Wendy Reads TIME 100

Key:

  • Strike-through: Abandoned, regardless of before or after undertaking.
  • Bold: Read before officially starting the list.
  • Bold and hyperlinked: Read after officially starting the list (links to corresponding blog post).

The List

  1. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow (1953)
  2. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (1946)
  3. American Pastoral by Philip Roth (1997)
  4. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (1925)
  5. Animal Farm by George Orwell (1946)
  6. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara (1934)
  7. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (1970)
  8. The Assistant by Bernard Malamud (1957)
  9. At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien (1938)
  10. Atonement by Ian McEwan (2002)
  11. Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987)
  12. The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood (1946)
  13. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (1939)
  14. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (2000)
  15. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (1986)
  16. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (1946)
  17. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (1927)
  18. Call It Sleep by Henry Roth (1935)
  19. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)
  20. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951)
  21. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1963)
  22. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron (1967)
  23. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001)
  24. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (1966)
  25. A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell (1951)
  26. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West (1939)
  27. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather (1927)
  28. A Death in the Family by James Agee (1958)
  29. The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen (1958)
  30. Deliverance by James Dickey (1970)
  31. Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone (1974)
  32. Falconer by John Cheever (1977)
  33. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles (1969)
  34. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing (1962)
  35. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin (1953)
  36. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)
  37. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)
  38. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (1973)
  39. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  40. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh (1934)
  41. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (1940)
  42. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene (1948)
  43. Herzog by Saul Bellow (1964)
  44. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (1981)
  45. A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul (1962)
  46. I, Claudius by Robert Graves (1934)
  47. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (1996)
  48. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952)
  49. Light in August by William Faulkner (1932)
  50. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950)
  51. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
  52. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1955)
  53. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954)
  54. Loving by Henry Green (1945)
  55. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy (1961)
  56. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis (1954)
  57. The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead (1940)
  58. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (1981)
  59. Money by Martin Amiss (1984)
  60. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)
  61. Naked Lunch by William Burroughs (1959)
  62. Native Son by Richard Wright (1940)
  63. Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)
  64. 1984 by George Orwell (1948)
  65. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)
  66. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)
  67. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (1962)
  68. The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski (1965)
  69. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962)
  70. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster (1924)
  71. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion (1970)
  72. Portney’s Complaint by Philip Roth (1969)
  73. Possession by A.S. Byatt (1990)
  74. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene (1939)
  75. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (1961)
  76. Rabbit, Run by John Updike (1960)
  77. Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow (1975)
  78. The Recognitions by William Gaddis (1955)
  79. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett (1929)
  80. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (1961)
  81. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles (1949)
  82. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
  83. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (1992)
  84. The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth (1960)
  85. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (1929)
  86. The Sportswriter by Richard Ford (1986)
  87. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre (1964)
  88. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)
  89. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
  90. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1959)
  91. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)
  92. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927)
  93. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (1934)
  94. Ubik by Philip K. Dick (1969)
  95. Under the Net by Iris Murdoch (1954)
  96. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry (1947)
  97. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986)
  98. White Noise by Don DeLillo (1985)
  99. White Teeth by Zadie Smith (2000)
  100. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (1966)

90 books to go.

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