Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July everybody!! (And for all of you American readers, Happy Independence Day! But, the rest of you can still have a happy day, if you’d like!)

So, I am pretty well into 3 different books right now, but not quite finished them, and most likely I will do longer reviews on all of them, so I was trying to think of what to share today – since I don’t want to give you too much of a preview!!

So, I decided to give you a little quiz on American literature. I googled “The Great American Book,” and found a Wikipedia page that listed novels that have been termed “The Great American Novel”. So . . . readers, I want to see how many of the great American novels you have read. Leave a comment below to let me know how many!! Also, let me know if you think there are any missing from the list!!

  1. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  5. U.S.A. trilogy by John Dos Passo
  6. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  7. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  8. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  9. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
  10. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  11. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  12. Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
  13. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  14. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  15. J R by William Gaddis
  16. Little, Big by John Crowley
  17. Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
  18. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  19. Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
  20. Underworld by Don DeLillo
  21. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

I have actually only read 2 of these, and I haven’t heard of most of them!! I guess I need to get reading!! What about you?

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2 thoughts on “Happy 4th!

  1. I have only read three of these, but I did just purchase an e-copy of the Great Gatsby because I want to read it this summer. Try googling the Western Cannon and you will get several lists of “must read” books.
    Happy reading!

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