Saturday, July 24, 2010

100 Greatest Novels Challenge

 I was over at my favorite Blog Frog community, the sits girls, what else?  I came across a blogger who I didn't know and visited her blog.  She loves reading.  Great, I thought, since I adore reading too.  She took it a step further though, because she has started a reading challenge of sorts.  A challenge that this girl right here is totally up to taking her up on!

You see I am an avid reader.  I am an obsessive reader.  I am a reading fiend..a addict...a reading enthusiast.  Okay, okay I'm done because I'm sure you get the picture.  So naturally when I saw this awesome thing that Lindsey over at Dishwater Dreams was doing I couldn't resist joining her. This is actually something I have thought of doing before, but never got around to doing!  What is this amazing challenge that I am write it on my trapper keeper in love with, you may ask?  Reading through this list of the 100 greatest novels!  What else?  Want to join in, then you can by clicking this lovely little button right down there!

 The ones with the little star thingies beside them are books I have already read or have started and have not finished.  I intend to read them over again, and like Lindsey I intend to review them on this blog when I am finished.  Wish me luck!

 1. 1984 by George Orwell
   2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
   3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
   4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
   5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen *
   6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
   7. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
   8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
   9. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  10. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte *
  12. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  13. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  14. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck *
  15. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  16. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  17. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  18. Ulysses by James Joyce
  19. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte *
  20. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  21. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  22. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens *
  23. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens *
  24. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  25. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain *
  26. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  27. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo *
  28. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  29. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell *
  30. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  31. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien *
  32. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  33. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  34. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  35. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess *
  36. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  37. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  38. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  39. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  40. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley *
  41. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  42. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey *
  43. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  44. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  45. Moby Dick by Herman Melville *
  46. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown *
  47. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  48. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway *
  49. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  50. Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
  51. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  52. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  53. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  54. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  55. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  56. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  57. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  58. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  59. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  60. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  61. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  62. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott *
  63. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  64. The Stand by Stephen King
  65. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  66. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  67. Dracula by Bram Stoker *
  68. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky *
  69. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  70. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  71. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  72. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  73. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  74. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath *
  75. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  76. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  77. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  78. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  79. Dune by Frank Herbert
  80. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  81. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  82. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  83. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  84. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  85. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  86. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  88. Persuasion by Jane Austen *
  89. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  90. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  91. Emma by Jane Austen *
  92. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  93. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  94. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  95. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
  96. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  97. Light in August by William Faulkner
  98. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  99. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
 100. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne *



Lojo said...

Great list :) Makes me want to hit up the library!

Anna M Blanch said...

Love to see how you progress on the list and your opinions on each of the books. As Lojo says pretty much all of these books are going to be available at the public library!

Julie M. said...

What a great list! I have read a bunch of those before but it's been years. You've made me want to go reread a few myself!

I'm stopping in from the SITS 31DBBB. Have a great weekend!

Lindsey said...

I am so glad you decided to participate in the challenge!

Kristy said...

I've read

Animal Farm
Brave New World
Great Expectations
A Clockwork Orange (actually not that good, the movie is better)
Fahrenheit 451
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ender's Game
The Time Traveler's Wife (I swear, this is my absolute favorite book, but you remember how bad the movie was lol)
Of Human Bondage

Karine Traverse said...

I should join you! I read some of the books listed, but I never find time to read anymore :(
I have read
1984 by George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (one of my favorites read probably 10 times)
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne *

Love comma Ashlee said...

I think I'll start with Lolita. I've always wanted to read it, but have never acted on that want. Thanks for the idea to check the library Anna and Lojo, I haven't been in years, and I probably wouldn't have thought to check there.

Kristy, thanks for giving me like 10 or more of the books on this list the last time you cleaned your book shelf off! I love you! (=

Julie and Karine, I would be so happy if you two joined in with Lindsey as well! It would be so great to see what the three of you thought about the books as well!

Lindsey, thank you so much for starting this great challenge! I'm very excited about it!

Shawna said...

I'm SO in on this. I can't wait. I've been reading the Twilight series and will be finished this weekend. I read them in this order: 2, 3, 4, 1. I'm just backwards in general, so it was appropriate. I'm also going to check out the blog you recommended. Great title! Can't wait to read your book reviews. Wouldn't it be fun to do a little bloggy book club? :) Wonder if we could coordinate that or if it would just be too hard.

Gina said...

This is actually the greatest novels ever published according to BBC, and completing this list is on my bucket list! A worthy pursuit if I ever saw one

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