100 Book Challenge

I have set myself the daunting – and possibly rather foolish – challenge of working my way through 100 books assembled from a combination of must-read lists, taking out those I have already read, and throwing in a few books that I have been meaning to or wanting to read for a long time.

The rather ambitious aim (particularly with hefty tomes like War and Peace in the mix) is to tick off everything on the list within 100 weeks, but failing this I will keep faithfully turning pages until I reach the end.

Follow my progress on this blog through the 100 Book Challenge category.

Here is the full list in all its glory (and no particular order):

  1. The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
  2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  3. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  4. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  5. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  6. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  7. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  8. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  9. Tess of The D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  10. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  11. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  12. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  13. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  14. Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  15. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  16. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  17. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  18. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  19. Ulysses – James Joyce
  20. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  21. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  22. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  23. The Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  24. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  25. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  26. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  27. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  28. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  29. Germinal – Emile Zola
  30. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  31. Possession – A. S. Byatt
  32. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  33. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  34. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  35. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  36. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle
  37. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  38. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  39. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  40. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  41. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  42. Paradise Lost – John Milton
  43. Decameron – Boccaccio
  44. Don Quixote – Cervantes
  45. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  46. Sons and Lovers – D. H. Lawrence
  47. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  48. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  49. Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust
  50. Tristram Shandy – Lawrence Sterne
  51. Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  52. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Goethe
  53. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – John le Carre
  54. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  55. No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy
  56. Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
  57. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
  58. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  59. Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
  60. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  61. The Stranger – Albert Camus
  62. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  63. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  64. Dr Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  65. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  66. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  67. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
  68. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  69. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  70. The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells
  71. Brighton Rock – Grahame Greene
  72. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  73. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegaut
  74. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  75. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  76. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  77. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  78. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  79. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  80. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  81. Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham
  82. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  83. A Room With a View – E. M. Forster
  84. Money – Martin Amis
  85. The Commitments – Roddy Doyle
  86. Under the Net – Iris Murdoch
  87. Music of Chance – Paul Auster
  88. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  89. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
  90. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
  91. Wise Children – Angela Carter
  92. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D. H. Lawrence
  93. The Shining – Stephen King
  94. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
  95. Empire of the Sun – J. G. Ballard
  96. Regeneration – Pat Barker
  97. Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
  98. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
  99. Candide – Voltaire
  100. The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri

One response to “100 Book Challenge

  1. Joel Found

    Moby Dick should be the first… though, I have only read 10 others on this list…

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