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Entertainment Weekly’s 100 All-Time Greatest Novels Ever


On the off chance you haven’t noticed this already, dear reader, I must confess that I find book lists absolutely fascinating. Each one is completely different from the last, which means you can get all sorts of different book ideas for your next trip to the library and/or bookstore. Not only that, but sometimes these differences between lists can offer insight into what sorts of writers are popular in what decades. Some books that show up on the BBC’s The Big Read or TIME Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Novels, both of which were published in the 2000s, didn’t make the cut for some of the 2013 lists, like Book Riot’s Zero to Well Read in 100 Books, or, this week’s list, Entertainment Weekly’s 100 All-Time Greatest Novels Ever.This list came out in the July 2013 issue of Entertainment Weekly and, as you will see below, lists Tolstoy’s classic Anna Karenina at the coveted No. 1 spot, followed by The Great Gatsby and Pride and Prejudice in second and third place, respectively. Along with the predictable classics, the list also features a few newer titles like Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle award and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Per usual, I’ve listed all 100 titles for your convenience, and bolded the ones that I’ve personally read. Are there any titles on here that surprise you, dear reader? Were any of your favorites knocked off in order to make room for newer ones? Discuss!

  1. Anna Karenina~Leo Tolstoy
  2. The Great Gatsby~F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Pride and Prejudice~Jane Austen
  4. Great Expectations~Charles Dickens
  5. A Tale of Two Cities~Charles Dickens
  6. One Hundred Years of Solitude~Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  7. My Antonia~Willa Cather
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  9. Rabbit, Run~John Updike
  10. Beloved~Toni Morrison
  11. Charlotte’s Web~E. B. White
  12. Mrs. Dalloway~Virginia Woolf
  13. The Sound and the Fury~William Faulkner
  14. To Kill a Mockingbird~Harper Lee
  15. Crime and Punishment~Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  16. Ragtime~E. L. Doctorow
  17. Jane Eyre~Charlotte Bronte
  18. The Road~Cormac McCarthy
  19. Moby Dick~Herman Melville
  20. Lolita~Vladimir Nabokov
  21. Lonesome Dove~Larry McMurty
  22. An American Tragedy~Theodore Dreiser
  23. Wuthering Heights~Emily Bronte
  24. The Brothers Karamazov~Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  25. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man~James Joyce
  26. Bleak House~Charles Dickens
  27. Invisible Man~Ralph Ellison
  28. A Wrinkle in Time~Madeleine L’Engle
  29. War and Peace~Leo Tolstoy
  30. The Handmaid’s Tale~Margaret Atwood
  31. Native Son~Richard Wright
  32. Blindness~Jose Saramago
  33. The Catcher in the Rye~J. D. Salinger
  34. Complete Maus~Art Spiegelman
  35. The World According to Garp~John Irving
  36. A Personal Matter~Oe Kenzaburo
  37. Atlas Shrugged~Ayn Rand
  38. The Sun Also Rises~Ernest Hemingway
  39. Regeneration~Pat Barker
  40. Middlesex~Jeffrey Eugenides
  41. A Suitable Boy~Vikram Seth
  42. Go Tell It on the Mountain~James Baldwin
  43. The Stand~Stephen King
  44. A Confederacy of Dunces~John Kennedy Toole
  45. The Golden Compass~Philip Pullman
  46. The Color Purple~Alice Walker
  47. The Age of Innocence~Edith Wharton
  48. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle~Haruki Murakami
  49. The Talented Mr. Ripley~Patricia Highsmith
  50. Ender’s Game~Orson Scott Card
  51. Snow~Orhan Pamuk
  52. The Corrections~Jonathan Franzen
  53. Song of Solomon~Toni Morrison
  54. Gone with the Wind~Margaret Mitchell
  55. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk~Ben Fountain
  56. A Fine Balance~Rohinton Mistry
  57. Sophie’s Choice~William Styron
  58. The Children of Men~P. D. James
  59. Midnight’s Children~Salman Rushdie
  60. Dracula~Bram Stoker
  61. Their Eyes Were Watching God~Zora Neale Hurston
  62. Love in the Time of Cholera~Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  63. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn~Mark Twain
  64. Portnoy’s Complaint~Philip Roth
  65. Infinite Jest~David Foster Wallace
  66. Herzog~Saul Bellow
  67. Howards End~E. M. Forster
  68. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay~Michael Chabon
  69. Middlemarch~George Eliot
  70. Neuromancer~William Gibson
  71. The Hobbit~J. R. R. Tolkien
  72. The Remains of the Day~Kazuo Ishiguro
  73. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold~John Le Carre
  74. Cold Mountain~Charles Frazier
  75. Madame Bovary~Gustave Flaubert
  76. The Golden Notebook~Doris Lessing
  77. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling~Henry Fielding
  78. A House for Mr. Biswas~V. S. Naipaul
  79. Bring Up the Bodies~Hilary Mantel
  80. Swann’s Way~Marcel Proust
  81. Frankenstein~Mary Shelley
  82. Disgrace~J. M. Coetzee
  83. The Stone Diaries~Carol Shields
  84. Clockers~Richard Price
  85. Catch-22~Joseph Heller
  86. A Home at the End of the World~Michael Cunningham
  87. White Teeth~Zadie Smith
  88. The Bonfire of the Vanities~Tom Wolfe
  89. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman~Laurence Sterne
  90. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter~Carson McCullers
  91. The Leopard~Giuseppe di Lampedusa
  92. The Glass Bead Game~Hermann Hesse
  93. Bastard out of Carolina~Dorothy Allison
  94. The Moonstone~Wilkie Collins
  95. The Poisonwood Bible~Barbara Kingsolver
  96. If on a winter’s night a traveler~Italo Calvino
  97. The Big Sleep~Raymond Chandler
  98. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret~Judy Blume
  99. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy~Douglas Adams
  100. The Joy Luck Club~Amy Tan

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