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I love lists. Actually, mine will look a lot like David's.

Collected Stories -- Flannery O'Connor

Jayber Crow -- Wendell Berry

Infinite Jest -- David Foster Wallace

Little Dorrit - Charles Dickens

The Brothers Karamazov -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Runners Up

The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

The Lord of the Rings -- J.R.R. Tolkien

The Heart of the Matter -- Graham Greene

Silas Marner -- George Eliot

The Moviegoer -- Walker Percy

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Similarities abound, guys:

Collected Stories, Flannery O'Connor

Crime & Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Gilead, Marilynne Robinson

The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien

The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson

Almost there:

Underworld, Don DeLillo

A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin

The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler

The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett

Clockers, Richard Price

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Argh, indeed.

Look Homeward, Angel - Thomas Wolfe

Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace

Gilead - Marilynne Robinson

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I love lists. Actually, mine will look a lot like David's.

Collected Stories -- Flannery O'Connor

Jayber Crow -- Wendell Berry

Infinite Jest -- David Foster Wallace

Little Dorrit - Charles Dickens

The Brothers Karamazov -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Runners Up

The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

The Lord of the Rings -- J.R.R. Tolkien

The Heart of the Matter -- Graham Greene

Silas Marner -- George Eliot

The Moviegoer -- Walker Percy

I think that's a positive evolution over time. :) Here's mine:

Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Idiot (could easily be Bros Karamazov, depending on the day)

Graham Greene - The Power and the Glory

Flannery O'Connor - The Complete Stories

C.S. Lewis - The Screwtape Letters

Neil Gaiman - The Sandman

It's tough to put up a list with so little genre fiction, but whatreyagonnado? I guess I'll fill up my honorable mentions with that stuff:

Octavia Butler - Bloodchild

Mary Doria Russell - The Sparrow

JRR Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings

Warren Ellis - Transmetropolitan

Isaac Asimov - Foundation

Edited by old wave

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Argh, indeed.

Look Homeward, Angel - Thomas Wolfe

Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace

Gilead - Marilynne Robinson

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I love lists. Actually, mine will look a lot like David's.

Collected Stories -- Flannery O'Connor

Jayber Crow -- Wendell Berry

Infinite Jest -- David Foster Wallace

Little Dorrit - Charles Dickens

The Brothers Karamazov -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Runners Up

The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

The Lord of the Rings -- J.R.R. Tolkien

The Heart of the Matter -- Graham Greene

Silas Marner -- George Eliot

The Moviegoer -- Walker Percy

I think that's a positive evolution over time. :) Here's mine:

Well, at least I'm slightly consistent. I'd still vouch for four of the five from that original list. I'd boot Thomas Wolfe unceremoniously, though. I don't know what I was thinking. Well, actually I do know what I was thinking. I was thinking that I was transported by Look Homeward, Angel as a seventeen-year-old. But having read it again in the past year, I see all kinds of flaws. Wolfe captures the hyperventilating nature of adolescence very well. Alas, it is still the hyperventilating nature of adolescence.

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The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck

A Prayer for Owen Meany, Irving

The Essential Rumi, trans and compiled by Barks

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain

Stranger in a Strange Land, Heinlein

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Some great lists here. It's great to see the same books popping up on multiple lists.

Curious: Any Updike fans on here? Is there a separate Updike thread I missed? I ask because I've been trying to get into his work and while I see his gift I can't say I particularly enjoy, say, "Rabbit, Run".

I suppose this is a comment for another thread, however.

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Silence-Shusaku Endo

Never Let Me Go-Kazuo Ishiguro

Childhood's End-Arthur C. Clarke

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter-Carson McCullers

Till We Have Faces-C.S. Lewis

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This is just goofing off, and some of you were saying that we couldn't ever do a Top 100 list for books ...

Collected Stories - by Flannery O’Connor (5 - M. Leary, Jason Panella, David Kern, Andy Whitman, old wave)

The Lord of the Rings - by J.R.R. Tolkien (4 - Overstreet, yank_eh, Darryl A. Armstrong, Cheryl R)

A Prayer for Owen Meany - by John Irving (3 - Techne, Jim Janknegt, Darrel Manson)

The Moviegoer - by Walker Percy (3 - Tyler, Jim Janknegt, M. Leary)

Orthodoxy - by G.K. Chesterton (3 - Overstreet, yank_eh, Persiflage)

Winter’s Tale - by Mark Helprin (3 - Overstreet, Crow, Darryl A. Armstrong)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - by Mark Twain (2 - J. Henry Waugh, Darrel Manson)

Blood Meridian - by Cormac McCarthy (2 - J. Henry Waugh, David Kern)

Brideshead Revisited - by Evelyn Waugh (2 - Jim Janknegt, David Kern)

Crime and Punishment - by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (2 - NBooth, Jason Panella)

Gilead - by Marilynne Robinson (2 - Andy Whitman, Jason Panella)

The Idiot - by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (2 - NBooth, old wave)

Jayber Crow - by Wendell Berry (2 - David Kern, Andy Whitman)

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - by Susanna Clarke (2 - Tyler, Crow)

Little Dorrit - by Charles Dickens (2 - Gina, Andy Whitman)

The Sound and the Fury - by William Faulkner (2 - M. Leary, NBooth)

Till We Have Faces - by C.S. Lewis (2 - Cunningham, Tyler)

A Tale of Two Cities - by Charles Dickens - Gina

Absalom Absalom! - by William Faulkner - NBooth

All the King’s Men - by Robert Penn Warren - Cunningham

The Anatomy of Melancholy - by Robert Burton - du Garbandier

The Big Sleep - by Raymond Chandler - Jason Panella

Blankets - by Craig Thompson - Cunningham

Bleak House - by Charles Dickens - Cunningham

The Bone People - by Keri Hulme - Techne

The Book of the Dun Cow - by Walter Wangerin Jr. - yank_eh

Brave New World - by Aldous Huxley - Ryan H.

