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Time Magazine‘s Top 100 English-Speaking Novels Since 1923

*Books in bold indicate already read. Click on the link to read my review.

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  1. Mat #

    Do yourself a favour and add “100 years of solitude” in there!
    As far as i know it was one of the runner ups for the book of the centuary by time magazine. Not that it makes any difference whatsoever becouse all these are probobly someones number one. For me, if i were to crudely judge from the top of my head it was as mentioned “100 years of solitude” and kerouacs “on the road”.
    Have fun. And dont go insane :) Good books sometimes hae that effect on people… definetly me hahaha…

    Peace … love … and nice … fresh … oranges :)

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    February 4, 2011
    • Doug Johnson #

      While I liked “100 years of solitude” this list is the Time Magazine‘s Top 100 English-Speaking Novels Since 1923. “100 Years” is Spanish language…yes, translated, but…

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      May 18, 2011
    • the undeniable anglophile #

      You’re saying exactly what I was going to write here a second later. One Hundred Years Of Solitude may well be the best written novel in the history of novels.

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      March 31, 2013
  2. Watchmen (1986) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

    Read this and you won’t be dissapointed, even if you’ve never read comic books before or even like the genre. I would also recommend ‘From Hell’, which I think is Moore’s magnun opus. ‘Voices of the Fire’ is another good one, which is actually a novel, not a comic.

    (As a side note, please ignore all movie versions of any of Moore’s works)

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    February 13, 2011
  3. What a great idea!! I didn’t know about this list but am happy to follow along with your exploits. Have you never ready ANY of these books or are some re-reads? I’ve read some of these, and some of these I think I read, but am not sure.

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    March 15, 2011
    • P.S. Let me know when you start Ulysses. I have it and would really like to read it but fear it like the devil.

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      March 15, 2011
    • 12 of the books are re-reads. The rest will be completely fresh.

      Glad you like the idea, and glad you’re following along. And, just FYI, I’ll be reading Ulysses last since it wasn’t on the Time list. It was my personal addition. It is intimidating indeed.

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      March 15, 2011
  4. I’ve always been a bookworm and I love love reading! As far back as I can remember, I’ve been going through the booklists in the newspaper and highlighting my favorite ones, writing simple reviews. The entire theme behind your blog has inspired me so much, I’m going to incorporate it into my blog as well. :)I hope you don’t mind! I have my own book list that I’ve been working on, and I’m only a few books through, but now I think I’m going to start reading with even more excitement!

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    March 15, 2011
  5. So, just a word of warning, Naked Lunch is pretty hard to get through. I wish you luck with that one…Brideshead Revisited is a really good one and I also love Hurston. This list is pretty inspiring. As someone who isn’t the most dedicated reader at times, you are definitely giving me the fervor to read again. I’ve got my own list I’m working, but I think I might follow this one too. As another side note, Virginia Woolf has always been difficult for me to get into. I read A Room of One’s Own and it was painful to get through. To each his own though, right? Anyway, definitely enjoying following this process.

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    March 15, 2011
    • Geoffrey #

      Brideshead Revisited is one of the two best books I ever read – along with The Bell by Iris Murdoch.

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      May 15, 2012
  6. codester #

    Just think, after getting through this list you can move onto the Guardian’s List which includes titles before 1923.

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    March 15, 2011
  7. Some of the books on this list are truly great, others have a reputation for being great and others are greatly pretentious.

    I wish you luck, Sir Robert the Brave.

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    March 15, 2011
  8. Ela #

    Is Powell’s ‘A Dance to the Music of Time’ the single novel or all the books in the series?

    I like the conceit of your reading, and wish you luck!

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    March 16, 2011
    • This is a long overdue answer, but it’s the whole series! I’m working through it during this whole year (2012). One book per month.

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      May 15, 2012
  9. Patti #

    My votes are for The Bridge of San Luis Rey, which I read in high school and remember writing a particularly moving book report for and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – I saw the movie years ago and am embarrassed to say I can’t quite remember if I read the book. I think I did, but at a time when my thoughts were all wrapped up in the film’s imagery, so it’s all blended together in my head. Looks like I need to put it on my list.
    And maybe I should start Ulysses (for the 6th time) so that maybe I will actually finish it before you start reviewing it (reading it always makes me feel like someone is slowling spinning my chair in circles).

