1001 Books to Read

Yesterday was my 30th birthday and I wanted to see how generally well read I am, so after some web surfing I came across a list of 1001 “must read” books on listology. Here’s the link to the list. Let’s see how I do…


From before 1700 – 2 total


1000. Aesop’s Fables – Aesupus

1001. Metamorphosis – Ovid


1700s: – 0

Absolutely nothing! How did that happen?


1800s: – 28

938. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin 

937. Mansfield Park – Jane Austin

915. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal

913. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

905. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

904. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

903. Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte

902. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

899. Shirley – Charlotte Bronte

898. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

897. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorn

896. Moby Dick – Herman Melville

891. Villette – Charlotte Bronte

886. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

883. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

880. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

876. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

868. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol

867. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

848. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne

843. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot

835. Ben-Hur Lew Wallace

825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

808. Tess of the D’urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

804. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

799. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

790. The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells

789. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James


1900s: – 31

780. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

736. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce

726. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton

723. Ulysses – James Joyce

722. Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis

717. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse

699. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

671. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner

667. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

663. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

610. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

592. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

564. Animal Farm – George Orwell

559. The Plague – Albert Camus

547. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

529. The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

521. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

508. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

494. The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

484. One the Road – Jack Kerouac

456. To Kills a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

450. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

434. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn

399. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez

375. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

347. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon

335. Ragtime – E. L. Doctorow

320. Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice

312. The Shining – Stephen King

291. Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

92. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy


2000s: – 2

19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

8. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth


63 Total – so about 6% of the list. When you put it that way it feels pretty insignificant! I’m going to come back in a year, after my 31st birthday and see how much I have improved.


Question: How many books on this list have you read?

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