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Hmm. I am a bit surprised by the selection and by how many I've read.  It hardly counts since I read a lot of this stuff in a mad dash while I was a teenager, in phases like "ALL BIG FAT RUSSIAN NOVELS" so that they blur together in memory as a vague impression.   Most bestsellers and recently-popular books, I see as faddish, and annoying. So it takes someone close to me going "No, really, you MUST read Kavalier and Clay" before I will bother to dip into the current zeitgeist, unless I"m trapped at my in-laws or in an airport and there is nothing else.   Particular popular and hyped books give me a violent allergic reaction: there is no way in hell I will read Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Hype, for example, because the surrounding cult and ass-kissing and Phenomenon is way too annoying. It is a snobby reaction, like boasting that one doesn't watch TV, but I don't care; I'm firmly in that snobbery.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of known-excellent books to read.


These are the top 106 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. Added by oursin: and underline those you have no intention of reading. 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).

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina (132)
Crime and punishment (121)
Catch-22 (117)
One hundred years of solitude (115)
Wuthering Heights (110)
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel (94)
The name of the rose (91)
Don Quixote (91)
Moby Dick (86)
Ulysses (84)
Madame Bovary (83)
The Odyssey (83)
Pride and prejudice (83)
Jane Eyre (80)
A tale of two cities (80)
The brothers Karamazov (80)
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (79)
War and peace (78) (I really must have another bash someday)

Vanity fair (74)
The time traveler's wife
The Iliad (73)
Emma (73)

The Blind Assassin (73)
The kite runner (71)
Mrs. Dalloway (70)
Great expectations (70)
American gods (68)
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius (67)
Atlas shrugged (67)
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books (66)
Memoirs of a Geisha (66)
Middlesex (66)
Quicksilver (66)
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West (65)
The Canterbury tales (64)
The historian : a novel (63)
A portrait of the artist as a young man (63)
Love in the time of cholera (62)
Brave new world (61)
The Fountainhead (61)
Foucault's pendulum (61)
Middlemarch (61)
(If I could do extra extra bold on this I would)
Frankenstein (59)
The Count of Monte Cristo (59) (I don't think so, though have seen TV adaptations)
Dracula (59)
A clockwork orange (59)

Anansi boys (58)
The once and future king (57)
The grapes of wrath (57)

The Poisonwood Bible : a novel (57)
1984 (57)
Angels & demons (56)
The inferno (56)
The satanic verses (55)
Sense and sensibility (55)
The picture of Dorian Gray (55)
Mansfield Park (55)

One flew over the cuckoo's nest (54)
To the lighthouse (54)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (54)
Oliver Twist (54)
Gulliver's travels (53)
Les misérables (53)

The corrections (53)
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay (52)
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time (52)
Dune (51)
The prince (51)
The sound and the fury (51)

Angela's ashes : a memoir (51)
The god of small things (51)
A people's history of the United States : 1492-present (51)
Cryptonomicon (50)
Neverwhere (50) (also the graphic novel)
A confederacy of dunces (50)
A short history of nearly everything (50)
Dubliners (50)
The unbearable lightness of being (49)
Beloved (49)
Slaughterhouse-five (49)
The scarlet letter (48)

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (48)
The mists of Avalon (47)
Oryx and Crake : a novel (47)
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed (47)
Cloud atlas (47)
The confusion (46)
Lolita (46)
Persuasion (46)
Northanger abbey (46)
The catcher in the rye (46)
On the road (46)
The hunchback of Notre Dame (45)

Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything (45)
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into values (45)
The Aeneid (45)
Watership Down (44)

Gravity's rainbow (44)
The Hobbit (44)
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences (44)
White teeth (44)
Treasure Island (44) How on earth could anyone not read this!
David Copperfield (44)
The three musketeers (44)
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Meme rules (from pantryslut, with a few additional rules of my own:

1. Go to
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top umpty results
5. Bold the jobs you've had
6. Star the ones you've seriously considered
7. XX the ones which would absolutely not suit you

1. Computer Support Person
2. Tailor / Dressmaker XX
3. Archivist
4. Computer Network Specialist
5. Historian *
6. Gunsmith
7. Home Inspector
8. Computer Programmer
9. Electronics Assembler *
10. Dental Lab Tech
11. Curator *
12. Office Machine Repairer *
13. Anthropologist *
14. Optical / Ophthalmic Lab Technician
15. Business Systems Analyst *
16. Furniture Finisher *
17. Picture Framer XX
18. Upholsterer XX
19. Musical Instrument Builder and Repairer
20. Database Developer
21. Telephone Operator
22. Web Developer
23. Electronics Engineering Tech *
24. Electrical Engineering Tech
25. Electrician ***
26. Small Engine Mechanic *
27. Electronics Repairer
28. Administrative Assistant
29. Project Manager
30. Jeweler XX

Many of these involve ticky little work, which I do love, but I'm too slapdash to do all the jobs listed here where I'd need to be very precise and not fuck up. In fact, I've often thought I would be extremely happy as an electrician, if only that fucking up could electrocute me, or that some sort of machining precision making-things job or cabinetmaking would soothe my soul, if only I were the sort of person who was capable of actual precision. In computer jobs, you can fuck up, and then go fix it.

Alas for my career as a furniture finisher, which I would totally enjoy if not for the asthma.

Last year I was muttering extremely about apprenticing myself to a mechanic, which would make me super happy and I could think about writing while doing it.

I wondered if this quiz doesn't just salt itself with enough "web / business / computer techie" jobs to make everyone likely to take the quiz nod in agreement...

On the quiz I only lied once; I said that I was indifferent to writing. It is not quite a lie. I prefer writing that is not part of my job. Having writing in my job just makes me anxious.

I notice, though, that the top result for me is the job I've had where I was the happiest.

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