Sunday, May 10, 2009

Michelle's List of 100

When I first saw this project, I thought I could easily come up with 100 books for my list. There are so many I've been wanting to read and just haven't gotten around to! Boy, was I wrong. The obvious ones got me to 20 or 30 books. Then I looked at everyone else's lists, quizzed my husband and mom, looked at more lists online, looked at many, many bibliographies...and here's the list I finally came up with:
  1. Amber Chronicles, The, Roger Zelazny
  2. Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman
  3. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  4. Beloved, Toni Morrison
  5. Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
  6. Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote
  7. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
  8. Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The, Junot Diaz
  9. Call of the Wild, The, Jack London
  10. Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
  11. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  12. Catcher in the Rye, The, JD Salinger
  13. Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
  14. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  15. Charlotte’s Web, EB White
  16. Colour of Magic, The, Terry Pratchett
  17. Complete Stories and Poems, The, Edgar Allan Poe
  18. Confederacy of Dunces, A, John Kennedy Toole
  19. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire
  20. Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, A, Mark Twain
  21. Consider Plebas, Ian M Banks
  22. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The, Mark Haddon
  23. Diamond Age, The, Neal Stephenson
  24. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Phillip K Dick
  25. Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
  26. Doomsday Book, Connie Willis
  27. Drowned Hopes, Donald Westlake
  28. Dune, Frank Herbert
  29. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
  30. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
  31. Fable, A, William Faulkner
  32. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  33. Farewell to Arms, A, Ernest Hemingway
  34. Flatland, Edwin Abbott
  35. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
  36. Foucault’s Pendulum, Umberto Eco
  37. Fountainhead, The, Ayn Rand
  38. Good Earth, The, Pearl S Buck
  39. Great Gatsby, The, F Scott Fitzgerald
  40. Gunslinger, The, Stephen King
  41. Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, A, Dave Eggers
  42. Hound of the Baskervilles, The, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  43. House of Seven Gables, The, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  44. House of Spirits, The, Isabel Allende
  45. Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
  46. Hyperion, Dan Simmons
  47. Innocent Traitor, Allison Weir
  48. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  49. Inventing Memory, Anne Harris
  50. Island of Dr Moreau, The, HG Wells
  51. Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott
  52. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke
  53. Journey to the Center of the Earth, A, Jules Verne
  54. Lake of Dead Languages, The, Carol Goodman
  55. Lamplighter, The, Maria S Cummins
  56. Left Hand of Darkness, The, Ursula K Le Guin
  57. Lost Boys, Orson Scott Card
  58. Maurice, EM Forster
  59. Memory Keeper’s Daughter, The, Kim Edwards
  60. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  61. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
  62. Mistress Shakespeare, Karen Harper
  63. Mists of Avalon, The, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  64. Moonheart, Charles de Lint
  65. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  66. Next, Michael Crichton
  67. Once and Future King, The, TH White
  68. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  69. Orlando, Virginia Woolf
  70. Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
  71. Other Boleyn Girl, The, Philippa Gregory
  72. Pact, The, Jodi Picoult
  73. Persuasion, Jane Austen
  74. Picture of Dorian Gray, The, Oscar Wilde
  75. Pillars of the Earth, The, Ken Follett
  76. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A, James Joyce
  77. Prayer for Owen Meany, A, John Irving
  78. Quiet American, The, Graham Greene
  79. Ragtime, EL Doctorow
  80. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
  81. Sense of the World, A, Jason Roberts
  82. Shakespeare: The World as Stage, Bill Bryson
  83. Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky
  84. Summerland, Michael Chabon
  85. Tale of Two Cities, A, Charles Dickens
  86. Tempest, The, William Shakespeare
  87. Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The, Anne Bronte
  88. Thousand Splendid Suns, A, Khaled Hosseini
  89. Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson
  90. Three Junes, Julia Glass
  91. Three Musketeers, The, Alexandre Dumas
  92. Time Traveler’s Wife, The, Audrey Nifenegger
  93. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  94. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  95. Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A, Betty Smith
  96. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
  97. Villette, Charlotte Bronte
  98. Winthrop Woman, The, Anya Seton
  99. Wizard of Oz, The, L Frank Baum
  100. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
Whew. I'm looking forward to making my way through this list. I don't know where to start, though!


Emily Cross said...

Michelle - wow brilliant list and theres a lot of cross over too with our books. i forgot to put down Dune - Doh!

Amanda said...

You have Maurice on your list!! I hadn't even heard of that one until I started working on this project. After I made my list of course. Even though it's not on my list it went straight to my TBR pile.

iasa said...

Oh good, someone I can read Dune with.

moonrat said...

but it was kinda fun doing all that research, right? ;)

great list! i love seeing Anne Bronte on there--i've never read anything by her!

Amanda said...

Moonrat, Anne Bronte's good. I don't like her as much as Charlotte, but she's far better than Emily in my opinion. I loved The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Anne seems to be the most political and feminist of the sisters.

Michelle said...

Thanks for all your comments!

It was definitely fun doing all the research, moonrat. I've never read Anne Bronte, either, which is why I decided to put her on there (and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall sounded like a good one).

iasa, reading Dune together would be fun!

Amanda, Maurice has been on my mental list of books to read for a while. I'm looking forward to that one.

Rachel said...

Great list! We overlap by six. I also picked up Hyperion recently, haven't read it yet but plan to squeeze it in between list books this summer...

Crystal Posey said...

Dang, I should have thought of Breakfast at Tiffany's. The husband would have been so proud.