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It’s meme-ish, but I can’t help it, I’m book nerd and how could I pass this up? In fact, I’m such a huge nerd, I went a fixed all the capitalization of the titles after I copied it from elsewhere.

These are the top 200 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users as of a few days ago. Bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn’t finish, and strike through what you couldn’t stand. (I’m going one further and putting an asterisk by the ones I own but haven’t yet read.)

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell*

Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment


One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights

Life of Pi: A Novel*

The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
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 Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad

The Blind Assassin*

The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods: A Novel

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

The Count of Monte Cristo

(I assume they mean Bram Stoker’s)

A Clockwork Orange

Anansi Boys: A Novel

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: A Novel
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
Beloved: A Novel
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: the Zero tolerance Approach to Punctuation
The Mists of Avalon

Oryx and Crake: A Novel
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas: A Novel
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…
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into…
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow

In Cold Blood: A True Account of A Multiple Murder And Its …
White Teeth

Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

Cold Mountain

Robinson Crusoe
The Bell Jar
The Secret Life of Bees
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

The Plague
The Master and Margarita
Atonement: A Novel

The Handmaid’s Tale
Lady Chatterley’s Lover


Little Women
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Jude the Obscure
The Chronicles of Narnia

Possession: A Romance

Fast Food Nation: the Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Never Let Me Go

The Trial
Kafka on the Shore
Bleak House
Sons and Lovers

Alias Grace

The Arabian Nights


The Great Gatsby
To Kill a Mockingbird
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

The Alchemist
Candide, Or, Optimism

Snow Falling On Cedars
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

Midnight’s Children
White Oleander
A Passage to India
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, And…

The House of the Seven Gables

The Lovely Bones: A Novel

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Amber Spyglass

The Histories
Swann’s Way

The Shadow of the Wind
Fahrenheit 451
Good Omens
Running With Scissors: A Memoir

Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel

The Divine Comedy
Paradise Lost
The English Patient

Uncle Tom’s Cabin
The Origin of Species
The Plot Against America

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
Silas Marner

The Hours
Prodigal Summer: A Novel
The Bonesetter’s Daughter
Doctor Zhivago
The Shipping News
The Phantom of the Opera
The Portrait of a Lady
Blink: the Power of Thinking without Thinking

Heart of Darkness

The Robber Bride
The Last of the Mohicans
The Age of Innocence
The System of the World

Tropic of Cancer

The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Gormenghast Novels

The Gunslinger

The Golden Compass
The Republic of Plato
The Remains of the Day

Cat’s Eye
A Game of Thrones
Sophie’s World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy
The Island of the Day Before
The Good Earth
A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at…

A Farewell to Arms

East of Eden
The Book Thief
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

Author: Ajax Bell

Seattle author. Stops to smell the flowers. Amateur nerd (I wanna go pro but I haven't found anyone to pay me). Humble hippo enthusiast. queer/bi. they/them.

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