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Time’s 100 Novels Ranked By Amazon Sales

One of my favorite parts of Amazon is the Amazon sales rank. It’s just a quick gauge of how the public generally receives a book.

While sales don’t always indicate a novel’s quality or critical reception (see Twilight), they’re sometimes a decent indicator. So because I have tons of free time (I don’t, really), I thought I’d dig up the Amazon sales ranking for all of the Time Magazine 100 novels. Then, throw them all in a spreadsheet and see how they rank.

Let’s take a look at how the Time 100 novels rank by sales on Amazon. Note: The book’s overall ranking is the number to the right. Read more


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: Read more

What Happens When I’ve Read All 101 Books?

I get asked this question a lot, either by a commenter on the blog or someone I know: What am I going to do AFTER I finish the 101 Books?

Great question.

And it’s one I don’t quite know the answer to…yet.

I have a few ideas rolling around in my brain, with either new lists, self-created lists, and no list at all. Whatever the case, I’m pretty certain this blog will still exist and, hopefully, I won’t have run out of ideas by then.

As I mentioned in my preview post for 2014, I hope to have more definite plans on a book later this year. Whether that is through a traditional publisher or not has yet to be determined.

How that pans out could possibly determine the direction of the blog, but I don’t really know for sure. The only thing I do know for sure is that I enjoy writing about books, and, at the moment, I plan to keep on writing about books.

So when might I finish the 101 Books project?

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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.)

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Ranking The First 60 Novels

It’s time for me to explain my highly subjecting and totally pointless rankings.

As you may know, I go through my rankings after every five novels. It’s a nice way to close out some of my recent reads and explain why I ranked them where I did. It’s also a great way for you to bash me in the comments and tell me how stupid I am.

So let’s take a look at the last five novels:

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Why Time Magazine?

I often get asked the question: “Why the Time Magazine list?”

That’s usually followed up with “Why not the Modern Library list? Or why not create your own?”

All fair questions.

The short answer: Time had the first list that popped up on Google when I was researching books for a summer vacation. Great SEO, Time.

The longer answer: I love lists. Making my own “list” is basically what I’ve been doing my whole life. I pick what I want to read, and I read it. Ironically, that approach had severely limited my reading.

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How Many Female Authors Made The Time List?

Doris Lessing is a woman.

The Golden Notebook is one of 20 books written by female authors on the Time list. I believe I’m correct in saying that Virginia Woolf is the only author with more than one novel on the list (Mrs. Dalloway and To The Lighthouse) so, that said, there are 19 female writers represented.

I’ve heard many people criticize the list for not having enough female representation. And, to be honest with you, I expected there to be less female writers on the list when I actually counted them.

Compare the 20 on the Time list with the Modern Library Best 100 Novels list (the board’s list)–which, by my count, had only 9 novels written by female writers–and the Time list appears to be more representative.

But, still, is 20 enough? Or do you think Lev Grossman (read my interview with him) and Richard Lacayo were biased towards male authors when they were selecting the novels?

By my calculations, here are the 20 novels on the Time list written by women.

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