2011 List

The Sound and the Fury– William Faulkner (1929-Fiction)
Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century, TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE NOVELS PUBLISHED SINCE 1923

“Father said clocks slay time. He said time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.”

-William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

Things Fall Apart– Chinua Achebe (1958-Fiction)

“Eneke the bird says that since man have learned to shoot without missing, he has learned to fly without perching.”

-Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

The Bell Jar– Sylvia Plath (1963-Fiction)

“People were made of nothing so much as dust, and I couldn’t see that doctoring all that dust was a bit better than writing poems people would remember and repeat to themselves when they were unhappy or sick and couldn’t sleep.”

-Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

A Farewell to Arms– Ernest Hemingway (1929-Fiction)
Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century

“If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”

-Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Tuesdays With Morrie– Mitch Albom (1997-Nonfiction)

“Do the kinds of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied, you won’t be envious, you won’t be longing for somebody else’s things. On the contrary, you’ll be overwhelmed with what comes back.”

-Morrie Schwartz, Tuesdays with Morrie

Middlemarch– George Eliot (1874-Fiction)

“…for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

-George Eliot, Middlemarch

Lord of the Flies-William Golding (1954-Fiction)
Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century, TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE NOVELS PUBLISHED SINCE 1923

“His mind skated to a consideration of a tamed town where savagery could not set foot. What could be safer than the bus center with its lamps and wheels?”

-William Golding, Lord of the Flies

Eat, Pray, Love-Elizabeth Gilbert (2006-Nonfiction)

“…people universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will maybe descend upon you like fine weather if you’re fortunate enough. But that’s not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Life of Pi-Yann Martel (2001-Fiction)
Man Booker Prize (2002)

“I know a woman here in Toronto who is very dear to my heart…Though she has lived in Toronto for over thirty years, her French-speaking mind still slips on occasion on the understanding of English sounds. And so, when she first heard of Hare Krishnas, she didn’t hear right. She heard ‘Hairless Christians’, and that is what they were to her for many years. When I corrected her, I told her that in fact she was not so wrong; that Hindus, in their capacity for love, are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians, in their devotion to God, are hat-wearing Muslims.”

-Yann Martel, Life of Pi
Dubliners-James Joyce (1914-Fiction, collection of short stories)

“Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”

-James Joyce, The Dubliners

Anthem-Ayn Rand (1938-Fiction)
Retrospective Hugo Award Finalist for Best Novella (2014)

“It is my eyes which see, and the sight of my eyes grants beauty to the earth. It is my ears which hear, and the hearing of my ears gives its song to the world. It is my mind which thinks, and the judgment of my mind is the only searchlight that can find truth. It is my will which chooses, and the choice of my will is the only edict I must respect. Many words have been granted me, and some are wise, and some are false, but only three are holy: ‘I will it!’

-Ayn Rand, Anthem

Jane Eyre-Charlotte Brontë (1847-Fiction)

“It is a very strange sensation to inexperienced youth to feel itself quite alone in the world, cut adrift from every connection, uncertain whether the port to which it is bound can be reached, and prevented by many impediments from returning to that it has quitted. The charm of adventure sweetens that sensation, the glow of pride warms it; but then the throb of fear disturbs it…”

-Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Mountains Beyond Mountains- Tracy Kidder (2003-Nonfiction)

“It is the curse of humanity that it learns to tolerate even the most horrible situations by habituation.”

-Paul Farmer, Mountains Beyond Mountains


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