books { 106 books everyone has but no one reads, just to look smart

Saw this on Rhapsody, top 106 books that sit on shelves unread by most people, but used to appear smart.

bold = read
underline = read for school
italics = started but not finished

The Books:

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 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
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 : an inquiry into values
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

1 comment:

Zophorian said...

* = I have only read part... but a significant part

# = read it more than once

!= taught at least part of it too

1)Crime and Punishment*
2)One Hundred Years of Solitude
3)Moby Dick*
5)The Odyssey*!
6)The Tale of Two Cities
7)The Brothers Karamazov
8)The Iliad*!
9)Mrs. Dalloway #
10)Great Expectations
11)A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
12)The Canterbury Tales*!
13)A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man #
14)Love in the Time of Cholera*
15)Brave New World #
16)The Count of Monte Cristo
18)The Grapes of Wrath
19)The Inferno #!
20)The Satanic Verses
21)The Picture of Dorian Gray*
22)One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest*
23)To the Lighthouse
24)Tess of the D’Urbervilles
25)Gulliver’s Travels*!
26)The Prince #
27)The Sound and the Fury
28)Angela’s Ashes : a memoir*
29)A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present*!
31)The Unbearable Lightness of Being
32)Beloved #
34)The Scarlet Letter*
35)Eats, Shoots & Leaves
36)The Catcher in the Rye #
37)On the Road #
38)Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values #
39)The Aeneid*

Considering I am a literature teacher that is kind of sad... 39 of 106. But I think some of them on the list are just silly. I could make a better list-- and score better on it.
"Beyond Good & Evil"
"Being and Time"
"Waiting For Godot"
"My Rise and Fall"
"Notes From Underground"
"The End of Poverty"
"Globalization and Its Discontents"
"Civilization and Its Discontents"
"Meditation on First Philosophy" (You know that whole 'cogito ergo sum' thing)
"The Stranger"
"The Plague"
"Being and Nothingness"
"On Forgiveness" (Derrida)
Ok... I'll stop.