In Time Magazine’s list of All Time 100 Novels, I’ve read only 6 out of the lot. Other people expected me to read at least more than half (since I’m an English major) but to tell you the truth, I’m a slow reader. Even more honest is that I find the classics really tedious to read even though some are rewarding and worth the effort.
Still I want to read the rest of the list, which means there are still 94 books for me to find.
Here are the 6 novels that I’ve read so far:
- The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
- The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
- Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
- The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
- Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
- Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
I’m currently reading Call It Sleep by Henry Roth to add to the list. I find this novel interesting, knowing that it is the only novel that the writer wrote for his lifetime.
And just to let you know, these are some of the novels I tried to read, but gave up in the process (Perhaps, I’m not yet ready to contain the experience of these novels or I’m too young for them).
- Atonement – Ian McEwan
- Lord of the Flies – William Golding
- Possession – AS Byatt
- To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
- The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner