I haven’t read all those?

I was idly checking a few of the Top 100 type lists on this site and began to note the titles I should consider reading (and many I am embarrassed to admit I haven’t read yet). I started a pen and paper list on a 3×5 card but soon ran out of room so I returned to the computer to create a more extensive list. I transcribed all the titles from the major lists that I hadn’t read to date. But then I looked at some of the entries and made an executive decision about some of the texts I knew I would never read (Ayn Rand for instance) and pared a small number of titles from the list.

So these are the books experts tell us we should read yet I have not read them. I don’t know if the list is valuable to others but I am including it in this post since I have apparently overtaxed the WordPress menu system. Maybe I’ll add a link to this page on the WebLog to make it easier to reference and possibly keep up to date.

The Top Recommended Books I Have Yet To Read (103)

Dream of the Red Chamber
The Princess of Cleves
Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
Money – Martin Amis
Alcools – Guillaume Apollinaire
Aurelien – Louis Aragon
The Origins of Totalitarianism – Hannah Arendt
The Theatre and its Double – Antonin Artaud
The Bottle Factory Outing – Beryl Bainbridge
Writing Degree Zero — Roland Barthes
The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvoir
The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
Herzog – Saul Bellow
Petersburg — Andrei Bely
The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett
Under the Sun of Satan – Georges Bernanos
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui – Bertolt Brecht
The Sleepwalkers — Hermann Broch
The Thirty-Nine Steps — John Buchan
The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
Second Thoughts – Michel Butor
The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati
Oscar And Lucinda – Peter Carey
Furor and Mystery – René Char
No Orchids For Miss Blandish – James Hadley Chase
Falconer – John Cheever
The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers
Cold Nights — Pa Chin
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
The Satin Slipper – Paul Claudel
Les Vrilles de la vigne (French) – Colette
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard – Joseph Conrad
The BFG – Roald Dahl
Ubik – Philip K. Dick
Play It As It Lays – Joan Didion
Sybil – Benjamin Disraeli
The USA Trilogy – John Dos Passos
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Daniel Deronda — George Eliot
L. A. Confidential – James Ellroy
Capital of Pain – Paul Éluard
Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
The Sportswriter – Richard Ford
The Order of Things – Michel Foucault
The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
Gaston – André Franquin
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality – Sigmund Freud
The Death of Artemio Cruz — Carlos Fuentes
The Recognitions – William Gaddis
Neuromancer – William Gibson
Oblomov — Ivan Goncharov
The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq
Lanark – Alasdair Gray
The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
The Good Soldier Švejk — Jaroslav Hašek
In Our Time – Ernest Hemingway
Les Misérables — Victor Hugo
The Bald Soprano – Eugène Ionesco
The Berlin Stories – Christopher Isherwood
Blake and Mortimer – Edgar P. Jacobs
The Ambassadors – Henry James
The Bostonians – Henry James
The Golden Bowl – Henry James
Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
Snow Country — Yasunari Kawabata
Schindler’s List – Thomas Keneally
A Separate Peace — John Knowles
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera
The Joke – Milan Kundera
Écrits – Jacques Lacan
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils – Selma Lagerlö
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – John le Carre
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy — John Le Carre
Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
The Interrogation – J. M. G. Le Clézio
A Hero of Our Time — Mikhail Lermontov
The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
If This Is a Man – Primo Levi
The Periodic Table – Primo Levi
Tristes Tropiques – Claude Lévi-Strauss
Martin Eden – Jack London
Gypsy Ballads – Federico García Lorca
Dom Casmurro — Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
The Betrothed — Alessandro Manzoni
Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham
Thérèse Desqueyroux – François Mauriac
The Rosy Crucifixion – Henry Miller
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Pursuit Of Love – Nancy Mitford
Watchmen – Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Contempt – Alberto Moravia
Cities of Salt — Abdelrahman Munif
The Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
Nightmare Abbey – Thomas Love Peacock
Amers – Saint-John Perse
Ballad of the Salt Sea – Hugo Pratt
Paroles – Jacques Prévert
Northern Lights [The Golden Compass] – Philip Pullman
Journal, 1887–1910 – Jules Renard
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge – Rainer Maria Rilke
Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
Call It Sleep – Henry Roth
Haroun and the Sea of Stories – Salman Rushdie
Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
Being and Nothingness – Jean-Paul Sartre
Tropisms – Nathalie Sarraute
Waverley — Walter Scott
The Strange Case of Peter the Lett – Georges Simenon
The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
The Gulag Archipelago – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
White Teeth – Zadie Smith
The Man Who Loved Children – Christina Stead
Angle of Repose – Wallace Stegner
The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
The Confessions of Nat Turner – William Styron
Some Prefer Nettles — Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont – Elizabeth Taylor
Friday – Michel Tournier
The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
The Way We Live Now – Anthony Trollope
Asterix the Gaul – René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
Le Silence de la mer – Vercors
Froth on the Daydream – Boris Vian
Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
Native Son – Richard Wright
Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
Germinal— Emile Zola
Confusion of Feelings – Stefan Zweig