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    March 17, 2011
  10. Great books, I’m sure, but I wonder why Time only had eye for litterature originally written in English? One of my most fruitfull experiences was reading Alaa al-Aswani’s The Yacoubian Building … I warmly recommend this as your 105th book …

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    March 17, 2011
  11. Amanda Jenner #

    Good luck with this – I am currently reading through the BBC’s top 100 books (and blogging on my way). I may do this list once I’ve finished, although there is some crossover. Good luck with Midnight’s Children, my friend has a theory that no one has actually ever read it, and that people have just started it and found it so difficult that they have decided it must be really amazing!

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    March 20, 2011
    • rubybastille #

      I support your theory! I started it and when the superpowered children hadn’t shown up in nearly 100 pages, I quit. I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one!

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      October 7, 2011
      • I’ve got through about 150 pages of Midnight’s Children but I’m strongly considering throwing it out of the window. Godspeed Robert!

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        November 15, 2012
  12. I can’t wait for you to read Atonement by Ian McEwan. One of my all-time favorites. Even thinking about it now at my desk at work, I’m flooded with total emotion as if I were reading it right now.

    Also, I’m a little disappointed that Bernard Schlink’s The Reader isn’t on the list. You’ve already got quite the list, but you should really take a weekend to read it (it’s short). It’s my number 1 fave.

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    April 11, 2011
  13. I’ve only ever heard of 1/2 of those books.

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    August 1, 2011
    • MK Daley #

      I’m an English major at a notable university and I can agree with you on that. I hope one day soon to get through this list as well.

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      November 16, 2011
  14. My votes are for The Bridge of San Luis Rey, which I read in high school and remember writing a particularly moving book report for and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – I saw the movie years ago and am embarrassed to say I can’t quite remember if I read the book. I think I did, but at a time when my thoughts were all wrapped up in the film’s imagery, so it’s all blended together in my head. Looks like I need to put it on my list.
    And maybe I should start Ulysses (for the 6th time) so that maybe I will actually finish it before you start reviewing it (reading it always makes me feel like someone is slowling spinning my chair in circles).

    +1

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    September 28, 2011
  15. Looking at your list I realised I had read only 17 or so, the last time probably whilst straight out of university. This project is inspiring though not one I would embark on, at least not anytime soon. Good luck on the project and to Ulysses, specifically. The trouble with Joyce is his use of dialect (at least from what I remember of Finnegan’s Wake which, I am not embarrassed to say, I hardly understood).

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    October 8, 2011
  16. I am mightily impressed, I’ve been working my way through the Guardian’s 100 Books You Can’t Live Without (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/mar/01/news) for a couple of years now, no where near to completion as I keep getting distracted by ‘off list’ books. I’ll probably be checking out a few from the list above too now

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    October 8, 2011
  17. Lotus Flower #

    Amazing! I am looking to read books that are complex to prepare for the GRE and this would have been a great way to do it! Good luck to you and I am not subscribing to your page!

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    October 9, 2011
  18. xiaoarma #

    Hello Robert! Quite an inspiring project you have here. I’ve come across Time Magazine’s list before, and i have read a few on the list. Reading all of them has sort of been a pipe dream of mine, for I didn’t think I can actually do it or someone else for that matter. And yet here you are. :) I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. It’s actually been a while since I last finished reading a book (I have a stack of half-read ones), but today my enthusiasm for literature has received a boost. Will resume working on my list and will include most books in Time’s list as well asap. Thanks and good luck!

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    October 10, 2011
    • Keep working on that list! Thanks for checking out the blog.

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      October 21, 2011
    • I am looking for job. please help me……………….

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      November 8, 2012
  19. Paul Leroux #

    Well, at least Anthony Burgess’s “A Clockwork Orange” made the cut — deservedly so, for its masterful use of language. It’s a shame Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451″ isn’t among the Time 100. And I notice all of the works were written in the English language, even if the authors were foreign. Tsk-tsk… Also, the list is limited to the period during which Time Magazine has been published. So I take it with a very large grain of salt.

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    October 10, 2011
  20. I’ve only read twelve of these! Think I’ll join you in your literary journey, though perhaps not in the same order.

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    October 14, 2011
  21. How FANTASTIC! I had to laugh when I saw that you had read Infinite Jest. I was unemployed a while back and I SWORE I would read it. I never did.

