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Best 100 Novels Update :: DawnVivant.com
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Best 100 Novels Update


A few months ago I blogged about my new quest to read all 100 of the best novels ever written, and now I have an update.  In August, for my birthday, Brett got me a $100 gift card to Barnes and Noble,  Then my sister got me a $25 one (not knowing that he had gotten me one also, no matter though--I used both of them all up!)  So now I have read tons of books--some on the list and some not--and just recently received my last batch of giftcard-bought books. 

The list on the site has changed, but here is the list that I saved from the first time I saw it.  The ones that have been strike-through'd* I have already read, and the italicized ones are the ones I own but haven't started reading yet:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. Crime and Puatnishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  9. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  10. Ulysses by James Joyce
  11. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  13. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  14. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  15. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  16. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  17. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  19. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  20. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  21. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  22. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  23. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  24. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  25. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  26. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  27. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  28. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  29. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  30. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  31. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  32. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  33. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  34. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  35. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  36. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  37. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  38. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  39. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  40. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  41. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  42. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  43. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  44. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  45. The Stand by Stephen King
  46. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  47. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  48. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  49. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  50. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  51. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  52. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  53. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  54. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  55. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  56. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  57. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  58. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  59. Dune by Frank Herbert
  60. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  61. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  62. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  63. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  64. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  65. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
  66. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  67. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  68. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  69. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  70. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  71. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  72. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  73. Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  74. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  75. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  76. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  77. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  78. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  79. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  80. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  81. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  82. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  83. Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
  84. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  85. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  86. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  87. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  88. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  89. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  90. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  91. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  92. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  93. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  94. Light in August by William Faulkner
  95. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  96. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  97. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  98. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  99. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  100. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Okay, so I've only read 3 or 4 since I started this thing in July...but I had to sneak in Necklace of Kisses, The Wall, Cat's Cradle, and the first two Twilight books (do those really need links?)  What good is $125 worth of free books if I only allow myself to buy from one specific list of titles?

So, readers..from the above list of books, which are your favorites?  Which of the italicized ones (i.e: the ones I own but haven't gotten around to yet) would you recommend I read first (or, if none of those, which of the un-italicized, un strike-through'd* ones)?  I just finished a pretty bad book that I bought from Goodwill for 25 cents while looking for craft project ingredients, so I need something great to get that out of my head.


*Conversation while posting this: "What is the past tense of 'strike through?'  Struck-through? That sounds awkward.  Striked-through?  Strike-through'd?"
"Um, yeah, that's it.  Strike-through'd." 
Okay, then. ;)


W. Turland, 12/25/08 11:02 PM

I think it's actually "struck-through" since the verb of that is "strike" and through is simply an adjective describing how the item has been struck, therefore "strike" would be conjugated.

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