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EW 1000 Book Meme

Entertainment Weekly has released a list of what they say are the 100 best books from 1983 to 2008. I'm a little perplexed as to why they listed one particular Harry Potter book instead of the whole series, as they did with the His Dark Materials series and the two volumes of Maus. Granted, Goblet of Fire is my favorite of the seven, but I would have to assume that its exalted position is due to some combination of literary merit and cultural significance (which explains why The Da Vinci Code is so low on the list), and its cultural significance is due to it being part of the series. On the other hand, it did win a Hugo, so...

Here's the entire list, with the ones I've read in boldface print. The two books that are underlined are either being read right now (Persepolis) or on deck (The Road). Also, I read half of Cold Mountain and was bored out of my skull, so I put it down and never returned to it.

  1. The Road, Cormac McCarthy (2006)
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000)
  3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
  4. The Liars' Club, Mary Karr (1995)
  5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
  6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)
  7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
  8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
  9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)
  10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 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)
  19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (2005)
  20. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding (1998)
  21. On Writing, Stephen King (2000)
  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)
  28. Naked, David Sedaris (1997)
  29. Bel Canto, Anne Patchett (2001)
  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 series, Philip Pullman (1995-2000)
  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)
  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)
Tags: author: jonathan franzen, harry potter, lists of more than ten things, memes, reading: books
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