Which modern classics do you enjoy?

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, 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. 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)

I wanted to buy a couple new books to read, and I'm unsure which of these I would definitely not regret buying, and which of these I might be better off going to the library and borrowing. I'm a Harry Potter fanatic, a Twilight slanderer, and some of my other faves are Life of Pi, The Book Thief and 1984.... :)


BQ: Which one off the list do you own and why do you love/hate it? :)


Chorle: Sorry that it didn't contain a "Hitchhiker's Guied to the..." And it's not a "expert/board"-made list. It's from Entertainment Weekly magazine for the best books written from 1983-2008. moreover, I liked the writing style of Michelle Kerns on her site, where I got it from...


Update 2:

It's not THE list, but it's definitely a recommendable "a" list

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    I own Harry Potter, The Kite Runner, The Da Vinci Code, and the His Dark Materials Triology.

    I'm not even going to say why I love Harry Potter, because it's clearly a work of art. You are a person of my heart. I'm a Twilight slanderer too, by the way :)

    I liked the Kite Runner because it's set in Afghanistan which interests me, and because I thought it was pretty unusual to have such a flawed protagonist. It was honest and different.

    The Da Vinci Code is good because the plot is so intricate, and it kept you guessing until the end.

    And I thought that the world Pullman created in His Dark Materials was really convincing, and I found the actual concept of different/parrallel worlds to be interesting.

    I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read any of the others. Hope I helped.

  • 4 years ago

    I prefer modern literature as well, but who am I to speak? I find modern literature better (it's only a matter of opinion, though) because the conflicts relate so much more to today's society than the classics. How would a book written in the late 1800's help us feel better about something that happened five days ago? It wouldn't because life then wasn't the same as life now. I suppose an adolescent like myself shouldn't speak because the literature world is constantly evolving. Maybe in two years, I will begin to enjoy the classes and maybe not. It depends on the person is what I'm trying to say. It is probably based on the environment the person grew up in and their interests.

  • Zelda
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    My favorites are :Suite Franciiousey Irene Nemerosvksy-but this is probably not a new classic as it was recenty found-but the best book I have read in years:please read, a recently discovered book by a talented writer, who had to hide her writings. Her dtr. onlu recently released this.

    I loved The Glass Castle.

    Others I enjoyed, but not as much:

    Into thin Air ( can't put it down-amazing )

    Lonesome Dove-I love anything by Larry McMurty

    The Posionwood Bible- a little disjointed towards end, but I thoroughly enjoyed it

    A Thousand Acres-chick book

    ANYTHING by Cormac McCarthy is great-no matter how bleak

  • chorle
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    What makes this the list of Modern Classics?

    and How can it not have Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy?

    On Writing was highly recommended. I started it and then found an audio addition in the library and might revisit the mechanics of writing part during NaNoWriMo.

    I have not read Sandman yet but thought it was hilarious when someone misquoted it as being Shakespeare.

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