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My name is Robert Bruce, and I’m a 37-year-old full-time writer and former English major who loves to read. I currently live in Nashville, Tennessee.

I’m going to read all 100 of Time Magazine‘s greatest English-speaking novels since 1923 (plus Ulysses). I don’t know how long it will take. After all, I’m married, I have 2 little boys, and I like to train for marathons. But hopefully I’ll get through this list before my eyesight goes bad and the interwebs stop working.

Join me in the fun.If you want to know a little more about me, read Behind The Curtain of 101 Books.

Guest post appearances on other blogs:

Michael Hyatt’s Blog: (5 Ways To Make More Time To Read)

Jane Friedman’s Writers Digest blog: (5 Things The Great Books Taught Me About Writing)

Book Riot: (15 Rejected Marketing Blurbs From Famous Novels and 10 Things (Possibly) More Boring Than Mrs. Dalloway )

Jeff Goins’ blog: (Why Nonfiction Won’t Cut It For Your Creativity)

Outkick The Coverage: (15 Types Of College Football Status Updates on Facebook)

Chris Locurto’s Blog: (Of Mushrooms and Honest Leaders)

To find out more about this quest, read how it all got started. Send all your hate mail to and/or follow me on Twitter: @robertbruce76.

*PLEASE NOTE: Since I’m currently reading through the Time list, I will not be reviewing any novels that don’t appear on the list. 

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  1. Jen #

    I’m completely intrigued! My husband and I have started building our library of books we feel we must own and it’s taken us both to a place where we’re reading some of what we consider to be classics either again or for the first time. I think I need to plug into your blog more as we’re doing this (though several of ours are not from 1923 forward). So many of my favorites are on your list…with my all time favorite of To Kill a Mockingbird.

    February 4, 2011
    • Thanks Jen.

      I’ve only read 7 (almost 8 ) so far, but To Kill A Mockingbird is at the top of my list. I love the idea of building a library. I’m doing that as well with these books. That’s why I’m buying them and not getting them from a library or anything. I’ll definitely fill up a bookshelf with all of them and can look back on this whole experience one day.

      February 4, 2011
    • Dont forget to get to kill a naked bird………..great read

      June 4, 2014
  2. This is SO cool! The project seems to interesting and just awesome :) Good luck with the project :) Im inspired to do something like this too now :)

    February 4, 2011
    • Go for it.

      It’s been fun. My key is not trying to put a time limit on myself. Just read when I can. It’s more fun that way without the pressure of a deadline.

      February 4, 2011
  3. What a great project! I have always wanted to read all of the books on this list. Perhaps I will! I’m adding your blog to my Google Reader. Happy reading!

    February 4, 2011
  4. Thanks for the Google Reader add!

    February 4, 2011
  5. If only you could read while running and changing diapers. Kudos to you for such an ambitious project. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    February 4, 2011
    • Haha. That’s the truth. Thanks for checking out my blog.

      February 5, 2011
  6. What a great project! Keep it up- I think you will inspire many people, especially the majority of us who balance family, work, and leisure time not-so-perfectly. ;)

    February 4, 2011
    • Very cool. I think you’ve got to do more than change diapers and go to work or you’ll drive yourself crazy. For me, this is a great outlet, even if I can only get in 30 minutes a day to read.

      February 5, 2011
      • True. Quality, not quantity. I’m glad you’re not racing through. Sometimes I have to lecture myself in order to slow down and enjoy a book.

        February 5, 2011
  7. Robert, your project is quite inspiring.

    February 4, 2011
    • Thanks much. And thanks for stopping by.

      February 5, 2011
  8. This is such a cool idea! I’m thinking I will have to take on the challenge eventually. Good luck! :) I look forward to hearing more about it.

    February 5, 2011
  9. Hi Robert – I’ve just started a blog along similar lines ( and hadn’t realised that this idea was already out there. Really interesting to see how you’ve approached it and how you’ve found the experience so far. I’ve taken on a smaller challenge – only forty books, and all non-fiction rather than novels – but I’ll look forward to seeing your progress and have taken some inspiration from what you’ve done so far. Good luck & happy reading! Chris

    February 6, 2011
  10. 3limes #

    I am a teacher and I am putting the list on my wall! Good luck. It’s a great project and I especially wish you luck with the books you don’t really want to read. That is always tough.

    February 7, 2011
    • Yep, there are a few books like that on the list…and a lot that I probably don’t even know that I don’t like yet.

      Thanks for checking out my blog.

