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December 28, 2022


#2023 Modern Library 100 Best Novels Challenge

by NancyElin

  1. It is time to get back some serious classic reading in 2023
  2. I started the Modern Library’s List of top 100 novels  20th C
  3. …way back in 2017. 
  4. I’ve read a few of these books but want  to complete the list
  5. I will check off each book as I progress.
  6. My past reviews are on my other laptop…
  7. …so I will try to link them with this post soon!
  8. Here is an EXCELLENT list on the 100 novels.
  9. Just click not book and a pull-down menu appears with important information
  10. Scroll: HERE


UPDATE: 12.12.2022

  1. There are multiple selections by Henry James and I feel that
  2. …there are other great writers to highlight.
  3. I am not a fan of HJ and will replace his books with some other author.
  4. How in heavens name The Ginger Man by Irish author J. Donleavy ever made
  5. …the list is beyond me.
  6. It was smutty “gutter” fiction
  7. ….just an awful read. I suppose he was just out to shock readers!
  8. My reviews are on an other laptop and I  will link them 
  9. …to this post as soon as possible.


READ:   62/100…I still have 38 to read!

  1. Ulysses by James Joyce – READ
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – READ
  3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – READ
  4.  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – READ
  5. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner – READ
  6. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – READ
  7. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence – READ
  8. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – READ
  9. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry – READ
  10. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler – READ
  11. 1984 by George Orwell – READ
  12. I, Claudius by Robert Graves – READ
  13. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser – READ 
  14.  Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison – READ
  15. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara – READ
  16. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson – READ
  17. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster – READ
  18. The Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James T. Farrell
  19. The Good Solidier by Ford Madox Ford – READ
  20. Animal Farm by George Orwell – READ
  21. The Golden Bowl by Henry James – READ
  22. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh – READ
  23. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner – READ
  24. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren – READ
  25. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder – READ
  26. Howards End by E.M. Forster – READ
  27. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin – READ
  28. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene – READ
  29. Lord of the Flies by William Golding – READ
  30. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway – READ
  31. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad – READ
  32. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad – READ
  33. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence – READ
  34. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth – READ
  35. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov – READ
  36. Light in August by William Faulkner – READ
  37. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton – READ
  38. The Wapshot Chronicles by John Cheever – READ
  39. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – READ
  40. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham – READ
  41. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – READ
  42. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis – READ
  43. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton – READ
  44. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh – READ
  45. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  46. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster – READ
  47. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh – READ
  48. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner – READ
  49. A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul – READ
  50. The Death  of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen – READ
  51. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad – READ
  52. Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow – READ
  53. The Old Wives Tale by Arnold Bennett – READ
  54. Loving by Henry Green – READ
  55. Ironweed by William Kennedy – READ
  56. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – READ
  57. Under the Net by Iris Murdoch – READ
  58. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron – READ
  59. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles – READ
  60. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain – READ
  61. The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy – READ
  62. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington – READ
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8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dec 29 2022

    The Heart is A Lonely Hunter and The Death of the Archbishop have similar tone.. calm but deep. I liked both.
    The Call of the Wild is fantastic too. I plan to re-read it, as I didn’t get to review it back then.

    I’m curious to read your thoughts on both Henry James. I wonder what next should I read from him. 🙂

    Have a fun reading journey in 2023, Nancy!

    • Dec 29 2022

      Thanks for your comments about those books…l have hesitated to read Call of the Wild. Is there any animal cruelty in it? Henry James is NOT a favorite author. The only book I liked was Portrait of a Woman and of course the film version with Nicole Kidman.

  2. Dec 29 2022

    Sorry, I’m still confused with WordPress comment system. I’ve put a link to my blogspot blog, but it changed to my WordPress one (which I kept only for commenting purpose).
    Anyway, I’ll just put my blogspot link here, in case WordPress won’t let me on this second try!

  3. Dec 29 2022

    Oooo fun! And that reminds ME that I should get back to the project I started a long time ago, reading all the Pulitzer Prize winners for fiction.

    • Dec 29 2022

      That is such a good challenge! I’ll have to make a list of fiction Pulitzers that I’ve read. Watch for list coming soon.

      • Dec 30 2022

        I certainly will watch for it! I have a few on my list that I THINK I’ve read, but I’m not sure, so that means I have to read them again and see if anything sounds familiar. lol

  4. Dec 30 2022

    Jinjer, on the right side-bar you can find the page
    #2023 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Challenge


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