The Bookshelf

Inspired by Robert Bruce‘s idea to read through the entire Time Magazine’s 100 Greatest Novels since 1923 List, I’ve also taken up a reading challenge. Following is the list of books that I want to read. Books crossed out indicate already read. Click on the links to read my reviews!

Time Magazine‘s Top 100 English-Speaking Novels Since 1923

  • The Adventures of Augie March (1953) by Saul Bellow
  • All the King’s Men (1946) by Robert Penn Warren
  • American Pastoral (1997) by Philip Roth (Jan. ’12)
  • An American Tragedy (1925) by Theodore Dreiser (July ’11)
  • Animal Farm (1946) by George Orwell (Nov. ’11)
  • Appointment in Samarra (1934) by John O’Hara
  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970) by Judy Blume (April ’11)
  • The Assistant (1957) by Bernard Malamud (June ’11)
  • At Swim-Two-Birds (1938) Flann O’ Brien
  • Atonement (2002) by Ian McEwan (Sep. ’12)
  • Beloved (1987) by Toni Morrison (Nov. ’11)
  • The Berlin Stories (1946) by Christopher Isherwood
  • The Big Sleep (1939) by Raymond Chandler (Dec. ’10)
  • The Blind Assassin (2000) by Margaret Atwood (Aug. ’11)
  • Blood Meridian (1986) by Cormac McCarthy (Jan. ’11)
  • Brideshead Revisited (1946) by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) by Thornton Wilder (Aug. 12)
  • Call it Sleep (1935) by Henry Roth
  • Catch 22 (1961) by Joseph Heller (June ’10)
  • The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J.D. Salinger (Sept. ’10)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1963) by Anthony Burgess (Sept. ’11)
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967) by William Styron
  • The Corrections (2001) by Jonathan Franzen (March ’11)
  • The Crying of Lot 49 (1966) by Thomas Pynchon
  • A Dance to the Music of Time (1951) by Anthony Powell
  • The Day of the Locust (1939) by Nathanael West
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) by Willa Cather (Jan. ’12)
  • A Death in the Family (1958) by James Agee
  • The Death of the Heart (1958) by Elizabeth Bowen
  • Deliverance (1970) by James Dickey (March ’11)
  • Dog Soldiers (1974) by Robert Stone (March ’12)
  • Falconer (1977) by John Cheever (April ’12)
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969) by John Fowles (Aug. ’11)
  • The Golden Notebook (1962) by Doris Lessing
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain (1953) by James Baldwin (June ’11)
  • Gone With The Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell (Nov. ’10)
  • The Grapes of Wrath (1939) by John Steinbeck (Aug. ’12)
  • Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Handful of Dust (1935) by Evelyn Waugh (Nov. ’12)
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) by Carson McCullers (Apr. ’12)
  • The Heart of the Matter (1948) by Graham Greene
  • Herzog (1964) by Saul Bellow
  • Housekeeping (1981) by Marilynne Robinson
  • A House for Mr. Biswas (1962) by V.S. Naipaul
  • I, Claudius (1934) by Robert Graves (Feb. ’11)
  • Infinite Jest (1996) by David Foster Wallace (May ’11)
  • Invisible Man (1952) by Ralph Ellison (Oct. ’12)
  • Light in August (1932) by William Faulkner
  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950) by C.S. Lewis (Feb. ’11)
  • Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov (Dec. ’11)
  • Lord of the Flies (1955) by William Golding (Sept. ’10)
  • The Lord of the Rings (1954) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Loving (1945) by Henry Green
  • Lucky Jim (1954) by Kingsley Amis
  • The Man Who Loved Children (1940) by Christina Stead
  • Midnight’s Children (1981) by Salman Rushdie
  • Money (1984) by Martin Amis
  • The Moviegoer (1964) by Walker Percy (Oct. ’11)
  • Mrs. Dalloway (1925) by Virginia Woolf (March ’11)
  • Naked Lunch (1959) by William Burroughs
  • Native Son (1940) by Richard Wright (Feb. ’12)
  • Neuromancer (1984) by William Gibson (July ’11)
  • Never Let Me Go (2005) by Kazuo Ishiguro (Nov. ’11)
  • 1984 (1948) by George Orwell (March ’11)
  • On the Road (1957) by Jack Kerouac
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) by Ken Kesey (May ’11)
  • The Painted Bird (1965) by Jerzy Kosinski
  • Pale Fire (1962) by Vladimir Nabokov
  • A Passage to India (1924) by E.M. Forster
  • Play It As It Lays (1970) by Joan Didion
  • Portnoy’s Complaint (1969) by Philip Roth
  • Possession (1990) by A.S. Byatt
  • The Power and the Glory (1939) by Graham Greene (Feb. ’12)
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) by Muriel Spark
  • Rabbit, Run (1960) by John Updike (Feb. ’11)
  • Ragtime (1975) E.L. Doctorow
  • The Recognitions (1955) by William Gaddis
  • Red Harvest (1929) by Dashiell Hammett
  • Revolutionary Road (1961) by Richard Yates (Sept. ’11)
  • The Sheltering Sky (1949) by Paul Bowles
  • Slaughterhouse Five (1969) by Kurt Vonnegut (Sept. ’10)
  • Snow Crash (1992) by Neal Stephenson
  • The Sot-Weed Factor (1960) by John Barth
  • The Sound and the Fury (1929) by William Faulkner (Oct. ’11)
  • The Sportswriter (1986) by Richard Ford
  • The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1964) by John Le Carre (July ’11)
  • The Sun Also Rises (1926) by Ernest Hemingway
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Things Fall Apart (1959) by Chinua Achebe (June ’12)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee (Sept. ’10)
  • To The Lighthouse (1927) by Virginia Woolf
  • Tropic of Cancer (1934) by Henry Miller
  • Ubik (1969) by Philip K. Dick
  • Under the Net (1954) by Iris Murdoch
  • Under the Volcano (1947) by Malcom Lowry (May ’12)
  • Watchmen (1986) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Dec. ’11)
  • White Noise (1985) by Don DeLillo
  • White Teeth (2000) by Zadie Smith
  • Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) Jean Rhys (May ’12)