      February 8, 2011
  11. heartwriter #

    This is a great goal…enjoy the journey!

    March 15, 2011
  12. I saw you on FP today and really enjoyed Franzen’s tips on writing. I love the theme of your blog and hope to continue following you and possibly finding the time to read some of the books on your list. I think reading is one of the greatest inspirations for writing well!

    March 15, 2011
    • I agree. I’m a nonfiction writer, but I get really inspired by fiction. Thanks for stopping by.

      March 15, 2011
  13. Neat idea focusing on these books for your blog. I’m focusing on book reviews for my blog as well, but instead of going through any list of books I’m just focusing on the books that I enjoy reading anyway. Maybe I’ll end up looking through some of your reviews and consider the books you’re reading as well. Good luck with the reading.

    March 15, 2011
  14. pinoyleonardo #

    I like your love for books and training for marathon and having a baby :) I could relate to all three. However, my list of books read in recent years are management and psychology related. Good luck to your goal of 100 books…

    March 16, 2011
  15. I am so glad to have found someone who had sort of the same idea as I had. Granted, I have no children, so reading the books on my list will be A LOT easier for me, but still fun.
    I’ve gotten a lot of tips just from reading the way your blog is set up, so I hope you dont take offense if I change a few things on my blog, in sort of the same way you have it.
    I simply like the way that you answer the same questions for each book you read. Such as: opening line, highlights, lowlights, the meaning and etc. I think it breaks up the review and makes it more interesting to read.
    Thanks, and I’m looking forward to reading more of you blogs. :)


    March 18, 2011
  16. Vanja #


    March 19, 2011
  17. novelreading #

    Hi Robert,
    I came across your blog this morning and have just spent half an hour reading different sections. It’s always good to find other lovers of good fiction! I also have a WordPress blog about reading fiction (, and although I am not specifically intending to read everything on the TIME top 100 list, I do reference it from time to time as a way of getting myself to read new authors.
    Keep reading!

    March 29, 2011
    • Very cool. Thanks for checking out my blog, Tom. I’ll be sure to return the favor!

      March 30, 2011
  18. Rachel #

    I just clicked on a link to this website from Jon Acuff’s site. I’m so exciting about this!

    I am also 34, and also a runner. (I’m training for my first marathon, and just hurt myself three weeks away from the Big Day. Boooooo) You’ve already won some points in my book just by being as crazy as my friends and I.

    April 9, 2011
    • Rachel #

      *I mean I’m so excitED about this.*

      But at times I can be a pretty exciting person too.

      April 9, 2011
    • Awesome. Acuff’s blog readers are welcome here anytime!

      Oh, and I need to update my bio…I’m 35 now. Getting old! But still running. Hope you bounce back in time for your marathon. I ran my first full back in December. It was tough but totally worth it.

      April 9, 2011
  19. wow – awesome project to take on! I made a goal last year to read all of Jane Austen’s novels in a year…. I’m still on the first one. Despite the fact that I have my degree, I still feel like I’m a failing English major for being so lazy at trying to at least finish reading them, if not in a year. Maybe you have the right idea just making a goal to read them no matter how long it takes. I’ll definitely be following you to find out.

    April 11, 2011
    • Thanks for following. And good luck with your Jane Austen project. Keep at it and don’t worry about timetables. I think setting a time limit just makes you rush and not really enjoy the books, at least that’s why I didn’t set one.

      April 12, 2011
  20. I simply have to ask: how in the world do you find time to read so much? My library seems to be growing in an inverse ratio to the time available to me for… actually everything. Yet I still only manage to read short books and I am getting frighteningly good at reading… (hear the drums and the violins going frantic and shrill?) …glossy magazines. Beyond pathetic. At my current pace it would take me approximately 29876 years to cover all hundred volumes. That´s what kids do to you, Robert:) Keep reading! Hamster it! Don´t give up without a fight:)

    May 3, 2011
    • Thanks for the encouragement!

      As far as finding time to read, I just have to be intentional. I read at lunch and then about an hour at night before I go to bed, after my son and wife are asleep. Check out my post on this topic:

      May 4, 2011
      • Your every entry here is a pleasure to read. As I said: carry on! I will try to keep up with my biography of Samuel Pepys, The Imperfectionists, another biography but this time of Tallulah Bankhead and the latest from E.L. Doctorow, Homer and Langley (almost done here). Goodness, there are so many wonderful books to read and so few lunch breaks:)

        May 4, 2011
  21. What a cool idea you have, both your undertaking and this blog. Glad I stumbled upon it/you.

