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Monday, July 06, 2009

Newsweek's Top 100 Books. For now.

There's another top 100 list in town.

Newsweek says they crunched all the other lists together to make this master list. What do ya'll think? I didn't do so well on it, only 13.

I couldn't find that anyone else on my blog list has taken the time to type them all in, so I went ahead and did it for you. You're welcome. I marked the ones I'd read with a star instead of highlighting or bolding or anything funky that would be hard for you to remove on your own blog, should you want to repost it. I can never make other people's formatting go away.

  1. War and Peace by Tolstoy
  2. 1984 by Orwell
  3. Ulysses by Joyce
  4. Lolita by Nabokov
  5. The Sound and The Fury by Faulkner
  6. Invisible Man by Ellison
  7. To The Lighthouse by Woolf
  8. The Illiad and the Odyssey by Homer*
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Austen*
  10. Divine Comedy by Alighieri
  11. Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  12. Gulliver's Travels by Swift
  13. Middlemarch by Eliot
  14. Things Fall Abart by Achebe*
  15. The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger*
  16. Gone with the Wind by Mitchell*
  17. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Marquez
  18. The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald
  19. Catch-22 by Heller
  20. Beloved by Morrison
  21. The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck
  22. Midnight's Children by Rushdie
  23. Brave New World by Huxley*
  24. Mrs. Dalloway by Woolf
  25. Native Son by Wright
  26. Democracy in America by Tocqueville
  27. On the Origin of Species by Darwin
  28. The Histories by Herodotus
  29. The Social Contract by Rousseau
  30. Das Kapital by Marx
  31. The Prince by Machiavelli
  32. Confessions by St. Augustine
  33. Leviathan by Hobbes
  34. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  35. The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien*
  36. Winnie-the-Pooh by Milne
  37. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Lewis*
  38. A Passage to India by Forster
  39. On the Road by Kerouac
  40. To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee*
  41. The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version
  42. A Clockwork Orange by Burgess
  43. Light in August by Faulkner
  44. The Souls of Black Folk by Du Bois
  45. Wide Sargasso Sea by Rhys
  46. Madame Bovary by Flaubert
  47. Paradise Lost by Milton
  48. Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
  49. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  50. King Lear by Shakespeare
  51. Othello by Shakespeare
  52. Sonnets by Shakespeare
  53. Leaves of Grass by Whitman
  54. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Twain
  55. Kim by Kipling
  56. Frankenstein by Shelley
  57. Song of Soloman by Morrison
  58. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Kesey
  59. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway
  60. Slaugherhouse-Five by Vonnegut
  61. Animal Farm by Orwell
  62. Lord of the Flies by Golding
  63. In Cold Blood by Capote
  64. The Golden Notebook by Lessing
  65. Remembrance of Things Past by Proust
  66. The Big Sleep by Chandler
  67. As I Lay Dying by Faulkner
  68. The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway
  69. I, Claudius by Graves
  70. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by McCullers
  71. Sons and Lovers by Lawrence
  72. All the King's Men by Warren
  73. Go Tell it on the Mountain by Warren
  74. Charlotte's Web by White*
  75. Heart of Darkness by Conrad*
  76. Night by Wiesel*
  77. Rabbit, Run by Updike
  78. The Age of Innocence by Wharton
  79. Portney's Complaint by Roth
  80. An American Tragedy by Dreiser
  81. The Day of the Locust by West
  82. Tropic of Cancer by Miller
  83. The Maltese Falcon by Hammett
  84. His Dark Materials by Pullman
  85. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Cather
  86. The Interpretation of Dreams by Freud
  87. The Education of Henry Adams by Adams
  88. Quotations from Chairman Mao by Mao Zedong
  89. The Varieties of Religious Experience by James
  90. Brideshead Revisted by Waugh
  91. Silent Spring by Carson
  92. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by Keynes
  93. Lord Jim by Conrad
  94. Goodbye to All That by Graves
  95. The Affluent Society by Galbraith
  96. The Wind in the Willows by Grahame*
  97. The Autobiograhy of Malcom X
  98. Eminent Victorians by Strachey
  99. The Color Purple by Walker*
  100. The Second World War by Churchill


  1. Hi - I finally figured out that I should be reading this blog :)

    Thank you for posting this list. There are two books on here that I think are absolute musts for reading: Democracy in America by de Tocqueville (you don't have to read the whole thing at once) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I really can't believe that you haven't read Winnie the Pooh or Wind in the Willows. I'm guessing you have and didn't realize... :)

  2. Thanks for doing the heavy lifting on this one! I wasn't ambitious enough to type the whole thing out! :-)


  3. I think I counted 26 1/2 in all, but I did it quickly so I could be off by one. The 1/2 is for Homer's Odyessy, which I read. I haven't read The Iliad.

  4. Packrat, you're right, I have read Wind in the Willows. I counted it when I first read the list but forgot to star it. I have NOT to my knowledge read Winnie the Pooh. I really dislike Winnie the Pooh. Perhaps it was read to me as a child, but I don't recall it.

  5. As a rough count, I've read 31 of these--mostly for college courses. These always make me wonder what the criteria is for a book being on the list. Where are all the modern books? I see some from the 80s but not much more recent than that.

    Oh, I guess I'm with Wendy on the 1/2 for The Odyessy. :P

  6. I have not read many of these either LOL! And also, I have a small gift for you over here

    And also, you asked me about Sew U ... I like what I've read - it all makes a lot of sense. But I haven't put any of it to the test yet LOL!

  7. I've read 19 - but I know I'll never be able to say I read them all - there are too many on the list I have no interest in whatsoever. Plus, I've read some selections from Leaves of Grass, and I can't stand Walt Whitman, so no way would I slog through the whole thing!

  8. You did better than me.... wow what a list.

    I love your blog header! That is so cute!

  9. That's quite teh serious list of books. I've read 24. And started maybe another 4-5 but never finished.

  10. OH my God, where is Dostoevsky? How can be 100 top books without fyodor? this is big bullshit and no top 100 books... how can be vonnegut higher than dostoevsky?

  11. Thanks for posting this.

    I count 25 that I've read:

    1984 by Orwell
    The Sound and The Fury by Faulkner
    The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger*
    The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald
    Catch-22 by Heller
    The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck
    Brave New World by Huxley*
    Native Son by Wright
    The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien*
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Lewis*
    On the Road by Kerouac
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee*
    The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version
    A Clockwork Orange by Burgess
    Hamlet by Shakespeare
    King Lear by Shakespeare
    Frankenstein by Shelley
    Song of Solomon by Morrison
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Kesey
    Slaugherhouse-Five by Vonnegut
    Animal Farm by Orwell
    Lord of the Flies by Golding
    The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway
    Heart of Darkness by Conrad*
    The Maltese Falcon by Hammett

    You should read Animal Farm. It's a great book that you can finish off in a sitting or two.


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