Top Unread Books On Librarything

The rules:

Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, and mark yellow books you hated. Add an asterisk* to those you’ve read more than once. Mark red those on your to be read list.

(the numbers (x/y) are x=(the number of people who’ve tagged the book “unread”) and y=(the number of times the book has been added to Librarything)

  1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (236/9048)
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (211/8957)
  3. One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (183/11981)
  4. Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (176/10692)
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (162/12144)
  6. Catch-22 a novel by Joseph Heller (158/10893)
  7. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (155/8794)
  8. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra (152/6662)
  9. The Odyssey by Homer (136/10961)
  10. The brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (136/7179)
  11. Ulysses by James Joyce (135/6258)
  12. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (132/6269)
  13. War and peace by Leo Tolstoy (132/5955)
  14. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (124/13771)
  15. A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens (124/7463)
  16. The name of the rose by Umberto Eco (120/7709)
  17. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (119/7723)
  18. The Iliad by Homer (117/8729)
  19. Emma by Jane Austen (117/8954)
  20. Vanity fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (115/3827)
  21. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (114/7123)
  22. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (110/4810)
  23. The Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (108/6167)
  24. Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen (108/18301)
  25. The historian : a novel by Elizabeth Kostova (108/6453)
  26. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (106/8595)
  27. The kite runner by Khaled Hosseini (106/13582)
  28. The time traveler’s wife by Audrey Niffenegger (105/11416)
  29. Life of Pi : a novel by Yann Martel (105/12699)
  30. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies by Jared Diamond (104/7497)
  31. Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand (102/5988)
  32. Foucault’s pendulum by Umberto Eco (101/5621)
  33. Dracula by Bram Stoker (100/6875)
  34. The grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck (99/7817)
  35. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius by Dave Eggers (97/6454)
  36. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (97/9130)
  37. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (97/5565)
  38. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books by Azar Nafisi (96/4406)
  39. Middlemarch by George Eliot (96/4160)
  40. Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen (96/8596)
  41. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (95/5172)
  42. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (94/11623)
  43. The sound and the fury by William Faulkner (94/5047)
  44. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (93/12425)
  45. Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle I) by Neal Stephenson (92/3526)
  46. American gods : a novel by Neil Gaiman (92/10333)
  47. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (91/8875)
  48. The poisonwood Bible : a novel by Barbara Kingsolver (91/7463)
  49. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West… by Gregory Maguire (90/8909)
  50. A portrait of the artist as a young man by James Joyce (89/6649)
  51. The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (89/7168)
  52. Dune by Frank Herbert (89/9225)
  53. The satanic verses by Salman Rushdie (88/3252)
  54. Gulliver’s travels by Jonathan Swift (88/4861)
  55. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (88/5363)
  56. The three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (87/4128) (in abridged version)
  57. The corrections by Jonathan Franzen (84/5066)
  58. The inferno by Dante Alighieri (84/5874)
  59. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (83/4381)
  60. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (83/5798)
  61. To the lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (83/4608)
  62. A clockwork orange by Anthony Burgess (83/6757)
  63. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (83/4736)
  64. The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay : a novel by Michael Chabon (83/5963)
  65. Persuasion by Jane Austen (82/6481)
  66. One flew over the cuckoo’s nest by Ken Kesey (82/5916)
  67. The scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (82/7748)
  68. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (82/4440)
  69. Anansi boys : a novel by Neil Gaiman (81/6540)
  70. The once and future king by T. H. White (81/4294)
  71. Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan (80/6970)
  72. The god of small things by Arundhati Roy (80/5512)
  73. A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson (79/6268)
  74. Oryx and Crake : a novel by Margaret Atwood (78/3978)
  75. Dubliners by James Joyce (78/5534)
  76. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (78/5386)
  77. Angela’s ashes : a memoir by Frank McCourt (77/6353)
  78. Beloved : a novel by Toni Morrison (77/5524)
  79. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed by Jared Diamond (76/3825)
  80. The hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (75/2522)
  81. In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its… by Truman Capote (75/5478)
  82. Lady Chatterley’s lover by D.H. Lawrence (73/3169)
  83. A confederacy of dunces by John Kennedy Toole (73/6063)
  84. Les misérables by Victor Hugo (73/4695)
  85. Watership Down by Richard Adams (72/6258)
  86. The prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (72/6369)
  87. The amber spyglass by Philip Pullman (72/6647)
  88. Beowulf : a new verse translation by Anonymous (72/6351) (have read previously, but want to read newer Seamus Heaney translation)
  89. A farewell to arms by Ernest Hemingway (71/5125)
  90. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into… by Robert M. Pirsig (71/5559)
  91. The Aeneid by Virgil (71/5060)
  92. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (69/4629)
  93. Sons and lovers by D.H. Lawrence (69/2563)
  94. The personal history of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (69/4314)
  95. The road by Cormac McCarthy (67/5108)
  96. Possession : a romance by A.S. Byatt (67/4128)