    May 25, 2011
  22. I am so glad to have found someone who had sort of the same idea as I had. Granted, I have no children, so reading the books on my list will be A LOT easier for me, but still fun.I’ve gotten a lot of tips just from reading the way your blog is set up, so I hope you dont take offense if I change a few things on my blog, in sort of the same way you have it.I simply like the way that you answer the same questions for each book you read. Such as: opening line, highlights, lowlights, the meaning and etc. I think it breaks up the review and makes it more interesting to read.Thanks, and I’m looking forward to reading more of you blogs.

    May 28, 2011
  23. I think this is such a brilliant idea and look forward to following your progress. I’m glad I stumbled upon this blog!

    August 29, 2011
  24. Wish you all the best on this project Robert! It’s such a great challenge…..I’m still trying to read the books I’ve accumulated over the years….:( You’ve inspired me to complete this dream!

    October 5, 2011
    • Awesome. Go for it!

      October 5, 2011
  25. This is intriguing, and I will keep returning to monitor your progress – best of luck. I have read 15 of your 101, and have another 10 on my shelves awaiting their turn…

    October 7, 2011
  26. I’ll be following your progress. I’ve been (slowly) working on the “1001 Books to Read Before you Die” and I’m sure many of these overlap. Look forward to reading more!

    October 7, 2011
  27. i love reading but get confused on which one to pick i think your blog will help me to pick up my taste Keep sharing .. at least will know what to pick up from library

    October 8, 2011
  28. The most sensible challenge I have seen so far :) Your blog has inspired me to take up reading those 101 books too. Hopefully I can do it :)

    October 8, 2011
  29. Maja #

    hah! Compliments on such an ambitious endeavor!

    October 8, 2011
  30. As a bookworm, I am challenged with your endeavors! awesome! I hope you would be able to make it and yeah, would keep sharing your musings :)

    I would visit once in a while for gleanings :) Keep it up!

    October 9, 2011
  31. Well done you Robert! I’ve got something similar going on. Far less ambitious, but completely enjoyable – reading and blogging about children’s books!

    Cheers to reading! Good luck on your next novel!

    October 9, 2011
  32. Nick #

    Book blogging! The concept has never even occurred to me.. I love it!

    I can tell you that yours is the first blog I’ve come across that I’ve felt compelled to read dated entries.

    October 9, 2011
  33. Luke #

    Awesome blog Robert…
    I’m addicted to reading and writing much like you are.
    I chose the Modern Library Top 100 Books as my marathon,
    working through those books one or two at a time has been a chore.
    I’m sure there are some books that appear on both of our lists,
    I can’t wait to see more of your reviews.

    October 10, 2011
  34. Robert, I like this. Just a quick question – why did you title your site “101 Books” when you’re reading 100 (or did I just miss that explanation somewhere on your site)? I’m also guessing that you may have been creative to make it titled like a class?

    October 10, 2011
    • It’s in the small print of the header. Ulysses is book 101. I explain it more in my first post. Thanks for visiting the blog!

      October 10, 2011
  35. Hi Robert :) I’ve really been enjoying reading your posts, so I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can find my post linking back to your blog here

    October 10, 2011
    • Thanks Michelle! I really appreciate it.

      October 13, 2011
  36. Jaresa Shasteen #

    I love this idea! I would someday like to read all those books as well, but we’ll see if that happens. Either way I love reading and I’ll be following your blog :)


    October 18, 2011
    • reese #

      Hi, I am sorry to bother you, but could you please delete the comment by Jaresa Shasteen, and this reply to it? I am trying to get my full name off of search engines as much as possible and I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much!

      June 30, 2013
  37. dee #

    wow this is awesome! i’m so glad i stumbled upon your blog. i’m always looking for inspirational ones that focus more on books… nobody reads anymore. anyway i love it! great job so far and i look forward to following your list and reviews :)

    October 24, 2011
  38. This is a fantastic idea. In the past I’ve gone on book benders where I’ll read an average of a book a day for a couple weeks but I was feeling unsatisfied. I realized I was reading quantity but not quality. I would liken some of the books I was reading to reality TV. Yes, they were fun. Yes, they provided an escape but they weren’t stimulating me mentally. I decided that I would read more books that made me think but I’ve had some trouble getting into the swing of this plan. I think your blog is a fantastic method of accomplishing what was sitting vaguely in my mind.

    October 25, 2011
  39. I really like your idea for this blog and so I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope you’ll accept it in the spirit it’s given and be happy since that’s my intention with it. :-) See my post about it here:
    Thanks, Christina

    October 27, 2011
    • Thanks Christina! I appreciate the award!

