Saturday, April 4, 2009

Andromeda's List

1. Dickens, Bleak House
2. Melville, Moby Dick
3. Dostoevsky, Crime & Punishment
4. George Elliott, Middlemarch
5. Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
6. Another Henry James (Wings of the Dove?)
7. Hardy, Jude the Obscure
8. Flaubert, A Sentimental Education
9. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night
10. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
11. Evelyn Waugh, Vile Bodies
12. Theodore Dreiser, American Tragedy
13. James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
14. James Joyce, Dubliners
15. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage
16. Nabokov, Lolita
17. Nabokov, Pale Fire
18. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
19. Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
20. Edith Wharton, Age of Innocence
21. Conrad, Heart of Darkness
22. Any Faulkner
23. Any D.H. Lawrence novel (plus Italian essays)
24. Any John Cheever
25. Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men
26. Bernard Malamud, The Fixer
27. Philip Roth, Portnoy’s Complaint
28. Philip Roth, The Breast
29. Philip Roth, Exit Ghost
30. Saul Bellow, Herzog
31. John Fowles, French Lieutenant’s Woman
32. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
33. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
34. Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg Ohio
35. W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz
36. Norman Mailer (any would do, but I chose Castle in the Forest)
37. Shirley Hazzard, Transit of Venus
38. Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
39. James Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
40. Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road
41. Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
42. Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose
43. Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried
44. Charles Baxter, First Light
45. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Heat and Dust
46. Allan Hollinghurst, Line of Beauty
47. Paul Bowles, Sheltering Sky
48. Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
49. Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim
50. Evan Connell, Mrs. Bridge
51. Anne Frank’s Diary (re-read)
52. Any Ruth Murdoch
53. Any Sarah Waters (Fingersmith?)
54. Any Rose Tremain
55. Any Joyce Carol Oates
56. Any Updike
57. Any Peter Carey
58. Martin Amis, Time’s Arrow
59. Lorrie Moore, Birds of America
60. Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow
62. Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles
63. Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children
64. Ian Frazier, Cold Mountain
65. Edward P. Jones, The Known World
66. Cormac McCarthy, The Road
67. Catherynne M. Valente, Orphan’s Tales (my son has been trying to get me to read forever)
68. Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke
69. Joseph O’Neill, Netherland
70. Marilyn Robinson, Housekeeping
71. Robert Bolano, Savage Detectives
72. James Meek, People’s Act of Love
73.Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
74.Seth Kantner, Ordinary Wolves
75.Lionel Shriver, Game Theory
76.Meg Wolitzer, The Ten O’Clock Nap
77. Zoe Heller, The Believers
78. E.L. Doctorow, The March
79. Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
80. Michael Ondatje, The English Patient
81. Steven Millhauser, Martin Dressler: Tale of an American Dreamer
82. Dean Koontz, Life Expectancy (to read with my daughter)
83-87. Next 5 Booker winners
88-92. Next 5 Pulitzers
93. David Marusek, Mind Over Ship (Alaskan book!)
94. Richard Powers, The Echo Maker
95. Junot Diaz, Drown
96. Sherman Alexie, Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
97. Toni Morrison, Beloved
98. David Vann, Legend of a Suicide (Alaskan!)
99. Stuart Archer Cohen, Army of the Republic (Alaskan!)
100. Jon Clinch, Finn


Emily Cross said...

oh i like the 'any of' idea on your list, i should have done that.

oh and you have james joyce too. i have one of his, i felt it mandatory that i at least read one of his books, would be disgracefully unpatriotic if i didn't lol

Amanda said...

I'm sorry but I really don't like James Joyce. I read Dubliners about 8 years ago, and I know I should try reading Portrait one day, but I'm too intimidated.

I don't have any Evelyn Waugh on my list. I've heard a lot about him lately which makes me think I should read something by him.

Merry Monteleone said...

Oh I love the 'anything by this author' idea - wish I'd have thought of that.

We've got a bunch in common, too, though I picked a different Joyce (and I also read him once before and wasn't keen to try again... we'll see how it goes this time)

J.C. Montgomery said...

I like how you set aside part of the list for the award winners. I only saved spots for Pulitzers, but I am thinking now that I may be adjusting for the Man Booker to be less - what's the word - too focused on American Authors.

Nom de Gare said...

Oh, great list!

Evelyn Waugh is one of my all-time favourite writers, and I especially love "Vile Bodies" (only his 2nd novel, written in his mid-20s). I don't mind Brideshead, but I wish some of his other (funnier, and I reckon better) books were as famous as it is. So, I'll be interested to hear how you go with VB.

Fantastic list generally, too! I really like the "Any XYZ" and "Next 5 Bookers" idea.

hifidel said...

Great list! I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of them as the reading gets under way.

It's fun seeing what everyone is going to be working on!

Kelly A. Harmon said...

Comment from the statistics gatherer...there are only 99 books here! :) What's number 61? (Unless it's a secret! I'll just make a note accordingly!) Thanks!