Another reading goal

The 100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Chart by Pop Chart Lab floated around the internet about a year or so ago, but I only learned of it recently after Amanda ordered me their Birds of North America poster (for research!).  The idea of the poster is simple: here are 100 well-regarded, “essential” novels that you should read, and when you do read it, scratch it off on the poster to reveal something extra.  Well, it seems like the perfect gift for my 15 y.o. nephew after, in one year, he knocked out Thomas Pynchon’s Crying of Lot 49, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, and DFW’s Infinite Jest.

When the poster came in the mail the other day, I couldn’t help but count up the books I’d already read (28 of the 100) and look for recommendations for future reading.  So I’m posting it below for myself and you, our three faithful readers (hi Canelli!).  How many of these have you read?

Year Author Title
1605 Miguel De Cervantes Don Quixote
1719 Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe
1813 Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
1818 Mary Shelley Frankenstein
1847 Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre
1847 Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights
1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter
1851 Herman Melville Moby Dick
1861 Charles Dickens Great Expectations
1866 Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment
1871 George Eliot Middlemarch
1877 Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina
1884 Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1895 Stephen Crane The Red Badge of Courage
1899 Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness
1905 Edith Wharton The House of Mirth
1915 Ford Madox Ford The Good Soldier
1915 Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis
1916 James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
1924 E.M. Forster A Passage to India
1925 Theodore Dreiser An American Tragedy
1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
1925 Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway
1926 Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises
1927 Thornton Wilder The Bridge of San Luis Rey
1927 Willa Cather Death Comes for the Archbishop
1927 Virginia Woolf To The Lighthouse
1929 Dashiell Hamet The Maltese Falcon
1929 William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury
1934 John O’Hara Appointment in Samarra
1934 Robert Graves I Clavdivs
1934 Henry Miller Tropic of Cancer
1936 Margaret Mitchell Gone With the Wind
1937 Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God
1938 Elizabeth Bowen The Death of the Heart
1939 Flann O’Brien At Swim-Two-Birds
1939 Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep
1939 John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath
1939 Nathanael West The Day of the Locust
1940 Carson McCullers The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
1940 Richard Wright Native Son
1945 George Orwell Animal Farm
1946 Robert Penn Warren All The King’s Men
1947 Malcolm Lowry Under the Volcano
1948 Graham Greene The Heart of the Matter
1949 George Orwell 1984
1950 C.S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
1951 J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye
1951 Anthony Powell A Dance to the Music of Time
1952 Ralph Ellison Invisible Man
1953 Saul Bellow The Adventures of Augie March
1953 James Baldwin Go Tell It on the Mountain
1953 Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451
1954 J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings
1954 Iris Murdoch Under the Net
1954 William Golding Lord of the Flies
1955 Vladimir Nabokov Lolita
1955 William Gaddis The Recognitions
1957 Jack Kerouac On The Road
1957 James Agee A Death in the Family
1958 Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart
1959 William Burroughs Naked Lunch
1960 John Updike Rabbit, Run
1960 Harper Lee To Kill A Mockingbird
1961 Joseph Heller Catch-22
1961 V.S. Naipaul A House for Mr. Biswas
1962 Doris Lessing The Golden Notebook
1962 Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
1962 Vladimir Nabokov Pale Fire
1962 Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange
1965 Jerzy Kosinski The Painted Bird
1966 Thomas Pynchon The Crying of Lot 49
1966 Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea
1967 Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude
1969 Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-Five
1970 James Dickey Deliverance
1974 Robert Stone Dog Soldiers
1975 E.L. Doctorow Ragtime
1977 John Cheever Falconer
1977 Joan Didion Play It as It Lays
1979 Italo Calvino If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
1981 Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children
1984 Martin Amis Money
1984 William Gibson Neuromancer
1985 Don DeLillo White Noise
1985 Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian
1985 Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale
1986 Richard Ford The Sportswriter
1987 Toni Morrison Beloved
1988 David Markson Wittgenstein’s Mistress
1993 Annie Proulx The Shipping News
1996 David Foster Wallace Infinite Jest
1997 Philip Roth American Pastoral
1997 Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things
2000 Zadie Smith White Teeth
2002 Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex
2004 Robert Bolano 2666
2004 Marilynne Robinson Gilead
2007 Junot Diaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2007 Denis Johnson Tree of Smoke


  1. Luigus


    1. dasfuller (Post author)

      And which of those 45 is Moby Dick?

      1. Luigus

        Damn you.


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