Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2023
I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

100 Best Novels?

from the website: The goal of the "100 Best" project was to get people talking about great books. We succeeded beyond our wildest imaginings -- more than 400,000 avid readers rushed online to cast votes for their favorite books and the students of the Radcliffe Publishing Course quickly responded with rival list of 100 Best Novels.

Click on over to read all of it. You'll find three lists; 100 chosen by an editorial board, 100 chosen by readers and 100 chosen by the students. Is this 300 titles? No, but it is over 200. If I've done my copy/paste and editing correctly there are 208 titles.

I joined a perpetual challenge (here's my post, if you're interested) to read all of them but for whatever reason it is no longer being hosted there. That's okay, it's not like I was there all the time, I haven't read (or re-read) a book from the list! I'm going to run with this one on my own, first goal is to read the 25 titles that were on all three lists. No, not all this year but this is the list I'm starting with. This nice thing is that several are on next year's reading list already.

Animal Farm - Orwell, George
As I Lay Dying - Faulkner, William
Brave New World - Huxley, Aldous
Brideshead Revistited - Waugh, Evelyn
The Call of the Wild - London, Jack
Catch-22 - Heller, Joseph
The Catcher in the Rye - Salinger, J.D.
A Clockwork Orange - Burgess, Anthony
A Farewell to Arms - Hemingway, Ernest
The Grapes of Wrath - Steinbeck, John
The Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Heart of Darkness - Conrad, Joseph
Invisible Man - Ellison, Ralph
Light In August - Faulkner, William
Lolita - Nabokov, Valdimir
The Lord of the Flies - Golding, William Gerald
Nineteen Eighty-Four - Orwell, George
On The Road - Kerouac, Jack
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Joyce, James
Slaughterhouse-Five - Vonnegut, Kurt
The Sound And The Fury - Faulkner, William
The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway, Ernest
To The Lighthouse - Woolf, Virginia
Tropic of Cancer - Miller, Henry
Ulysses - Joyce, James

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