  97. The history of Tom Jones, a foundling by Henry Fielding (67/2133)
  98. The book thief by Markus Zusak (67/3556)
  99. Gravity’s rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (66/3263)
  100. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (66/3048)
  101. Tender is the night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (66/3132)
  102. Candide, or, Optimism by Voltaire (65/5085)
  103. Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro (65/4321)
  104. The plague by Albert Camus (65/4614)
  105. Jude the obscure by Thomas Hardy (65/2947)
  106. Cold mountain by Charles Frazier (64/4163)
  107. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (64/2092)
  108. As I lay dying by William Faulkner (64/3766)
  109. The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (64/5195)
  110. Underworld by Don DeLillo (64/2613)
  111. Northanger abbey by Jane Austen (64/4521)
  112. The English patient by Michael Ondaatje (64/3334)
  113. The divine comedy by Dante Alighieri (63/2834)
  114. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (63/2526)
  115. Bleak House by Charles Dickens (63/3130)
  116. Everything is illuminated : a novel by Jonathan Safran Foer (63/4567)
  117. The house of the seven gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (62/2052)
  118. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (62/2673)
  119. A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present by Howard Zinn (62/3839)
  120. The portrait of a lady by Henry James (62/2894)
  121. White Teeth: A Novel by Zadie Smith (62/4320)
  122. The confusion by Neal Stephenson (61/2803)
  123. Snow falling on cedars by David Guterson (60/3780)
  124. The elegant universe : superstrings, hidden dimensions, and… by Brian Greene (60/2791)
  125. The age of innocence by Edith Wharton (60/3128)
  126. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (60/4187)
  127. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (60/3212)
  128. Midnight’s children by Salman Rushdie (60/3486)
  129. Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (60/3405)
  130. The idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (59/3657)
  131. Midnight in the garden of good and evil : a Savannah story by John Berendt (59/3692)
  132. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (59/2386)
  133. Swann’s way by Marcel Proust (59/2491)
  134. For whom the bell tolls by Ernest Hemingway (59/4107)
  135. Uncle Tom’s cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (58/2886)
  136. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe (58/2028)
  137. Pattern recognition by William Gibson (58/3226)
  138. Invisible man by Ralph Ellison (58/3977)
  139. Cloud atlas : a novel by David Mitchell (58/3184)
  140. The good earth by Pearl S. Buck (57/3139)
  141. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (57/2996)
  142. Silas Marner by George Eliot (57/2350)
  143. The bonesetter’s daughter by Amy Tan (56/2420)
  144. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (56/1748)
  145. The thirteenth tale : a novel by Diane Setterfield (56/3620)
  146. Naked lunch by William S. Burroughs (55/3291)
  147. The system of the world by Neal Stephenson (55/2237)
  148. A passage to India by E.M. Forster (55/3192)
  149. Cat’s eye by Margaret Atwood (55/2859)
  150. Twenty thousand leagues under the sea by Jules Verne (55/2852) (in an abridged version)
  151. The plot against America by Philip Roth (54/2828)
  152. Infinite jest : a novel by David Foster Wallace (54/2222)
  153. The mill on the Floss by George Eliot (54/2169)
  154. Tropic of cancer by Henry Miller (54/2359)
  155. The phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (54/2418)
  156. Baudolino by Umberto Eco (54/2406)
  157. The histories by Herodotus (53/2906)
  158. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad (53/2159)
  159. The known world by Edward P. Jones (53/2066)
  160. Notes from the underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (53/2892)
  161. The Bhagavad Gita by Anonymous (52/3036)
  162. Utopia by Thomas More (52/2793)
  163. The island of the day before by Umberto Eco (52/2168)
  164. The last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (52/2317)
  165. Far from the madding crowd by Thomas Hardy (52/2429)
  166. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (51/2484)
  167. Paradise lost a poem in twelve books by John Milton (51/2447)
  168. Of human bondage by W. Somerset Maugham (50/1994)
  169. The mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (50/2189)
  170. Son of a witch : a novel by Gregory Maguire (50/2159)
  171. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood (50/2508)
  172. Light in August by William Faulkner (49/2358)
  173. Unfinished tales of Numenor and Middle-earth by J.R.R. Tolkien (49/2632)
  174. Women in love by D.H. Lawrence (48/1873)
  175. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio (48/2166)
  176. The moonstone by Wilkie Collins (47/2218)
  177. Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon (47/1551)
  178. The Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake (47/1297)
  179. Villette by Charlotte Bronte (47/1977)
  180. The return of the native by Thomas Hardy (46/2040)
  181. The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, gentleman by Laurence Sterne (45/2006)
  182. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (45/1920)
  183. That hideous strength : a modern fairy-tale for grown-ups by C. S. Lewis (44/1938)
  184. The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956; an experiment in literary… by Aleksander Solzenitsyn (44/1833)
  185. The man in the iron mask by Alexandre Dumas (43/1167)
  186. The ultimate hitchhiker’s guide by Douglas Adams (43/0)
  187. The glass bead game (Magister Ludi) by Hermann Hesse (42/1818)
  188. The mysterious flame of Queen Loana : an illustrated novel by Umberto Eco (41/1651)
  189. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (40/1495)
  190. The tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (39/1410)
  191. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (38/1414)
  192. The ladies of Grace Adieu and other stories by Susanna Clarke (37/1103)
  193. The ground beneath her feet : a novel by Salman Rushdie (36/1214)
  194. Vellum by Hal Duncan (27/493)
  195. Freedom & necessity by Steven Brust (26/494)
  196. The kite runner by Khaled Hosseini (19/0)
  197. Life of Pi : a novel by Yann Martel (17/0)
  198. The Kor’an by Anonymous (11/0)
  199. The Mabinogion by Anonymous (8/0)
  200. The sketch book of Geoffrey Crayon, gent by Washington Irving (7/0)

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