Sunday, April 5, 2009


1. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
2. Anthills of the Savannah - Chinua Achebe
3. Half a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
4. The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
6. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
7. The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
8. Emma - Jane Austen
9. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
10. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
11. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
12. The Teahouse Fire - Ellis Avery
13. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
14. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
15. The Good Earth - Pearl Buck
16. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
17. Possession - A.S. Byatt
18. My Antonia - Willa Cather
19. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon
20. Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
21. Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clark
22. Waiting for the Barbarians - J.M. Coetzee
23. In the Heart of the Country - JM Coetzee
24. Disgrace - JM Coetzee
25. Life and Times of Michael K - JM Coetzee
26. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
27. The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier
28. Nervous Conditions - Tsitsi Dangarembga
29. Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delaney
30. Times Square Red, Times Square Blue - Samuel R. Delaney
31. The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
32. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
33. Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen
34. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
35. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
36. The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
37. What is the What - Dave Eggers
38. Middlemarch - George Eliot
39. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
40. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down - Anne Fadiman
41. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
42. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
43. Room with a View - E. M. Forster
44. Passage to India - E.M. Forster
45. The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
46. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight - Alexandra Fuller
47. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
48. Tess of the Durbervilles - Thomas Hardy
49. Roots - Alex Haley
50. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
51. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
52. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
53. The Known World - Edward P. Jones
54. Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
55. Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
56. The Mermaid Chair - Sue Monk Kidd
57. Immortality - Milan Kundera
58. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
59. Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri
60. Lady Chatterley’s Lover - D.H. Lawrence
61. Sons and Lovers - D.H. Lawrence
62. Women in Love - D.H. Lawrence
63. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
64. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
65. Kaffir Boy - Mark Mathabane
66. Miriam’s Song - Miriam and Mark Mathabane
67. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
68. Sula - Toni Morrison
69. Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
70. The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
71. Beloved - Toni Morrison
72. A Mercy - Toni Morrison
73. Runaway - Alice Munro
74. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
75. Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi
76. A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul
77. In A Free Country - V.S. Naipaul
78. The English Patient - Micheal Ondaatje
79. The Wishing Year - Noelle Oxenhandler
80. Cry the Beloved Country - Alan Paton
81. Gravity’s Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
82. The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
83. Peony in Love - Lisa See
84. Unless - Carol Shields
85. The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields
86. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series Books 3-10 - Alexander McCall Smith
87. White Teeth - Zadie Smith
88. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
89. Slumdog Millionaire - Vikas Swarup
90. Walden - Henry David Thoreau
91. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
92. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
93. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
94. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
95. Optimists Daughter - Eudora Welty
96. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
97. Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
98. Native Son - Richard Wright
99. I Am Charlotte Simmons - Tom Wolfe
100. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak


Amanda said...

Wow Trixie we have TONS in common. I'm glad you were able to finish your list. You've got some great choices.

J.C. Montgomery said...

I agree with Amanda,I really like the selection of authors you have.

Jen A said...

Definitely a fantastic list! I'm thinking I should have mixed in a few more contemporary authors than I did in mine, but oh well. You do have The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton on your list twice, just FYI - you have a spot to add another book if you want! One suggestion - if there's another Tom Wolfe book that you're interested in, I'd recommend that instead of Charlotte Simmons. I read that with a book club a few years ago, and it was hated pretty much unanimously, even by the people who were Tom Wolfe fans...

Anonymous said...

This list has so many awesome books I don't even know where to start.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is one of my all time favourites, so I can't wait to hear what you think of that one!

Trixie said...

Amanda - So glad we have a lot it common. That should make it more fun. I had a tough time coming up with a list!
J.C. - thanks, I tried hard to come up with a list of books by or about Women and People of Color.
Jen - I'm going to edit my post and add Native Son by Richard Wright - thanks for spotting that duplicate error. I tried to avoid duplicates by alphabetizing, but apparently it was too late last night.
As for the Tom Wolfe, the fact is that I have it on my shelf b/c I heard it was supposedly about students at a University just south of Philadelphia, namely in Delaware, and that's where I attended University. So I figure I'll try it, and if it stinks, I'll trade it on bookmooch. Goal is mainly to get it off my shelf!
Briony - Thanks! I'm really excited about Jonathan Strange.

Trixie said...

OMG - it was way too late last night. I had misnumbered too and skipped a number. So I also added Alice Munro's Runaway. Now I'm done I think.

PurpleClover said...

GL Trixie! We have a lot of the same!

I just decided to replace Lolita on my list. I read the plot summary. I only had a basic idea of the plot but now that I've read a little more I don't think I could get thru it. lol. So I've gotta find a replacement.

Trixie said...

Purple Clover - I'm kind of excited to try Lolita anyway. And my hubby just got me a copy for my birthday! I do think it will be tough subject matter, but I enjoyed Little Children by Tom Perotta even when no one else in my book club did.

Backfence said...

Trixie: Whenever I'm asked what my favorite books are, Kaffir Boy is always at the top of my list. It is moving on so many levels. I would compare it to the Life of Frederick Douglass or to Angela's Ashes. Highly recommend it!