Thursday Two – double the lists, double the books, double the fun!

Both of these book-related list memes come via The Boston Bibliophile – the second one is this week’s Tuesday Thingers prompt.
Entertainment Weekly published a list of the top 100 books they call “the new classics.” From that list, I’ve bolded what I’ve read, and italicized what I own, or owned at one time (if not also bolded, it’s still in TBR purgatory).

  1. The Road, Cormac McCarthy (2006)
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000) (why just this one, I wonder?)
  3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
  4. The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr (1995)
  5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
  6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001) (I read it after I saw the movie, which was excellent)
  7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
  8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
  9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997) (was in TBR, but I finally gave up and donated it to the Friends of the Library)
  10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, Haruki Murakami (1997)
  11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (1997)
  12. Blindness, José Saramago (1998)
  13. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)
  14. Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates (1992)
  15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (2000)
  16. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (1986)
  17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (1988)
  18. Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (1990) (I may have read this, but since I can’t remember for sure, I won’t mark it)
  19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (2005)
  20. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding (1998)
  21. On Writing, Stephen King (2000) (the only King book I’ve ever read!)
  22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz (2007)
  23. The Ghost Road, Pat Barker (1996)
  24. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry (1985)
  25. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (1989)
  26. Neuromancer, William Gibson (1984)
  27. Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990) (tried to read it a few years ago, gave up, gave it away)
  28. Naked, David Sedaris (1997) (It’s actually on my husband’s reading stack right now; he’ll get to it before I do)
  29. Bel Canto, Anne Patchett (20010
  30. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (2004)
  31. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien (1990)
  32. Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch (1988)
  33. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion (2005)
  34. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (2002)
  35. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
  36. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt (1996)
  37. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (2003)
  38. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore (1998)
  39. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri (2000)
  40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000) (the entire trilogy here, but only one Harry Potter on the list? again, I wonder…)
  41. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1984)
  42. LaBrava, Elmore Leonard (1983)
  43. Borrowed Time, Paul Monette (1988)
  44. Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene (1991)
  45. Eva Luna, Isabel Allende (1988)
  46. Sandman, Neil Gaiman (1988-1996)
  47. World’s Fair, E.L. Doctorow (1985)
  48. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (1998)
  49. Clockers, Richard Price (1992)
  50. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (2001)
  51. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom (1990)
  52. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan (1992)
  53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (2000)
  54. Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware (2000)
  55. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls (2006)
  56. The Night Manager, John le Carré (1993)
  57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe (1987)
  58. Drop City, TC Boyle (2003)
  59. Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat (1995)
  60. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)
  61. Money, Martin Amis (1985)
  62. Last Train To Memphis, Peter Guralnick (1994) (My husband read it and really liked it, and it’s still in the house…but I don’t know whether I’ll read it myself or not. I may be the ex-Memphian, but Tall Paul is a much bigger Elvis fan.)
  63. Pastoralia, George Saunders (2000)
  64. Underworld, Don DeLillo (1997)
  65. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1993)
  66. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace (1997)
  67. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (2003)
  68. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (2006)
  69. The Secret History, Donna Tartt (1992)
  70. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)
  71. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman (1997)
  72. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (2003)
  73. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving (1989)
  74. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (1990)
  75. Cathedral, Raymond Carver (1983)
  76. A Sight for Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell (1998)
  77. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)
  78. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)
  79. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (2000)
  80. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney (1984)
  81. Backlash, Susan Faludi (1991)
  82. Atonement, Ian McEwan (2002)
  83. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (1994)
  84. Holes, Louis Sachar (1998)
  85. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson (2004)
  86. And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts (1987)
  87. The Ruins, Scott Smith (2006)
  88. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (1995)
  89. Close Range, Annie Proulx (1999)
  90. Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl (2001)
  91. Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (2003)
  92. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (1987)
  93. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (1991)
  94. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (2001)
  95. Kaaterskill Falls, Allegra Goodman (1998)
  96. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (2003)
  97. Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson (1992)
  98. The Predators’ Ball, Connie Bruck (1988)
  99. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (1995)
  100. America (the Book), Jon Stewart/Daily Show (2004) (I have it. My husband and son have both read it, and they want to know what’s wrong with me because I haven’t yet.)


Tuesday Thingers

Since some of us in America may be busy or traveling this holiday week, I thought I would keep things simple for Tuesday Thingers. Think of this as “Popularity of Books on LT, Part Three.”

Here are the Top 100 Most Popular Books on LibraryThing. Bold what you own (currently, even if TBR), italicize what you’ve read. *Star what you liked. Star multiple times what you loved!

I hope all the American participants have a great Fourth of July weekend!

(Note – in some cases, my edit will reflect having read the book itself, not necessarily the specific edition listed.)

