Thursday, January 7, 2010

Linda Frear's 100 Books List

Thanks to Emily for the invite to post here. It is such a cool idea to have a place where we can peek at other's lists, track progress and comment on the books we read. I'm much better with public accountability, too.


Here is my list of books. Criteria for choosing? Mostly books I hear about and think omg, I should have (can’t believe I’ve never) read that. Bonus–some of these books are already on my current TBR pile. I've crossed off books I completed after I started. I have until April 2014 as my end date. I figure that's lots of time, the zombie apocalypse should have occurred by then.

1. Crime & Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
2. War & Peace, Leo Tolstoy
3. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
4. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon
5. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
6. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
7. The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch
8. Fall On Your Knees, Ann-Marie MacDonald
9. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
10. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
11. Catch 22, Joseph Heller
12. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
13. Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (I can’t believe I put this on my list)
14. Anna Kerenina, Leo Tolstoy
15. The Book of Negros, Lawrence Hill
16. The Memory Keepers Daughter, Kim Edwards
17. Little Brother, Cory Doctorow
18. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
19. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemmingway
20. On the Road, Jack Jack Kerouac
21. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
22. Ulysses, James Joyce
23. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
24. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
25. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
26. The Odyssey, Homer
27. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
28. Beloved, Toni Morrison
29. Don Quixote, Miguel D Cervantes
30. Dr. Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
31. Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
32. The Wonder Spot, Melissa Bank
33. The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
34. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski
35. The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
36. Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
37. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
38. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Phillip K. Dick
39. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (may have read it when young, but can’t remember)
40. Let the Right One In, John A Lindqvist
41. Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky
42. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
43. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
44. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
45. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence
46. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
47. Women in Love, D.H. Lawrence
48. Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
50. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
51. The English Patient, Michael Michael Ondaatje
52. The Winter of Our Discontent, Susa Shillinglaw
53. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
54. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Jules Verne
55. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
56. Haunting of Hill House, Laura Miller
57. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemmingway
58. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford
59. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
60. The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri
61. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
62. The Stranger, Albert Camus
63. Atonement, Ian McEwan
64. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
65. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
66. The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides
67. Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Peter Høeg
68. Possession, A.S. Byatt
69. Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
70. Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel
71. The Black Dahlia, James Ellroy
72. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
73. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
74. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
75. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
76. The French Lieutenant’s Woman, John Fowles
77. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke
78. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
79. I, Robot, Isaac Asimov
80. Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
81. The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
82. The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett
83. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
84. The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells
85. The Island of Dr. Moreau, H.G. Wells
86. The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
87. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There, Lewis Carroll
88. The House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne
89. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
90. The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
91. Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott
92. Unless, Carol Shields
93. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
94. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields
95. The Temple of My Familiar, Alice Walker
96. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
97. The World According to Garp, John Irving
98. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
99. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
100. Night and Day, Virginia Woolf

9 comments:

Emily Cross said...

Excellent list Linda and Welcome to the FITG!

Linda said...

I see lots of overlap with my list. Welcome!

Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

Welcome -
You have a few really good reads that I enjoyed and some that overlap with my list.
Will be great to see your thoughts and updates!

Briony said...

There are lots of awesome books on your list, but I have to say a big huzzah for Like Water For Chocolate. It's one of my favourites!

Welcome!

Goedi said...

I'm liking that the new year seems to have brought new lists with it. I smell resolutions.
fun reading!

hifidel said...

That's a fun list!
Good to have you here joining in the fun.
shelly

Tanguera said...

Thanks for the welcome. This gives me some accountability for actually finishing the list I started.

Emily Cross said...

Linda, just a small note i've added your name as a tag on this post. Its a good idea to stick your name 'linda frear' in the label box in all of your posts so you have all your posts together :)

Laura Elliott said...

Hey, I just posted my list too. We've got a few books in common. Oh, how I wished I had Atonement on my list! woops! Maybe next time:)