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The top 100 books

14 July 2008

I found this on Vicki’s blog, and thought it was interesting.

1. Bold the books you have read
2. Italicize the books you intend to read
3. [Bracket] the books you have viewed via movie, TV or theater

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. [Harry Potter] series – JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. 1984 – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. [Little Women – Louisa May Alcott]
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. [Rebecca] – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. [Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell]
22. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. [Brideshead Revisited] – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. [Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck]
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (but it’s already there in the Chronicles!)
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (but I thought it was crap!)
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Maddening Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. [Lord of the Flies] – William Golding
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. [Cold Comfort Farm] – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. [Dracula] – Bram Stoker
73. [The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett]
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. [A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens]
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. [Charlotte’s Web – EB White]
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. [The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas]
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare (included in complete works, above)
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

This is the kind of thing I usually put on one of my other blogs, but Blogspot is having lots of timeouts today, so I’m putting it here instead. Actually I did put something similar on my other blog about 6 months ago, at Notes from underground: Books to read before you die, and it still has more readers than any other post — it must be a popular topic. It only had 30 books on it, as opposed to 100 for this list, and I’d quibble about the inclusion of some of them, just as I’d quibble about the inclusion of The da Vinci code in this one. If you must have a conspiracy novel on the list, why not Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s pendulum, which is far better?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. 14 July 2008 5:59 pm

    Cool🙂 Should save this one and try to find and read them …

  2. 14 July 2008 6:47 pm

    Neat list. Referencing it on my blog.

  3. 14 July 2008 8:08 pm

    Some seriously good books on that list!

    Brings back some good memories. Excellent blog posting

  4. 15 July 2008 12:10 pm

    I agree that Foucault’s Pendulum is superior to the Da Vinci crap – although to be fair, I haven’t read Dan Brown. I’ve heard from so many people that I “Must” read it, and I’ve read so much about it, that I tend to run a mile in the opposite direction whenever it rears its ugly head.

    The Colour Purple, on the other hand, is a great work – although I rather preferred the sequel The Temple of My Familiar. That’s a seminal book, for me.

    Love,
    Terri in Joburg

  5. 15 July 2008 6:53 pm

    Terri,

    I haven’t read either of those — must look out for them. Brown is not the worst I have read (think Matthew Reilly), but certainly no more than mediocre.

  6. 13 August 2008 6:59 am

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  7. 22 September 2015 11:29 am

    I’ve now read three more of the books on that list:

    56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    75. Ulysses – James Joyce
    91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

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