Tuesday, May 18, 2010

we're getting there, slow and steady

it has now been over a year since we first posted about our quest to read the 100 greatest books ever written (according to the easton press). i figured it would be fun to do an annual blog showing the progress we've made in the past 12 months. the x's italicized mark our newly read books since last year's blog. (and again, not in any order, just numbered for my sake)

1. twenty thousand leagues under the sea - jules verne (x)
2. the scarlet letter - nathaniel hawthorne (x)
3. dr. jekyll and mr. hyde - robert louis stevenson
4. walden - henry david thoreau
5. gulliver's travels - jonathan swift (x)
6. moby dick - herman melville
7. a farewell to arms - ernest hemingway
8. the red badge of courage - stephen crane
9. the jungle book - rudyard kipling (x)
10. the odyssey - homer
11. the pilgrim's progress - john bunyan
12. a portrait of the artist as a young man - james joyce
13. paradise lost - john milton
14. tales from the arabian nights - richard burton
15. great expectations - charles dickens
16. candide - voltaire (x)
17. oedipus the king - sophocles
18. the hunchback of notre dame - victor hugo
19. the last of the mohicans - james fenimore cooper
20. the sea wolf - jack london
21. cyrano de bergerac - edmond rostand
22. the canterbury tales - geoffrey chaucer
23. collected poems - robert browning
24. the essays of ralph waldo emerson - ralph waldo emerson
25. the portrait of a lady - henry james
26. uncle tom's cabin - harriet beecher stowe
27. treasure island - robert louis stevenson (x)
28. adventures of sherlock holmes - sir arthur conan doyle (x)
29. collected poems - john keats
30. on the origin of species - charles darwin
31. don quixote - miguel de cervantes saavedra
32. collected poems - robert frost
33. the legend of sleepy hallow & other stories - washington irving
34. animal farm - george orwell (x)
35. wuthering heights - emily bronte (x)
36. she stoops to conquer - oliver goldsmith
37. of mice and men - john steinbeck (x)
38. pride and prejudice - jane austen (x)
39. the brothers karamazov - fyodor dostoevsky
40. les miserables - victor hugo
41. the iliad - homer (x)
42. lady chatterley's lover - d.h. lawrence
43. the count of monte cristo - alexandre dumas (x)
44. brave new world - aldous huxley (x)
45. aesop's fables - aesop (x)
46. lord jim - joseph conrad
47. the autobiography of benjamin franklin - benjamin franklin
48. the three musketeers - alexandre dumas (x)
49. politics and the poetics - aristotle
50. the aeneid - virgil
51. the cherry orchard and the three sisters - anton chekhov
52. the tragedies - william shakespeare
53. pygmalion and candida - george bernard shaw
54. the analects of confucius - confucius
55. the prince - niccolo machiavelli
56. jane eyre - charlotte bronte (x)
57. the divine comedy - dante alighieri (x)
58. robinson crusoe - daniel defoe
59. madame bovary - gustave flaubert
60. collected poems - william butler yeats
61. the picture of dorian gray - oscar wilde (x)
62. vanity fair - william makepeace thackeray
63. the decameron - giovanni boccaccio
64. beowulf - anonymous (x)
65. anna karenina - leo tolstoy
66. the necklace and other tales - guy de maupassant
67. the time machine - h.g. wells
68. fathers and sons - ivan turgenev
69. heart of darkness - joseph conrad
70. war and peace - leo tolstoy
71. the history of early rome - livy
72. little women - louisa may alcott (x)
73. the talisman - sir walter scott
74. tess of the d'urbervilles - thomas hardy
75. alice's adventures in wonderland - lewis carroll
76. dracula - bram stoker
77. the rubaiyat of omar khayyam - omar khayyam
78. the red and the black - stendhal
79. a tale of two cities - charles dickens (x)
80. the republic - plato
81. collected poems - emily dickinson
82. faust - johann wolfgang von goethe
83. the comedies - william shakespeare
84. tom jones - henry fielding
85. the federalist papers - a. hamilton, j. madison and j. jay
86. silas marner - george eliot
87. the rights of man - thomas paine
88. leaves of grass - walt whitman
89. billy budd - herman melville
90. the confessions - st. augustine
91. tales of mystery and imagination - edgar allan poe
92. ivanhoe - sir walter scott
93. the way of all flesh - samuel butler
94. the sound and the fury - william faulkner
95. crime and punishment - fyodor dostoevsky
96. grimm's fairy tales - jacob and wilhelm grimm
97. adventures of huckleberry finn - mark twain
98. frankenstein - mary shelley
99. david copperfield - charles dickens
100. the histories - william shakespeare

22/100
that means we've read 9 books off the list this past year. not horrible. almost a quarter of the way there. still a long way to go though. :)

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