An assorted compilation of other books I’ve got on my radar:

A

  1. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (A Song of Fire & Ice #1)
  2. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (A Song of Fire & Ice #2)
  3. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (A Song of Fire & Ice #3)
  4. A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin (A Song of Fire & Ice #4)
  5. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (A Song of Fire & Ice #5)
  6. American Psycho (1991) – Bret Easton Ellis
  7. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  8. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  9. Angels & Demons (2000) - Dan Brown
  10. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  11. Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery
  12. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  13. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  14. Atlas Shrugged (1996) by Ayn Rand
  15. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy
  16. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  17. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  18. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

B

  1. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
  2. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  3. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  4. Between the Assassinations – Aravind Adiga
  5. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
  6. Bridget Jones’s Diary: The Edge of Reason – Helen Fielding

C

  1. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  2. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) – Cassandra Clare
  3. Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2) – Cassandra Clare
  4. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3) – Cassandra Clare
  5. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) – Cassandra Clare
  6. City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) – Cassandra Clare
  7. City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) – Cassandra Clare
  8. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) – Cassandra Clare
  9. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  10. Chinaman, the Legend of Pradeep Matthew – Shehan Karunatilaka
  11. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  12. Confessions of an Economic Hitman – John Perkins
  13. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  14. Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
  15. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  16. City of Djinns – William Dalrymple
  17. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games, #2)

D

  1. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  2. Digital Fortress (1998) – Dan Brown
  3. Deception Point (2001) - Dan Brown
  4. Dune – Frank Herbert
  5. Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri (Part 1: Inferno, Part 2: Purgatorio & Part 3: Paradiso)
  6. Dracula – Bram Stoker

E

  1. East of Eden (1952) – John Steinbeck
  2. Emma – Jane Austen

F

  1. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

G

  1. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

H

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter series, #1)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  - J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter series, #2)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter series, #3)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter series, #4)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter series, #5)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter series, #6)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter series, #7)
  8. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  9. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  10. Hello I Love You Goodbye – S. Reichstein

I

J

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  2. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

K

L

  1. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  2. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  3. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  4. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  5. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  6. Looking for Alaska – John Green

