Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Book awards: From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books

Book awards by cover

Works (93)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beowulf by Beowulf Poet
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakB
Brave New World by Aldous HuxleyB
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
The Call of the Wild by Jack LondonC
Candide by VoltaireC
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey ChaucerC
Casino Royale by Ian FlemingC
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. SalingerC
Charlotte's Web by E. B. WhiteC
Cloud Atlas by David MitchellC
Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily DickinsonC
Commentary on the Old Testament by C. F. Keil
Commentary on the Old Testament in Ten Volumes, Vol. 1-10 by C. F. Keil
Complete Stories by Flannery O'ConnorC
The Corrections by Jonathan FranzenC
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor DostoyevskyC
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Death of a Salesman by Arthur MillerD
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraD
Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao XueqinD
Dune by Frank HerbertD
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Faust I & II by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
The Four Gospels by Eric Gill
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feast of Crows / A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
The Golden Bowl by Henry James
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
The Iliad by Homer
Inferno by Dante Alighieri
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
Rabbit, Run by John Updike
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Stand by Stephen King
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee
Watchmen by Alan Moore
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Award description

“Well-read”.... has a number of connotations: a familiarity with the monuments of Western literature, an at least passing interest in the high-points of world literature, a willingness to experience a breadth of genres, a special interest in the work of one’s immediate culture, a desire to share in the same reading experiences of many other readers, and an emphasis on the writing of the current day.

The following 100 books (of fiction, poetry, and drama) is an attempt to satisfy those competing requirements. After going through several iterations of the list, one thing surprised me: there are not as many “classic” books that I associate with the moniker well-read, and many more current books than I would have thought. Conversely, to be conversant in the literature of the day turned out to be quite a bit more important than I would have thought.

As for the number of 100: in addition to being a nice, round number, it is also a number that, at a one-book-every-two-week pace this hypothetical reader could accomplish in just about four years–the standard length of an undergraduate program. -Jeff from Bookriot http://bookriot.com/2013/06/13/from-z...


Related book awards

Related publisher series