Roberta Zimmerman (bohemiem) wrote,
Roberta Zimmerman
bohemiem

Now THIS is a List I Can Get On Board With...

Created by the lovely antiqrule1 , here's what I've read from The Shayne List of a Well-Read Person's Top 100 Books:

  1. Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust
  2. Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  3. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  4. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  5. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  7. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  8. The Age of Reason – Jean-Paul Sartre
  9. A Room of One's Own – Virginia Woolf
  10. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  11. Maus – Art Spiegelman
  12. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  13. The Stranger – Albert Camus
  14. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  15. A Passage to India – E.M. Forester
  16. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  17. The Razor's Edge – Somerset Maughm
  18. Corelli's Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  19. I, Claudius – Robert Graves
  20. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon
  21. Dubliners – James Joyce
  22. Midnight's Children – Salman Rushdie
  23. Amerika – Franz Kafka
  24. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  25. Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
  26. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein
  27. Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard – Isak Dinesen
  28. Old School – Tobias Wolff
  29. The Plague – Albert Camus
  30. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  31. The Once and Future King – E.B. White
  32. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee
  33. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  34. Shogun – James Clavell
  35. The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
  36. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  37. Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  38. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  39. The Quiet American – Graham Greene
  40. Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  41. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  42. You Shall Know Our Velocity – Dave Eggars
  43. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
  44. Faust – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  45. Lost in the Fun House – John Barth
  46. Goodbye, Columbus – Philip Roth
  47. Scoop – Evelyn Waugh
  48. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  49. The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain
  50. Spring Snow – Yukio Mishima
  51. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  52. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
  53. The Human Comedy – William Saroyan
  54. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  55. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court – Mark Twain
  56. Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys
  57. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  58. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  59. The Insanity Defense – Woody Allen
  60. Ellis Island – Mark Helprin
  61. Zorba the Greek – Nikos Kazantzakis
  62. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  63. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  64. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
  65. Love in the Time of Cholera – Garbriel Garcia Marquez
  66. When We Were Orphans – Kazuo Ishiguro
  67. The Stories of John Cheever – John Cheever
  68. Contempt – Alberto Moravia
  69. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  70. Invisible Man – Ralph Elison
  71. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  72. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  73. Ulysses – James Joyce
  74. Finnegan's Wake – James Joyce
  75. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  76. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  77. The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon – Sei Shonagon
  78. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  79. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
  80. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  81. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  82. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
  83. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  84. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X
  85. The Wasteland – T.S. Eliot
  86. How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York – Jacob Riis
  87. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  88. The Birth of Tragedy – Fredrich Nietzche
  89. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  90. Survival in Auschwitz – Primo Levi
  91. The Mahabharata – R.K. Narayan
  92. The Beautiful and the Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  93. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
  94. The Hero with a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell
  95. Tales From Ovid – Ted Hughes
  96. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories – Franz Kafka
  97. Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac
  98. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  99. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  100. A Room with a View – E.M. Forester
28/ 100, and I can honestly say that just about every one of the books I haven't read on this list is on my very real to-read list at the back of my planner, in particular Midnight's Children, Kavalier and Clay, my last few Hemingways, In Cold Blood, and, obviously, Lolita. 


 


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  • 5 comments
I agree, amen. 23/100 and that list is full of my to-dos. And not an Ayn Rand among them!

PS Get on Kavalier in Clay now. Or even, yesterday. It's so amazing. And would be even more amazing for you since you're in New York.
Hurray!

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