100 Best Books

My attempt to tackle Newsweek’s 100 Best Book Meta-List.  I plan to read all the books on this list, starting with ones I have not yet read.  Seeing how I’m feeling once I’ve conquered those, perhaps revisiting the books I read long ago. There are a few I may have read but don’t remember or would like to revisit.  These have question marks next to them.  I’ll also rate the books on a scale of 1-10 based on their complexity, enjoyability, usefulness, beauty, and overall how much I loved-it-ness.

Recently Read

 

  1. To Kill A Mocking Bird (8)
  2. Slaughter House Five (7)
  3. Beloved (8)
  4. Lolita (9)

 

Read Long Ago

  1. 1984 (7)
  2. Invisible Man (6)
  3. To the Lighthouse (9)
  4. Things Fall Apart (7)
  5. The Catcher in the Rye (7)
  6. One Hundred Years of Solitude (8)
  7. The Great Gatsby (7)
  8. The Grapes of Wrath (6)
  9. Brave New World (7)
  10. Mrs. Dalloway (9 )
  11. As I Lay Dying (8 )
  12. The History of the Pelopennesian War (4)
  13. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (7)
  14. Hamlet (7)
  15. The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin (6)
  16. Frankenstein (9)
  17. Song of Solomon (9)
  18. Animal Farm (7)
  19. Charlotte’s Web (6)
  20. Heart of Darkness (5)
  21. The Color Purple (8)
  22. The Illiad and the Odyssey (7)
  23. Native Son (5)

Not Yet Read

  1. Pride and Prejudice
  2. Middle March
  3. Midnight’s Children
  4. On the Road
  5. Catch 22
  6. Canterbury Tales
  7. Divine Comedy
  8. War and Peace
  9. Ulysses
  10. The Sound and the Fury
  11. Gone With the Wind
  12. Democracy in America
  13. Lord of the Flies
  14. In Cold Blood
  15. The Golden Notebook
  16. The Second World War
  17. Eminent Victorians
  18. Remembrance of Things Past
  19. The Big Sleep
  20. The Sun Also Rises
  21. On the Origin of Species
  22. I, Claudius
  23. The Hear is a Lonely Hunter
  24. Rabbit, Run
  25. The Day of the Locust
  26. Brideshead Revisited
  27. Tropic of Cancer
  28. Death Comes for the Arch Bishop
  29. The Education of Henry Adams
  30. The Maltese Falcon
  31. His Dark Materials
  32. The Interpretation of Dreams
  33. Quotations from Chairman Mao
  34. The Varieties of Religious Experience
  35. Silent Spring
  36. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
  37. Lord Jim
  38. Goodbye to All That
  39. The Affluent Society
  40. The Age of Innocence
  41. Portnoy’s Complaint
  42. An American Tragedy
  43. The Histories
  44. Leaves of Grass
  45. Kim
  46. The Social Contract
  47. Das Kapital
  48. The Prince
  49. Confessions
  50. Leviathan
  51. Lord of the Rings
  52. The Holy Bible
  53. Light in August
  54. The Souls of Black Folk
  55. All the King’s Men
  56. Go Tell it on the Mountain 
  57. Night
  58. Wide Sargasso Sea
  59. Madame Bovary
  60. Anna Karenina
  61. Paradise Lost?
  62. A Cloclwork Orange?
  63. Gulliver’s Travels?
  64. Winnie the Pooh?
  65. A Passage to India?
  66. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?
  67. For Whom the Bell Tolls?
  68. Sons and Lovers?
  69. King Lear?
  70. Othello?
  71. Sonnets?
  72. The Wind in the Willows?
  73. The Autobiography of Malcom x?

One Response to “100 Best Books”

  1. Chrystal November 20, 2011 at 2:29 am #

    Are you sure you didn’t read Canterbury in high school? It’s pretty standard.

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