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From Zero to Well Read in 100 Books

"Well-read" for this person then has a number of connotations: a familiarity with the monuments of Western literature, an at least passing interest in the high-points of world literature, a willingness to experience a breadth of genres, a special interest in the work of one's immediate culture, a desire to share in the same reading experiences of many other readers, and an emphasis on the writing of the current day.
The following 100 books (of fiction, poetry, and drama) is an attempt to satisfy those competing requirements. After going through several iterations of the list, one thing surprised me: there are not as many "classic" books that I associate with the moniker well-read, and many more current books than I would have thought. Conversely, to be conversant in the literature of the day turned out to be quite a bit more important than I would have thought.
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
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The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
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All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)
All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
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American Pastoral (Philip Roth)
American Pastoral (Philip Roth)
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Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
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Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
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Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
10
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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Beowulf
Beowulf
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13
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Díaz)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Díaz)
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The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
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Candide (Voltaire)
Candide (Voltaire)
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The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
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Casino Royale (Ian Fleming)
Casino Royale (Ian Fleming)
20
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
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The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
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Charlotte's Web (E. B. White)
Charlotte's Web (E. B. White)
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Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
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Poems by Emily Dickinson (Emily Dickinson)
Poems by Emily Dickinson (Emily Dickinson)
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The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Edgar Allan Poe)
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Edgar Allan Poe)
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The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor
The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor
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The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
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Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
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29
The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
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Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
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Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
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Dream of the Red Chamber (Cao Xueqin)
Dream of the Red Chamber (Cao Xueqin)
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Dune (Frank Herbert)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
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Everything Is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)
Everything Is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)
35
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
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The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
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Faust (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)
Faust (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)
38
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
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A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
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The Golden Bowl (Henry James)
The Golden Bowl (Henry James)
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