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Lots of people are doing this over on the librarything community - list last year's books, and ask all and sundry if they have read them too. I've arranged them in decreasing order of popularity on LibraryThing, and cut off the most obscure ones, and the result is as follows (apologies for multiple authors where I have failed to adequately convert from LibraryThing cataloguing to reality):

Poll #901567 Books of 2006

Which of these books have you read (at any time, not just in 2006)?

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
3(2.7%)
The lovely bones, Alice Sebold
1(0.9%)
The kite runner, Khaled Hosseini
2(1.8%)
Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman
0(0.0%)
Little women, Louisa May Alcott
0(0.0%)
The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
0(0.0%)
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
0(0.0%)
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
0(0.0%)
The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli
0(0.0%)
10) Persuasion, Jane Austen
0(0.0%)
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
0(0.0%)
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams
0(0.0%)
Beloved, Toni Morrison
1(0.9%)
A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
0(0.0%)
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
0(0.0%)
The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
0(0.0%)
Foundation, Isaac Asimov
0(0.0%)
The Confessions of Saint Augustine
0(0.0%)
Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
0(0.0%)
20) Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
0(0.0%)
The color purple, Alice Walker
0(0.0%)
The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon
0(0.0%)
Pyramids, Terry Pratchett
0(0.0%)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Suskind
0(0.0%)
Thud!, Terry Pratchett
0(0.0%)
Foundation and Empire, Isaac Asimov
0(0.0%)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
0(0.0%)
Notes From a Small Island, Bill Bryson
0(0.0%)
Second Foundation (The Foundation Series), Isaac Asimov
0(0.0%)
30) Unfinished Tales, J.R.R. Tolkien
0(0.0%)
The System of the World, Neal Stephenson
0(0.0%)
A hat full of sky, Terry Pratchett
0(0.0%)
The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
0(0.0%)
Ivanhoe, Walter Scott
0(0.0%)
Villette, Charlotte Bronte
0(0.0%)
The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
0(0.0%)
Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad
0(0.0%)
Eleven on Top, Janet Evanovich
0(0.0%)
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown
0(0.0%)
40) Ghost World, Daniel Clowes
0(0.0%)
The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
0(0.0%)
Tropic of Capricorn, Henry Miller
0(0.0%)
Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
0(0.0%)
Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas, Garth Ennis
0(0.0%)
Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow
0(0.0%)
The Warden, Anthony Trollope
0(0.0%)
Nine Princes in Amber, Roger Zelazny
0(0.0%)
Preacher: Until the End of the World, Garth Ennis
0(0.0%)
Henderson the Rain King, Saul Bellow
0(0.0%)
50) Spin, Robert Charles Wilson
0(0.0%)
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, Amanda Foreman
0(0.0%)
The guns of Avalon, Roger Zelazny
0(0.0%)
Old Man's War, John Scalzi
0(0.0%)
Sign of the unicorn, Roger Zelazny
0(0.0%)
The hand of Oberon, Roger Zelazny
0(0.0%)
The courts of Chaos, Roger Zelazny
0(0.0%)
Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
0(0.0%)
The Einstein Intersection, Samuel R. Delany
0(0.0%)
The Space Merchants, Frederik Pohl
0(0.0%)
60) Galactic Patrol, E. E. Smith
0(0.0%)
Learning the World, Ken MacLeod
0(0.0%)
Does Anything Eat Wasps? And 101 Other Questions, "New Scientist"
0(0.0%)
Swords in the Mist, Fritz Leiber
0(0.0%)
Crooked little heart, Anne Lamott
0(0.0%)
Air, Geoff Ryman
0(0.0%)
The Complete Enchanter, L.Sprague De Camp
0(0.0%)
An intimate history of humanity, Theodore Zeldin
0(0.0%)
Rite of Passage, Alexei Panshin
0(0.0%)
A Rulebook for Arguments, Anthony Weston
0(0.0%)
70) Man On the Moon, Andrew Chaikin
0(0.0%)
The Terminal Experiment, Robert J. Sawyer
0(0.0%)
H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life, Michel Houellebecq
0(0.0%)
Kapilavastu (Buddha S.), Osamu Tezuka
0(0.0%)
Thunderbird Falls Murphy, C. E.
0(0.0%)
Winter Moon: Moontide, The Heart Of The Moon, Banshee Cries, Mercedes Lackey et al
0(0.0%)
Camouflage, Joe Haldeman
0(0.0%)
Daughter of the Drow, Elaine Cunningham
0(0.0%)
Stations of the Tide, Michael Swanwick
0(0.0%)
Bitter Lemons of Cyprus, Lawrence Durrell
0(0.0%)
80) Moondust, Andrew Smith
0(0.0%)
Skeletons on the Zahara, Dean King
