Wednesday, February 13, 2008

100 Books You Should Read (to call yourself human)

One of my friends (Alison Gray) started this list several months ago and has been slowly adding to it. (I'm happy to say, I contributed to the list. :-) Any suggestions for no. 100? I've highlighted in bold the books I've read and I italicized the ones actually on the bookshelf by my bed waiting to be read. I hope this inspires you to read some classics and "modern classics." You'll be a better person for it. 1. War and Peace - Tolstoy 2. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte 3. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley 4. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Marquez 5. Pride and Prejudice - Austen 6. Remains of the Day - Ishiguro 7. The Lord of the Rings - Tolkein 8. Frost in May - White 9. The English Patient - Ondaatje 10. The Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald 11. Great Expectations - Dickens 12. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Safran-Foer 13. Lanark - Gray 14. My Antonia - Cather 15. Peace Like A River - Enger 16. Kidnapped - Stevenson 17. Middlemarch - Eliot 18. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Hurston 19. The Heart of Darkness - Conrad 20. Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky 21. Howard’s End - Forster 22. To the Lighthouse - Woolf 23. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte 24. A Fine Balance - Mistry 25. Midnight’s Children - Rushdie 26. Pale Fire – Nabokov 27. Blindness - Saramago 28. Saturday - McEwan 29. Lord of the Flies – Golding 30. In Cold Blood – Capote 31. To Kill a Mockingbird - Lee 32. The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoevsky 33. Housekeeping - Marilyn Robinson 34. Ulysses - Joyce 35. Anna Karenina - Tolstoy 36. Of Mice and Men - Steinbeck 37. Catcher in the Rye - Salinger 38. American Psycho - Ellis 39. Jude the Obscure - Hardy 40. Trainspotting - Welsh 41. The Adventures of Augie Marsh - Bellow 42. The Outsider - Camus 43. The Unbearable Likeness of Being - Kundera 44. The House of the Spirits - Allende 45. 1984 - Orwell 46. Animal Farm - Orwell 47. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Hemingway 48. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - McCullers 49. The Sea, The Sea – Murdoch 50. The Red and the Black - Stendhal 51. Disgrace - Coetzee 52. The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Chabon 53. A Room with a View - Forster 54. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Solzhenitsyn 55. White Noise - Dellilo 54. Cry, the Beloved Country - Paton 55. Things Fall Apart – Achebe 56. The God of Small Things – Roy 57. Soul Mountain – Xingjiang 58. On the Road – Kerouac 59. The Golden Notebook – Lessing 60. Dubliners – Joyce (I've read some of this collection) 61. Les Miserables – Hugo 62. Slaughterhouse Five – Vonnegut 63. Waiting for the Barbarians - Coetzee 64. A Christmas Carol – Dickens 65. The Scarlet Letter – Hawthorne 66. The White Guard – Bulgakov 67. Love in the time of Cholera – Marquez 68. The End of the Affair – Greene 69. A Passage to India – Forster 70. Madame Bovary – Flaubert 71. The Giver – Lowry 72. The Portrait of a Lady – James 73. Charlotte’s Web – White 74. Oscar and Lucinda – Carey 75. The Woman in White – Collins 76. Dracula - Stoker 77. Waverly – Scott 78. Treasure Island – Stephenson 79. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Stephenson 80. The Sopranos – Warner 81. Decline and Fall – Waugh 82. Jungle Book – Kipling 83. Middlesex – Eugenides 84. Fahrenheit 451 – Bradbury 85. Wild Swans – Jung Chang 86. Wide Sargasso Sea – Rhys 87. The Bell Jar – Plath (I read a large portion of this one day at Barnes and Noble) 88. Wise Blood – O’Connor 89. Out of Africa – Denisen 90. Ethan Frome – Wharton 91. Robinson Crusoe – Defoe 92. The Secret Agent – Conrad 93. Anil’s Ghost – Ondaatje (I have a student named Anil; I should read this in his honor.) 94. The Secret History – Tartt 95. Dr. Zhivago – Pasternak 96. Black Swan Green – Mitchell 97. Cancer Ward – Solzhenitzen 98. History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters - Barnes 99. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami 100.

2 comments:

Jenni French said...

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Natalie said...

Definitely good books. Actually, The Giver is on the list (71). I have yet to read Ender's Game, but someone I know tells me it is really good. :-)