The 1st 100

For details about the 100 and additional information, please visit  Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels.

(Click on the book title to read my review)

  1. (06/28/10) ULYSSES by James Joyce
  2. (07/05/10) THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. (07/12/10) A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce
  4. (07/19/10) LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov
  5. (07/26/10) BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley
  6. (08/02/10) THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner
  7. (08/09/10) CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller
  8. (08/16/10) DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler
  9. (08/23/10) SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence
  10. (08/30/10) THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck
  11. (09/06/10) UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry
  12. (09/13/10) THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler
  13. (09/20/10) 1984 by George Orwell
  14. (09/27/10) I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves
  15. (10/04/10) TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf
  16. (10/12/10) AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser
  17. (10/18/10) THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers
  18. (10/25/10) SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut
  19. (11/01/10) INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison
  20. (11/08/10) NATIVE SON by Richard Wright
  21. (11/15/10) HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow
  22. (11/22/10) APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O’Hara
  23. (12/01/10) U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos
  24. (12/06/10) WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson
  25. (12/13/10) A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster
  26. (12/20/10) THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James
  27. (12/27/10) THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James
  28. (01/03/11) TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  29. (01/11/11) THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell
  30. (01/17/11) THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford
  31. (01/24/11) ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell
  32. (01/31/11) THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James
  33. (02/07/11) SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser
  34. (02/14/11) A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh
  35. (02/21/11) AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner
  36. (02/28/11) ALL THE KING’S MEN by Robert Penn Warren
  37. (03/07/11) THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder
  38. (03/14/11) HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster
  39. (03/21/11) GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin
  40. (03/28/11) THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene
  41. (04/04/11) LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding
  42. (04/11/11) DELIVERANCE by James Dickey
  43. (04/18/11) A QUESTION OF UPBRINGING by Anthony Powell
  44. (04/25/11)POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley
  45. (05/02/11) THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway
  46. (05/09/11) THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad
  47. (05/16/11) NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad
  48. (05/23/11) THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence
  49. (05/30/11) WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence
  50. (06/06/11) TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller
  51. (06/13/11) THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer
  52. (06/20/11) PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth
  53. (06/27/11) PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov
  54. (07/04/11) LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner
  55. (07/11/11) ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac
  56. (07/18/11) THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett
  57. (07/25/11) PARADE’S END by Ford Madox Ford
  58. (08/01/11) THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton
  59. (08/08/11) ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm
  60. (08/15/11) THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy
  61. (08/22/11) DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather
  62. (08/29/11) FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones
  63. (09/05/11) THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES by John Cheever
  64. (09/12/11) THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger
  65. (09/19/11) A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess
  66. (09/26/11) OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham
  67. (10/03/11) HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad
  68. (10/10/11) MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis
  69. (10/17/11) THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton
  70. (10/24/11) THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durell
  71. (10/31/11) A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes
  72. (11/07/11) A HOUSE FOR MR. BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul
  73. (11/14/11) THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West
  74. (11/21/11) A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway
  75. (11/28/11) SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh
  76. (12/05/11) THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark
  77. (12/12/11) FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce
  78. (12/19/11) KIM by Rudyard Kipling
  79. (12/26/11) A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M. Forster
  80. (01/02/12) BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh
  81. (01/09/12) THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow
  82. (01/16/12) ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner
  83. (01/23/12) A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul
  84. (01/30/12) THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen
  85. (02/06/12) LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad
  86. (02/13/12) RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow
  87. (02/20/12) THE OLD WIVES’ TALE by Arnold Bennett
  88. (02/27/12) THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London
  89. (03/05/12) LOVING by Henry Green
  90.  (03/12/12) MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie
  91. (03/19/12) TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell
  92. (03/26/12) IRONWEED by William Kennedy
  93. (04/02/12) THE MAGUS by John Fowles
  94. (04/09/12) WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys
  95. (04/16/12) UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch
  96. (04/23/12) SOPHIE’S CHOICE by William Styron
  97. (04/30/12) THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles
  98. (05/07/12) THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. Cain
  99. (05/14/12) THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy
  100. (05/21/12) THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington
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4 responses to “The 1st 100

  1. Jonathan Lustri

    Hi Ronnie,

    I see you are moving down the list. Wow, and Award? You are not a cyber celebrity. I see you made it through sound and the Fury. I tried this about a year ago, but bailed out. Could not get into it. Is it worth trying again?

    It there a place on this web site to see your review/comments related to these books? Could not find any place that has your comments.

    Love, Jonathan

    PS, I am starting to read a J Frank Dobie book. He is a cowboy writer.

    • vsudia

      I am enjoying the books and am progressing only because I’ve given myself a clearly defined schedule. Without that, I’d still be on book #1…Ulysses, ugh!

      If you want to see my review of The Sound and the Fury, go to the Home section and scroll down to Book #6. Take a look at the comments as well as another reader shared that Faulkner had written four versions which ended up at the final one. If you can put aside the distractions, I think you’d enjoy it.

      Dobie is a fellow Texan I see. I’m not sure I’d enjoy him, but you could convince me with your comments after you finish reading.

  2. Wow you’ve read so many great books!
    I only wish that in two years that I will have read at least half as much as you.

    • vsudia

      Thanks for the visit. Although I love reading, I still find I must be disciplined in order to keep up with all that I want to enjoy. I’m sure you’ll read many great ones as well. Love your blog and great photos!

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