Century of Books

My project to read the top 100 English-language books of the twentieth century.

Location: San Francisco, United States

I am an Australian writer and blogger living in San Francisco. Visit my professional site at caitlinfitzsimmons.com, or my travel and food blog at Roaming Tales or my personal blog at The Niltiac Files. I am also on Twitter as @niltiac. See the full list of books or visit me on BookCrossing.

27 November 2005

What I've read so far

I have read some of the books on the list already. Some of them (eg. White Noise by Don DeLillo or Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier), I have read recently and I will not re-read them. Others (eg. On the Road by Jack Kerouac or The Lord of the Rings trilogy), I might choose to revisit. I might also do some substitutions for books I've already read (eg. I have read Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey but not Jack Maggs).

Already read
1 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
2 The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
3 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
4 Beloved Toni Morrison
5 1984 George Orwell
6 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
7 The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
8 Animal Farm George Orwell
9 On the Road Jack Kerouac
10 White Noise Don DeLillo
11 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
12 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy JRR Tolkien
13 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
14 Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey
15 The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula Le Guin
16 The Magic Pudding Norman Lindsay
17 Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
18 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C.S.Lewis
19 Anne of Green Gables L.M.Montgomery
20 Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson
21 The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Graeme
22 The Chrysalids John Wyndham
23 Amsterdam Ian McEwan
24 The Pursuit of Love Nancy Mitford
25 In the Skin of a Lion Michael Ondaatje

Never read
1 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
2 The Color Purple Alice Walker
3 Ulysses James Joyce
4 The Lord of the Flies William Golding
5 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
6 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
7 Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man James Joyce
8 Brave New World Aldous Huxley
9 As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
10 A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway
11 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
12 Song of Solomon Toni Morrison
13 The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene
14 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey
15 Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
16 Ironweed William Kennedy
17 The Call of the Wild Jack London
18 To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
19 A Passage to India E.M. Forster
20 The House of Mirth Edith Wharton
21 The Fountainhead Ayn Rand
22 The Jungle Upton Sinclair
23 A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
24 My Antonia Willa Cather
25 Howard's End E.M. Forster
26 Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
27 The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
28 Sophie's Choice William Styron
29 In Cold Blood Truman Capote
30 Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs
31 Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
32 The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
33 Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
34 Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller
35 Kim Rudyard Kipling
36 The Remains of the Day Kazou Ishiguro
37 A House for Mr. Biswas V.S. Naipaul
38 The Ginger Man P.D. Donleavy
39 The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck
40 The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer
41 Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon
42 I, Claudius Robert Graves
43 Voss Patrick White
44 The Outsiders S.E.Hinton
45 The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
46 A Town Like Alice Neville Shute
47 Couples John Updike
49 Money Martin Amis
50 Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis
51 Possession A.S.Byatt
52 A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
53 Waiting for the Barbarians J.M.Coetzee
54 Schindler's Ark Thomas Keneally
55 The Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
56 Native Son Richard Wright
57 Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence
58 Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
59 Ragtime E.L. Docorow
60 Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
61 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
62 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
63 From Here to Eternity James Jones
64 Main Street Sinclair Lewis
65 The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
66 Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler
67 Henderson the Rain King Saul Bellow
68 Appointment in Samarra John O'Hara
69 The Wapshot Chronicles John Cheever
70 The Day of the Locust Nathanael West
71 The Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles
72 The World According to Garp John Irving
73 The French Lieutenant's Woman John Fowles
74 Waterland Graham Swift
75 Go Tell it on the Mountain James Baldwin


Blogger melissa said...

caitlin, this looks like an awesome project! i really need to set myself a reading list. i always get distracted by colorful covers or reference books, but as a pre-service teacher majoring in English, i really need to read some "high school novels" before i start teaching them.

your blog seems to keep UK time rather than aussie time, i am not really online at 3am!

12/10/2005 11:20:00 am  
Blogger Caitlin said...

Great photo!

12/10/2005 01:15:00 pm  

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