Saturday, September 24, 2011


I know, I am the worst blogger ever. There really is no excuse considering its been over a YEAR since I last posted. Oh, wait, didn't I have a baby or something? Right. Anyway, I have vowed to keep everyone up to date on all the creepy little details of my life and continue to post chapters of my finished book. I would also like to invite everyone to follow me on my journey of self culturalizing (is that even a word?) by reading TIME's 100 best novels from 1923-present and NY Times top 100 novels ever! Join me! We will be well read and awesome together! Here are the full lists cross-referenced for duplication:

A - B

The Adventures of Augie March (1953), by Saul Bellow

All the King's Men (1946), by Robert Penn Warren

American Pastoral (1997), by Philip Roth

An American Tragedy (1925), by Theodore Dreiser

Animal Farm (1946), by George Orwell

Appointment in Samarra (1934), by John O'Hara

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (1970), by Judy Blume

The Assistant (1957), by Bernard Malamud

At Swim-Two-Birds (1938), by Flann O'Brien

Atonement (2002), by Ian McEwan

Beloved (1987), by Toni Morrison

The Berlin Stories (1946), by Christopher Isherwood

The Big Sleep (1939), by Raymond Chandler

The Blind Assassin (2000), by Margaret Atwood

Blood Meridian (1986), by Cormac McCarthy

Brideshead Revisited (1946), by Evelyn Waugh

The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927), by Thornton Wilder

C - D

Call It Sleep (1935), by Henry Roth

Catch-22 (1961), by Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye (1951), by J.D. Salinger

A Clockwork Orange (1963), by Anthony Burgess

The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), by William Styron

The Corrections (2001), by Jonathan Franzen

The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), by Thomas Pynchon

A Dance to the Music of Time (1951), by Anthony Powell

The Day of the Locust (1939), by Nathanael West

Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), by Willa Cather

A Death in the Family (1958), by James Agee

The Death of the Heart (1958), by Elizabeth Bowen

Deliverance (1970), by James Dickey

Dog Soldiers (1974), by Robert Stone

F - G

Falconer (1977), by John Cheever

The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969), by John Fowles

The Golden Notebook (1962), by Doris Lessing

Go Tell it on the Mountain (1953), by James Baldwin

Gone With the Wind (1936), by Margaret Mitchell

The Grapes of Wrath (1939), by John Steinbeck

Gravity's Rainbow (1973), by Thomas Pynchon

The Great Gatsby (1925), by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H - I

