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Guardian’s Top 100 books of the century

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tldr Thu 23-Jan-20 23:27:58

I’ve read a handful. Might try reading some more.

Even the list took me down memory lane, back to 20 years ago when I was young(ish) and watching what people were reading on the tube. smile (White Teeth. Everyone read White Teeth.)

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tldr Thu 23-Jan-20 23:28:07

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liberame Thu 23-Jan-20 23:47:22

Thanks for sharing. Has reminded me of lots and lots of books that I want to read and haven't (though also some that I was distinctly underwhelmed by, like Half of a Yellow Sun). Very happy with Wolf Hall in the top spot. Can't wait for the last one to come out.

EineReiseDurchDieZeit Fri 24-Jan-20 00:02:42

Want to go back over this and make notes when less tired. Thanks.

CarpeVitam Fri 24-Jan-20 18:41:09

Thanks OP

bettybattenburg Fri 24-Jan-20 18:47:13

Hmm, I've only read two of them - Mother's Milk and Nothing to Envy.

It's a bit early to be doing the best books of the 21st century!

tldr Fri 24-Jan-20 19:03:26

I think one or two of these are sitting unread in a box waiting to go to the charity shop at the minute from the last time I set myself a reading challenge which I totally failed at.

Might haul them out tomorrow. (I’m a recent returnee to enthusiastic reading - small DC have wreaked havoc.)

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Sharonthetotallyinsane Fri 24-Jan-20 19:07:29

I’ve read 10, a fair few I didn’t really know. Would be interesting to see if they were included on a top ten of the century in 80 years.

tldr Fri 24-Jan-20 19:19:36

Just counted, I’ve read 12 and given up on 3 or 4!

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CluelessNewMama Fri 24-Jan-20 19:20:06

I thought I was well read until I saw this list! Adding White Teeth to the reading list smile

Danglingmod Fri 24-Jan-20 19:26:35

I've read 28 of them... Not too bad considering it's a very global and quite non-fiction heavy list.

Certainly worth saving for reference because of the above two factors.

MotherHeggy Fri 24-Jan-20 19:34:12

I've read one - Harry Potter

Disfordarkchocolate Fri 24-Jan-20 19:35:46

I feel very low brow now. The only one I have finished is Never Let Me Go. I've started Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal but my concentration is very poor at the minute (health). I started The Road and it soon went to the charity shop. Some sound very interesting so I'll bookmark the list. None of my favourites on that list though.

Streamingbannersofdawn Fri 24-Jan-20 19:38:02

As usual I haven't read many although I read a lot...surprised to find no Donna Tartt on there.

I've read lots of Pratchett and Gaiman though...I wouldn't have picked Coraline for the list though...

I've read 5 and most of Fingersmith but gave up.

tldr Fri 24-Jan-20 19:39:14

High brow is overrated dis 😉

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tldr Fri 24-Jan-20 19:40:29

We should compile our list of which we’ve given up on 😬😀

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Disfordarkchocolate Fri 24-Jan-20 19:45:18

I just read through the list again, god it's depressing. I know it's the Guardian but they need to read more funny books.

Whathappenedtothelego Fri 24-Jan-20 19:49:47

I have read 13 of them, plus started/picked up a handful more but put them down again unfinished.

To be honest, the ones I have read probably wouldn't make it into my personal top 100 list (maybe I should make one!), except maybe The Siege.

Danglingmod Fri 24-Jan-20 19:58:47

I'm also surprised The Goldfinch isn't there.

For anyone who wants to get back into some semi-serious reading, the books of essays in this list are very good: the Martin Amis and the Julian Barnes; Sapiens is a really easy non-fiction read (though long), Joan Didion's memoir of losing her husband and daughter is beautiful (though heartbreaking) and Alice Munro's short stories are immense.

KatyCarrCan Fri 24-Jan-20 19:59:18

Streaming I was surprised there was no Donna Tartt too. I'm a bit meh about this list tbh (and I usually love lists of books!). There are a lot of important books missing and 'serious white male writers of a certain age' are over-represented as usual.

Disfordarkchocolate Fri 24-Jan-20 20:00:28

I might try The Seige, I loved the R4 version of The Betrayal.

bookworm14 Fri 24-Jan-20 20:06:06

I’ve read 34. A lot of the others really don’t appeal!

raspberrymolakoff Fri 24-Jan-20 20:23:57

I've read 12 and I'm an avid reader! I think 20 years is a good point to assess the century so far.

Always great to have a useful tip list like this. I will certainly look at some of these for my wish list. I'm of an age where I don't read things because I "should" but it's helpful to have some pointers. Thanks for this OP.

raspberrymolakoff Fri 24-Jan-20 20:25:33

Of them all I adored 'Life after Life' and so did DD. That's in my top 10 ever.

CountFosco Fri 24-Jan-20 20:28:04

Donna Tartt wrote her best book in the last century and will forever be trying to recapture that.

I've read 20 of them and there are a few on my 'to read' list. Lots I don't know though. I did enjoy Wolf Hall but I think Bring up the Bodies was incredible, probably the best modern novel I've read. The middle section of Atonement captures something similar, a kind of urgent brilliance. Think it's a disgrace that 'The Silence of the Girls' is so low down the list.

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