The Goodreads 100—Fiction

The only reading list with both Ulysses and Twilight! The Goodreads staff pored over the most-read and most highly rated books added by our membership to create the Goodreads 100 for Fiction. Reflecting the amazing diversity of the Goodreads community, this list blends highbrow literature and mainstream fiction, stretching from historic greats like Homer and Shakespeare to modern favorites like Cormac McCarthy and J.K. Rowling. You'll find classics, contemporary novels, and plenty of genre representation, including historical fiction, science fiction, romance, and fantasy. Any reader who has read all 100 can claim mastery of the Western canon as well as 21st century pop culture.
How many have you read?

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The average Goodreads member has read 26 out of 100 books on this list — how many have you read?
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Jessica 1332 books
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Benjamin 8638 books
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message 1: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn @ Jessica: Who is "We" ? BTW, Good list, great idea.


message 2: by Janet (new)

Janet pout-The Thorn Birds isn't on the list.


message 3: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes 64 for sure, with another 8 I may or may not have in some distant past. And it is missing a bunch of my all time faves. Really? no Moby Dick? No Hammett or Chandler. Ah well, there cannot possibly be agreement on such a list. My votes are not in any particular order.

I presumed that voting was for faves among this listing, and not to identify all the book read from the list.


message 4: by Beth (new)

Beth McDonough I agree on hammett and chandler, although im happy to see agatha christie on the list. Would have also liked to see flannery oconner


message 5: by Reese (new)

Reese I love WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS, but it's poetry, not fiction. And I don't understand why plays appear on the list. Dramatic literature is not fiction.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

the lives of Christopher chant would be a good book to be on there...


message 7: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Aug 18, 2011 09:52AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Somehow this list has expanded to 104 books.

Do you want me to delete the extras, Jessica?


message 8: by Ben (new)

Ben Twilight hasn't cracked the Top 50! Is its brief candle of popularity finally flickering out... or is this just a small sample size?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Small sample size and who's voted within that, would be my guess.


message 10: by Kelly (new)

Kelly This list now has 104 books even though it is supposed to have 100.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yes, I noticed that.

Would y'all like me to try to remove the extras not on the original list?


message 13: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Susanna wrote: "Yes, I noticed that.

Would y'all like me to try to remove the extras not on the original list?"


I certainly would like the list pared back to Jessica's original certified GR..... As scripture say: Add not one jot or tittle. (The gods are not mocked).


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) I second (or third?) that vote ...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Alright, removing the ones not on the list.


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

Themis-Athena wrote: "I second (or third?) that vote ..."

Third as I deleted my request. Glad its done, thanks Susanna for keeping up with all this.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No problem.


message 18: by Etta (new)

Etta Mcquade Where is Willa Cather, who is one of the greats of American literature?


message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

Etta wrote: "Where is Willa Cather, who is one of the greats of American literature?"

Join the New Mexico group and you will find her there. If I remember right.



Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Etta wrote: "Where is Willa Cather, who is one of the greats of American literature?"

I guess she didn't rate with Time magazine.


message 21: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl The list is up to 103 books. Also, the voting buttons have gone away for me - what's up with that?


message 22: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Sep 04, 2011 11:18AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Same here, Lobstergirl. Will see if I can remove the outliers again.

ETA: I think the buttons are gone because someone made it a "challenge" list, and I think they are having trouble with also being able to vote on those.

And for some reason this list is not recording how many people voted for the books, thus making it harder to find the outliers.

Has anyone mentioned this problem with "challenge" lists at GR Feedback?


message 23: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Has anyone mentioned this problem with "challenge" lists at GR Feedback?

Yes, I started a thread.


Dr. W. Neal Burnette "Ulysses", the greatest English-language novel of the 20th Century only rates #94!

LOL


message 25: by Nicolas (new)

Nicolas So, timeless books like The Oddysey and Dracula are behind Twilight. I havn't read Twilight, but I'm fairly certain that people won't give a damn about it in ten years.


message 26: by Rasel (new)

Rasel Janet wrote: "pout-The Thorn Birds isn't on the list."

I'm with you Janet.


message 27: by Renae (new)

Renae Richardson I have read 15 but my goal from this classics list is 31 that I am eager to read this year.


message 28: by Andrea (new)

Andrea 33, but there's a massive difference between 'read' and 'remember anything about' or 'enjoyed'.


message 29: by Sho (last edited Jan 14, 2013 04:23PM) (new)

Sho I read 47 and surprised to find that many of the books I haven't read I have seen them as movies! I added some of them to my reading pile! (It's getting so big I might as well call it a mountain.)


message 30: by BookLovingLady (last edited Apr 12, 2013 02:33AM) (new)

BookLovingLady I did a count: I've read 33 of them, so not too bad :-) An additional 13 are still on my 'to read' list.

I agree with Andrea, by the way: There is a massive difference between 'read' and 'remember anything about', which is why I haven't counted a few books I've already read (borrowed them years ago during my secondary school days), as these are now on my 'to read' list because I bought a copy recently and intend to read them again.


message 31: by Ramesh (new)

Ramesh Great list. BTW - i count books as read even if i don't remember anything about. By that strict measure, I didn't go to high school or college, even though the classes are part of me!


message 32: by Jack (new)

Jack Hansen Just discovered the list and I went from 25 to 31 by discovering that I have read some the choices listed but I never listed them in my personal list.


message 33: by Lilia (new)

Lilia Ford I've read 52, though almost none are rated since I haven't read them since I joined Goodreads.


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