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Bucket List. Read the 100 Greatest Novels of All Time.

I love reading classics.  Currently, I am reading the 3 Musketeers by Alexander Dumas and I just finished reading Madame Bovary.   I have Moby Dick sitting in my kindle waiting for me after I finish the 3 Musketeers.   While I actually and weirdly love the challenge of deciphering complex sentence structures, mostly, I feel like I learn so much from reading these classic and well known novels.  Madame Bovary definitely changed me as I reflected on what it means for life not to meet ones expectations.  When I imagine God, I still often imagine God as a Lion, like Aslan from the Chronicals of Narnia.  These books stay with you.

I’ve always randomly picked books based on what caught my interest.  But, I’ve decided to tackle my reading a bit more head on.  One, to get a feel for what I’ve already read and two, to find other great books I might not have read otherwise.  The book list below was taken straight from  the website The Greatest Novels of All Time.   They claim:

“Many lists of top-ranked novels have been published over the years, with remarkable inconsistency. In fact, of the fifteen published lists we used to create our composite ranking, not a single novel was listed among the top 100 on every list. Our list of The 100 Greatest Novels eliminates individual bias and reflects the collective ranking of the best books ever written.”

 So here goes.  So far,  I have read 43 (!) of the top 100!!  After I finish the 3 Musketeers (which boo was not on the list), I will start Moby Dick and continue to tackle random picks off the list!

1 The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 1951
2 1984 George Orwell 1949
3 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925
4 Ulysses James Joyce 1922
5 Catch-22 Joseph Heller 1961
6 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 1939
7 The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien 1955
8 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1967
9 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 1960
10 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov 1955
11 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte 1847
12 On the Road Jack Kerouac 1957
13 Animal Farm George Orwell 1945
14 Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell 1936
15 Lord of the Flies William Golding 1954
16 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte 1847
17 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen 1813
18 Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes 1617
19 Brave New World Aldous Huxley 1932
20 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy 1877
21 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky 1866
22 To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf 1927
23 The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky 1880
24 The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 1929
25 Beloved Toni Morrison 1987
26 War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 1869
27 The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis 1956
28 Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 1952
29 The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien 1937
30 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1884
31 Great Expectations Charles Dickens 1861
32 Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut 1969
33 Moby-Dick Herman Melville 1851
34 The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame 1908
35 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams 1979
36 The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas 1846
37 Emma Jane Austen 1816
38 Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh 1945
39 Rebecca Daphne du Maurier 1938
40 Middlemarch George Eliot 1871
41 A Passage To India E.M. Forster 1924
42 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck 1937
43 The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway 1926
44 Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy 1891
45 Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert 1857
46 Little Women Louisa May Alcott 1868
47 Winnie-the-Pooh A.A. Milne 1926
48 Remembrance of Things Past Marcel Proust 1927
49 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 1865
50 Harry Potter Series J.K. Rowling 2007

51 The Trial Franz Kafka 1925

52 David Copperfield Charles Dickens 1850
53 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 1899
54 The Age Of Innocence Edith Wharton 1920
55 A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 1859
56 A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess 1962
57 A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving 1989
58 Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne 1767
59 Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie 1981
60 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce 1916
61 Nostromo Joseph Conrad 1904
62 His Dark Materials Phillip Pullman 2000
63 Frankenstein Mary Shelley 1818
64 Charlotte’s Web E.B. White 1952
65 Dune Frank Herbert 1965
66 Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 1958
67 Vanity Fair William Thackeray 1848
68 The Portrait of a Lady Henry James 1881
69 Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence 1913
70 Les Miserables Victor Hugo 1862
71 Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf 1925
72 Bleak House Charles Dickens 1853
73 The Color Purple Alice Walker 1982
74 As I Lay Dying William Faulkner 1930
75 Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner 1936
76 For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway 1940
77 Persuasion Jane Austen 1818
78 The Stand Stephen King 1978
79 Anne of Green Gables L.M. Montgomery 1908
80 Native Son Richard Wright 1940
81 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey 1962
82 A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway 1929
83 Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand 1957
84 The Stranger Albert Camus 1942
85 The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850
86 The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway 1952
87 Tom Jones Henry Fielding 1749
88 The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood 1985
89 Possession A.S. Byatt 1990
90 I, Claudius Robert Graves 1934
91 The Call Of The Wild Jack London 1903
92 The Ambassadors Henry James 1903
93 An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser 1925
94 Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov 1962
95 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks 1993
96 Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1985
97 The Magic Mountain Thomas Mann 1924
98 The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco 1980
99 Atonement Ian McEwan 2001
100 Watership Down Richard Adams 1972

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2 thoughts on “Bucket List. Read the 100 Greatest Novels of All Time.

    • You totally should! Of the books I have read on the list, almost all have stayed with me and changed me (except Dune. And Lord of the Rings. I suffered through both of those) And some of them I have had to start a few times before I made it all of the way through (Lord of the Rings and Catch-22) and some I’ve started and never finished and will have to try again (Les Miserable and The Name of The Rose). So, we shall see! Good luck to you and I will definitely check out your blog!

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