Newsweek's Top 100 Meta-List

Newsweek came up with this best of best-of-lists and even if it is again another list that stressed how many books I have not read, I like the concept enough to put it here. Enjoy.

1. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoi
2. 1984, George Orwell
3. Ulysses, James Joyce
4. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
5. The Soung and the Fury, William Faulkner
6. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
7. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
8. The Iliad and Odyssey, Homer
9. Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen
10. The Divine Comedy, Dante
11. The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
12. Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
13. Middlemarch, George Eliot
14. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Saliner
16. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
17. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
18. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
19. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
20. Beloved, Toni Morrison
21. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
22. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
23. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
24. Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
25. Native Son, Richard Wright
26. Democracy in America, Toqueville
27. On the Origin of Species, Darwin
28. The Histories, Herodotus
29. On the Social Contract, Rousseau
30. Das Kapital, Karl Marx
31. The Prince, Machiavelli
32. Confessions, St Augustin
33. Leviathan, Hobbes
34. The History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides
35. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
36. Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
37. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
38. A passage to India, E.M. Forster
39. On the Road, J. Kerouac
40. To kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
41. The Holy Bible
42. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
43. Light in August, William Faulkner
44. The Souls of the Black Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois
45. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
46. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
47. Paradise Lost, John Milton
48. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoi
49. Hamlet, Shakespeare
50. King Lear
51. Othello
52. Sonnets
53. Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
54. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
55. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
56. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
57. The Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
58. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
59. For Whom the Bell tolls, Ernest Hemingway
60. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
61. Animal Farm, George Orwell
62. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
63. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
64. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
65. The Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust
66. The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
67. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
68. The Sun also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
69. I, Claudius, Robert Graves
70. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
71. Sons and Lovers, D.H.Lawrence
72. All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren
73. Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin
74. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White
75. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
76. Night, Elie Wiesel
77. Rabbit, Run, John Updike
78. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
79. Portnoy's Complaint, Philip Roth
80. An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
81. The Day of the Locust, Nathanael West
82. Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller
83. The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
84. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
85. Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather
86. The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud
87. The Education of Henry Adams, Henry Adams
88. Quotations from Chairman Mao, Mao Zedong
89. The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature, William James
90. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
91. Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
92. The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, John Maynard Keynes
93. Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad
94. Goodbye to All That, Robert Graves
95. The Affluent Society, John Kenneth Galbraith
96. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
97. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley and Malcolm X
98. Eminent Victorians, Lytton Strachey
99. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
100. The Second World War (The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; The Second World War (The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Winston Churchill

Update 8/12/2009: Lolita and Anna Karenina now read.


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Constantly changing places is inherent to my life. Books have always been steady friends which I could bump into wherever I was all over the world.
Stumbling upon Kaminer's German stories of "Die Reise nach Trulala" in Reykjavík's city library is as moving as meeting the Icelandic sagas in Boston's Borders.
To see a book again, that I've read thousands of kilometers away makes me smile "Hey I know you.." and shake hands by thumbing through it for a while.