Author Topic: Top 100 Books 2012 discussion thread  (Read 14617 times)


  • Objectively Awesome
  • *****
  • Posts: 17981
  • Hi there! Feed me worlds!
Re: Top 100 Books 2012 discussion thread
« Reply #200 on: January 29, 2013, 11:16:57 PM »
Top 100 books I'm planning to read:
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky (If only to prove to ALL OF YOU how much better the Brothers is :P )
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Complete Works of Charles Dickens - Charles Dickens (well, some more of them, anyway)
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Never had any interest, but heck, it's short)
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Short Novels of John Steinbeck - John Steinbeck (More of them)
The Trial - Franz Kafka
A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn
The Dark Tower - Stephen King (I've read the first two, I guess I'll finish it, although I wasn't impressed)
Oxford Time Travel - Connie Willis
"Flannery O'Connor : Collected Works" - Flannery O'Connor (I certainly need to read more)
Jennifer Government - Max Barry (Mrs. Oldkid wants to read this, too)
The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
I, Lucifer - Glen Duncan
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
Moonraker's Bride - Madeleine Brent

The ones I've read:

1. Middle-Earth Books - J.R.R. Tolkien
2.   1984 - George Orwell
3.   The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare
4.   Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
6.   Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
8.   The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
9.   The Ender's Game Series - Orson Scott Card
12.   Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Watterson
14.   In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
16.   The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series - Douglas Adams
20.   The Bible
21.   The Robot Series - Isaac Asimov
22.   To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
23.   Watchmen - Alan Moore and David Gibbons
27.   The Foundation series - Isaac Asimov
29.   Watership Down - Richard Adams
30.   Complete Works of Oscar Wilde - Oscar Wilde (Well, a good portion of them)
31.   The Dune Series - Frank Herbert
33.   His Dark Materials Trilogy - Philip Pullman
35.   Animal Farm - George Orwell
39.   The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics - C.S. Lewis  (Yes, even The Abolition of Man, although I don't recommend it)
46.   The Giver - Lois Lowry
48.   Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
49.   Bone - Jeff Smith
50.   The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
52.   The Stand - Stephen King
71.   The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne
80.   On the Road - Jack Kerouac
82.   Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
83.   The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
84.   The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
85.   The Shining - Stephen King
86.   The Time Quintet - Madeleine L'Engle
89.   The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
"It's not art unless it has the potential to be a disaster." Bansky


  • Godfather
  • ******
  • Posts: 9452
  • Snort Life-DOR
Re: Top 100 Books 2012 discussion thread
« Reply #201 on: January 30, 2013, 01:59:20 PM »
The Goodread Top 50 (minus FS list entries)

1. The Hunger Games
2. Twilight
3. Gone With The Wind
4. The Giving Tree
5. Memoirs Of A Geisha
6. The Time Traveller's Wife
7. The Da Vinci Code
8. Anne of Green Gables
9. Lord of the Flies
10. Charlotte's Web
11. Les Misérables
12. The Alchemist
13. Where The Wild Things Are
14. Dracula
15. One Hundred Year of Solitude
16. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
17. The Lovely Bones
18. Water for Elephants
19. Green Eggs and Ham
20. A Thousand Splendid Suns
21. The Secret Garden
22. The Book Thief
23. The Odyssey
24. Anna Karenina
25. Night
26. The Host
27. The Pillars of the Earth
28. The Outsiders
29. The Help
30. Emma
31. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
32. Angela's Ashes
33. The Poisonwood Bible
34. My Sister's Keeper
35. The Handmaid's Tale
36. Where The Sidewalk Ends
37. Frankenstein
38. The Bell Jar
39. The Iliad
40. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
41. War and Peace
42. Rebecca
43. Atlas Shrugged
44. The Color Purple
45. The Fountainhead
46. The Brothers Karamazov
47. Outlander
48. Siddartha
49. Don Quixote
50. A Prayer for Owen Meany
I used to encourage everyone I knew to make art; I don't do that so much anymore. - Banksy


  • Objectively Awesome
  • *****
  • Posts: 26717
  • Bitch, I been around since LimeWire.
Re: Top 100 Books 2012 discussion thread
« Reply #202 on: October 09, 2013, 10:13:51 AM »
David Bowie's List (no particular order):

And so, on to that COMPLETE list of David Bowie’s Top 100 (count 'em) Books.

Interviews With Francis Bacon by David Sylvester
Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
Room At The Top by John Braine
On Having No Head by Douglass Harding
Kafka Was The Rage by Anatole Broyard
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
City Of Night by John Rechy
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Iliad by Homer
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Tadanori Yokoo by Tadanori Yokoo
Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
Inside The Whale And Other Essays by George Orwell
Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
Halls Dictionary Of Subjects And Symbols In Art by James A. Hall
David Bomberg by Richard Cork
Blast by Wyndham Lewis
Passing by Nella Larson
Beyond The Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto
The Origin Of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes
In Bluebeard’s Castle by George Steiner
Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
The Divided Self by R. D. Laing
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Infants Of The Spring by Wallace Thurman
The Quest For Christa T by Christa Wolf
The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter
The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodieby Muriel Spark
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Herzog by Saul Bellow
Puckoon by Spike Milligan
Black Boy by Richard Wright
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima
Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler
The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot
McTeague by Frank Norris
Money by Martin Amis
The Outsider by Colin Wilson
Strange People by Frank Edwards
English Journey by J.B. Priestley
A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Day Of The Locust by Nathanael West
1984 by George Orwell
The Life And Times Of Little Richard by Charles White
Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn
Mystery Train by Greil Marcus
Beano (comic, ’50s)
Raw (comic, ’80s)
White Noise by Don DeLillo
Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm And Blues And The Southern Dream Of Freedom by Peter Guralnick
Silence: Lectures And Writing by John Cage
Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews edited by Malcolm Cowley
The Sound Of The City: The Rise Of Rock And Roll by Charlie Gillete
Octobriana And The Russian Underground by Peter Sadecky
The Street by Ann Petry
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
Last Exit To Brooklyn By Hubert Selby, Jr.
A People’s History Of The United States by Howard Zinn
The Age Of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby
Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz
The Coast Of Utopia by Tom Stoppard
The Bridge by Hart Crane
All The Emperor’s Horses by David Kidd
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos
Tales Of Beatnik Glory by Ed Saunders
The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
Nowhere To Run The Story Of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey
Before The Deluge by Otto Friedrich
Sexual Personae: Art And Decadence From Nefertiti To Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia
The American Way Of Death by Jessica Mitford
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Teenage by Jon Savage
Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Viz (comic, early ’80s)
Private Eye (satirical magazine, ’60s – ’80s)
Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara
The Trial Of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens
Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
Maldodor by Comte de Lautréamont
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders by Lawrence Weschler
Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Transcendental Magic, Its Doctine and Ritual by Eliphas Lévi
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Leopard by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa
Inferno by Dante Alighieri
A Grave For A Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno
The Insult by Rupert Thomson
In Between The Sheets by Ian McEwan
A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes
Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg


  • Bert Macklin, FBI
  • Global Moderator
  • Objectively Awesome
  • *****
  • Posts: 27809
  • What's the rumpus?
    • Benefits of a Classical Education
Re: Top 100 Books 2012 discussion thread
« Reply #203 on: October 10, 2013, 11:56:09 AM »
I have read exactly four of those. Not a great record (though all of them were great). Gatsby! Dying! 84! Waste!
Check out my blog of many topics

“I’m not a quitter, Kimmy! I watched Interstellar all the way to the end!”