    I’m embarking on my own challenges–just read my first Dickens (Tale of Two Cities) and am now onto “Mrs. Dalloway” (Virginia Wolf). There are so many terrific books on here and many that I own, and haven’t read. Maybe I’ll stick with my plan of doing an every other contemporary/classic.

    All I can say is the “Money” by Martin Amis is one of the funniest books I have EVER read. He is fantastic.

    This is great and I look forward to your journey!

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    October 25, 2011
  22. I can’t believe “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry is not on that list. One of the greatest novels I’ve ever read. I can’t recommend it enough.

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    November 11, 2011
  23. This is a fantastic idea. I’m reading the Pulitzer winners one by one but it looks like you will get a much broader range of times and places. I hope that Updike is far better than the one I read! and why doesn’t Lonesome Dove get more credit? Maybe it will show up on a later iteration of the Time list. Best Wishes!

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    November 13, 2011
  24. I love these sort of lists and often use them as a barometer on my reading life but the one thing that is true for all such lists is that they contain some real stinkers. The Time list is especially guilty of including some titles that should never have been considered and at the same time excluding many many titles that were far better selections.

    Just as an exercise (because I know the lists are just temporary fun) I would axe these items from this list:

    Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970) by Judy Blume
    Atonement (2002) by Ian McEwan
    The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J.D. Salinger
    The Corrections (2001) by Jonathan Franzen
    Dog Soldiers (1974) by Robert Stone
    Housekeeping (1981) by Marilynne Robinson
    The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950) by C.S. Lewis
    Money (1984) by Martin Amis
    Neuromancer (1984) by William Gibson
    Never Let Me Go (2005) by Kazuo Ishiguro
    Play It As It Lays (1970) by Joan Didion
    Portnoy’s Complaint (1969) by Philip Roth
    Snow Crash (1992) by Neal Stephenson
    Ubik (1969) by Philip K. Dick
    Watchmen (1986) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
    White Noise (1985) by Don DeLillo
    White Teeth (2000) by Zadie Smith

    In a few instances, the reason for my aversion is not the author but rather that the list did not select the better title by that author. For instance, to include Never Let Me Go and to overlook The Remains of the Day is criminal.

    On the other hand, we were spared the idiots that insist Stephen King, Anne Rice, and J. K. Rowling are classics that will be read and studied in all the universities a hundred years from now, long after we’ve forgotten Shakespeare and Alexander Pope.

    http://mdparker46.com

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    November 16, 2011
    • If you haven’t read it, check out my Q&A with Lev Grossman from Time. He’s one of the guys who created the list. They used a lot of factors in choosing the books, and I think one of them was cultural influence and how revolutionary the book was. I think that’s why you see a book like Margaret and Neuromancer on the list.

      I’ll have to disagree with you about JK Rowling. I think she’s an amazing writer and the CS Lewis/Tolkien of our time.

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      November 16, 2011
      • I agree: if authors such as Tolkien and Lewis hadn’t preceded Rowling she would have nothing to write about. My usual comment about Rowling is that when she runs out of things to borrow from other writers, she throws in yet another Quidditch match. Quidditch is possibly her only claim to originality and I actually think there was a Walt Disney Halloween cartoon that might be the source of her inspiration.

        Rowling sort of begs the question about the breadth of one’s familiarity with literature (including popular writing). She is wildly imaginative if you are not well read but painfully unimaginative if you are familiar with the antecedents to her fiction. Sadly, more and more of our literary heritage is being lost and forgotten chiefly because it is in poetry and classical poetry is disappearing from our culture.

        Besides, I was bored to big fat tears and only made it through the third volume because it was a tandem read and I didn’t want to let my partner down. After the last page of that one I took all the Harry Potter books down to the Book Exchange and traded them for something decent.

        But as I say, if you are twelve and haven’t even read The Faerie Queene, you may think Harry Potter is amazing.

