Thursday, April 12, 2012

100 Good Reads By Decade

Book Lust was recently introduced to me and I absolutely had to make note of this section.  I'm not very good at reading things out of my area of interest, or branching out/expanding the scope of my reading, etc.  This chapter, though, struck my fancy.  As I continue through my year of wanting to read more, I think I'll use these lists, first picking something from 1900, then something from 1910, and so on.  The list had to be saved somewhere, may as well be here where I can get to it!


1900's

The Golden Bowl - Henry James
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg - Mark Twain
The Man Who Was Thursday - G K Chesterton
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
My Brilliant Career - Miles Franklin
A Room with a View - E M Forster
Kim - Rudyard Kipling
The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
Buddenbrooks - Thomas Mann
The Jungle - Upton Sinclair

1910's

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
My Antonia - Willa Cather
Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson
Sons and Lovers D H Lawrence
The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
Psmith in the City - P G Wodehouse
Of Human Bondage - Somerset Maugham
The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan
The Irish R M - E O Somerville
Trent's Last Case - E C Bentley

1930's

The Good Earth - Pearl Buck
1919 - John Dos Passos
The Maltese Falcon - Sashiell Hammett
The Grapes of Wrath - John Stienbeck
Goodbye, Mr Chips - James Hilton
Miss Lonelyhearts - Nathaniel West
The Citadel - A J Cronin
Captain Horatio Hornblower - CS Forester
Light In August - William Faulkner
Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

1940's

Hiroshima - John Hersey
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
The Moving Toyshop - Edmund Crispin
Gentleman's Agreement - Laura Hobson
Shane - Jack Schaefer
Cross Creek - Marjorie Kinnan Rawling
The Plague - Albert Camus
The Berlin Stories - Christopher Isherwood
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Heminway
Native Son - Richard Wright

1950's

Gift from the Sea - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
A Death in the Family - James Agee
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit - Sloan Wilson
The Fellowship of the Ring - J R R Tolkien
The Mandarins - Simone de Beauvoir

1960's

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - John le Carre
Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov
The Jewel in the Crown - Paul Scott
The Evolution Man, Or, How I Ate My Father - Roy Lewis
The Golden Notebook - Doris Lessing
The Chosen - Chaim Potok
The Eighth Day - Thornton Wilder
The Balkan Trilogy - Olivia Manning
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Confessions of Nat Turner

1970's

Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont - Elizabeth Taylor
The Optimist's Daughter - Eudora Welty
The Siege of Krishnapur - J G Farrell
The Cowboy and the Cossack - Clair Huffacker
Ordinary People - Judith Guest
Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943-1954 - Steven Millhauser
The Shining - Stephen King
Time and Again - Jack Finney
Rumors of Peace - Ella Leftland

1980's

Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
Libra - Don DeLillo
The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant - Anne Tyler
The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe
Victory Over Japan - Ellen Gilchrist
The Prince of Tides - Pat Conroy
Waterland - Graham Swift
A Far Cry from Kensington - Muriel Spark
Gorky Park - Martin Cruz Smith


1990's

The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
The Birthday Boys - Beryl Bainbridge
The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
Train Go Sorry - Leah Hager Cohen
The Deep End of the Ocean - Jacquelyn Mitchard
Native Speaker - Chang-rae Lee
The Bird Artist - Howard Norman
A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy
Memoir from Antproof Case - Mark Helprin


1 comment:

  1. Great idea to read at least one from each decade! I highly recommend The Grapes of Wrath from the '30s. It's an excellent read - raw, but excellent.

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