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In 2005, Time magazine picked the 100 best English-language novels (1923-present). Mark the selections you have read in bold. If you liked it, add a star (*) in front of the title, if you didn’t, give it a minus (-). [I’ve added, if you feel totally indifferent or just can’t remember, mark it with a question mark (?).] Then, put the total number of books you’ve read in the subject line.

The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
American Pastoral – Philip Roth
An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
* Animal Farm – George Orwell
Appointment in Samarra – John O’Hara
? Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume
The Assistant – Bernard Malamud
At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien
Atonement – Ian McEwan
– Beloved – Toni Morrison
The Berlin Stories – Christopher Isherwood
* The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
– Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder
Call It Sleep – Henry Roth
* Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
* The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
* A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
The Confessions of Nat Turner – William Styron
The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
? The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell
The Day of the Locust – Nathanael West
Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather
A Death in the Family – James Agee
The Death of the Heart – Elizabeth Bowen
Deliverance – James Dickey
Dog Soldiers – Robert Stone
Falconer – John Cheever
* The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
* The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
* The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
Herzog – Saul Bellow
Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
A House for Mr. Biswas – V.S. Naipaul
* I, Claudius – Robert Graves
? Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
Light in August – William Faulkner
* The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
* Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
* Lord of the Flies – William Golding
* The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Loving – Henry Green
Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
The Man Who Loved Children – Christina Stead
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Money – Martin Amis
The Moviegoer – Walker Percy
? Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
?!? Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
Native Son – Richard Wright
* Neuromancer – William Gibson
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
* 1984 – George Orwell
? On the Road – Jack Kerouac
* One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
The Painted Bird – Jerzy Kosinski
Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
Play It As It Lays – Joan Didion
Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
* Possession – A.S. Byatt
The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
– Rabbit, Run – John Updike
Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
The Recognitions – William Gaddis
* Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
The Sheltering Sky – Paul Bowles
* Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
* Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
The Sot-Weed Factor – John Barth
* The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
The Sportswriter – Richard Ford
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – John le Carré
? The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
? Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
* To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
* Ubik – Philip K. Dick
Under the Net – Iris Murdoch
Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
* Watchmen – Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
White Noise – Don DeLillo
White Teeth – Zadie Smith
Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

(Via ***Dave)


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  1. ***Dave Hill

    Well, color me impressed. 🙂

  2. DeAnna

    You know, I was thinking about it. Most of these books that I didn’t read during the course of my English major were read while I was too broke to buy new books. When you pick up books at Goodwill in college towns…

  3. Boulder Dude

    ….you end up with the Lit departments reading list. 🙂

    Wow…you have read books and authors I have never heard of.

    Very impressive indeed.

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