Saturday, April 4, 2009

Julie's List

I gathered my list from a variety of sources - A pile that is next to my bed; my boyfriends library of classics, russian and german lit; various award lists; books that I have always been curious what all the hype is about; recommendations from friends; other books by writers that I love; and general books that I have felt bad about never having read. I also threw in a few Young Adult novels, because I'm interested in writing children's fiction some day and figured they would be a good break from the heavy stuff. Enjoy!

1. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
2. All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren
3. Are you there God? It's me Margaret?, Judy Blume
4. Atonement, Ian McEwan
5. Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie
6. Bel Canto, Ann Patchet
7. Beloved, Toni Morrison
8. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
9. Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin
10. Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
13. Deliverance, James Dickey
14. Diary of a Young Girl,Anne Frank
15. Emma, Jane Austen
16. Faust, Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe
17. Four Quartets, T.S. Elliot
18. Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
19. Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
20. Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls
21. He's Just not That Into You, Greg Behrendt,Liz Tucillo
22. The Tipping Point, Malcom Gladwell
23. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
24. Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell
25. Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
26. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
27. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs
28. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
29. Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
30. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
31. Lolita, Vladimir Nabakov
32. Love in the time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
33. Madame Bovery, Gustav Flaubert
34. Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
35. Middlemarch, George Eliot
36. Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Wolf
37. Narcissus and Goldmund, Herman Hesse
38. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
39. Paradise Lost, John Milton
40. Requiem for a Dream, Hubert Selby, Jr.
41. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
42. Shogun, James Clavell
43. Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabakov
44. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
45. The Awakening, Kate Chopin
46. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
47. The Brother's Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
48. The Colour Purple, Alice Walker
49. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby
50. The End of America, Naomi Wolf
51. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
52. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
53. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
54. The Host: A Novel, Stephanie Meyer
55. The Hours, Michael Cunningham
56. The Lemon Tree, Sandy Tolan
57. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
58. The Lost City of Z, David Grann
59. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
60. The Middle Place, Kelly Corrigan
61. The Motorcycle Diaries, Che Guevara
62. The Pilgrimage, Paulo Chelho
63. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
64. The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli
65. The Prophet, Khalil Gibran
66. The Rainbow Stories, William Vollmann
67. The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
68. The Republic, Plato
69. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
70. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares
71. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields
72. The Stranger, Albert Camus
73. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
74. The Trial, Franz Kafka
75. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
76. The Unheavenly City: Revisited, Edward C. Banfield
77. The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James
78. The Virgin Suicides, Jeffery Eugenides
79. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Graham
80. The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong-Kingston
81. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
82. Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller
83. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, Pablo Neruda
84. Twilight, Stephanie Meyer
85. Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft
86. Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett
87. Walden, Henry David Thoreau
88. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
89. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
90. Watership Down, Richard Adams
91. We the Living, Ayn Rand
92. Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks
93. TBD
94. TBD
95. TBD
96. TBD
97. TBD
98. TBD
99. TBD
100. TBD


Amanda said...

Julie, I threw in YA for almost the exact same reasons!

Emily Cross said...

Oh your list is excellent, we have alot of common books too. i love foreign books!

J.C. Montgomery said...

As I go through everyone's lists and leave comments, I keep bonking myself in the head saying, "Doh! Why didn't I pick that one?"


This is going to be more challenging than I thought. I mean seriously, how can you limit this to only 100?

Have fun reading through your list-it looks great!

Mya Barrett said...

You are going to love Hitch Hiker's Guide! It's one that just stays with you.

Like J.C., I looked over your list and said, "Dang it! I forgot about that one!". lol And yet there are a few that are in common with all of us. Great minds, you suppose?