      October 28, 2011
  40. Siuon #

    I got to know your blog from Michael Hyatt’s blog. I am a non-native English speaker from Hong Kong who love reading. I am impressed by your commitment and determination, especially after reading your insightful review. Keep it up!

    November 14, 2011
  41. Sounds like a great idea! Are “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “A Separate Peace” on that list?

    December 4, 2011
  42. Love the idea. I’ll be reading some of the books on the list this year.

    January 6, 2012
  43. I know you’r e busy, what with the baby, and the 101. but I have to seriously remind you that ‘Freefall’ by William Golding HAS to be on your list. This is not a request, it is a simple instruction. Very politely. You won’t regret it , I know it. Please, check it out.

    January 30, 2012
  44. caelincharge #

    Great idea. I’ll definitely stay tuned. I read your reviews of Graham Greene and John le Carré….I’m a big fan of Greene, having read “Ministry of Fear” (which spawned a paper that was accepted by the PCA/ACA Conference) in the last year of my undergraduate degree, and — only recently — “Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy.” It was great to get your take on these two authors, in particular. Can’t wait to read what else you have to say on some of the great classics. And what an accomplishment when you finish!! Happy reading!!

    February 21, 2012
  45. Just a note to let you know your blog made my Top Five for 2012. Blog post at Keep up the great work! ~Marissa

    February 27, 2012
    • Thanks Marissa. That’s a huge compliment! I really appreciate it.

      February 27, 2012
  46. I love this idea. I’ve just started a blog myselft, I’m rereading all the books I currently own, before I buy any new ones. I don’t have any kids nor do I train for marathons (pretty impressive by the way), but I’m estimating it will take 3 years to complete my goal.

    I’d love any tips you have to make my blog better, I only have three postings so far. Its: I know, I should probably change the name :).

    February 28, 2012
  47. Simon #

    Such a great website. I came across this a I am also trying to read the 100 greatest works of non-fiction, although I am combining the Time and Guardian lists. Have just finished Kesey’s Cuckoo’s Nest – I find your reviews refreshing, literate and very interesting.

    I admit I couldn’t read Lolita. It was too much and so after 25 pages it sits on a pile awaiting bravery.

    War & Peace was everything I thought it would be, and a materpiece that sits atop my list. I am now reading Dicken’s Great Expectations for a change of pace.

    I look forward to more of your reviews and again, a great site.

    March 24, 2012
    • Thanks for the compliments, Simon, and welcome!

      Loved Kesey. But definitely struggled with Nabokov and Lolita. Hope I’ll like Pale Fire better.

      Look forward to hear more from you! Thanks again.

      March 25, 2012
  48. Hi,

    I just started reading The Blind Assassin and wanted to read some reviews since I thought this book is slow and confusing at the beginning. That’s how I came across your blog and I am hooked. After reading your reviews I have added many books to my TBR list. :)


    April 8, 2012
    • Awesome. Glad you are enjoying the blog. The Blind Assassin is a great book. I think you’ll enjoy it.

      April 9, 2012
  49. I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. It seems to be the equivalent of a chain letter for blogging, but it seemed fun. You can see details here:
    You probably don’t need this “award” but you definitely deserve it. I’m enjoying your blog so much!

    April 10, 2012
    • Thanks Emily! I really appreciate how you always participate in the discussion. Thanks for reading!

      April 10, 2012
  50. Hannah #

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.
    You can read about what you need to do here: and get a copy of the Award picture ( to place on your blog.

    Please note, the award is completely optional and you do not have to accept.

    April 25, 2012
    • Thanks Hannah! Sorry for the late response, but I really appreciate it.

      July 23, 2012
  51. Hey! I nominated you for the Booker Award. I love the challenge you have set for yourself with this blog, and you deserve many rewards. Check out your nomination at

    July 22, 2012
    • Thanks Amy. Honored!

      July 23, 2012
  52. I’m one of your followers =)
    There’s this “One Lovely Blog” award thing, and I’ve chose your blog as one of my nominees! Check it out here:

    July 26, 2012
  53. Really Nice Blog. Great Challenge you have set yourself. I wish I had the time do to this.
    Best wishes.


    July 29, 2012
  54. Fay #

    I stumbled across your blog (probably because it has a lot in common with my blog :P) and I’m really enjoying it! Good luck with everything

    August 9, 2012
  55. Discovered your blog recently and think it’s great that you’re sharing your journey. What an incredible resource this is, especially when trying to pick another good read. Thanks!

