Books By Genre

The Modern Language Library's List of the Top 100

Radcliffe's Responding Top 100

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Books By Genre

1. Unnatural Exposure, Cause of Death,
Body Farm, etc...
by Patricia Cornwell
2. Kiss the Girls, etc..
by James Patterson
3. Plum Island
by Nelson Demille
4. The Green Mile
by Stephen King
5. Secret History
by Donna Tart
6. The Alienist
by Caleb Carr
1. Swan Song , Mine by Robert McCammon
2. Carrion Comfort
by Dan Simmons
If you like Grisham....
7. The Partner,
The Chamber, etc...
8. Rules of Prey
by Jon Sanford
9. The Laws of Our Fathers, etc...
by Scott Turow
1. The Whole Shebang
by Timothy Ferris
2. Angela’s Ashes
by Frank McCourt
3. The Millionaire Next Door
by Thomas J.Stanley,
William D. Danko
4. The Napolean of Crime
by Ben Macintrye
5. The Man Who Listens to Horses
by Monty Roberts
6. Biographies of Kennedy, Truman, Gates,
Colon Powell, Margaret Thatcher, Zelda Fitzgerald, etc...
6. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
by John Berendt
1. The Perfect Storm : A True Story of Men Against the Sea
by Sebastian Junger
2. Into Thin Air or
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer
3. The Last Shot
by Darcy Frey
4. Instant Replay
(ftball) by Jerry Kramer
5. Paper Lion (ft.ball)
by George Plimpton
6. Ball Four
by Jim Palmer
7.Feeding the Rat
(mountain climbing)
by A.Alvarez
8. A Wolverine is Eating My Leg
by Tim Cahill

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
is a personal favorite. It recounts
the story of a boy who decides to
drop out of college to pursue
adventure in Alaska, but ends up
with a lot more than he'd bargained for!

Click here for the details.

Science Fiction
1. Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert Heinlein
2. The Doomsday Book
by Connie WIllis
3. Hyperion
by Dan Simmons
4. The Diamond Age
by Neil Stephenson
5. Star Tide Rising
by David Brin
6. Enders’ Game
by Orson Scott Card
7. Neuromancer by WIlliam Gibson
8. The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Modern Classics

and Pulitzer Prize Winners (*)
1. Cat’s Cradle ,etc...
by Kurt Vonnegut
2. On the Road
by Jack Karouak
3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
by Hunter Thompson
4. Catch 22
by Joseph Heller
5. Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
6. Journey to Ixtlan
by Carlos Castaneda
7. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
8. Bonfire of the Vanities , The Purple Decadees by Tom Wolfe
*9. Executioner’s Song
by Norman Mailer
*10. Rabbit Run, etc.
by John Updike
11. Breathing Lessons, Ann Tyler
*12. Lonesome Dove
by Larry McMurtry
*13. Confederacy of Dunces by
John Kennedy Toole
14. East is East by T. Coraghesan Boyle
*15. Beloved by Toni Morrison
*16. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
17. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
18. A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
19. The Shipping News,
Accordian Crimes by Annie Proulx
19. The Stone Diaries by Richard Ford
20. Martin Dressler by Steven Miller

1. Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier
2. Songs in Ordinary Time
by Mary McGarry Morris
3. The Truth Machine
by James Halperin
4. Stones from the River
by Ursula Hegi
5. The Horse Whisperer
6. She’s Come Undone
by Wally Lamb
7. Pigs in Heaven,etc..
by Barbara Kingsolver
8. All the Pretty Horses
by McCarthy
9. Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Gutterson
10. Primary Colors
by Anonymous
11. The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds
12. Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates
13. The Divine Secrets of the Ya Yas
by Rebecca Wells

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Modern Library's Top 100 List

