100 Best Books of all time

  • 1. Julius Ceasar. William Shakespeare
  • 2. Hamlet. William Shakespeare
  • 3. Oedipus the King. Sophocles
  • 4. MacBeth. William Shakespeare
  • 5. Homer. The Odyssey
  • 6. Gone With the Wind- Margaret Mitchell
  • 7. The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • 8. The Catcher in t he Rye. J.D. Salinger
  • 9. To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee
  • 10. The Color Purple. Alice Walker
  • 11. The Lord of the Flies. William Golding
  • 12. William Shakespeare. Romeo & Juliet
  • 13. As I Lay Dying. William Faulkner
  • 14. For Whom the Bells Toll. Ernest Hemin gway
  • 15. Othello. William Shakespeare
  • 16. Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte
  • 17. Gulliver’s Travels. Jonathan Swift
  • 18. Dracular. Bram Stoker
  • 19. The Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien
  • 20. Heart of Darkness. Joseph Conrad
  • 21. 1984. George Orwell
  • 22. Anne Fr ank’s diary. Anne Frank
  • 23. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 24. The Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck
  • 25. The Sound and the Fury. William Faulkner
  • 26. Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen
  • 27. Animal Farm. George Orwell
  • 28. The Canterbury Ta les. Joseph Chaucer
  • 29. The Complete Tales. Edgar Alan Poe
  • 30. Great Expectations. Charles Dickens
  • 31. Anna Karenina. Leo Tolstoy
  • 32. Native Son. Richard Wright
  • 33. Brave New World. Aldous Huxley
  • 34. Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck
  • 35. One Flew Over the Cuck oo’s Nest. Ken Kesey
  • 36. Invisible Man. Ralph Ellison
  • 37. The Old Man in the Sea. Ernest Hemingway
  • 38. Call of the Wild. Jack London
  • 39. Moby Dick. Herman Melville
  • 40. Don Quixote. Miguel De Cervantes
  • 41. The World According to Garp. John Irving
  • 42. A St reetcar Named Desire. Tennessee Williams
  • 43. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain
  • 44. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain
  • 45. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde
  • 46. A Prayer for Owen Meany. John Irving
  • 47. Shindler’s List. Thoma s Kene ally
  • 48. Finnegan’s Wake. James Joyce
  • 49. The Scarlet Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 50. Little Women. Louisa May Alcott
  • 51. The Jungle. Upton Sinclair
  • 52. A Farewell to Arms. Ernest Hemingway
  • 53. Frankenstein. Mary Shelley
  • 54. Jane Eyre. Charlotte B ronte
  • 5 5. Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll
  • 56. The War of the Worlds. H.G. Wells
  • 57. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Jules Verne
  • 58. The Importance of Being Ernest. Oscar Wild
  • 59. Death of a Salesman. Norman Mailer
  • 60. Robinson Crusoe. Daniel De Foe
  • 61. The Won derful Wizard of Oz. L.Frank Baum
  • 62. A Clockwork Orange. Anthony Burgess
  • 63. The Stand. Stephen King
  • 64. A Passage to India. E.M. Forster
  • 65. War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy
  • 66. Ethan Frome. Edith Wharton
  • 67. Treasure Island. Robert Louis Stev en son
  • 68. The Glass Managerie. Tenn essee Williams
  • 69. The Time Machine. H.G. Wells
  • 70. The DaVinci Code. Dan Brown
  • 71. A Raisin In the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry
  • 72. Old Yeller. Fred Gipson
  • 73. Sounder. William Armstrong
  • 74. A Good Man is Hard to find. Edit h Wharton
  • 75. The Bell jar. Syl via Plath
  • 76. Flowers for Algernon. Daniel Keyes
  • 77. The Outsiders. S. E. Hinton
  • 78. David Copperfield. Charles Dickens
  • 79. The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyl amd Mr. Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson
  • 80. Tender is the Night. F. Sc ott Fitzgerald
  • 81. Up From Slavery. Booker T. Washington
  • 82. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou
  • 83. A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens
  • 84. Catch-22. Joseph Heller
  • 85. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Gertrude Stein
  • 86. Emma. Jane Austen
  • 87. Dangerous Liaisons. Pierre Chod erlos De Laclos
  • 88. Something Wicked This Way Comes. Ray Bradbury
  • 89. The Haunting of Hill House. Shirley Jackson
  • 90. Maltese Falcon. Dashiell Hammett
  • 91. A Wrinkle in Time. Madeline L’Engle
  • 92. Around the World in 80 Day s. Jules Verne
  • 93. The Count of M onte Cristo. Alexandre Dumas
  • 94. Inte rview with a Vampire. Anne Rice
  • 95. The Adventures of Kavelier and Clay. Michael Chabon
  • 96. The Hobbit. Tolkien
  • 97. Atonement. Ian McEwan
  • 98. Shane. Jack Warner Schaefer
  • 99. A Day No Pigs Will Die. Robert N ewton Peck
  • 100. Blindness. Jose Saramago
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Author Comments: 

These are my opinions on the best 100 books. This list was hard to write because there are so many wonderful books. I also had a hard time putting them in an order. I kept flipflopping them. I enjoy reading and loved all of these books. Maybe I need to pu t the next 100 on a list because there are so many wonderful books that are not mentioned on this list.e

Have you read all these? Is this list your opinion?

