The Best of the Best

Neilbowers has a consolidated list of the top 100 lists from several different countries and has made these top 100 lists into one single top 100.

Those in bold are the ones I have read.

1. Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

2. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

3. The Grapes Of Wrath John Steinbeck

4. The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger

5. Catch-22 Joseph Heller

6. One Hundred Years Of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez

7. Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

8. Ulysses James Joyce

9. On The Road Jack Kerouac

10. The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien

11. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

12. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

13. Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

14. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis

15. Great Expectations Charles Dickens

16. War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

17. Lolita Vladimir Nabokov

18. Animal Farm George Orwell

19. Crime And Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

20. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

21. Lord Of The Flies William Golding

22. Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh

23. Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie

24. Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez

25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

26. Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

27. The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien

28. To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf

29. Middlemarch George Eliot

30. Rebecca Daphne du Maurier

31. Dune Frank Herbert

32. Brave New World Aldous Huxley

33. A Prayer For Owen Meany John Irving

34. Watership Down Richard Adams

35. The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner

36. Little Women Louisa May Alcott

37. Invisible Man Ralph Ellison

38. Anne Of Green Gables LM Montgomery

39. Emma Jane Austen

40. Memoirs Of A Geisha Arthur Golden

41. Beloved Toni Morrison

42. Of Mice And Men John Steinbeck

43. The Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad

44. Les Miserables Victor Hugo

45. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame

46. The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown

47. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy

48. Winnie the Pooh A.A. Milne

49. Birdsong Sebastian Faulks

50. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernieres

51. Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut

52. Life of Pi Yann Martel

53. A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

54. The Count Of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas

55. A Passage to India E.M. Forster

56. Moby Dick Herman Melville

57. A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth

58. The Stand Stephen King

59. Possession A.S. Byatt

60. Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert

61. A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens

62. The Trial Franz Kafka

63. I, Claudius Robert Graves

64. The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood

65. The Secret History Donna Tartt

66. His Dark Materials Philip Pullman

67. The Harry Potter Series J.K. Rowling

68. The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

69. Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

70. Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence

71. The Pillars Of The Earth Ken Follett

72. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce

73. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

74. The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

75. An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser

76. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll

77. Bleak House Charles Dickens

78. The Time Traveller’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger

79. A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry

80. The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemmingway

81. Nostromo Joseph Conrad

82. Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry

83. The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing

84. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers

85. The Stranger Albert Camus

86. Native Son Richard Wright

87. Gravity’s Rainbow Thomas Pynchon

88. The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

89. Perfume Patrick Süskind

90. Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe

91. David Copperfield Charles Dickens

92. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl

93. Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov

94. Persuasion Jane Austen

95. Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

96. The Tin Drum Gunter Grass

97. Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray

98. Atonement Ian McEwan

99. Light in August William Faulkner

100. The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett

33/100 – not too bad I suppose.


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