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The top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded.
Bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish, strike through what you couldn’t stand.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (on the shelf, not yet read)
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel (on the shelf, not yet read)
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey (on the shelf, not yet read)
Pride and Prejudice (on the shelf, not yet read)
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 (on the shelf, not yet read)
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin (on the shelf, not yet read)
The Kite Runner (on the shelf, not yet read)
Mrs. Dalloway (on the shelf, not yet read)
Great Expectations
American Gods (on the shelf, not yet read)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged  – not a big thing in the UK – I’ve only heard of it in the context of American friends attacking it
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex on the shelf, not yet read)
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian: a novel (the very thought of this book makes me apoplectic – so much money wasted on such poor work)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
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: a novel
Angels & Demons ( I can’t say I couldn’t stand it , but it’s tripe. An airport novel for the jet-lagged at best)
1984
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses (on the shelf, not yet read  –  I was advised to read the Koran first, suffice to say I’ve never got round to it)
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
( my first and only Jane Austen)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse(on the shelf, not yet read)
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections (on the shelf, not yet read)
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: a memoi(whining misery-memoir)
The God of Small Things (on the shelf, not yet read)
A People’s History of the United States: 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything (on the shelf, not yet read)
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves (on the shelf, not yet read)
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake: a novel
Collapse: how societies choose to fail or succeed (on the shelf, not yet read)
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye (on the shelf, not yet read)
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
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

I wouldn’t say I bought any of these to “look smart”, but I’ve been influenced by recommendations, whether from friends or book reviews.
Unread books on a shelf is the norm for a Book-crosser.

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