A Handful of Dust (1934), by Evelyn Waugh

The Heart is A Lonely Hunter (1940), by Carson McCullers

The Heart of the Matter (1948), by Graham Greene

Herzog (1964), by Saul Bellow

Housekeeping (1981), by Marilynne Robinson

A House for Mr. Biswas (1962), by V.S. Naipaul

I, Claudius (1934), by Robert Graves

Infinite Jest (1996), by David Foster Wallace

Invisible Man (1952), by Ralph Ellison

L - N

Light in August (1932), by William Faulkner

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (1950), by C.S. Lewis

Lolita (1955), by Vladimir Nabokov

Lord of the Flies (1955), by William Golding

The Lord of the Rings (1954), by J.R.R. Tolkien

Loving (1945), by Henry Green

Lucky Jim (1954), by Kingsley Amis

The Man Who Loved Children (1940), by Christina Stead

Midnight's Children (1981), by Salman Rushdie

Money (1984), by Martin Amis

The Moviegoer (1961), by Walker Percy

Mrs. Dalloway (1925), by Virginia Woolf

Naked Lunch (1959), by William Burroughs

Native Son (1940), by Richard Wright

Neuromancer (1984), by William Gibson

Never Let Me Go (2005), by Kazuo Ishiguro

1984 (1948), by George Orwell

O - R

On the Road (1957), by Jack Kerouac

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962), by Ken Kesey

The Painted Bird (1965), by Jerzy Kosinski

Pale Fire (1962), by Vladimir Nabokov

A Passage to India (1924), by E.M. Forster

Play It As It Lays (1970), by Joan Didion

Portnoy's Complaint (1969), by Philip Roth

Possession (1990), by A.S. Byatt

The Power and the Glory (1939), by Graham Greene

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), by Muriel Spark

Rabbit, Run (1960), by John Updike

Ragtime (1975), by E.L. Doctorow

The Recognitions (1955), by William Gaddis

Red Harvest (1929), by Dashiell Hammett

Revolutionary Road (1961), by Richard Yates

S - T

The Sheltering Sky (1949), by Paul Bowles

Slaughterhouse Five (1969), by Kurt Vonnegut

Snow Crash (1992), by Neal Stephenson

The Sot-Weed Factor (1960), by John Barth

The Sound and the Fury (1929), by William Faulkner

The Sportswriter (1986), by Richard Ford

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1964), by John le Carre

The Sun Also Rises (1926), by Ernest Hemingway

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), by Zora Neale Hurston

Things Fall Apart (1959), by Chinua Achebe

To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), by Harper Lee

To the Lighthouse (1927), by Virginia Woolf

Tropic of Cancer (1934), by Henry Miller

U - W

Ubik (1969), by Philip K. Dick

Under the Net (1954), by Iris Murdoch

Under the Volcano (1947), by Malcolm Lowry

Watchmen (1986), by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

White Noise (1985), by Don DeLillo

White Teeth (2000), by Zadie Smith

Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), by Jean Rhys

"Ulysses," James Joyce

"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," James Joyce

"Brave New World," Aldous Huxley

"Darkness at Noon," Arthur Koestler

"Sons and Lovers," D. H. Lawrence

"The Way of All Flesh," Samuel Butler

"Henderson the Rain King," Saul Bellow "U.S.A." (trilogy), John Dos Passos

"Winesburg, Ohio," Sherwood Anderson

"The Wings of the Dove," Henry James

"The Ambassadors," Henry James

"Tender Is the Night," F. Scott Fitzgerald

"The Studs Lonigan Trilogy," James T. Farrell

"The Good Soldier," Ford Madox Ford

"The Golden Bowl," Henry James

"Sister Carrie," Theodore Dreiser

"As I Lay Dying," William Faulkner

"Howards End," E. M. Forster

"Point Counter Point," Aldous Huxley

"The Secret Agent," Joseph Conrad "Nostromo," Joseph Conrad

"The Rainbow," D. H. Lawrence

"Women in Love," D. H. Lawrence

"The Naked and the Dead," Norman Mailer

"The Maltese Falcon," Dashiell Hammett

"Parade's End," Ford Madox Ford

"The Age of Innocence," Edith Wharton

"Zuleika Dobson," Max Beerbohm

"From Here to Eternity," James Jones

"The Wapshot Chronicles," John Cheever

"Of Human Bondage," W. Somerset Maugham

"Heart of Darkness," Joseph Conrad "Main Street," Sinclair Lewis

"The House of Mirth," Edith Wharton "The Alexandria Quartet," Lawrence Durrell "A High Wind in Jamaica," Richard Hughes

"A Farewell to Arms," Ernest Hemingway

"Scoop," Evelyn Waugh

"Finnegans Wake," James Joyce

"Kim," Rudyard Kipling

"A Room With a View," E. M. Forster "Angle of Repose," Wallace Stegner

"A Bend in the River," V. S. Naipaul

"Lord Jim," Joseph Conrad

"The Old Wives' Tale," Arnold Bennett "The Call of the Wild," Jack London "Tobacco Road," Erskine Caldwell "Ironweed," William Kennedy

"The Magus," John Fowles

"Sophie's Choice," William Styron

"The Postman Always Rings Twice," James M. Cain

"The Ginger Man," J. P. Donleavy

"The Magnificent Ambersons," Booth Tarkington

Minus what I've already read:

Animal Farm, Atonement, Beloved, The Great Gatsby, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, 1984, On the Road, Slaughterhouse Five, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Room with A View, and The Call of the Wild (not many relatively I am sad to say)

And I am left with...lots of books!!!

So let's better ourselves through reading together. Turn off the TV, iphone, computer (after reading this blog of course). Settle down on the couch, grab a glass of wine, and crack open a great book with me. Then we'll discuss. Ready...