    August 16, 2012
  56. I actually tried doing this a year ago…and failed drastically because I didn’t make it past half of Ulysses…Perhaps I should have started it backwards! But I had read at least 8 out of 101 so I thought how tough could it be right? I was so wrong, so all the best on your quest…I am very excited to read your blog and have a if not a first hand then a second hand experience of reading that awesome list….

    August 19, 2012
  57. I’m a fan of anyone who commits to reading from a list. Enjoy the mental journey: )

    September 9, 2012
  58. I have been really enjoying your posts re Ellison and admire your goal to read such a diverse list of books. Best of luck with that. It can only make you an even better writer than you already are.

    October 16, 2012
    • Robert #

      Thank you for the kind words. And thanks for taking the time to read!

      October 16, 2012
  59. kirkykoo79 #

    Hi, just popped in to let you know that I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award for “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. See if you’d like to accept. If not, you have a nice mention on my blog anyway!

    November 23, 2012
  60. Good luck with your goal, Robert! I know how wonderful and enjoyable this feat will be for you considering the amount of words you’ll soak up from one book to another. I’m in the process of reading John Grisham’s entire catalog. Yes, I’m a crazy dude too! Enjoy!

    February 14, 2013
  61. I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

    The rules of this award are here:

    February 19, 2013
  62. I’m really enjoying reading your reviews; I agree with a lot of what you say.
    When I was in school I used to create reading lists to ply through and loved it. More difficult now to find the time but your blog has inspired me to reconsider… some books on that list I probably should have read already!
    Well done you for an interesting and well structured blog.

    February 22, 2013
  63. Just wanted you to know I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I really enjoy your site. Happy writing!

    February 26, 2013
  64. Hi there! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!
    You can check it out along with more info here:

    February 27, 2013
  65. Hi Robert! Any relation to Robert the Bruce, King of Scots? Sorry, had to ask. I’m sure you hear that alot.

    I was excited to see your blog because I started a similar quest about a year ago but I used the list published by the Modern Library. I cross-referenced the Time Magazine list and there are some really good ones missing from mine. “To Kill a Mockingbird” didn’t make the ML list. Really? So I’m adding the missing ones to mine.

    Have you tried audio books? Since you’re a marathoner you could really make a dent in that list while training. Just a thought, audio books aren’t for everyone.

    I look forward to reading your reviews and best of luck with your quest!

    March 14, 2013
  66. Congratulations! I have awarded you with the Best Moment Award!

    March 21, 2013
  67. lahacienda #

    Hi Robert, I love reading myself and have nominated you for the sunshine award.

    April 3, 2013
  68. How do you feel about the movie, “Love Story” — Did it make you laugh or cry? and Do you remember consoling a poor young woman who couldn’t keep herself together after the Crimson Key Society sponsored a screening of this movie, making fun of it throughout? Just wondering if you do. Because I do and I will always be grateful for it.

    April 7, 2013
  69. To Kill a Mockingbird… Time for me to go back and read that. It’s been years! I’ve been trying to make reading a priority in my own life. It’s hard, but worth it! Good for you!

    April 8, 2013
  70. I’m visiting your blog for the first time and I’m hooked!

    April 14, 2013
  71. I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award. Thanks for all the great Hemingway reviews!

    April 17, 2013
  72. I read the article on Time and my goal was to read them all during my lifetime, if I could, but I thought that was crazy… and I’m only twenty one hahaha I wish you the best of luck and hopefully I’ll be right behind you!

    April 17, 2013
  73. Hey, Robert –
    I just wanted to say “Thanks!” I read “The Great Gatsby” in High School (MANY years ago) and also “A Farewell to Arms”. I was unimpressed by both Fitzgerald and Hemingway. After reading your blog, I decided to give both another chance. I recently finished “Gatsby” and started “The Sun Also Rises”. Wow. “Gatsby” just blew me away. I don’t know how I could have been so wrong about it, except to say I was young and inexperienced. I’m not very far into the Hemingway, but I can see that I’m going to have to revise my opinion there also. So, thanks for helping me decide to take another look at these.

    I also wanted to say something about your position on science fiction. I’d like to direct your attention to an essay by the Polish writer Stanislaw Lem called “Science Fiction, a Hopeless Case: With Exceptions. It’s one of the best analyses of the subject I’ve read. Lem is someone who’s work you should check out, as well as Philip K. DIck (one of the exceptions he mentions in his essay).

    Thanks again.

