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Let’s Revisit The Time List

Tomorrow, I’ll review my 63rd book from the Time list, The Sot-Weed Factor.

That means I have 38 books remaining from the list, including Ulysses, to round out the 101 books.

It’s definitely not the homestretch, but I can at least see the homestretch off in the distance.

So which books remain? Here are the 38 novels, in alphabetical order. (Note that I’ve scheduled Ubik as my next book.)

  • The Adventures of Augie March (1953) by Saul Bellow
  • Appointment in Samarra (1934) by John O’Hara
  • At Swim-Two-Birds (1938) Flann O’ Brien
  • The Berlin Stories (1946) by Christopher Isherwood
  • Brideshead Revisited (1946) by Evelyn Waugh
  • Call it Sleep (1935) by Henry Roth
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967) by William Styron
  • The Day of the Locust (1939) by Nathanael West
  • The Death of the Heart (1958) by Elizabeth Bowen
  • Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Heart of the Matter (1948) by Graham Greene
  • Herzog (1964) by Saul Bellow
  • Housekeeping (1981) by Marilynne Robinson
  • A House for Mr. Biswas (1962) by V.S. Naipaul
  • Light in August (1932) by William Faulkner
  • The Lord of the Rings (1954) by J.R.R. Tolkien\
  • Lucky Jim (1954) by Kingsley Amis
  • The Man Who Loved Children (1940) by Christina Stead
  • Midnight’s Children (1981) by Salman Rushdie
  • Money (1984) by Martin Amis
  • Naked Lunch (1959) by William Burroughs
  • On the Road (1957) by Jack Kerouac
  • The Painted Bird (1965) by Jerzy Kosinski
  • Play It As It Lays (1970) by Joan Didion
  • Possession (1990) by A.S. Byatt
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) by Muriel Spark
  • The Recognitions (1955) by William Gaddis
  • Red Harvest (1929) by Dashiell Hammett
  • The Sheltering Sky (1949) by Paul Bowles
  • The Sportswriter (1986) by Richard Ford
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) by Zora Neale Hurston
  • To The Lighthouse (1927) by Virginia Woolf
  • Tropic of Cancer (1934) by Henry Miller
  • Ubik (1969) by Philip K. Dick
  • Under the Net (1954) by Iris Murdoch
  • White Noise (1985) by Don DeLillo
  • White Teeth (2000) by Zadie Smith

If you’ve been following the blog closely over the last few years, you’ve probably noticed my reading pace has slowed.

In 2011, I read 27 books, ending the year on book 33.

In 2012, I read 18 books, ending the year on book 51. Keep in mind, though, I read A Dance To The Music Of Time in 2012, a 3,000 page, 12-volume book. If I counted each of those 250 page volumes as one book, I could say I read 29 books that year.

So far in 2013, I’ve read 11 books, meaning I’ll probably have read 13 or 14 books by the end of 2013.

As I said in my first post, this project isn’t about speed reading. I thought about trying to do some one-book-a-week craziness originally, but I would’ve never been able to keep that pace, and I would’ve burned out.

This project is just about the joy of reading and showing that, no matter how busy your life is, no matter how many kids you have or work demands that wait, you still have time to read.

So that’s part of the reason my pace has slowed. I’m just enjoying the process more. Plus, having to read A Dance To The Music Of Time throughout 2012 didn’t help either.

I’m aiming for a finish sometime in 2015 right now. We’ll see how that works out.

Now, back to the list of books that remain.

After Ubik, I’m not sure what five books I’ll tackle next. Any suggestions?

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  1. Sam #

    Their Eyes Were Watching God has a good story to it, but it can be hard to follow because it is written in the dialect of Southeners during the early 1900’s. Overall not a bad book.

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    November 5, 2013
  2. Brandon #

    Their Eyes Were Watching God was a great book. I really enjoyed it. It’s not a difficult read so maybe it’d be a good one with which to approach the busy holiday season.

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    November 5, 2013
  3. The Adventures of Augie March. You might as well get one of the Saul Bellow books over with. I’m suggesting this one just because I read it a long time ago (I think I was trying to make my way through some sort of Best Of list) and I hated it and I’m wondering if your insights will help me appreciate it more.

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    November 5, 2013
    • Not a ringing endorsement!

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      November 5, 2013
      • I know. And I’m already bracing myself for the embarrasment I’m going to feel when you love it and write a glowing review.
        =)

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        November 5, 2013
  4. peachyperspectivve #

    i dare you to read Naked Lunch w/ a side serving of Margaret at Chick-fil-a soon. Oh, and Lolita.

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    November 5, 2013
    • You’re just trying to get me arrested.

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      November 5, 2013
  5. Dominick Sabalos #

    Out if curiosity, how many of the books remaining will be rereads for you?

    As for what to read next, I am biased in favour of books I’ve read myself, which basically seems to mean all the ones not from your side of the Atlantic. I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of Brideshead, White Teeth, At Swim-two-birds, Jean Brodie, etc.

    Also White Noise, though.

