Tuesday, May 13, 2008

1001 (Fiction) Books That You Must Read Before You Die

I've finished two books last week: Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead and David Bezmogis's Natasha: A Collection of Short Stories. I'm currently reading Kazuo Ishiguro's The Artist in a Floating World. I'll write more about them sometime.

Anyway, I came upon this list of 1001 (fiction) books you should read before you die. (Thanks to kottke.org for the referral.) It's very humbling because while I already consider myself an avid reader, I've only read about 30 of the books listed:

Contact – Carl Sagan
Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel García Márquez
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
Ulysses – James Joyce
The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan

Given the daunting number of books I have to finish, I don't think I can die anytime soon.

1 comment:

  1. well, who makes the list anyways??? i mean you really won't miss out if you don't read marquez-believe me hehehe :) make your own list instead :)

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