    April 25, 2013
  74. I love what you’re doing here. I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    April 26, 2013
  75. leafstrewngirl #

    Great blog. I have nominated you.

    May 6, 2013

    May 10, 2013
  77. Saw this and I thought this might be of interest to you:

    May 13, 2013
  78. Lovely blog – and on a topic close to my heart – I read and blog about books too. Look forwarding to following your progress!

    May 14, 2013
  79. Hello! I’m a bookworm and I love your project.
    I’ve just nominated you for the Best Moment Award because I really like your blog. I hope you don’t mind.
    If you wish to get more information, please go to:
    I’ll stay tuned anyway!

    May 14, 2013
  80. “Plus Ulysses”

    I’m surprised that’s not on the list. But you chose very, very aptly.

    I look forward to spending some free time reading through your awesomeness, Robert Bruce. Both here and beyond. :)

    June 1, 2013
  81. I love this idea! I’m stoked I found you. It inspires me to keep reading the books I have lying about my house, which has become too many to fit into two bookcases. You’re a real inspiration. Keep reading!

    June 9, 2013
  82. Hello!
    I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I love your posts, and I hope you will accept this gesture from my end. My follow-up post is
    Have a lovely rest of your day!

    June 12, 2013
  83. What an awesome adventure to go on and write about! I’m looking forward to following your journey as I head on a similar book reading adventure myself. :)

    June 12, 2013
  84. give inspirations for me..nice to know about you.. I am from Indonesia..

    June 13, 2013
  85. Chris Mills #

    Hi, just discovered your blog. You seem to be making great inroads into your reading challenge! I’m at present reading my way around my landing bookshelves but maybe, if I ever finish that challenge I might have a go at your list…All the best.

    June 17, 2013
  86. This idea is awesome! I’m somewhat new to the whole blogging deal, but your blog is something like what I had in mind, sans book list. I’d appreciate any feedback you’d provide for it. I look forward to picking through your post. Oh! And you’re in for a treat when you get to Their Eyes Were Watching God. Truly a moving book.

    June 18, 2013
  87. Hi I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I’ve recently made my first blog and reviewed Dan Brown’s Inferno. Could you give it a quick look. I would be very grateful. Thanks.

    June 22, 2013
  88. Hellooooo Tennessee! Knoxville here…well, about 20 minutes south down I-75 anyway. :) So happy to have stumbled across your blog. I will be returning.


    June 23, 2013
  89. How is it I’m just discovering this blog now?! I love it. When the Modern Library list came out in 2000 (I think) I made a similar plan. This is totally the bucket list for book people. Our Mt. Everest, because y’know, actually climbing Mt. Everest seems hard. I have to compare the two lists to see where they crossover. To Kill a Mockingbird is on both I think. A definite favorite of mine. One of the first books read that made me a reader. Very exciting. And I see you started this on August 30, 2010 which is the day my daughter was born and I thought, will I ever read again? Having a challenge/goal helps! I will be following you.

    July 19, 2013
  90. J.A. Ireland #

    Great blog! I love it! May good fortune guide your path… J. A. Ireland Sesla’s Enchanted Tales

    July 21, 2013
  91. disgruntledgal #

    I love this idea! I think I am going to have to try this. I was recently talking to a friend about reading books that I read during childhood all over again. I have read a few of the books on the list. I think reading them in an adult perspective would be interesting. To comment on other aspects of your blog, I just moved to TN. I am about 40 minutes from Nashville. What a neat city! I’ve been all over the states with the military. I can definitely say Nashville is very different from anywhere else I’ve been. I also have to comment on your name. My scottish roots are chiming in on this one! Robert Bruce? You do realize how cool that is right? Please just tell me you know why I think that name is so cool. :) Anyways, great blog!

    July 23, 2013
  92. Hey Robert… How you doing? Which is your favorite book till now?

    I am enjoying your post 20 questions right now and I am thinking just how interesting is this going to be?? I am looking forward to answering it and linking back to your post… :)

    All the best with your goal ^^ Ulysses is pretty long, so I’ve heard…

    July 28, 2013
  93. Hi, Robert!

    I am a fellow writer/author, and though my book is not part of the 101 NY Times List, I wonder if you’d be interested in reading it? And, maybe reviewing it? I just published my memoir Must • Girls • Love, on Amazon Kindle, though it has been in print, selling via word of mouth, since 2009. The book centers around my sister’s suicide in 2007 and speaks about a family’s grief and deep love for one another. I hope to hear back from you! Thanks.