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        November 16, 2011
        • the undeniable anglophile #

          As I can clearly see, you are not familiar with either Tolkien and Lewis or with JK Rowling. Her style is quite different from those two greats in many ways, as are her stories. She is a great writer, one who has inspired milllions and millions to read in a generation where the idiot box reaigns supreme.
          JK Rowling has a strictly single character point of view in her story; this is not followed as strictly in the other two books, with a whole Narnia book going completely out of the POV of the Pevensies. Her writing style is very minimalistic, even more so than Lewis, though I think, not as much as Tolkien.
          Neither of these great fantasy writers have magic playing as important a role as in Harry Potter, and while wands are mentioned in almost every chapter of Harry Potter, the magic that does at points take place in the other two is almost exclusively without a wand. I’m also sure that Narnia has multiple villains, while Tolkien has one major villain and a semi-major one too(Saruman), JK Rowling having only one throughout.
          There are many more things I could say too, but I think this is good enough to prove the point.

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      • Tell me what you really feel Mike!

        I guess I’m 12, not well-read, and haven’t read the Faerie Queene because I think the Potter series is good.

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        November 17, 2011
      • If you like Harry Potter you should consider reading some of those works that are more original but provide the same level of fantasy and magic as HP. I mentioned The Faerie Queene for two reasons: first, it’s a great piece of literature and covers so much of the magic worlds revolving around knights and wizards and the like; and second, because I am hosting a reading of The Faerie Queene throughout the next year.

        But there are so many other texts that are just as exciting and informative as The Faerie Queene. Right now I am reading the Italian classic, Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto. Unfortunately my Italian is very weak so I am reading it in verse translation and will probably follow up with the prose version from Oxford which is more complete.

        Another good source that everyone knows but few actually read are the stories of the Grimm brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. And don’t forget all those fairy books with the colors in their names: The Blue Fairy Book, The Red Fairy Book, etc..

        So many good sources, both adult and juvenile. Add to these the epics, sagas, and folktales from many countries and you could populate a lifetime reading plan with just the earlier works that made Harry Potter possible.

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        November 18, 2011
  25. I see from the TIme list that you have the same problem that most people have when trying to read all the books on a Twentieth Century list: A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell. The dilemma is that you can’t really say you read Dance, and thus the whole list, unless your read all the volumes, yet if you take the time to read what I recall is something in excess of 3000 pages, you will lose a large part of your audience on the BLOG.

    One group several years ago only read the first volume. Unfortunately this was bad for two reasons: first, it’s not really reading the whole book; and second, the first volume is barely an introduction to a few of the characters and doesn’t give you any idea of what the book is about.

    The first time I read Dance I took my time and two years to read through the twelve books. At the end I realized that I had left too much time between volumes and missed much of the effect of the novel. I have since recommended that readers of Dance tighten it up a bit and the second time I read it with my group on Yahoo at a rate of one volume each month which still allowed time to shuffle in many other books to keep interest up in the group.

    Perhaps you should consider a similar approach: read and comment on Dance, but at the same time read and comment on other books from the list. It could get confusing but with a little disciple it should work.

    Also there is an excellent adaptation of the entirety of Dance. I didn’t see it until after the second time through but I imagine it would work as an introduction to help keep things straight (remember, I’m not concerned personally about spoilers). I definitely would not suggest that watching the teleplay (I think it was seven DVDs) in lieu of reading the book.

    Whatever you decide, A Dance to the Music of Time is well worth the effort. It’s a roman à clef but most of the personages being represented are not longer familiar so I wouldn’t worry about it. The writing is straightforward and the narrative is not complex. In fact, other than its length, it’s a very enjoyable book to read. Good luck.

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    November 18, 2011
  26. Gayle #

    I just randomly plucked “Falconer” off my shelves (mainly because it was thin) and it is incredible! I just went to the library to pick up one more novel and the biography written by his daughter.

    He’s got the same flavor as an Updike in the sense that he’s quite “masculine” and a teeny bit misogynist but incredibly powerful writing. I can’t wait for you to get there!

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    November 23, 2011
  27. Nicko #

    To this Brit, the list looks overly weighted towards American novels. I guess that’s understandable in an American magazine, but the absence of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, for example, threatens to torpedo the whole list for me.

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    November 23, 2011
  28. The United State of America, being the world’s most exceptional country, obviously also has the world’s most exceptional literature. Besides, suggesting anything else could result in political banishment, a nasty note from Newt, and forfeit of your library card.

    Come to think of it, there is a movement in this country to advance similar punishments for anyone caught reading a book or thinking for themselves.

    I’m screwed!

