The reason I started adding comments like a hyped-up fiend this morning is because I have finished reading every one of the 121 books on this list. Finished. Done. Over. Accomplished.
I had read about 20 of the books on the list prior to when the list came out in 1999. I started then trying to read them all, in no particular order. Now that I finished Augie March, I have read every one of them.
Some I liked, some I didn’t. Finnegan’s Wake almost sent me to the bughouse. I became reacquainted with some favorite authors, and learned to appreciate new ones. All in all, I am glad I undertook this goal and glad to have accomplished it.
I had only read 2 of the books listed when the list first came out and I was so disgusted with myself I vowed to read them all before I turned 30. I still have a couple of years, but sometimes it feels like something I’ll be working on forever. Luckily I have some friends who are also reading the list, which helps when you come to a book that makes you wonder what Modern Library was doing when they picked that one. It truly is a major achievement – congratulations.
Hope I can, someday, do the same!
Could you name your most favorite book of the list?
For sticking with it and meeting your goal!