One hundred ‘new’ classics

What have you read?
Strikethrough – never read
Bold – read
Italic – started but never finished

1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000)

I have absolutely no interest in Harry Potter. Dunno why.
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
I bought this book because my mom wanted it.
4. The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr (1995)
5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)
7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)
10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (1997)
11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (1997)
12. Blindness, José Saramago (1998)
13. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)
14. Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates (1992)

15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (2000)
Hated it.
16. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (1986)
17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (1988)
18. Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (1990)
19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (2005)
20. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding (1998)

21. On Writing, Stephen King (2000)
22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz (2007)
23. The Ghost Road, Pat Barker (1996)

24. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry (1985)
25. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (1989)

Should I admit I read this one?
26. Neuromancer, William Gibson (1984)
27. Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990)
28. Naked, David Sedaris (1997)
29. Bel Canto, Anne Patchett (2001)
I read this very recently (like a month ago) and now I can’t remember anything about it. So it must not have been that memorable.
30. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (2004)
31. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien (1990)
32. Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch (1988)
33. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion (2005)

34. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (2002)
35. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
36. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt (1996)
37. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (2003)
38. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore (1998)

39. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri (2000)
40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000)
41. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1984)
42. LaBrava, Elmore Leonard (1983)
43. Borrowed Time, Paul Monette (1988)
44. Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene (1991)
45. Eva Luna, Isabel Allende (1988)
46. Sandman, Neil Gaiman (1988-1996)
47. World’s Fair, E.L. Doctorow (1985)

48. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (1998)
49. Clockers, Richard Price (1992)
50. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (2001)
Isn’t this the guy who dissed Oprah? I didn’t like this book at all.
51. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom (1990)
52. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan (1992)
No idea why this is a classic.
53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (2000)
54. Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware (2000)
55. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls (2006)
56. The Night Manager, John le Carré (1993)
57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe (1987)
58. Drop City, TC Boyle (2003)
59. Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat (1995)

60. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)
Ehrenreich annoyed me. But a fast read.
61. Money, Martin Amis (1985)
62. Last Train To Memphis, Peter Guralnick (1994)
63. Pastoralia, George Saunders (2000)
64. Underworld, Don DeLillo (1997)

I just can’t get into Don DeLillo.
65. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1993)
66. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace (1997)

67. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (2003)
I thought this book was very predictable.
68. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (2006)
69. Secret History, Donna Tartt (1992)
70. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)

71. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman (1997)
I liked this book for the one anecdote about Dwight Conquergood–somebody I met once or twice in my life but who made quite an impression.
72. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (2003)
73. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving (1989)
I read this book in 1989 and liked it back then.
74. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (1990)
75. Cathedral, Raymond Carver (1983)
76. A Sight for Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell (1998)

77. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)
78. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)
79. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (2000)
80. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney (1984)

81. Backlash, Susan Faludi (1991)
82. Atonement, Ian McEwan (2002)
83. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (1994)
84. Holes, Louis Sachar (1998)
85. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson (2004)

86. And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts (1987)
My copy of this book is on a bookshelf in the Netherlands.
87. The Ruins, Scott Smith (2006)
88. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (1995)
89. Close Range, Annie Proulx (1999)
90. Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl (2001)
91. Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (2003)

92. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (1987)
Another book that’s embarrassing to admit to.
93. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (1991)
94. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (2001)
95. Kaaterskill Falls, Allegra Goodman (1998)

96. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (2003)
Couldn’t understand the excitement about this one.
97. Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson (1992)
98. The Predators’ Ball, Connie Bruck (1988)
99. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (1995)
100. America (the Book), Jon Stewart/Daily Show (2004)

5 thoughts on “One hundred ‘new’ classics

  1. The only one of those I have read are the Watchmen (what the hell is with that movie coming out about it? One of the reasons Alan Moore wrote it was to show what the graphic novel as a medium could do that film couldn’t… sorry, dorky moment), the Harry Potter one (although it really should have been harry potter 5 or 6 – not 4) and the Giver (one of the best new young people’s books… at least, I thought so 6 or 7 years ago).

    What source is this list from?

  2. Resistance I soooo agree with you on Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich. I have no idea why progressives love this book. I’ve never read anything more classist/racist/hateful in my life. Then I got to meet with her in a group of 8 at college and she was horrible then too. Plus, there’s the whole issue of listening to her voice, as opposed to actual poor people, and her profiting so much from faking poor yet not donating a cent to the actual poor. Or the fact that it’s so unscientific — why didn’t she take busses? keep a published budget? why did she buy drugs? I could go on and on… A much better book is Harvard Works Because We Do IMO

    Other than that I’ve read Harry P., Beloved, the things they carried, the giver, remains of the day, and holes.

  3. Harry Potter, Bridget Jones, Joy Luck Club, Neuromancer, His Dark Materials (which is actually three books), High Fidelity and The Da Vinci Code.

    And I don’t care! :-P

  4. I don’t care that the only books I’ve read of the hundred are not exactly what one might call “serious”.

    Harry Potter is a nice mixture of everyday and the whimsical. I don’t think you NEED to read it, but it deals quite nicely with racism, actually.

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