At the beginning of this year, a series of eight literary groups and media publications came out with lists of the Top 100 Novels of All Time.
Included in the group were lists from: The Modern Library, Radcliffe’s, TIME, The Telegraph and The Guardian from the U.K. and The New York Times.
Examining the lists, I agreed with most of the titles on them. However, I was completely unfamiliar with or had no interest in other titles. I compiled my own list of Top Novels of All Time that I’d like to read.
I compiled my list by taking novel titles that appeared on 3 – 8 of the other lists. There are 103 titles on this “core” list. The rest of the list consists of titles that appeared on two of the lists and other one-off’s of familiar titles or written by authors I want to read.
In all there are 255 titles on the list. The titles in blue font are ones I’ve read, but some were read so long ago, I might re-visit them.
I have a mild case of dyslexia, which has always made me a slow reader. Recently, I learned speed reading techniques to pick up the pace, concentration and retention. I’m pleased to report that when used properly, it works well. The cool thing is I learned that the Kindle lends itself very well to speed-reading.
Once I finish the seven books on my nightstand (none on the Tops list) and the nine e-books on my Kindle, I’ll start working down this list of Top Novels of All Time. Look over the list – let me know if there are any essential novels I might have missed.
Top Novels of All Time