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    November 23, 2011
  29. Just started to read Brideshead, and so far so good… I’m on a Penguin classics run at the min having just read Rabbit, Run (Jonh Updike), and next on the list is East of Eden (John Steinbeck)…

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    November 27, 2011
  30. The usual suspects. I remember suffering at the hands of the ‘Great Gatsby’ in high school. The horror… As for LOTR, great films, but dull book. Makes for a good door-stop! There is an obvious American bias,which is too be expected, but you can’t help but get the feeling that this is a ‘vanity list.’ You know the books that people keep on their bookshelves but never read. We’re all guilty of it.

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    December 9, 2011
  31. Robert: Following up on your recent “book sucking” post, looking at this list, there is so little that interests me. Only 19 or so are by women. I generally do not find the topics that interest male novelists to interest me. Please do not get me wrong, although a feminist, I increasingly suspect that there are biological bases for psychological preference differences.

    I am a tomboy, but I have zero interest in reading about battlefields or bull running. Reading about what was going on the home front during WWII, on the other hand, fascinates me. I am really psyched that you as a male have a book blog and I wish more men did, but I also see that the books that interest you and other men do not interest me. To me that is OK and interesting.

    Finally, I am glad I read Animal Farm and 1984 in high school because they are important and I would never find them interesting today. That is my loss, but not a loss keeping me awake at night. Ruby

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    January 27, 2012
  32. Surprised that ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier is not included or at least one of Ken Follett’s novels.

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    January 27, 2012
  33. Interesting list, but I’m a bit disappointed there is no Thomas Hardy. You should read him, should you ever get the chance, particularly Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Far From The Madding Crowd :)

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    February 18, 2012
    • The Times list starts at 1923 and therefore even Ulysses is not on the list. Thomas Hardy published all of his novels at least 25 years earlier in the previous century. Although a second-tier writer, I agree that his major novels still should be read. Have you sampled his poetry? I sometime wonder if Hardy will be more remembered as a poet than as a novelist.

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      February 18, 2012
      • I have read some of his poems and they are fantastic too. He really was a literary genius, especially with romance and tragedy.

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        February 19, 2012
      • I studied his poetry not his novels for my English Lit AS level – so I think his poems being more remembered has already started! I bought Tess years ago and have yet to read it(I also have to confess at my first scan of the page didn’t realise it was books post 1923!) I always forget things like C S Lewis and Tolkien are relatively very modern. I would have like to have see We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver on the list!

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        June 5, 2013
  34. Robert: I look forward to thoughtfully purusing your list as it has more American novels than the snobbish list put out by the BBC last year. The BBC’s top greatest 100 novels of all time were nearly all British. The BBC challenged readers by inferring that we Yankees would not have read many of the “100 greatest novels.”

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    March 6, 2012
  35. esthermo #

    There’s a sporcle game for this list.

    http://www.sporcle.com/games/g/times100novels

    Check it out :) It’s really fun.

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    April 12, 2012
  36. Fun times! This is a good way to expand your mind. Thanks for the great list of books.

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    April 17, 2012
  37. Just wanted to say how much I loved browsing your blog! This is a goal I’ve wanted to do for many years…one day I may actually achieve it! :)

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    April 20, 2012
  38. evathom #

    Will Ulysses be the final novel you are reading in this list?

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    May 3, 2012
  39. RichardB1001 #

    I suggest you check out the Hare With Amber Eyes – it is the best memoir of the decade

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    May 18, 2012
    • I know you probably have decided. However I’ll put my three suggestions into play anyway. “The Heart of the Matter” by Graham Greene, Naked Lunch by Burroughs and A Passage to India by E M Forestor. The last one I read in eleventh grade and I loved it to my great surprise. It’s different then the usual narrative (due to its setting and etc.) Well, I’m not sure if you ever tried to read Naked Lunch but I do think that book Burroughs infamously used his cut and paste method. I tried in my early 20’s. Maybe you will make sense of it. I thought the first one just as a treat, or Tropic of Cancer by Miller. I’m reading the trilogy now. so you might short change yourself by not reading the trilogy. Anyway, have a great time. Reading is “dope”. I can’t believe people seriously use that word to mean awesome. Esp. on TV when unfortunately our kids are tuning in–

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      May 18, 2012
  40. While I haven’t read all those books yet, I’ve read more than a few of them. I read about 35 books a year. Not amazing, I know, but not terrible either. I recommend putting Nabokov’s Pale Fire at the head of the line. It’s on the 100 greatest list. I’d just move it up. Also Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint. You can’t go wrong with Steinbeck. I enjoyed Catcher in the Rye, Catch 22, and To Kill a Mockingbird too. I didn’t enjoy The Sound and the Fury. The Power and the Glory was great. Of course just about anything by Green is good. I loved Go Tell it on the Mountain by Baldwin. Okay. I’d better stop.

