Top 100 Books by Newsweek

Ah — a fresh, new list to pour over and enjoy! Newsweek has announced their Top 100 Books: The Meta-List, and I enjoyed looking through Laurel Ann’s list of those she’s read and those she’s yet to check out. Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice is No. 9 on the list, along with many other classics.

I’m bolding everything I’ve read thus far, which comes to a total of . . . um, 17. And pretty much all of them for some sort of high school or college assignment. That’s a bit embarrassing! I do have plans to branch out and read more Great Literature, but sometimes I just get . . . bored with it. And then I’m back to reading the latest release by Meg Cabot or, you know, one of the Jessica Darling books by Megan McCafferty. Not that they’re not great literature — just not the great canonized literature, apparently.

Want to play along? How many of the books have you read?


great_gatsby1. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
2. 1984, by George Orwell
3. Ulysses, by James Joyce
4. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
5. The Sound and The Fury, by William Faulkner
6. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
7. To The Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
8. The Illiad and the Odyssey, by Homer
9. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
10. Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri
11. Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer
12. Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift
13. Middlemarch, by George Eliot
14. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
15. The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger
16. Gone with the Wind, Margaret by Mitchell
17. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
18. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
19. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
20. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
21. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
22. Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie
23. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
mrs_dalloway24. Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
25. Native Son, by Richard Wright
26. Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville
27. On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin
28. The Histories, by Herodotus
29. The Social Contract, by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
30. Das Kapital, by Karl Marx
31. The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli
32. Confessions, by St. Augustine
33. Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes
34. The History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides
35. The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien
36. Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne
37. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis
38. A Passage to India, by E. M. Forster
39. On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
40. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
41. The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version
42. A Clockwork Orange, by Antony Burgess
43. Light in August, by William Faulkner
44. The Souls of Black Folk, by W. E. Du Bois
sargasso_sea45. Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys
46. Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
47. Paradise Lost, by John Milton
48. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
49. Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
50. King Lear, by William Shakespeare
51. Othello, by William Shakespeare
52. Sonnets, by William Shakespeare
53. Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman
54. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
55. Kim, by Rudyard Kipling
56. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
57. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
58. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
59. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
60. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
61. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
62. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
63. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
64. The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing
65. Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust
66. The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler
67. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
68. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
69. I, Claudius, by Robert Graves
70. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers
71. Sons and Lovers, by D. H. Lawrence
72. All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
73. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
74. Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White
75. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
night_wiesel76. Night, by Elie Wiesel
77. Rabbit Run, by John Updike
78. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton
79. Portnoy’s Complaint, by Philip Roth
80. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
81. The Day of the Locust, by Nathaniel West
82. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
83. The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiel Hammett
84. His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman
85. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather
86. The Interpretation of Dreams, by Sigmund Freud
87. The Education of Henry Adams, by Henry Adams
88. Quotations from Chairman Mao, by Mao Zedong
89. The Varieties of Religious Experience, by William James
90. Brideshead Revisted, by Evelyn Waugh
91. Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
92. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, by John Maynard Keynes
93. Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad
94. Goodbye to All That, by Robert Graves
95. The Affluent Society, by John Kenneth Galbraith
96. The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
97. The Autobiograhy of Malcom X, by Alex Haley & Malcom X
98. Eminent Victorians, by Lytton Strachey
99. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
100. The Second World War, by Winston Churchill

9 thoughts on “Top 100 Books by Newsweek

  1. Well I’ve read about 30 from this list — not bad, I suppose. Like you, most of the ones I read were for various English and lit classes. Some of them I know I read, but I couldn’t tell you anything except the basic plot. Some of them I was supposed to read and didn’t; I was really good at BSing my way through essays!

    I’ll never forget those pretentious college students in my writing classes who, when asked their favorite author, would pipe in with Joseph Heller or John Steinbeck. And I’d be like, “Um… Robert Jordan? …”


  2. Thanks for the plug. I had to LOL on your mention of reading most of your 17 for school assignments. Me too! A few since college, but I read lighter fiction and Austenesque novels almost exclusively now. Must work back into reading literature. The books that I realy want to read are 18th century fiction not on the list like Cecilia, Evelina and Camilia! It’s as far away from Jane Austen as I can venture. 😉


  3. Forty eight on this list, which is disappointing. I featured a list last year in which I had read around 68. Believe it or not, I read half those books out of pleasure. Vic


  4. I’m a little puzzled by a list where “His Dark Materials” are listed, but not Harry Potter. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED Pullman’s trilogy (they are among my favorite books of all time), but I’m pretty sure that Rowling’s series will stay through time, too. I understand that Pullman’s series debates on very interesting ideas though, so maybe that was it?


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