Books I read from a 100 Great Novels list


There’s nothing like tallying one’s completed books on a decent list of classic novels to put a bit of extra fire in one’s reading tail. The list on the Great Books Guide website doesn’t include all my favorite classic novels, and it is too heavy in certain authors, in my opinion, but then again I also have only finished 37 books off their list. The ones I have read are listed here. The rest are listed at the above website.

  1. Henry Fielding, Tom Jones – I read this one when I was still in undergrad, so at least a decade ago, but I remember that it was very long and eventually got good. It is a lot like Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn stories, only Tom Jones has to grow up and act civilized eventually, and seems to want to.
  2. Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  3. Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude – I loved Love in the Time of Cholera, but 100 Years of Solitude was just OK as far as I was concerned.
  4. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment – Who has not had to read this one in school?
  5. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations – This one runs together in my head with Tom Jones, and they are similar, but I read this one in high school, back in the 90’s.
  6. Victor Hugo, Les Misérables – The chapter on the Paris sewers is pretty long and tedious, but the rest of the book is fantastic.
  7. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice – Her books all run together in my memory, a bunch of pretty women and handsome men in soap operas.
  8. Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises – I HATED this book.
  9. Franz Kafka, The Trial
  10. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby – I HATED this book, too.
  11. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina – There are two kinds of readers, those who were surprised at Anna’s death and those who were egging her on to jump in front of the train.
  12. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  13. George Eliot, Silas Marner – I read this book in middle school, so as a pre-teen, and it was very slow-going then, but a nice story.
  14. Honore de Balzac, Le Pére Goriot
  15. Jane Austen, Emma – This one was almost memorable, but Jane Eyre was soooo much better.
  16. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
  17. Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
  18. Henry James, The American – If a man were to try to write a Jane Austen book, this might be what he’d end up with. The female characters are not all that believable, but this is definitely a soap opera with a pistol duel thrown in.
  19. Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist – I loved this book, back in 3rd grade when I first read it.
  20. John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
  21. George Orwell, 1984 – I just read this one a few months ago, and I liked Animal Farm a lot better.
  22. Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop
  23. George Orwell, Animal Farm
  24. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  25. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
  26. Jack Kerouac, On the Road
  27. Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  28. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities – I really enjoyed this book, a great perspective on the French Revolution. Some of the Mel Brooks film History of the World Part 1 came from this book, somewhat.
  29. Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Heinlein is a sexist, mysogynist bastard, and if you read this book, you won’t need me to tell you. Actually he may be quite nice, but some of his books are terrible.
  30. William Gibson, Neuromancer – This book had a cool premise, but it was almost too subtle and mysterious and robbed itself of much of its potential impact.
  31. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
  32. Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  33. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Possessed (aka The Devils) – This book did get good, after about 400pgs of extremely slow character development.
  34. Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych – I HATED this book, too.
  35. Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata – And this one. I get the feeling that the person who compiled this list has a very different taste in books, to have so many of the classics I hated most, all in one list.
  36. Charles Dickens, David Copperfield – This one is also like Great Expectations and Tom Jones, but more individually memorable.
  37. Frank Herbert, Dune – This book was great, but the rest of the series gets VERY shaky. I am still not sold on why the jihad was necessary in book 2.

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