    August 7, 2013
  94. Great challenge you’ve set yourself Robert. It will be interesting to see if you pick up on something of Time Magazine’s taste of ideology on the way. Choosing the top 100 of anything is always politically loaded. Would a French magazine or Chinese magazine have any books in their top 100 that would overlap, and why? Do you think Time Magazine have a particular axe to grind…? (PS apologies if I’ve already missed discussions on this, just started following).

    September 15, 2013
  95. Very nice.

    September 24, 2013
  96. You might certainly visit your skills in the do the job you’re. The whole world hopes for extra passionate freelancers such as you who seem to aren’t worried to bring up that they think. Continually abide by your current coronary heart.

    October 18, 2013
  97. salvatoreodyssey #

    I wanted to thank you so much for this site. I have been keeping up with this blog for about a year now, and I absolutely love it (sorry for the cliche). I have grown to love this blog so much it has inspired me to create my own. I started building the general framework for it today, and cant wait to get it running. As soon as it is operational, I will ensure that you are the first to find out. You truly are the inspiration behind me creating my own blog. Thank you.

    October 20, 2013
    • salvatoreodyssey #

      As promised I have returned to let you know my blog is up! And again thank you for this blog, and the inspiration. I wont be promoting it here but I wanted to let you know. I am heading over to the YOUR BLOG page on your site now. ( which I also totally copied off you for my blog, hope you don’t mind.)

      October 21, 2013
      • Awesome, Salvatore! What will you be blogging about?

        October 21, 2013
        • salvatoreodyssey #

          My blog is titled Salvatore Odyssey “a journey through the works of R.A. Salvatore”. He is a Fantasy writer, and I plan to read all his books. But it is going to be more of an experience journal, rather then like a book review. As if I was the in the story with the characters. I’m pretty excited about it.

          October 22, 2013
  98. narges #

    dear Robert,,
    i’m terribly in search of a novel with the same content of A passage to india, by E.M Forster,
    would u pls kindly introduce me some novels which show indian society in the same way as a passage to india?
    i mean shiw the effect of imperial British in indian society and peoplr, or show the state of third world women…
    many thnks

    November 2, 2013
  99. I believe it took me 101 attempts to complete Ulysses…but I did complete the New York marathon on Sunday! Good to meet you. Looks like I am going to have to plan some back to back reading sessions to catch up with all you’ve been doing here!

    November 5, 2013
  100. Hi there, I’m really enjoying reading your blog – I’ve only recently discovered it, but I think it’s brilliant! I was wondering if maybe I could write a guest post at some point?

    December 8, 2013
  101. Hi Robert, love the blog. Given you have so many avid readers as followers, do you have any interest in trying our new iPad app the Floating Book? For those readers who get nauseas when trying to read in the car or on the train, the Floating Book uses new motion sickness prevention techniques to let you read your favorite books when traveling without getting sick. All those wasted hours staring at the window while commuting or on long car rides can now be the perfect time for reading.

    December 16, 2013
  102. I have a lot of the great classics, but sadly have not read them. I need to mix them in with what I do like to read. I think I shy away from how many pages they are.

    Great job to you!

    January 8, 2014
  103. Hi, just a friendly note to let you know that I’m still following your blog.

    i will be delighted if you are able to take time out to follow my blog as well. I have noted that you have quite a list of contributors and would be interested to know whether or not you will accept a guest post from me on the occasion.

    …while we may not always meet & greet, you’ll know that time is always pressing, but its well worth the wait (and the visit)….

    MARK – Mark Whelan Writes – MOVIE MARKS

    January 14, 2014
  104. Aldenfalk #

    Nice page :)

    January 19, 2014
  105. Hello! just stumbled across your page, I have also started on this list myself, and aim to finish it by the time I am 25 (I’m 19 and have read a fair few already!)
    I shall follow and read your reviews with interest. :)

    p.s. I agree Gatsby is spectacular, my #1 atm…

    January 20, 2014
  106. I came across your blog this evening while the snow was pouring down from the sky in my country. Still is. Very beautiful. Anyway, your project inspired me. I love to read. I’ve been reading books since I was little. But about two years ago I somehow lost the spark and I’ve been trying to find it ever since. This project is brilliant and I think I’m going to attempt something like it. And very likely blog about it as well. Yes, starting tonight. Thank you :)

    January 22, 2014
  107. Vee #

    I just found your blog and it’s awesome. I look forward to reading more from you in the future. Best wishes!

    February 4, 2014
  108. Good evening, my name is Lysious and I am a new writer on the block. I just released a new book, and wanted to know if you would like to review it.

