Top 106 Books To Make You Look Cool

My friend Sarah recently posted the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you looksmart or well-rounded. She issued a challenge to “Bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.” I added a fourth category: Underline and italicize the ones you started to read for school, but didn’t finish.

Looking through the list, I thought it was an exercise too interesting to pass up:

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
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace – Pretty lame that I haven’t read this, given I had a dog named Tolstoy
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’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
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver – last book I read before Ryder was born. Waiting to finish series
Wicked
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum – Where Dan Brown got the idea for the Da Vinci Code
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 (and Purgatory and Paradise)
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
Dune
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States
Cryptonomicon – In my top 5, all time
Neverwhere – awesome fun
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
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit – the book that motivated me to learn to read
In Cold Blood
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

Apparently, I don’t read much, but when I do it is dense.

One thought on “Top 106 Books To Make You Look Cool

  1. Catch-22 = read it for school

    Moby Dick = read it for school

    Ulysses = read it for school

    The Odyssey = read it for school

    The Tale of Two Cities = read it for school

    War and Peace = read it for school

    The Iliad = read it for school

    The Kite Runner = read it for pleasure

    Atlas Shrugged = love Ayn Rand’s Anthem, never read this one though

    Brave New World = First read on my own then for school….I need my SOMA…great book….famous Aldous Huxley quote: “Power Corrupts, and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely”

    A Clockwork Orange = read for pleasure and one of the few movies based on a book that may have been almost as good as the read – He tolchocked the girl before giving her the old in-and-out. I ordered the Milk plus vellocet served at the Korova Milk Bar

    The Grapes of Wrath = read for school

    1984 = read for school and then again for pleasure…may be time to read this one again though(and Brave New World)

    Angels & Demons = read for pleasure – my favorite Dan Brown novel

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest = read for pleasure…again this may be a movie that comes close to an acceptable translation

    Oliver Twist = read for school

    The Catcher in the Rye = first pleasure, then school…those damn crummy fingernail clippings from his roomie – great book!

    On the Road = pleasure

    Watership Down = school

    The Hobbit = pleasure (my genius brother first read the Hobbit at age 5 – what a showoff)

Leave a Reply