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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top 100 Novels of all Time


I am so excited about this new project I have for myself! I am on a mission to read the 100 greatest books of all time. You know the ones that everyone always talks about, quotes from, and looks at you stupid when you don't know what they are talking about? I have read a few of them but I am starting all over and reading every one of them.
I fell in love with a few of them in high school (The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill A Mockingbird) during summer reading and can't wait to read those again, but I am also super excited about discovering some of the other great classics that I have never read. My goal is at least two books a month. At that rate, I can finish the list in about 4 years and still have time to read a few other trending books in between. Here is the list I am going by. http://thegreatestbooks.org/

When I Googled the 100 greatest novels a ton of different lists came up. Most of the lists were decided by one or two people and had several different "rules". But this site took several lists and weighted them and such to determine the greatest books of all time. My goal is the top 100 fiction books but this site actually has over 1200 books listed so pretty sure that will last me until my nursing home days!
I started with Hucklberry Finn and so far I am looooving it! I read it when I was younger but all I remember is trying to understand the dialect it was written in and obviously didn't appreciate it! But I have just fallen in love with little Huck Finn and Jim and find myself getting so tickled at them. I now see why it is a classic and why Dr. Cross, my English Literature teacher at Calhoun, loved Mark Twain so much!
Image of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
I am just so excited about reading these books! Here are the first 25 I plan to read this year:


Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov

Ulysses

James Joyce

Beloved

Toni Morrison

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

In Search of Lost Time

Marcel Proust

The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner

1984

George Orwell

To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert

War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes

Middlemarch

George Eliot

The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

Catch-22

Joseph Heller

Moby Dick

Herman Melville

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri

The Odyssey

Homer

The Trial

Franz Kafka

The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck

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