The Brothers Karamazov - by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Andy Whitman

Childhood’s End - by Arthur C. Clarke - Tyler

Collected Poems - by W.H. Auden - du Garbandier

Confessions - by St. Augustine - du Garbandier

The Complete Sherlock Holmes - by Arthur Conan Doyle - Persiflage

The Crossing - by Cormac McCarthy - Cunningham

Crossing to Safety - by Wallace Stegner - David Kern

Cryptonomicon - by Neal Stephenson - Crow

Dandelion Wine - by Ray Bradbury - M. Leary

Dhalgren - by Steve Delany - M. Leary

The Diamond Age - by Neal Stephenson - Jason Panella

Ender’s Game - by Orson Scott Card - Darryl A. Armstrong

The Essential Rumi - translated by Coleman Barks - Darrel Manson

Foucault’s Pendulum - by Umberto Eco - Darryl A. Armstrong

Gaudy Night - by Dorothy Sayers - Gina

The Grapes of Wrath - by John Steinbeck - Darrel Manson

The Great Gatsby - by F. Scott Fitzgerald - J. Henry Waugh

In Our Time - by Ernest Hemingway - J. Henry Waugh

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - by Douglas Adams - Crow

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - by Carson McCullers - Tyler

House Made of Dawn - by N. Scott Momaday - Cheryl R.

Incredibly Loud and Unbelievably Close - by John Irving - Techne

Infinite Jest - by David Foster Wallace - Andy Whitman

The Last Good Kiss - by James Crumley - J. Henry Waugh

Les Miserables - by Victor Hugo - Darryl A. Armstrong

Let Us Talk of Many Things - by William F. Buckley, Jr. - Persiflage

The Life of Samuel Johnson - by James Boswell - du Garbandier

The Little Prince - by Antoine de St. Exupery - yank_eh

Lolita - by Vladimir Nabokov - Ryan H.

The Magus - by John Fowles - Ryan H.

The Man Born to Be King - by Dorothy Sayers - Gina

Master and Commander - by Patrick O’Brian - Persiflage

Mr. Ive’s Christmas - by Oscar Hijuelos - Jim Janknegt

Mr. Standfast - by John Buchan - Persiflage

Mrs. Dalloway - by Virginia Woolf - Cheryl R

The Name of the Rose - by Umberto Eco - techne

Never Let Me Go - by Kazuo Ishiguro - Tyler

Obsession - by A.S. Byatt - techne

Peter Pan - by J.M. Barrie - Ryan H.

Pobby and Dingan - by Ben Rice - yank_eh

The Poisonwood Bible - by Barbara Kingsolver - Cheryl R

The Power and the Glory - by Graham Greene - old wave

Rashomon and 17 Other Stories - by Ryunosuke Akutagawa - Ryan H.

The Sandman - by Neil Gaiman - old wave

The Screwtape Letters - by C.S. Lewis - old wave

Silence - by Shusaku Endo - Tyler

So Young, Brave, and Handsome - by Leif Enger - Crow

The Stories of J.F. Powers - by J.F. Powers - du Garbandier

Stranger in a Strange Land - by Robert Heinlein - Darrel Manson

The Things They Carried - by Tim O’Brien - Jason Panella

Time’s Arrow - by Martin Amis - Cheryl R.

To Kill a Mockingbird - by Harper Lee - Jim Janknegt

Tristram Shandy - by Laurence Sterne - NBooth

Watership Down - by Richard Adams - Overstreet

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Somehow I missed this thread in its original run and its recent revival.

Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner

The Complete Stories - Flannery O'Connor

Gilead - Marilynne Robinson

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Good Poems - edited by Garrison Keillor

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I also missed this thread.

1. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry

2. A Soldier of the Great War - Mark Helprin

3. The Mauritius Command - Patrick O'Brian (I should probably just include all the books I've currently read in the series)

4. The Forever War - Dexter Filkins

5. A Bridge Too Far - Cornelius Ryan

And, since Andrew bends the rules a few posts down, let me add one more that just missed my top 5...

Suttree - Cormac McCarthy

Edited by Baal_T'shuvah

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King Lear - Shakespeare

Divine Comedy -Dante

Till we Have Faces -CS Lewis

Winters Tale- Mark Helprin

The Gideon's Bible ( so lonesome and waiting there- i always double check to see )

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So I'm bending the rules a bit:

- The Aubrey-Maturin books, by Patrick O'Brian

- The Great World, by David Malouf

- Something Like and Autobiography, by Akira Kurosawa

- The Quartet, by Francois Emmanuel

- The Sorrow of War, by Bao Ninh

Just missing the cutoff:

- Blankets, by Craig Thompson

- Shakespeare's tragedies

- either No Country for Old Men or The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

- The Brothers Karamazov, by Dostoevsky

- something by Murakami, probably Wind Up Bird Chronicle or Norwegian Wood

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The Bible memorial list:

Orthodoxy - G.K. Chesterton

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R.Tolkien

Till We Have Faces - C.S. Lewis

How Should We Then Live - Francis Schaeffer

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

Flannery O'Connor: The Complete Story just misses the top 5.

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17 feels too young to make one of these, but here goes.

(No order)

Ulysses - James Joyce
Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov

Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon

The Recognitions - William Gaddis

The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

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17 feels too young to make one of these, but here goes.

(No order)

Ulysses - James Joyce

Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov

Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon

The Recognitions - William Gaddis

The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

 

Pale Fire. Cool.

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