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You Pick My Next Five Novels!

So praise baby Jesus that I’m wrapping up Naked Lunch, and it’s time to pick the next five novels I’ll be reading from the Time list.

We’re starting down the homestretch here. The next novel will be my 80th, meaning I only have 21 novels to read before this whole project is finished.

Every now and then, I solicit your votes to help determine which five novels I should read next, and that’s what we’ll be doing today.

So here are the 22 novels I have left to read:

  • The Adventures of Augie March (1953) by Saul Bellow
  • At Swim-Two-Birds (1938) Flann O’ Brien
  • The Berlin Stories (1946) by Christopher Isherwood
  • Brideshead Revisited (1946) by Evelyn Waugh
  • Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Heart of the Matter (1948) by Graham Greene
  • Herzog (1964) by Saul Bellow
  • Light in August (1932) by William Faulkner
  • The Man Who Loved Children (1940) by Christina Stead
  • Midnight’s Children (1981) by Salman Rushdie
  • On the Road (1957) by Jack Kerouac
  • The Painted Bird (1965) by Jerzy Kosinski
  • Play It As It Lays (1970) by Joan Didion
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) by Muriel Spark
  • The Recognitions (1955) by William Gaddis
  • The Sheltering Sky (1949) by Paul Bowles
  • To The Lighthouse (1927) by Virginia Woolf
  • Tropic of Cancer (1934) by Henry Miller
  • Under the Net (1954) by Iris Murdoch
  • White Noise (1985) by Don DeLillo
  • White Teeth (2000) by Zadie Smith
  • Ulysses by James Joyce

Of special note: I’m withholding Ulysses until the final book.

As I explained in this post, I added Ulysses to Time’s original list, making the total of 101.

So your only rule is that you can’t vote for Ulysses. Other than that, have at it! Also, you don’t have to vote for all 5 novels if you don’t want to. Pick your favorite, your two favorites, or all five. It’s up to you.

I’ll tally up the votes Sunday night and announce the next five novels on Monday.

Have fun, and go easy on me please!

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  1. Brandon #

    Do The Adventures of Augie March next. Any book beginning with “The Adventures of…” should be a palate-cleanser.

    Play It as It Lays
    Tropic of Cancer
    White Noise
    Midnight’s Children

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    March 27, 2015
  2. Teresa #

    You deserve a break!
    On the Road,
    At Swim Two Birds,
    White Noise,
    Midnight’s Children
    Play it as it Lays

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    March 27, 2015
  3. I liked Gravity`s Rainbow – though not too easy to read – and On the Road very much, so I would recommend them.

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    March 27, 2015
  4. I loved ‘To the Lighthouse’ My fav modernist novel by far. I wouldn’t say its too heavy either- give it a go 🙂

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    March 27, 2015
  5. brynhottman #

    Wow! Only 21 more to go!?

    On The Road
    The Adventures of Augie March
    Herzog
    White Noise
    Play It As It Lays

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    March 27, 2015
  6. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

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    March 27, 2015
  7. How about something British? Best choices………..
    White Teeth – Zadie Smith
    Prime of Miss Jean Brodie- Muriel Spark
    Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
    The Heart Of The Matter – Graham Greene
    Under The Net – Iris Murdoch

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    March 27, 2015
  8. Light in August
    Heart of the Matter
    The Road

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    March 27, 2015
  9. Anything by Muriel Spark will be a welcome break, so read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie next.

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    March 27, 2015
  10. Stephen McDaniel #

    Time for something you can actually READ!
    Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    White Teeth
    Adventures of Augie Marsh
    Brideshead Reisited
    Play It as It Lays

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    March 27, 2015
  11. Midnight’s Children. I would love to read your take on it.

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    March 27, 2015
  12. EddieB #

    Brideshead Revisited
    The Berlin Stories
    The Heart of the Matter
    The Man who loved Children (hopefully not a Naked Lunch sequel)
    The Sheltering Sky

    All five are from the 1940’s… you can knock out the whole decade!!

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    March 27, 2015
  13. Maggie #

    Dang! I really wanted to suggest Ulysses! I’m excited to read your review of it! Tropic of Cancer and Light In August look good to me! Good luck! 🙂

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    March 27, 2015
  14. I vote for On the Road and The Berlin Stories

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    March 27, 2015
  15. I vote for:
    The Berlin Stories (1946) by Christopher Isherwood
    Brideshead Revisited (1946) by Evelyn Waugh

    If you want to avoid trudging through them at the end you might want to also read Tropic of Cancer and White Teeth!

