In this particular article, Book Riot presents to us 100 books which, if all are read, would make the reader a "well-read" one. The article defines being a well-read person is a person (American, at least) who can understand English, who has read many Western Literature books and a number of world literature books under several (or all) genres and time, and who wishes to experience the reading experience many others have experienced.
I consider myself as a person who breathes in pages of a book. I read as if I'm breathing; it's something that is natural to me and something I cannot give up at all. However, I do not consider myself as well-read given that I have yet to read many novels written by great authors of the past and of the recent day. With that being said, I would like to use this list as an indicator to see how far off am I from being well-read and what novels would I definitely be reading in the future.
Without further ado, let's see that list...
>> The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - I have read an abridged version when I was young. One point for me. :D
>> The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle - I have read an unabridged version but I think it's incomplete. I got the Puffin classic version. I'm also hoping to invest in a special 2 volume edition of Sir Doyle's book.
>> The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
>> All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque
>> The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay by Michael Chabon
>> American Pastoral by Philip Roth
>> Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - I want to read this.
>> Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery - I read the unabriged version of this novel and the succeeding novels as well although I never really reached the end point.
>> Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
>> The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - I read a novel or two of Sylvia Plath. Very interesting poet. I'll make sure to get the whole collection
>> Beloved by Toni Morrison
>> Beowulf - I took this up in Lit class in college although I no longer recall if it's complete or an excerpt.
>> The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - I also want to read this!
>> Brave New World by Alduos Huxley
>> The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
>> The Call of the Wild by Jack London
>> Candide by Voltaire
>> The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer - I read one tale for Lit class in college.
>> Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
>> Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
>> The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - This is on my to read list.
>> Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
>> Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
>> The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
>> The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe - I also want to read this.
>> The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
>> The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
>> Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
>> The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
>> Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
>> Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes - I think I read an abridged version when I was young and for Lit class.
>> Dream of Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
>> Dune by Frank Herbert
>> Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
>> Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - One of my Creative Writing teachers in college loves Ray Bradbury. We've read some of this works and indeed, his work is nice. THis is also on my to read list
>> The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - This is the first book I'm buying after my book buying ban.
>> Faust by Goethe
>> Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - I read an abridged version.
>> Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
>> The Golden Bowl by Henry James
>> The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
>> Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
>> The Gospels
>> The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
>> Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - I read an abridged version.
>> The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
>> Hamlet by William Shakespeare
>> The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
>> Harry Potter & The Sorceror’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
>> Howl by Allen Ginsberg
>> The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
>> if on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
>> The Iliad by Homer - I read this for class although I'm not sure if we read the whole thing or ended somewhere in the middle.
>> The Inferno by Dante - I only read a good part of this for class.
>> Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
>> Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
>> Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
>> The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
>> The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
>> The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exepury
>> Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - This is on my to-read list for quite a while.
>> Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - same with this one.
>> 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
>> The Odyssey by Homer - I read this for class although I'm not sure if we read the whole thing or ended somewhere in the middle.
>> Oedipus, King by Sophocles
>> On the Road by Jack Kerouac
>> A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
>> The Pentateuch
>> Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen - I read an abridged version
>> Rabbit, Run by John Updike
>> The Road by Cormac McCarthy
>> Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare - Funny as it sounds, I only know the story from movies and summaries. I have yet to read hte original text.
>> The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
>> Slaughterhouse-5 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
>> 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 - This is also on my to-read list
>> 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
>> The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
>> Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - I also want to read this
>> 1984 by George Orwell
>> 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James - I have an e-book of the three novels. I never made it through the first fifteen pages.