Book Queue: Top 100 Books of All Time

What are the top 100 books ever written?
I have collected numerous lists over the years.
I found this list at Newsweek that “crunched the numbers from 10 top books lists (Modern Library, the New York Public Library, St. John’s College reading list, Oprah’s, and more) to come up with The Top 100 Books of All Time”.

These books have also been compiled into an award list at LibraryThing.

This list looks to be as good a place to start as any for finding something good to read.

Legend:
If the number is bolded then I already own the book (and can find it).
If the title is hyperlinked then I have created a page here on the blog with info about the book.
If the title is crossed out then I have read the book (in recent memory).

Book Queue

-   1 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (1869)
-   2 1984 – George Orwell (1949)
-   3 Ulysses – James Joyce (1922)
-   4 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
-   5 The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner (1929)
-   6 Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison (1952)
-   7 To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf (1927)
-   8a The Illiad – Homer (8th century B.C.)
-   8b The Odyssey – Homer (8th century B.C.)
-   9 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (1813)
-  10a Divine Comedy – Inferno – Dante Alighieri (1321)
-  10b Divine Comedy – Purgatory – Dante Alighieri (1321)
-  10c Divine Comedy – Paradise – Dante Alighieri (1321)
-  11 Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer (15th century)
-  12 Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift (1726)
-  13 Middlemarch – George Eliot (1874)
-  14 Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (1958)
-  15 The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger (1951)
-  16 Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (1936)
-  17 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1967)
-  18 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
-  19 Catch-22 – Joseph Heller (1961)
-  20 Beloved – Toni Morrison (1987)
-  21 The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (1939)
-  22 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (1981)
-  23 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (1932)
-  24 Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf (1925)
-  25 Native Son – Richard Wright (1940)
-  26 Democracy in America – Alexis de Tocqueville (1835)
-  27 Origin of Species – Charles Darwin (1859)
-  28 The Histories – Herodotus (440 B.C.)
-  29 The Social Contract – Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1762)
-  30 Das Kapital – Karl Marx (1867)
-  31 The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli (1532)
-  32 Confessions – St. Augustine (4th century)
-  33 Leviathan – Thomas Hobbes (1651)
-  34 The History of the Peloponnesian War – Thucydides (431 B.C.)
-  35 The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien (1954)
-  36 Winnie-the-Pooh – A. A. Milne (1926)
-  37 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis (1950)
-  38 A Passage to India – E. M. Forster (1924)
-  39 On the Road – Jack Kerouac (1957)
-  40 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (1960)
-  41 The Holy Bible
-  42 A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess (1962)
-  43 Light in August Light in August – William Faulkner (1932)
-  44 The Souls of Black Folk – W. E. B. Du Bois (1903)
-  45 Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys (1966)
-  46 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (1857)
-  47 Paradise Lost – John Milton (1667)
-  48 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (1877)
-  49 Hamlet – William Shakespeare (1603)
-  50 King Lear – William Shakespeare (1608)
-  51 Othello – William Shakespeare (1622)
-  52 Sonnets – William Shakespeare (1609)
-  53 Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman (1855)
-  54 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain (1885)
-  55 Kim – Rudyard Kipling (1901)
-  56 Frankenstein – Mary Shelley (1818)
-  57 Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison (1977)
-  58 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey (1962)
-  59 For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway (1940)
-  60 Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
-  61 Animal Farm – George Orwell (1945)
-  62 Lord of the Flies – William Golding (1954)
-  63 In Cold Blood – Truman Capote (1965Ž)
-  64 The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing (1962)
-  65 Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust (1913)
-  66 The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler (1939)
-  67 As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner (1930)
-  68 The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway (1926)
-  69 I, Claudius – Robert Graves (1934)
-  70 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers (1940)
-  71 Sons and Lovers – D. H. Lawrence (1913)
-  72 All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren (1946)
-  73 Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin (1953)
-  74 Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White (1952)
-  75 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (1902)
-  76 Night – Elie Wiesel (1958)
-  77 Rabbit, Run – John Updike (1960)
-  78 The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton (1920)
-  79 Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth (1969)
-  80 An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser (1925)
-  81 The Day of the Locust – Nathanael West (1939)
-  82 Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller (1934)
-  83 The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett (1930)
-  84 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (1995)
-  85 Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather (1927)
-  86 The Interpretation of Dreams – Sigmund Freud (1900)
-  87 The Education of Henry Adams – Henry Adams (1918)
-  88 Quotations from Chairman Mao – Mao Zedong (1964)
-  89 The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature – William James (1902)
-  90 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh (1945)
-  91 Silent Spring – Rachel Carson (1962)
-  92 The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money – John Maynard Keynes (1936)
-  93 Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad (1900)
-  94 Goodbye to All That – Robert Graves (1929)
-  95 The Affluent Society – (John Kenneth Galbraith (1958)
-  96 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame (1908)
-  97 The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley and Malcolm X (1965)
-  98 Eminent Victorians – Lytton Strachey (1918)
-  99 The Color Purple – Alice Walker (1982)
- 100 The Second World War (The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate) – Winston Churchill (1948)

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