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100 Great Novels

In yet another probably futile effort at "self-improvement," I want to read 100 “great” novels; that is, I am limiting this list to fiction novels, not “great books” in general.

I want the books to represent a range of centuries and decades, rather than limiting my selection to the 20th century or “modern” novels.

I am currently perusing a variety of lists of “best,” “greatest,” and “most influential” books and will compile my own list from a variety of sources, based largely on the titles most often cited.

I am, of course, open to suggestions from my literate circle of internet friends.

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dblume
Aug. 12th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
I recently read Anathem, and loved it. I had a hard time starting it, but I think that I was filled with a bit too much anxiety over language in the book. It's on a few "best of" lists.

If you do read it, and keep a smartphone or tablet nearby, you may want to use this glossary I made for it: http://anathem.dlma.com/

I optimized it for my phone. Sosumi.

Good luck! Let us know what you do read. Will you be using any services like goodreads.com?
davidd
Aug. 18th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
Impressive Glossary
The glossary you created for Anathem is impressive, much more thorough than the mere "lists of words to look up" I often compile while reading. I've enthusiastically added this book to my list, as I wanted to include some "hard" science fiction titles. Thank you for the excellent suggestion!

Edited at 2013-08-19 02:11 am (UTC)
sjonsvenson
Aug. 12th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
make sure there is room for the Prose Edda in that list.
davidd
Aug. 18th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
Prose Edda - Excellent Suggestion
Thank you for the Prose Edda suggestion. Many "best" lists include the Greek myths, Odyssey and Iliad and even Aeneid, but ancient Icelandic texts seem to be largely overlooked. This one is definitely going on my list... for arcane literature geek (as opposed to Greek) cred if nothing else!

Edited at 2013-08-19 02:12 am (UTC)
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