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    June 20, 2012
  41. I want speaking best books by.speaking english early.

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    July 22, 2012
  42. english speaking books.

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    July 22, 2012
  43. This kind of amazes me, I’m 21, Studying English at Lincoln University, and I have read more books on that list than I ever gave myself credit for. 31. Now i’m not saying thats great, but I’m happy to say I’ve read that many! :) Keep up the good work. I’m genuinely upset I’ve only just discovered your blog.

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    September 9, 2012
  44. i am looking for a job. please help me .

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    November 8, 2012
  45. vrbridge #

    I can’t wait for you to read All the King’s Men and The Sun Also Rises and to see your reviews of them.

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    January 25, 2013
  46. Some good ones, but what about Atlas Shrugged? Or Steinbeck’s: The Pearl…or A Clockwork Orange…or…Tobacco Road ah there are so many great ones! Where are you with this?

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    February 22, 2013
  47. I like the list. Thankfully, there are a few I’ve read on it. Then, there are also ones I’ve wanted to read but have forgotten about. I remember reading The Assistant as a teen and really loving it. I also have remembered to read American Tragedy. Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoy the rest of your journey.

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    February 23, 2013
  48. I love this idea. I’m doing something similar ( though not blogging about it) with the list BBC put out. There is a lot of overlap but because that list includes works older than 1923 it includes Dickens and Bronte sisters. Love the work you’re doing.

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    February 25, 2013
  49. To me, “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky is the greatest novel (it’s Russian) and “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville is the greatest American novel.

    “Author”

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    April 7, 2013
  50. This is a great idea. I’ve read at least ten of these already, if a while ago, so not a bad start:-) I’m fascinated that, “Are you there God, it’s me Margaret” by Judy Blume is on here – a great book, but the only one I noticed from a quick scan, whose main audience would not be adults.

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    April 8, 2013
  51. Well, I’ve read 17 already, so I suppose that is a good start. Henry Miller couldn’t keep my attention. I personally think he is a complete twat. At least Jack Kerouac (equally twat-ish) made some sort of difference. I’ve read a good bit of Faulkner, but only one that was listed. God there are so many books in the world.

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    April 18, 2013
  52. Can’t wait to see your review of Robinson’s Housekeeping

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    April 28, 2013
  53. I found this list in college, and have been working my way through a modified version of it since. (I randomly decided to substitute a handful of books that I’d already read/didn’t want to read.)
    Since I’m doing it just because, I checked off a few books that I couldn’t finish. You’ve got more will power than me!
    Happy reading. :)

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    May 4, 2013
  54. Great blog! I’m doing the same thing with this list: http://thegreatestbooks.org/. Currently army-crawling my way through The Sound and the Fury (ughhhhh). Good luck to you — I’ll definitely keep reading about your literary adventures!

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    May 28, 2013
  55. Good on ya – I read this list over 18 months from ’98-2000. After I’d finish a book, I’d try to find the film adaptation. It’s one of my best accomplishments – Keep it up!

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    June 30, 2013
  56. This is so inspiring!!! I have been telling myself that I’d read a huge list of books… but i just never get to reading them. I really look up to you for going through with your reading list. I hope I can eventually get to it too! Good luck on all your reading!! <3

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    July 20, 2013
  57. Hate to say this, but the list is incredibly deficient. No For Whom the Bell Tolls? No A Farewell to Arms? No Walden? And putting To Kill a Mockingbird on here, but not The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? Or A Connecticut Yankee in king Arthur’s Court? On and on I could go. The choices are strange. Not your fault, but Time Magazine ought to be better than this.

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    August 12, 2013
    • You missed one key fact: The list only includes novels published after 1923. That would explain some of your complaints.

