Not that any literary “canon” should be accepted uncritically (there are some books on the following list I think were awful), but… of the books on the following ist created by the Modern Library, which have you read?
I have only read 5 and of those, *Catch 22 *was the only one I thought was horrible. There are probably 30 or so of those sitting on my shelf. I could probably name 10 or so novels that should be on that list, but obviously couldn’t tell you what they should replace.
Not too many. Seven of them. Though at least two of them, while I know I read long ago, I couldn’t tell you thing-one about them. And there are a few others which I’ve either started and never finished, or bought and never started.
And now that I think about, at least one that I’m not sure if I ever read or not (I think I might have (Heart of Darkness)). But it’s weird, because I know all about the story, plot, characters etc, but I can’t swear I actually read it. It’s like Gone With The Wind – I never saw it, but I could probably win a trivia contest about it.
I ended up with seven, although there are one or two others that I may have read but am not sure. I also didn’t count Tobacco Road, which I really tried to read but gave up about a quarter of the way through. Honestly, it reads like a parody of its own genre. (See Thurber’s “Bateman Comes Home” for an actual parody that is almost indistinguishable from the original.)