0(0.0%)
The Falling Woman, Pat Murphy
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who:The Clockwise Man, Justin Richards
0(0.0%)
See Delphi and Die, Lindsey Davis
0(0.0%)
Take Back Plenty, Colin Greenland
0(0.0%)
Cafe Europa, Slavenka Drakulic
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who: Monsters Inside, Stephen Cole
0(0.0%)
Hitchhiker, M.J. Simpson
0(0.0%)
The Healer's War, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
0(0.0%)
90)A Time of Changes, Robert Silverberg
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who: The Stealers of Dreams, Steve Lyons
0(0.0%)
Steppe, Piers Anthony
0(0.0%)
The DisContinuity Guide, Paul Cornell et al
0(0.0%)
October the first is too late, Fred Hoyle
0(0.0%)
Joan of Arc, Marina Warner
0(0.0%)
9Tail Fox, Jon Courtenay Grimwood
0(0.0%)
The Jennifer Morgue, Charles Stross
0(0.0%)
First Man: the Life of Neil Armstrong, James Hansen
0(0.0%)
Salonica, City of Ghosts, Mark Mazower
0(0.0%)
100) The Wreck of the River of Stars, Michael Flynn
0(0.0%)
Alternate Generals, Harry Turtledove
0(0.0%)
Shutterbug Follies, Jason Little
0(0.0%)
Star songs of an old primate, James Tiptree
0(0.0%)
Mappa Mundi, Justina Robson
0(0.0%)
The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories, P.G. Wodehouse
0(0.0%)
Goth Opera, Paul Cornell
0(0.0%)
[Doctor Who] Timewyrm: Exodus, Terrance Dicks
0(0.0%)
[Doctor Who] Timewyrm Genesys, John Peel
0(0.0%)
The Breaking of Nations, Robert Cooper
0(0.0%)
110) [Doctor Who] Blood Harvest, Terrance Dicks
0(0.0%)
[Doctor Who] I Am A Dalek, Gareth Roberts
0(0.0%)
The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, Sid Jacobson
0(0.0%)
[Doctor Who] Timewyrm: Revelation, Paul Cornell
0(0.0%)
[Doctor Who] Timewyrm: Apocalypse, Nigel Robinson
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who and the Ribos Operation, Ian Marter
0(0.0%)
The Prisoner, Thomas M Disch
0(0.0%)
Year's Best SF 10, David G. Hartwell
0(0.0%)
The Moon Pool, A. Merritt
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who and the State of Decay, Terrance Dicks
0(0.0%)
120) The triumph of the West, J. M. Roberts
0(0.0%)
The lady of the shroud, Bram Stoker
0(0.0%)
Ghosts of Albion: Accursed, Christopher Golden
0(0.0%)
[Doctor Who] Evolution, John Peel
0(0.0%)
The File on H, Ismail Kadare
0(0.0%)
Southern Fire, Juliet McKenna
0(0.0%)
Empire of Glass, Andy Lane
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who-The Dominators, Ian Marter
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who and the Ark in Space, Ian Marter
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who-Earthshock, Ian Marter
0(0.0%)
130) Esprit De Corps, Lawrence Durrell
0(0.0%)
The Mark of Ran, Paul Kearney
0(0.0%)
[Doctor Who] Managra, Stephen Marley
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who-The Invasion, Ian Marter
0(0.0%)
Year's Best SF 11, David G. Hartwell
0(0.0%)
[Doctor Who] Scales of Injustice, Gary Russell
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment, Ian Marter
0(0.0%)
Girl with a One-track Mind, Abby Lee
0(0.0%)
The Last Word and Other Stories, Graham Greene
0(0.0%)
31 Days: The Crisis That Gave Us the Government We Have Today, Barry Werth
0(0.0%)
140) Harry Sullivan's War, Ian Marter
0(0.0%)
The Television Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who, David J. Howe et al
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World, Ian Marter
0(0.0%)
Hidden Camera, Zoran Živković
0(0.0%)
Journal Of A Residence On A Georgian Plantation, 1838-1839, Frances Anne Kemble
0(0.0%)
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Third Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois
0(0.0%)
The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror, George Soros
0(0.0%)
White Eagles Over Serbia, Lawrence Durrell
0(0.0%)
Indefensible: One Lawyer's Journey Into the Inferno of American Justice, David Feige
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who-Reign of Terror, Ian Marter
0(0.0%)
150) A Game With Sharpened Knives, Neil Belton
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who-The Rescue, Ian Marter
0(0.0%)
Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion, Charles Townshend
0(0.0%)
Different Kinds of Darkness, David Langford
0(0.0%)
Epic, Conor Kostick
0(0.0%)
The Warden's Niece, Gillian Avery
0(0.0%)
This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace, Swanee Hunt
0(0.0%)
Impossible Stories, Zoran Zivkovic
0(0.0%)
The Economist Style Guide
0(0.0%)
[Doctor Who Short Trips] Past Tense, Ian Farrington
0(0.0%)
160) Lost Lives, David McKittrick et al
0(0.0%)
[Doctor Who Short Trips] A Universe of Terrors, Lance Parkin
0(0.0%)

