Top 100 Contemporary novels
Boy, you are a nerd for clicking the link to come here. I know, you’re saying to yourself, “How in the world can this guy have any time to read books?” And you’d have a point, but I try. One of those goals is to read 3 Modern Library Top 100 books per year 4 Modern Library Top 100 books per year, which puts me as finishing just at retirement. (There are actually 121 books to read, due to there being 2 trilogies, 2 tetralogies and a crazy 12 novel set, meaning that we mutually decided to pick up the pace 10 years into this project.) This little scheme started with an agreement with my wife, Hoang, in early 2002. After which years went by before I picked up my first book. Hoang has stayed on task, while I’ve fallen behind. No worries, I’ve plenty of time to catch up.
If you’re curious, that’s me pretending to enjoy the abysmal To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf on vacation in Rhode Island surrounded by Rhode Islandy food. Just because.
Click links below or to the right to read my somewhat uneducated reviews of those I’ve read.
As you’ve probably guessed, unlike a lot of stuff I do on this website, there are other human beings completing (and writing about) this very same challenge. So really, if you want erudite and literary reviews… Google them. I’m silly.
This is really cool. It’s a link to the original New York Times book reviews of the Top 100. Though not complete, it’s fascinting – especially the “Ulysses” one. The reviewer nailed it like no reviewer has nailed a review before.