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    November 5, 2013
    • Definitely looking forward to Brideshead when I get to it.

      As for re-reads, looks like I only 3 of those left (Lord of the Rings, On The Road, and Their Eyes Were Watching God).

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      November 5, 2013
  6. You’ve still got some good stuff to go (On The Road and Money come to mind) but I fear for you with Naked Lunch.

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    November 5, 2013
    • Yep, I’ve heard terrible things about Naked Lunch. Not looking forward to it.

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      November 5, 2013
  7. Naomis Nook #

    Absolutely love your goals and enthusiasm! Definitely encourages me to read more (outside of my English classes).

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    November 5, 2013
  8. My vote is for Lucky Jim. I have a Kingsley Amis book on my “to read” list and I don’t know anything about him. You can trail blaze for me!

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    November 5, 2013
  9. Amy #

    I love your philosophy. So often, when I mention a book I’m reading or a book club I’m in, I hear, “Oh, I’d love to do that, but I don’t have time to read.” I agree that reading is a joy, no matter how busy you are.

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    November 5, 2013
  10. Kyle #

    The Recognitions by William Gaddis is supposed to be a post-modern masterpiece, and as such, an incredibly difficult and long (900+ pages) read. Obviously, Gravity’s Rainbow and Ulysses are in the same category, so you may want to space these three books out.

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    November 5, 2013
  11. Looking forward to your hating Ubik. You, my friend, are no friend of SciFi!

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    November 5, 2013
  12. alexcocksworth #

    Their Eyes Were Watching God is stunningly good. It’s beautifully written and utterly gripping – it’s in my top ten favourites I think. White Noise is also brilliant but in a very different way – I’m teaching it at the moment, it’s both very funny and very creepy all at once…

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    November 5, 2013
  13. So my question is this: are you going to keep the blog going when you’re finished reading the time list?

    My other thought: I don’t know any of those books, and I usually consider myself fairly well read. Sigh. Maybe not. Who wrote that list and decided anyway?!

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    November 5, 2013
    • What’s next after I’m finished? Not sure. I’m working on a book project related to the blog that will hopefully publish toward the end of the 101 books. After that, I might just keep the blog going without reading from a list, find a new list, or something totally different. Still haven’t figured that out yet.

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      November 5, 2013
  14. I have read more than 50 books this year and only one is in that list (Their eyes where watching God) and that makes me wonder whether I am a non-best time list or a complete non best-seller person. Anyway, it just meakes me appreciate your effort even more. Keep up with it and good luck!

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    November 5, 2013
  15. I absolutely loved both White Teeth and Call It Sleep, but they are both totally different books. I liked White Noise and The Day of the Locust too but I think White Teeth would be my recommendation for your next read!

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    November 5, 2013
  16. I am sad to see that I’ve only read 1 of the 38 remaining books – White Teeth – but I really enjoyed it and probably would’ve recommended it even if I had read lots of others on the list.

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    November 5, 2013
  17. Two of my favs are still on your list. Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen and Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene. Greene is such a great writer and this may be one of his best. So I would suggest you read that one soon. The sad thing about the list is that it leaves off so many wonderful foreign language writers such as Camus, Thomas Mann, Solzhenitsyn, Marquez, Kawabata, Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen, Colette, Margaret Duras and Sigrid Undset,

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    November 5, 2013
  18. Oh I forgot the greatest of them all. Marcel Proust.

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    November 5, 2013
    • Many of those don’t qualify because they were published before 1923, which is Time’s cutoff for the list.

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      November 6, 2013
      • With the exception of Proust, all the writers I referred to came after 1923. The thing about the Time List and the Modern Library list is that they are English-language centric. And I think the creators for both lists had to really dig to come up with participants. Another one you could add would be Gunter Grass.

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        November 6, 2013
  19. White Noise is one of my favorite books. I’m excited for you to read that.
    –JW

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    November 6, 2013
  20. I loved Saul Bellow years ago and hope he’s stood my test of time. ‘Money’ I enjoyed but know no one else who did.

    And I pity you having to read The Lord of the Rings. Still men seem to like it more than daughters of Eve. Even though I’m an ex-pat Kiwi I haven’t been able to watch the movies. That said, I adored The Hobbit when I was 8.

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    November 6, 2013
  21. White Noise, and Play It As It Lays. both are short reads, but intense. Then maybe Call It Sleep, which I liked a lot but it’s hard to get into… then The Heart Of The Matter.
    I haven’t read any of the other books on this list.

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    November 6, 2013
  22. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is one of my all-time favourite books. Enjoy the read!

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    November 7, 2013
  23. BWB #

    Make sure you space out Naked Lunch, Painted Bird, and Tropic of Cancer. May need a palate cleanser.

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    November 8, 2013
  24. I vote for Their Eyes Were Watching God. I can honestly say that it’s the only book that made me gasp aloud at an occurrence that I was totally unprepared for.

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    November 13, 2013
  25. Possession and Brideshead Revisited — both just floored me.

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    November 13, 2013

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