    February 6, 2014
  109. Hey i just started a book blog, I was wondering if you could give me some tips on how to start it. Thanks!

    February 21, 2014
  110. Tonya #

    So thankful for the book club my mom signed me up for as a kid. Pippy Long Stocking was my favorite series among many others. In Jr. high I taken awaywith the stories in the Red Badge of Courage and The Diary of Anne Frank. I must admit that I remember reading E. Allen. Poe and I recall that he was dark but I can’t remember any of it. Struggled to read again as an adult but I will not give up. Happy reading.

    February 21, 2014
  111. Delilah #

    Robert, I just thought I’d stop by to say I love your blog.

    March 7, 2014
    • Thanks!

      March 18, 2014
  112. Robert, I absolutely love the concept of this blog! I’ve loved reading your posts and have nominated you for my Field of Flowers Award. See . Congratulations!

    March 18, 2014
    • Thank you!

      March 18, 2014
  113. Combine running and reading. Get audio books from the library and put them on your ipod. Good luck.

    March 28, 2014
  114. What a great project to be taking on. I’ll be sure to read your thoughts on the books. Good luck!

    April 4, 2014
  115. Don’t know whether you have tackled the subject of graphic novels or not, and their comparison to textual novels. But I think it would make a great subject for a blog post. I work in a library and have seen the rising popularity of the type of media. Someone I used to work with said there had been studies, showing that it increases the perusers (i’m not using the word readers) of graphic novels and comic books as readers. From my experience, and I have worked in libraries for over 20 years, I have come to the conclusion that graphic literature will make the person sophisticated on a visual level but not on a verbal or literary level. The majority of the perusers of this literature do not go on to reading textual novels. I state this as someone coming into contact with people who consume graphic novels and comic books.

    April 17, 2014
  116. Very nice blog, Robert!

    Peace ~ Bear

    April 22, 2014
  117. Love that you have this goal. We love reading as well and will have to check out this list of 100 and see how may have read already. Then will read look for your reviews of any that we haven’t read to see if its worth our while :-)
    Happy reading :-)

    April 25, 2014
  118. Hi

    My name is Simon Duringer, the admin for Book Lovers (17,500 members), the man behind Simons 10Q Interviews (280,000 page hits in 6 months) and the self published author of Stray Bullet and How Do I win on a Lottery, both of which have hit the Top #10 in genre on both sides of the Atlantic, often simultaneously….

    Your blog is great!!

    I am currently working on 2 big projects which will require bloggers to be involved in ‘MEGA’ tours, not only in quantity of sites visited but the personal messages to bloggers visitors and different forms of media input that may include video interviews personalised to participants brands.

    Both projects are on behalf of celebrities, one indirectly and one directly.

    I am now searching for participant bloggers for these tours. We will supply content in terms of unique interviews per blog and potentially branded for you.

    The genre for the first is multiple (literally covers all genres) and the second is for an auto-biography.

    If interested in this exciting project, please contact me with your blogging details and if you are happy to share, your visitor stats (not essential but will help us establish coverage). Please send an email to me directly at quoting REF: MEGA TOUR in the subject line.

    If you are not interested this time around but feel you may be in the future then please drop me an email anyway and I’ll add you to future notifications.



    May 6, 2014
  119. That’s a tonne of books especially with your other commitments but a commendable goal :)
    Enjoy the reading.

    June 9, 2014
  120. Hey Robert, I really like this goal you’ve set yourself and your blog is great!
    Hope to read more of your posts and some of these books soon!

    June 18, 2014
  121. I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Details here:

    July 2, 2014
  122. Such a great idea for a blog- wouldn’t mind reading some of those books myself. Looking forward to reading more of your blog :D

    July 5, 2014
  123. Bob Berry #

    Would really love to know what the book after LOTR will be. I adore this blog. Thanks to all who participate.

    July 6, 2014
  124. Hey Robert, just spent the last half hour going thru your blog. Its a great site! I hope you’d be interested in collaborating with me – I’m writing an article for my blog which features ‘Must-Read Novels’, and would also like to include a few recommendations from you on the post.

    I’d be happy to return the favour by doing a guest post appearance on your blog, if you like.

    This would be our chance, to promote our writing, open our sites to a wider audience and perhaps bring more passionate readers to our little community here. So, do feel free to suggest as many books, it can be as diverse, and long or short as you want.

    Also, please do share this with other bloggers who may wish to contribute their suggestions

    July 26, 2014

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