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    "People look at an oil painting and admire the use of brushstrokes to convey meaning. People look at a graffiti painting and admire the use of a drainpipe to gain access."

    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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