100 Books Challenge

100 Books Challenge

The arts enrich our lives in immeasurable ways and are a huge part of  la belle vie. And while I regularly attend art exhibits, concerts, and the theater I’m not reading as much as I would like and I know I’m not alone. Wanting to read more is one of the top new year’s resolutions year after year.

As with many goals like this, I think it helps to have a list. Maybe you want to read books by a certain author, on a particular subject matter, or of a particular era, etc. As for me, I have always wanted to read what are considered the most important literary works of all time for no other reason than I feel like there are gaps in my literary knowledge and I want to fill them. So after looking for the most definitive list, I originally chose one from The Greatest Books but then found this one by Joel Patrick more to my liking. I’m treating any books I’ve read as unread if I can’t recall any of its details. (There are more of those than I’d like to think!) I encourage you to make your own list or maybe even join me in this challenge. 😊


1. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
2. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
3. On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
4. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
6. Lolita
7. The Catcher in the Rye
8. Midnight’s Children (Salman Rushdie)
9. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
10. Ulysses
11. Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
12. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
13. 1984 (George Orwell)

14. Jane Eyre
15. Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
16. Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
17. A Passage to India (E.M. Forster)
18. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
19. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
20. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Muriel Spark)
21. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
22. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
23. Animal Farm
24. Crime and Punishment

25. Beloved (Toni Morrison)
26. Invisible Man
27. Slaughter House Five
28. The Stranger (Albert Camus)
29. Don Quixote

30. Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)
31. Frankenstein
32. The Count of Monte Cristo
33. David Copperfield
34. Wuthering Heights
35. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
36. The Call of the Wild (Jack London)

37. The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
38. Scoop (Evelyn Waugh)
39. The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
40. Lucky Jim (Jim Dixon)
41. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
42. A Bend in the River (V.S. Naipaul)
43. Housekeeping (Marilynne Robinson)
44. Atonement (Ian McEwan)
45. His Dark Materials Trilogy
46. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
47. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
48. Middlemarch

49. Brideshead Revisited
50. Anna Karenina
51. Portnoy’s Complaint (Philip Roth)
52. The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
53. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
54. The Sun Also Rises
55. To the Lighthouse
56. White Noise
57. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
58. The Sound and the Fury

59. Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
60. I, Claudius (Robert Graves)
61. Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)
62. A Dance to the Music of Time
63. Tropic of Cancer (Henry Miller)
64. Wide Sargasso Sea
65. Under the Net (Iris Murdoch)
66. Gulliver’s Travels
67. Tom Jones (Henry Fielding)
68. Clarissa (Samuel Richardson)
69. Tristram Shandy (Laurence Sterne)
70. The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
71. Madame Bovary
72. The Portrait of a Lady

73. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
74. Nostromo
75. In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
76. The Rainbow (D.H. Lawrence)
77. The Good Soldier
78. The Trial (Franz Kafka)
79. As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
80. Charlotte’s Web
81. The Tin Drum
82. Herzog
83. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
84. Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison)
85. Money
86. Oscar and Lucinda (Australia)
87. Haroun & the Sea of Stories (Salman Rushdie/Paul Birkbeck(Illus))
88. American Pastoral (Philip Roth)
89. Austerlitz (W.G. Sebald)
90. A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’engle)
91. Are You There God It’s Me Margaret
92. Of Human Bondage (W Somerset Maugham)
93. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
94. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Who (Junot Diaz)
95. The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
96. The Phantom Toolbooth
97. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle
98. Their Eyes Were Watching God
99. Watchmen
100. The Unbearable Lightness of Being


P.S.  You’re also kindly invited to join me in the companion 200 Films Challenge!