Time Magazines Top 100 Books of All Time

>> Saturday, October 24, 2009

So this list is not technically my own but since I am constantly making lists of books I thought I'd see what everyone thought of this list as well. This is from the Time magazine Top 100 books of all time. I'd say my taste in literature is pretty vast although I tend to get in to little ruts (like all Jodi Picoult books, or all travel journals, or all coming-of-age stories). This list is not for those of us that enjoy brain candy but rather true literature in its finest form (at least according to Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo critics from Time magazine). I'd love to see what you think- what have you read? What do you love? What do you think is missing from this list that should be read? Keep in mind these are novels from 1923 to the present.
Note: An * means I've read it, **means I own it but have not read it yet, & *** means I intend on reading this some day.

The Adventures of Augie MarchSaul Bellow

All the King's MenRobert Penn Warren

American PastoralPhilip Roth

An American TragedyTheodore Dreiser

Animal FarmGeorge Orwell***

Appointment in SamarraJohn O'Hara

Are You There God? It's Me, MargaretJudy Blume*

The AssistantBernard Malamud

At Swim-Two-BirdsFlann O'Brien

AtonementIan McEwan*

BelovedToni Morrison*

The Berlin StoriesChristopher Isherwood

The Big SleepRaymond Chandler

The Blind AssassinMargaret Atwood

Blood MeridianCormac McCarthy

Brideshead RevisitedEvelyn Waugh

The Bridge of San Luis ReyThornton Wilder

Call It SleepHenry Roth

Catch-22Joseph Heller**

The Catcher in the RyeJ.D. Salinger*

A Clockwork OrangeAnthony Burgess***

The Confessions of Nat TurnerWilliam Styron

The CorrectionsJonathan Franzen

The Crying of Lot 49Thomas Pynchon

A Dance to the Music of TimeAnthony Powell

The Day of the LocustNathanael West

Death Comes for the ArchbishopWilla Cather

A Death in the FamilyJames Agee

The Death of the HeartElizabeth Bowen

DeliveranceJames Dickey

Dog SoldiersRobert Stone

FalconerJohn Cheever

The French Lieutenant's WomanJohn Fowles

The Golden NotebookDoris Lessing

Go Tell it on the MountainJames Baldwin

Gone With the WindMargaret Mitchell

The Grapes of WrathJohn Steinbeck*

Gravity's RainbowThomas Pynchon

The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald*

A Handful of DustEvelyn Waugh

The Heart Is A Lonely HunterCarson McCullers

The Heart of the MatterGraham Greene

HerzogSaul Bellow

HousekeepingMarilynne Robinson

A House for Mr. BiswasV.S. Naipaul

I, ClaudiusRobert Graves

Infinite JestDavid Foster Wallace

Invisible ManRalph Ellison***

Light in AugustWilliam Faulkner

The Lion, The Witch and the WardrobeC.S. Lewis*

LolitaVladimir Nabokov*

Lord of the FliesWilliam Golding*

The Lord of the RingsJ.R.R. Tolkien

LovingHenry Green

Lucky JimKingsley Amis

The Man Who Loved ChildrenChristina Stead

Midnight's ChildrenSalman Rushdie

MoneyMartin Amis

The MoviegoerWalker Percy

Mrs. DallowayVirginia Woolf

Naked LunchWilliam Burroughs**

Native SonRichard Wright

NeuromancerWilliam Gibson

Never Let Me GoKazuo Ishiguro

1984George Orwell***

On the RoadJack Kerouac*

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestKen Kesey*

The Painted BirdJerzy Kosinski

Pale FireVladimir Nabokov

A Passage to IndiaE.M. Forster

Play It As It LaysJoan Didion

Portnoy's ComplaintPhilip Roth


The Power and the GloryGraham Greene

The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieMuriel Spark

Rabbit, RunJohn Updike

ReRagtimeE.L. Doctorow

The RecognitionsWilliam Gaddis

Red HarvestDashiell Hammett

Revolutionary RoadRichard Yates

The Sheltering SkyPaul Bowles

Slaughterhouse-FiveKurt Vonnegut***

Snow CrashNeal Stephenson

The Sot-Weed FactorJohn Barth

The Sound and the FuryWilliam Faulkner***

The SportswriterRichard Ford

The Spy Who Came in From the ColdJohn le Carre

The Sun Also RisesErnest Hemingway*

Their Eyes Were Watching GodZora Neale Hurston*

Things Fall ApartChinua Achebe

To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee*

To the LighthouseVirginia Woolf

Tropic of CancerHenry Miller*

UbikPhilip K. Dick

Under the NetIris Murdoch

Under the VolcanoMalcolm Lowry

WatchmenAlan Moore & Dave Gibbons

White NoiseDon DeLillo

White TeethZadie Smith

Wide Sargasso SeaJean Rhys


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