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    March 27, 2015
  16. 1 The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
    2 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
    3 The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
    4 Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
    5 Ulysses by James Joyce

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    March 27, 2015
  17. Laura #

    To the Lighthouse
    and if you must read On the Road, don’t choose the Scroll (unedited version)- it’s awful.

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    March 27, 2015
  18. Iris Murdoch. Why not

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    March 27, 2015
  19. The Berlin Stories definitely! I loved it.

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    March 27, 2015
  20. Dominick Sabalos #

    At swim two birds
    Brideshead Revisited
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    White Noise
    White Teeth

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    March 27, 2015
  21. Ruth Fox #

    As an antedote to Naked Lunch – White Teeth, Brideshead Revisited, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Midnight’s Children, To the Lighthouse

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    March 27, 2015
  22. Denise #

    Midnight’s Children – to cleanse yourself of the Naked Lunch trauma and immerse yourself in reading delight again.

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    March 27, 2015
  23. Brideshead Revisted and Midnight’s Children. And good luck with To The Lighthouse lol

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    March 27, 2015
  24. BWB #

    1. Brideshead Revisited. It is about as palate-cleansing as it can get without being boring.
    2. White Noise
    3. Under the Net
    4. Gravities Rainbow, really excited to see you tackle this one
    5. Light in August

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    March 27, 2015
  25. Haven’t read any of those except To the Lighthouse, so my votes would be of no use for you. But what I can recommend you is: do not choose To the Lighthouse yet. You need something to recover from the trauma of your latest read, and lighthouse in my humble opinion is a pointless, boring book. It won’t be good for your reading mojo. Or you can choose it to get it over with. It’s up to you. 🙂

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    March 27, 2015
  26. Tropic of Cancer is a great read if you can get passed the blatant misogyny of Henry Miller. He was an amazing writer.

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    March 27, 2015
  27. My votes are:

    The Heart of the Matter
    The Man who loved Children
    The Berlin Stories

    Good luck! 😉

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    March 27, 2015
  28. Reblogged this on dK and commented:
    I challenged myself to read 50 books for 2015. As per my goodreads, I read 5 and I’m behind 6 books already. .

    Gotta focus and up my game!
    I think this is a nice preference for books to read..

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    March 27, 2015
  29. Brideshead Revisited
    On the Road
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    To the Lighthouse
    Ulysses

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    March 28, 2015
  30. MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN!!! and time to give Faulkner another shot with A LIGHT IN AUGUST.

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    March 28, 2015
  31. Jasmin #

    On the Road
    Midnight’s Children
    The Adventures of Augie March
    Bridgehead Revisited
    At Swim-Two-Birds

    Enjoy!

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    March 28, 2015
  32. To the Lighthouse– My daughter recommended it to me as a positive example of stream-of-consciousness fiction. As a college student, she was trying to help her old-fashioned Mom open up to different styles which I had not been taught “back in the day.” It worked. Of course, part of the reason I liked the novel had to do with my relationship to my daughter, but I also was able to approach the material as a learning experience, not just an entertainment.

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    March 28, 2015
  33. My choices would be:
    1. On the Road
    2. Brideshead Revisited
    3. Play It As It Lays
    4. Tropic of Cancer
    5. Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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    March 28, 2015
  34. Matt #

    1. White Teeth
    2. The Heart of the Matter
    3. A Light in August (willing to bet you’ll like this Faulkner)

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    March 28, 2015
  35. White Teeth – it’s the perfect antidote to Naked Lunch!

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    March 29, 2015
  36. Midnight’s Children
    On the Road
    The Heart of the Matter

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    March 29, 2015
  37. Brad #

    White Teeth
    Midnight Children
    On the Road

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    March 29, 2015
  38. Midnight’s Children (1981) by Salman Rushdie
    On the Road (1957) by Jack Kerouac
    The Painted Bird (1965) by Jerzy Kosinski
    Tropic of Cancer (1934) by Henry Miller
    White Teeth (2000) by Zadie Smith

    Maybe you should have done a poll daddy for this one. That way, you wouldn’t have to tally up anything – poll daddy would have done it for you! 🙂

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    March 30, 2015
  39. T.Boyle #

    There are a lot of unreadable books there…I’m just sayin’.

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    March 30, 2015
  40. Is the voting already closed? I want you to read “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf! 🙂

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    March 30, 2015
  41. White Noise
    White Teeth
    To the Lighthouse
    The Heart of the Matter
    Ulysses

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    April 1, 2015
  42. Reblogged this on lebronneguggenheim.

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    May 16, 2015

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