Have you bought/read/acquired any of the above books as a result of reading about it on my livejournal?

Yes, and I'll mention it in a comment
3(3.3%)
Yes, but I'm not telling you which
2(2.2%)
No
69(75.0%)
Clicky!
18(19.6%)

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rayechu
Jan. 6th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Fahrenheit 451 and A Clockwork Orange were the only books I have read.
However I am interested in the book The Sign of the Unicorn by Roger Zelazny. What were your opinions on it? Amazon seems to have some mixed reviews.


nwhyte
Jan. 6th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
I think that there is no point in reading it unless you have read the two previous ones in the series, Nine Princes in Amber and The Guns of Avalon. But the first five Amber books - the fourth and fifth being The Hand of Oberon and The Courts of Chaos - make a very nice package.
(no subject) - bibliofile - Jan. 6th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - rayechu - Jan. 6th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
mscongeniality
Jan. 6th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Finally! Someone else who extensively read Doctor Who novels last year...and we managed to read almost none of the same ones!
nwhyte
Jan. 6th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
Sadly the best one I read, Ian Marter's novelisation of the First Doctor story The Rescue, missed the cut because not enough LT members have it!
(no subject) - mscongeniality - Jan. 6th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
secritcrush
Jan. 6th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
I included books that I started and decided life was too short in my tickies.
nwhyte
Jan. 6th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I included them in my options as well - Ivanhoe, frex.
(no subject) - sciamanna - Jan. 7th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC) - Expand
inulro
Jan. 6th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
I was doing quite well at the beginning of your list! I did not tick Little Women or Perfume, both of which are books I failed to finish (of which there are very, very few in this world).

In answer to your last question, there's books I'm looking out for because you recommended ones (mostly politics and international relations stuff), but you definitely put me off reading The Lovely Bones, which I was pretty sure I didn't want to read anyway.
nwhyte
Jan. 6th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
Ah, a job well done then!
meijhen
Jan. 6th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
To answer the last question....
No, but there are some books being added to my wish-list as a result of this poll!
wyvernfriend
Jan. 6th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
Haven't got books because you mentioned them, have moved them up the pile though..
redfiona99
Jan. 6th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
I didn't tick ones I've started but never finished. I did tick the Discontinuity guide, although I've only ever read the bits that are up on the BBC website, or used to be anyway, if they've changed it recently.

I ticked clicky, because there's books you've written about that I now plan on reading, I've just not got round to it yet.
srk1
Jan. 6th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
I bought and read the Easter 1916 book after reading your review.
satanscientist
Jan. 6th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
how'd you do that anyway? make this list?
nwhyte
Jan. 6th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Ranking books by popularity in LibraryThing is easy. But I also tagged each one I read last year with "2006" so was able to sort that sub-group.
bluestocking7
Jan. 6th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
If there had been an option for "no, but I want to" I would have chosen that!
korvac
Jan. 6th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Not only have I read a pile of those, I even have some of those DW novels, out of the few used ones I own. Crazy!
qatsi
Jan. 6th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
I had to go and check, you're right, the novelisation of Earthshock is by Ian Marter. I'm surprised, as Eric Saward wrote the novelisation of The Visitation, his other story in that season.
matgb
Jan. 6th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
Ah, um, oops. The comment about [Unknown LJ tag]'s OMW in your other post was meant for this one, serves me right for reading multiple entries at once...

I think I've probably read some of the Ian Marter as well, but my mother donated all my target novelizations to charity when I was a kid (yes, still bitter), so I just ticked the Dicks books.
mojosmom
Jan. 6th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Salonica, City of Ghosts is on my "I want to read" list. Should I leave it there? (In other words, what did you think of it?)
nwhyte
Jan. 7th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
undeadgoat
Jan. 7th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
One of those (The Crying of Lot 59 actually I just read becasue I got it for Christmas . . .)
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