye (46)
  113. (One of our school teachers tried to get us to read it. I hated the extracts.)
  114. On the road (46)

  115. The hunchback of Notre Dame (45)
  116. (Oh, God! One of the most dismal books ever!)
  117. Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of… (45)

  118. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into … (45)

  119. The Aeneid (45)
  120. (ETA: It was Virgil's Aeneid we did parts of for O-Level Latin. Ooops! I seem to recall reading this in English also.)
  121. Watership Down (44)

  122. Gravity's rainbow (44)

  123. In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its … (44)

  124. White teeth (44)

  125. Treasure Island (44)
  126. (Possibly it was a children's version, but I have read it.)
  127. David Copperfield (44)
  128. (Not sure. Another Dickens that has had multiple TV adaptations.)
  129. The three musketeers (44)
  130. (I think I read this in my teens.)
  131. Cold mountain (43)
  132. (Read it this year during my stay in the US.)
  133. Robinson Crusoe (43)

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