Goal #5 Progress

The fifth goal in my 101 things to do in 1001 days project is to read all of the books on the Time Magazine Top 100 Books list. I’ve been working on this list for a little while now, but have fallen by the wayside a little bit in choosing these books when deciding what to read next. I’ve gone through the list and bolded the titles that I’ve already read. I’m going to try to work some of the unread titles into my upcoming reading list so that I can catch up…

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

How many of these books have you read? Any suggestions as to which I should start with first?

12 Thoughts on “Goal #5 Progress

  1. I’ve read:

    Animal Farm by George Orwell
    Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
    Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
    The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
    Atonement by Ian McEwan
    The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
    Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
    A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
    Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
    The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (got bored halfway through the first book and gave it up as a lost cause)
    Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
    Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
    Native Son by Richard Wright
    On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
    Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
    The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
    Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
    Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
    Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
    Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
    White Teeth by Zadie Smith

    I really like Catch 22 and The Great Gatsby, and I like anything by Carson McCullers.

  2. I would consider myself a ‘reader’ but have hardly read any on this list.

    Challenge accepted!

  3. From those, I’ve read:

    Animal Farm by George Orwell
    Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
    Atonement by Ian McEwan
    Beloved by Toni Morrison
    The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
    The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
    The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
    Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    A Death in the Family by James Agee
    The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
    Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
    The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
    Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
    Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    1984 by George Orwell
    On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
    A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
    Possession by A.S. Byatt
    Rabbit, Run by John Updike
    Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
    Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    White Teeth by Zadie Smith
    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

    My top 7 (tried to do 5!) of those would be:
    Beloved by Toni Morrison
    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
    Rabbit, Run by John Updike
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

  4. I should read the rest on that list. There’s so many there that I know the basic plots of so I’ve never read them, or started them and never finished, and I should!

  5. PS My most hated from that list are:

    The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing (Not really hated, but it’s SO COMPLICATED it made me feel very stupid. I feel like I literally had to have been a communist to understand it.)

    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner – I found this IMPOSSIBLE to read, and I’ve got a feeling it was designed that way.

    Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (I just can’t get over how much I hate Rushdie, he’s a jerk).

    Also I’ve only read Animal Farm, Catch 22, A Clockwork Orange, 1984 and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest because I’ve had to for school/uni, I didn’t particularly like them.

    OK I’ll stop talking now 🙂

  6. I’m working on this list myself (amongst about 5 other lists!). I’ve only got 22 of 100. Right now I’m working more on another list, so I’ll have to focus on this list later.

    Way to go with your progress thus far!

  7. Okay I’ve only read 4- and thats including Revolutionary Road, which Im not even finished yet!!

  8. I would also consider myself a reader but have only read about a dozen and there’s plenty on there I’ve never even heard of.

    I’d second the recommendation re Wide Sargasso Sea – it’s based loosely on Jane Eyre.

  9. I consider myself to be pretty well read but Ive only read seven books on this list.

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