The Best 100 Novels – The Ultimate List

Courtesy of Neilbowers and Mad Bibiophile here on WordPress:

Neilbowers has consolidated lists of the top 100 best books from several different countries and has made a single top 100 based on the results.  It’s a pretty comprehensive list, spanning various genres of literature, authors, subject matter, and time periods.  I’ve bolded each book I’ve read on this list.

1. 1984 – 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

25 / 100 … Well, I guess that’s not too bad!  How did you fare?  😉

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