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      August 12, 2013
  58. A Confederacy of Dunces seems to have listed towards the top of the NY Times list if I remember correctly, and certainly runs rings around a good deal in this list, including Franzen’s damn good but overrated novel The Corrections. Not only perhaps the funniest book written, it’s also masterly written.
    Of course a list is a list is a list, but since no one else has brought it up…

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    August 31, 2013
    • Actually, the NYT list (Top 100) was in alphabetical order and not in any order that suggested a ranking of the selections. Even so, A Confederacy of Dunces is not even on the list. Although the book (a picaresque and not really a novel) has a very strong following—many people consider it wonderful—it has an even greater group of detractors who consider it silly at best and embarrassing drivel for the most part.

      I do agree, however, that Franzen’s book is overrated.

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      August 31, 2013
    • It’s easy to get confused by The Time list and The New York Times list. But I also checked the more popular leaning Radcliffe list which includes many popular contemporary novels and I still don’t see A Confederacy of Dunces.

      As you say, these are only lists, and sometimes the criteria used to make the lists are quite different: after all, Dan Brown would be the King of All Literature if we only went by book sales.

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      August 31, 2013
  59. S.E. Panoply #

    I have some of those on my to-read list, as well. Except I’m going for only the best quality Classics and otherwise, if I can help it, but I like your technique of getting to them by just adding Times Mag. List. Kudos to the goal.

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    September 2, 2013
  60. I would suggest you read The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene next. It is one of my all time favorite novels. Greene is a master at exploring moral ambiguity and that novel may be his best. Also would suggest you add The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell. It is four books but really it is one novel. I am surprised it is not on the list.

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    September 6, 2013
  61. Nice! The Great Gatsby is at the Top of my List too ;)
    I have the uncommon habit of reading a world classic novel once in a while before having breakfast.
    So I have just recently finished the 47.000+ words of S. F. Fitzgerald in little more than an hour.
    And I really liked the bittersweet taste of it.

    Hope you’ll stay motivated and keep turning pages.

    All the best,
    Fabian Markl.

    http://www.rapidstudents.com/

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    September 13, 2013
  62. For some reason I was surprised at how funny Lucky Jim was, and I loved its acute observations, but for me the most disturbing book on that list is Christopher Isherwood’s The Berlin Stories. The description of the people in Berlin before the war, their poverty and their inability to see, as we who look back can see, what is happening to them, stays with you for a long time.

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    September 16, 2013
  63. Ted Fontenot #

    Thomas Berger should have had a novel on that list. Little Big Man, I guess, but his philosophical murder story, Killing Time, equally pulsates with ideas and unique sensibilities. Reinhart in Love is probably my favorite. It’s part of a quartet, and is much better than Updike’s Rabbit novels or Roth’s Zuckerman series.

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    November 6, 2013
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    November 15, 2013
  65. Read things fall apart. I first read it when I was 7 and I have read it numerous times. It is absolutely amazing and also not all that voluminous

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    December 23, 2013
  66. I would humbly suggest The Book Thief, it is near perfect not easy or fun it is a thing of desolate beauty.

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    December 25, 2013
  67. Hooray for lists of books! Maybe I’ll tackle this list next.

    http://tattooedmissionary.wordpress.com/top-100-chapter-books/

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    March 8, 2014
  68. That’s a great list! I also like this one: http://www.listmuse.com/best-books-top-100-fiction.php

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    March 23, 2014
  69. I like the list but you could add two books to this already long list.
    1. Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
    2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

    Both books are a must read and ideally should be on the list of books every book lover should read….

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    August 6, 2014
    • I don’t blog about the books I read even though I read voraciously. (I may just start, though) I keep my various “lists” on a site called “Listology” as “Bravereader.” I noticed many of the titles on Time’s list are winners of the Pulitzer Prize. THAT is a list of books of which I’ve read every one. Some I liked, some IMHO, were not so hot. But that’s our difference in tastes, right? I would love to read your review of “Midnight’s Children.” I’d never read anything by Rushdie before and was quite affected by it.
      Thank you for sharing the list. And happy reading.

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      September 7, 2014
  70. Conic9 #

    Nothing by Hermann Hesse..Siddhartha

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    November 18, 2014
    • Hesse wrote in English? Just like Jules Verne?

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      November 18, 2014
  71. Very interesting idea! I’d love to read some of these books eventually.

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    December 10, 2014

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