  1. Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone by J.K. Rowling (32,484)*
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) by J.K. Rowling (29,939)***
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) by J.K. Rowling (28,728)****
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) by J.K. Rowling (27,926)*
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) by J.K. Rowling (27,643)**
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) by J.K. Rowling (27,641)***
  7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (23,266)
  8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (21,325)
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J.K. Rowling (20,485)***
  10. 1984 by George Orwell (19,735)
  11. Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Classics) by Jane Austen (19,583) *
  12. The catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger (19,082)**
  13. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (17,586) *
  14. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (16,210)**
  15. The lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (15,483) – See individual titles further down the list!
  16. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (14,566)*
  17. Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics) by Charlotte Bronte (14,449)
  18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (13,946)*
  19. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (13,272)
  20. Animal Farm by George Orwell (13,091)
  21. Angels & demons by Dan Brown (13,089)
  22. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (13,005)
  23. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (12,777)
  24. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah’s Book Club) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (12,634)
  25. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) by J.R.R. Tolkien (12,276)*
  26. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (12,147)*
  27. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (11,976)
  28. The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Part 2) by J.R.R. Tolkien (11,512)
  29. The Odyssey by Homer (11,483)
  30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (11,392)
  31. Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut (11,360)*
  32. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (11,257)
  33. The return of the king : being the third part of The lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (11,082)
  34. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (10,979)
  35. American Gods: A Novel by Neil Gaiman (10,823)
  36. The chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (10,603)
  37. The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams (10,537)***
  38. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (10,435)
  39. The lovely bones : a novel by Alice Sebold (10,125)
  40. Ender’s Game (Ender, Book 1) by Orson Scott Card (10,092)
  41. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) by Philip Pullman (9,827)
  42. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman (9,745)
  43. Dune by Frank Herbert (9,671)
  44. Emma by Jane Austen (9,610) *
  45. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (9,598)
  46. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Bantam Classics) by Mark Twain (9,593)
  47. Anna Karenina (Oprah’s Book Club) by Leo Tolstoy (9,433)
  48. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (9,413)
  49. Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides (9,343)***
  50. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (9,336)
  51. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (9,274)
  52. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (9,246)
  53. The Iliad by Homer (9,153)
  54. The Stranger by Albert Camus (9,084)
  55. Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen (9,080)*
  56. Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens (9,027)
  57. The Handmaid’s Tale: A Novel by Margaret Atwood (8,960) *
  58. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (8,904)
  59. Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (8,813)
  60. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
  61. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (8,421)
  62. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (8,417) ***
  63. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (8,368)
  64. The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition) by John Steinbeck (8,255)
  65. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (8,214)***
  66. The Name of the Rose: including Postscript to the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (8,191)
  67. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (8,169)
  68. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (8,129)
  69. The complete works by William Shakespeare (8,096)
  70. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (7,843)
  71. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (7,834) * (don’t have it anymore, but since my husband is getting into reading Sedaris, I’d better get a new copy!)
  72. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel (Perennial Classics) by Barbara Kingsolver (7,829)*
  73. Hamlet (Folger Shakespeare Library) by William Shakespeare (7,808)
  74. Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) by John Steinbeck (7,807)
  75. A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens (7,793)
  76. The Alchemist (Plus) by Paulo Coelho (7,710)
  77. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (7,648)
  78. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Oscar Wilde (7,598)
  79. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by William Strunk (7,569)
  80. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (7,557)
  81. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book 2) by Philip Pullman (7,534)**
  82. Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan (7,530)
  83. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (7,512)
  84. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (7,436)
  85. Dracula by Bram Stoker (7,238)
  86. Heart of Darkness (Dover Thrift Editions) by Joseph Conrad (7,153)
  87. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (7,055)
  88. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (7,052)
  89. The amber spyglass by Philip Pullman (7,043)*
  90. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Classics) by James Joyce (6,933)
  91. The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics) by Milan Kundera (6,901)
  92. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (6,899)
  93. Neuromancer by William Gibson (6,890)
  94. The Canterbury Tales (Penguin Classics) by Geoffrey Chaucer (6,868)
  95. Persuasion (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen (6,862)
  96. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (6,841)
  97. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (6,794) (well, I’ve read about 3/4 of it…)
  98. Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt (6,715)
  99. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (6,708)
  100. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (6,697)

 I find both of these strangely eclectic and interesting lists, and would really love to know how the selections for the “new classics” list were made. What do you think? What have you read from these lists already, and what do you want to read?

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  1. I guess I don’t read the new classics either. 🙂 I think I’ve read two of those. Oh, well.

    I think I’vd read about two or three on the other list, too. (Not counting what I’ve read in school). What’s wrong with me? 🙂

    Have a happy 4th and enjoy the long weekend!

  2. Mike – So, was one of them The Da Vinci Code? I almost feel like I’m losing credibility by admitting I own a copy and have read it :-).

    I gather you read mostly sci-fi and genre stuff that doesn’t usually make these lists. The important thing is that you READ, period. (/lecture)

    But these lists give you plenty of suggestions if you ever have the time and inclination to branch out, I guess :-).

  3. I’ve read hardly any of the “new classics”- seems like a weird list to me, bestsellers and literary picks, but I like that they included some graphic novels.

  4. Marie – I thought it was kind of oddball, too. Many of the books were quite recent, and there’s no telling yet whether they’ll stand the test of time – and to me, that’s one of the defining qualities of “classic.” It’s interesting conversational fodder, though :-).