M

  1. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  2. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  3. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  4. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  5. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  6. Maps for Lost Lovers – Nadeem Aslam
  7. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games, #3)
  8. My Family & Other Animals – Gerald Durrell

N

  1. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

O

  1. On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  2. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  3. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  4. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

P

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. Persian Fire – Tom Holland
  3. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  4. Possession – A. S. Byatt

Q

R

  1. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  2. Ransome Germinal – Emile Zola

S

  1. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  2. Swallows and Amazons (1930) – Arthur Ransome (Swallows & Amazons, #1)

T

  1. The Tempest – William Shakespeare
  2. The Bible – Karen Armstrong
  3. The Rules of Attraction – Bret Easton Ellis
  4. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  5. The Last Tycoon – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson (Millennium Series, #1)
  7. The Girl Who Played With Fire – Stieg Larsson (Millennium Series, #2)
  8. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson (Millennium Series, #3) 
  9. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  10. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  11. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  12. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  13. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
  14. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  15. The Da Vinci Code (2003) - Dan Brown
  16. The Lost Symbol (2009) - Dan Brown
  17. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  18. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
  19. The Fellowship of the Ring – J. R. R. Tolkein (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, #1)
  20. The Two Towers – J. R. R. Tolkein (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, #2)
  21. The Return of the King – J. R. R. Tolkein (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, #3)
  22. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  23. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  24. The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmed
  25. The Crooked House by Agatha Christie
  26. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  27. The Assassins by Bernard Lewis
  28. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games, #1)
  29. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  30. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  31. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  32. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  33. The Count of Monte Cristo (1846) – Alexandre Dumas
  34. The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires, 1844) (D’Artagnan Romances, #1)
  35. Twenty Years After (Vingt ans après, 1845) (D’Artagnan Romances, #2)
  36. The Vicomte de Bragelonne, sometimes called “Ten Years Later”, (Le Vicomte de Bragelonne, ou Dix ans plus tard, 1847) (D’Artagnan Romances, #3): The Vicomte de Bragelonne (part 1), Louise de la Valliere (part 2), & The Man in the Iron Mask (part 3)
  37. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  38. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  39. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  40. The Museum of Innocence – Orhan Pamuk
  41. Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life – Karen Armstrong
  42. The Fifth Discipline – Peter M. Senge
  43. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  45. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
  46. The Casual Vacancy – J. K. Rowling
  47. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  48. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo 
  49. The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
  50. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window & Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson

U

  1. Ulysses – James Joyce

V

  1. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  2. Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann
  3. Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre

W

  1. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  2. Where the Heart Is – Billie Letts
  3. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  4. Winnie the Pooh – A. A. Milne
  5. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  6. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? – Maria Semple

X

Y

Z

15 thoughts on “The Bookshelf

  1. I’m surprised I came across this blog now. I devour books too and usually furiosly look for blogs that talk of books at least one day a week.
    A good collection, I must say! :D
    A couple of suggestions though- read a suitable boy by vikram seth. Also, give Anita Desai, Bapsi Sidhwa and Daniyal Mueenuddin a try. Asian writers, and hence more relatable.
    As for a book on islam, i thought a history of islam by karen armstrong is one basic book that one should read.

    On a finishing note, i do feel cool about the fact that i’ve read quite a lot of books from your collection haha :)

    Great Collection.

  2. You’ve got quite a copious list. Saw a few names which i’m done with namely the Hunger Games Trilogy,1984. You did not add “The Godfather’” by Mario Puzo? I’m looking forward to reading the other books from this list. =)
    Also add “Nicholas Nickleby” by Charles Dickens. Loved it.

  3. Wow!!SO many Books!!:) It makes me smile. I have read Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Winnie The Pooh. They are awesome books you can ever read. You should definitely read The Kite Runner, one book I suggest everyone. That is the pure Magic.:)..Happy Reading

    • I have read The Kite Runner, and I agree that it was wonderfully written. I personally prefer A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author over The Kite Runner, perhaps because the main character is a girl, and thus easier to relate to.

  4. Suggestion: Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam. Richly detailed and poetically described accounts of desi life in 20th century England.

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