1. "Ulysses," James Joyce
2. "The Great Gatsby," F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," James Joyce
4. "Lolita," Vladimir Nabokov
5. "Brave New World," Aldous Huxley
6. "The Sound and the Fury," William Faulkner
7. "Catch-22," Joseph Heller
8. "Darkness at Noon," Arthur Koestler
9. "Sons and Lovers," D.H. Lawrence
10. "The Grapes of Wrath," John Steinbeck
11. "Under the Volcano," Malcolm Lowry
12. "The Way of All Flesh," Samuel Butler
13. "1984," George Orwell
14. "I, Claudius," Robert Graves
15. "To the Lighthouse," Virginia Woolf
16. "An American Tragedy," Theodore Dreiser
17. "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," Carson McCullers
18. "Slaughterhouse Five," Kurt Vonnegut
19. "Invisible Man," Ralph Ellison
20. "Native Son," Richard Wright
21. "Henderson the Rain King," Saul Bellow
22. "Appointment in Samarra," John O'Hara
23. "U.S.A." (trilogy), John Dos Passos
24. "Winesburg, Ohio," Sherwood Anderson
25. "A Passage to India," E.M. Forster
26. "The Wings of the Dove," Henry James
27. "The Ambassadors," Henry James
28. "Tender Is the Night," F. Scott Fitzgerald
29. "The Studs Lonigan Trilogy," James T. Farrell
30. "The Good Soldier," Ford Maddox Ford
31. "Animal Farm," George Orwell
32. "The Golden Bowl," Henry James
33. "Sister Carrie," Theodore Dreiser
34. "A Handful of Dust," Evelyn Waugh
35. "As I Lay Dying," William Faulkner
36. "All the King's Men," Robert Penn Warren
37. "The Bridge of San Luis Rey," Thornton Wilder
38. "Howards End," E.M. Forster
39. "Go Tell It on the Mountain," James Baldwin
40. "The Heart of the Matter," Graham Greene
41. "Lord of the Flies," William Golding
42. "Deliverance," James Dickey
43. "A Dance to the Music of Time" (series), Anthony Powell
44. "Point Counter Point," Aldous Huxley
45. "The Sun Also Rises," Ernest Hemingway
46. "The Secret Agent," Joseph Conrad
47. "Nostromo," Joseph Conrad
48. "The Rainbow," D.H. Lawrence
49. "Women in Love," D.H. Lawrence
50. "Tropic of Cancer," Henry Miller
51. "The Naked and the Dead," Norman Mailer
52. "Portnoy's Complaint," Philip Roth
53. "Pale Fire," Vladimir Nabokov
54. "Light in August," William Faulkner
55. "On the Road," Jack Kerouac
56. "The Maltese Falcon," Dashiell Hammett
57. "Parade's End," Ford Maddox Ford
58. "The Age of Innocence," Edith Wharton
59. "Zuleika Dobson," Max Beerbohm
60. "The Moviegoer," Walker Percy
61. "Death Comes to the Archbishop," Willa Cather
62. "From Here to Eternity," James Jones
63. "The Wapshot Chronicles," John Cheever
64. "The Catcher in the Rye," J.D. Salinger
65. "A Clockwork Orange," Anthony Burgess
66. "Of Human Bondage," W. Somerset Maugham
67. "Heart of Darkness," Joseph Conrad
68. "Main Street," Sinclair Lewis
69. "The House of Mirth," Edith Wharton
70. "The Alexandria Quartet," Lawrence Durrell
71. "A High Wind in Jamaica," Richard Hughes
72. "A House for Ms. Biswas," V.S. Naipaul
73. "The Day of the Locust," Nathaniel West
74. "A Farewell to Arms," Ernest Hemingway
75. "Scoop," Evelyn Waugh
76. "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," Muriel Spark
77. "Finnegans Wake," James Joyce
78. "Kim," Rudyard Kipling
79. "A Room With a View," E.M. Forster
80. "Brideshead Revisited," Evelyn Waugh
81. "The Adventures of Augie March," Saul Bellow
82. "Angle of Repose," Wallace Stegner
83. "A Bend in the River," V.S. Naipaul
84. "The Death of the Heart," Elizabeth Bowen
85. "Lord Jim," Joseph Conrad
86. "Ragtime," E.L. Doctorow
87. "The Old Wives' Tale," Arnold Bennett
88. "The Call of the Wild," Jack London
89. "Loving," Henry Green
90. "Midnight's Children," Salman Rushdie
91. "Tobacco Road," Erskine Caldwell
92. "Ironweed," William Kennedy
93. "The Magus," John Fowles
94. "Wide Sargasso Sea," Jean Rhys
95. "Under the Net," Iris Murdoch
96. "Sophie's Choice," William Styron
97. "The Sheltering Sky," Paul Bowles
98. "The Postman Always Rings Twice," James M. Cain
99. "The Ginger Man," J.P. Donleavy
100. "The Magnificent Ambersons," Booth Tarkington

