57/1001… not too shabby for a 22 yr old

14 05 2008

I saw a post on Kottke.org about the 1001 Fiction books to read before you die. I was just curious how far I’d gotten… so here’s the list:

  1. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foe
  2. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  3. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  4. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  5. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski (kind of, I read about 3/4ths of it… haha)
  6. The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  7. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  8. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  9. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
  10. Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  11. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera
  12. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  13. The World According to Garp – John Irving (well i read about half of a copy left in my apt in Sydney, then realized someone cut a stash hole in the book, thereby ruining my chances of finishing)
  14. The Shining – Stephen King
  15. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  16. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  17. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  18. Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  19. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
  20. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  21. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
  22. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
  23. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  24. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  25. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
  26. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  27. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  28. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
  29. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  30. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  31. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  32. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  33. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  34. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  35. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  36. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  37. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  38. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  39. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  40. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  41. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  42. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  43. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  44. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  45. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair (excerpts read in high school class)
  46. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  47. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  48. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
  49. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  50. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  51. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
  52. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  53. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  54. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  55. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
  56. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  57. Candide – Voltaire

This is the original list if you want to size yourself up according to this guy’s standards. At the very least it makes for a good place to look for the next book to read!




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