The Ultimate Top 10 List

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  7. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  9. The Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
  10. Middlemarch by George Eliot

That is apparently the “all-time, ultimate Top Top 10 list, derived from the top 10 lists of 125 of the world’s most celebrated writers combined.”

I have only studied Hamlet for literature, and read nothing else yet in the list.

Excellent! 👿


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lovelyloey
    Oct 16, 2007 @ 22:52:27

    Em. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – tried to read it, but didn’t finish.
    Hamlet – read it, but preferred Macbeth, less boring.
    Lolita – on my shelf
    Actually would want to read 1, 2, 7 and 10.

    nylusmilk: i’d only want to read 5 and 7 if i felt like reading any from the list at all. agree about macbeth – lady macbeth makes a better supporting character than ophelia.


  2. Biyang Hansen
    Oct 17, 2007 @ 10:06:11

    Hmm Hamlet…. got lost after “To be, or not to be…” never really got to what the question really was 🙂

    Being almost Danish and all, I imagine that this is required reading… Well, sorry is all I can say.

    War and Peace, got that one (or should I say ‘that 3 volumes’) on my shelf. Haven’t started reading it yet though. Someday I will… Someday.

    The Great Gatsby. Like to read that one too.

    So it all comes down to: I’ve read nothing of the above. I must be very “all-time ultimate top top10”-illiterate.

    nylusmilk: well, hamlet was written by an englishman, so… 😉 (and i had to read it for literature class, otherwise i wouldn’t have read it on my own either!)

    we’ll form a club of the ultimate illiterates. you can be president if you like! 😆


  3. s s
    Oct 17, 2007 @ 12:44:33

    gosh, i thought i was the only illiterate one here! 😆

    so far i have read huck finn – but only the kids’ version. and i rather liked it.

    i started war and peace once – but didn’t finish.

    as for others, i guess time will say! 😀

    nylusmilk: really, life is just too short to force ourselves to read something that we personally don’t want to! but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give something a try, of course. 🙂


  4. Biyang Hansen
    Oct 18, 2007 @ 00:24:06

    Hehe, well, guess I could use that as an excuse – still, it is called ‘Hamlet – Prince of Denmark’ (Nevermind the fact that Shakespeare never once visited Denmark, as far as I know) 🙂

    Haha yeah, a nice club that would be – we’ll sit all day and discuss the things we haven’t read. Beautiful! 😀

    nylusmilk: hehe, we won’t just discuss, we’d mock the famous bits too! :mrgreen: the illiterate version of saturday night live – we’d be so popular we’d have a fan club of our club!


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