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Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century

1. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple Alice Walker
6. Ulysses James Joyce
7. Beloved Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies William Golding
9. 1984 George Orwell
10. The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
11. Lolita Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
13. Charlotte's Web EB White
14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce
15. Catch-22 Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway
21. Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
22. Winnie-the-Pooh AA Milne
23. Their Eyes are Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway
31. On the Road Jack Kerouac
32. The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
33. The Call of the Wild Jack London
34. To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
35. Portrait of a Lady Henry James
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain James Baldwin
37. The World According to Garp John Irving
38. All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren
39. A Room with a View EM Forster
40. The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
41. Schindler's List Thomas Keneally
42. The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
43. The Fountainhead Ayn Rand
44. Finnegans Wake James Joyce
45. The Jungle Upton Sinclair
46. Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf
47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Frank L. Baum
48. Lady Chatterley's Lover DH Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening Kate Chopin
51. My Antonia Willa Cather
52. Howard's End EM Forster
53. In Cold Blood Truman Capote
54. Franny and Zooey JD Salinger
55. Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie
56. Jazz Toni Morrison
57. Sophie's Choice William Styron
58. Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner
59. Passage to India EM Forster
60. Ethan Frome Edith Wharton
61. A Good Man is Hard to Find Flannery O'Connor
62. Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald
63. Orlando Virginia Woolf
64. Sons and Lovers DH Lawrence
65. Bonfire of the Vanities Thomas Wolfe
66. Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace John Knowles
68. Light in August William Faulkner
69. The Wings of the Dove Henry James
70. Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
71. Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
72. A Hithchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
73. Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love DH Lawrence
76. Look Homeward, Angel Thomas Wolfe
77. In Our Time Ernest Hemingway
78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Gertrude Stein
79. The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
80. The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer
81. The Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
82. White Noise Don DeLillo
83. O Pioneers! Willa Cather
84. Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller
85. The War of the Worlds HG Wells
86. Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
87. The Bostonians James Henry
88. An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser
89. Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather
90. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
91. This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
92. Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
93. The French Lieutenant's Woman John Fowles
94. Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
95. Kim Rudyard Kipling
96. The Beautiful and the Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald
97. Rabbit, Run John Updike
98. Where Angels Fear to Tread EM Forster
99. Main Street Sinclair Lewis
100. Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie




Directions:  Type the answers to these questions on your own paper


1. List all the main characters in the book and use three adjectives to describe each character.  Put a +,-, or = by each character to tell whether you liked him, her, it;  hated him, her, it;  felt neutral.


2. What is the setting? (TIME, PLACE, DATE, ATMOSPHERE)


3. List the titles (if untitled-- what you would name them) of the best 10 chapters in the novel, and tell at least three interesting events which happen in each chapter.  If there are no chapters, divide the book into at least five parts.


4.  Who is your favorite AND least favorite character;  why?


5. What was the most memorable part of the book? Explain what happened.


6. Write down 20 words which you learned from this book and define them.


7.  If you could change one part of the book,  what would it be?  How would you rewrite it?  


8.  What would you name a sequel to this book and what would it be about?


9. Which character in the book is most like you? Why?


10.  Which character would you want to be a friend of yours? Why?


11. Which parts of the book are believable?  Which are not?


12. Which conflicts (man vs. himself, nature, man, or society) exist and how are they resolved?


13. From what point of view is the story told (first, second, or third person; omniscient)?


14. Choose one of the most compelling passages (at least three hundred words) and write it on your paper.  Analyze the tone (attitude of the author), diction (word choice), imagery (any visual pictures the author creates), and syntax (sentence structure and punctuation). How do these literary devices create a unified theme in the passage?


15. What is the central theme of the story? What is the main message the author wants to give you?


16. Would you recommend this book to a friend?  Why?






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