how many have YOU read?

unified list of best 100 novels, thanks to neilb (note kiterunner?)

Rank Book Author
‎1.‎ Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
‎2.‎ The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
‎3.‎ The Grapes Of Wrath John Steinbeck
‎4.‎ The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
‎5.‎ Catch-22‎ Joseph Heller
‎6.‎ One Hundred Years Of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
‎7.‎ Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
‎8.‎ Ulysses James Joyce
‎9.‎ On The Road Jack Kerouac
‎10.‎ The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
‎11.‎ To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
‎12.‎ Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
‎13.‎ Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
‎14.‎ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis
‎15.‎ Great Expectations Charles Dickens
‎16.‎ War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
‎17.‎ Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
‎18.‎ Animal Farm George Orwell
‎19.‎ Crime And Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
‎20.‎ Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
‎21.‎ Lord Of The Flies William Golding
‎22.‎ Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
‎23.‎ Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
‎24.‎ Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez
‎25.‎ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
‎26.‎ Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
‎27.‎ The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien
‎28.‎ To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
‎29.‎ Middlemarch George Eliot
‎30.‎ Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
‎31.‎ Dune Frank Herbert
‎32.‎ Brave New World Aldous Huxley
‎33.‎ A Prayer For Owen Meany John Irving
‎34.‎ Watership Down Richard Adams
‎35.‎ The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
‎36.‎ Little Women Louisa May Alcott
‎37.‎ Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
‎38.‎ Anne Of Green Gables LM Montgomery
‎39.‎ Emma Jane Austen
‎40.‎ Memoirs Of A Geisha Arthur Golden
‎41.‎ Beloved Toni Morrison
‎42.‎ Of Mice And Men John Steinbeck
‎43.‎ The Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
‎44.‎ Les Miserables Victor Hugo
‎45.‎ The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
‎46.‎ The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
‎47.‎ Tess Of The D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
‎48.‎ Winnie the Pooh A.A. Milne
‎49.‎ Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
‎50.‎ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernieres
‎51.‎ Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
‎52.‎ Life of Pi Yann Martel
‎53.‎ A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
‎54.‎ The Count Of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
‎55.‎ A Passage to India E.M. Forster
‎56.‎ Moby Dick Herman Melville
‎57.‎ A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
‎58.‎ The Stand Stephen King
‎59.‎ Possession A.S. Byatt
‎60.‎ Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
‎61.‎ A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens
‎62.‎ The Trial Franz Kafka
‎63.‎ I, Claudius Robert Graves
‎64.‎ The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
‎65.‎ The Secret History Donna Tartt
‎66.‎ His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
‎67.‎ The Harry Potter Series J.K. Rowling
‎68.‎ The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky
‎69.‎ Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
‎70.‎ Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence
‎71.‎ The Pillars Of The Earth Ken Follett
‎72.‎ A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce
‎73.‎ The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
‎74.‎ The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
‎75.‎ An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser
‎76.‎ Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll
‎77.‎ Bleak House Charles Dickens
‎78.‎ The Time Traveller’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger
‎79.‎ A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
‎80.‎ The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemmingway
‎81.‎ Nostromo Joseph Conrad
‎82.‎ Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry
‎83.‎ The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing
‎84.‎ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
‎85.‎ The Stranger Albert Camus
‎86.‎ Native Son Richard Wright
‎87.‎ Gravity’s Rainbow Thomas Pynchon
‎88.‎ The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
‎89.‎ Perfume Patrick Süskind
‎90.‎ Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
‎91.‎ David Copperfield Charles Dickens
‎92.‎ Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
‎93.‎ Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov
‎94.‎ Persuasion Jane Austen
‎95.‎ Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
‎96.‎ The Tin Drum Gunter Grass
‎97.‎ Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
‎98.‎ Atonement Ian McEwan
‎99.‎ Light in August William Faulkner
‎100.‎ The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett

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~ by safrang on August 3, 2008.

4 Responses to “how many have YOU read?”

  1. well, I actually counted.. but it is embarrasing, I have read only 48… not even half..

    Well, thanks for the names.. I shall look for some of these.

  2. fourty eight! and YOU are embarrassed to admit that?

    ok, i am not even going to mention how many i have read…

  3. it is such a pity that Mahfouz, Pamok, Woolf and some others are not in this list… It is not fair…..

  4. the cairo trilogy is clearly an unforgivible omission, especially when such books as the da vinci code, the harry potter series, and the kiterunner are included. but then again, as neilb explains in his blog, the criteria and matrix is both literary merit and popularity, and unfortunately mahfouz does not rank well on popularity although on literary merit his works will surpass many a bestselling novel of our day. as for pamuk, i have read the man and followed his climb to fame and nobel prize laureate-ship over the years, and let me admit to you what will probably get me persecuted with many a pamuk fan, and that is, i have a nagging secret feeling that on literary merit and substance, pamuk still has many years ahead of him.

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