Yes, I have read all of these books. I am a reading teacher and love to read. I am a sucker for the classics. These are my opinions. c

I'm so glad to hear that. Your list looks very much like the one my 9th grade Honors English teacher gave us, except for the more recent titles. I still need to read some of them.

Your comment made me laugh. I taught 9th and 10th grade literature before I became a reading specialist. Now, I work with middle school students that are below grade level in reading. At least you know that I love what I do. :o)

I think that's great, that you love to teach reading.

I certainly second that!

Shalom, y'all1

L. Bangs

Brilliant list. You do read a lot. Also good to see Steinbeck up there. Ever tried German literature or Ephraim Kishon (I know I'm promoting him everywhere I can, but he's really worth to be read)?

Thank you. I love Steinbeck too. I think he is brilliant. I will add Kishon to the list of authors that I want to read. Which is his best book? h

Kishon has written some novels, but I'd rather recommend his satires. Sharp, but so lovely. And it's not every day that you get sth. to read by an Israeli writer, eh?

Let me also chime in with the "great list" sentiment!

Interesting Shakespeare choices. If this list is rank ordered, you end up with:

Julius Caesar
Romeo & Juliet

...and no other plays cracking your top 100. You left off my personal favorites, all the comedies, and I don't think I know anybody else that picks Julius Caesar as their favorite, but none of that detracts from the list. Just noticin' is all.

Thank you. I think that Julius Caesar has always been my favorite because it was the first Shakespearean play that I read. I always liked the Greek tragedies.

Yes, JC ahead of HPD is an 'interesting' choice. If you had placed MacB ahead of HPD I could have seen where you were coming from; WS does some truly awesome things with language in MacB, his turns of phrase there are unlike anything else I've ever read by any author, including WS himself.

All 3 are wonderful pieces of literature. It was hard to rank them for me. I love Shakespeare. He has a way of using irony that is incredible. I like how he uses symbols, imagery, adn foreshadowing. I

66. Did Joseph Conrad really write War of the Worlds? Lord Jim or perhaps Nostromo?

For me, Moby Dick is way too far down the list. That is one [insert your best adjective here] piece of writing.

The Stand among the 100 best books? Oh well, the test of time will tell :-)

You must have read the list wrong, H.G. Wells wrote War of the Worlds. I love H.G. Wells.

I think that The Stand is wonderfully written. He uses wonerful imagery and symbolism. He delves into the characters, so you can really get to understand them and their viewpoints. H

I love that you love H.G.Wells; his Complete Short Stories would go on my list of 100 best books. In fact I adopted his name-amongst-friends as my username.

I think the opening paragraph of WOTWs is close to being the best in all science fiction (and I can make that claim because I have read a *lot* of science fiction).

I prefer IT to The Stand, both for the childhood to adulthood characterizations and the very clever plot structure.

It is one of my favorites too. It would probably be in my top 200. When you are doing a list of only 100 books, you can't get every book you love on that list. I like the symbolism in the stand and the character development.

H. G. Wells is one of all time favorite authors. He was so ahead of his time.

There was a mistake on that #66 and I corrected it. War of the Worlds is actually higher up in the list where it should be. W

#65: I think you'll find that Ethan Frome was written by Edith Wharton. And whoever wrote it, it sure ain't better than War and Peace

How can you not have Gravity's Rainbow on there? "A Wrinkle in Time" is really better than Pynchon?

Both Gravity's Rainbow and Pynchon are wondrful books. I ran out of room on my list of 100. I need to put out a list of 200. I just have always loved A Wrinkle in Time....it is a book that catches my imagination and I get involved in it.

I'm not really sure how to feel about Heart of Darkness. Even though it has got some memorable quotes and characters, the whole story was just too lame for me.

Also respect for having read War and Peace. I failed several times.

I love Heart of Darkness for the character analysis and dialog. War in Peace is a hard read, but a good book if you get into it. I really enjoyed it, bu I am an English teacher. The hard readability makes it go a little lower on the list, but it still deserves to be in the top 1pp.

Great list. I'm glad to Homer's Odyssey so high. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton is also a great favourite of mine. I'm amazed that you include nothing by Thomas Hardy. Have you read Jude The Obscue or Tess of the Durbervilles?

Hardy as is a wonderful author as well. I ran out of space in the top 100. The Obsue will be in my list of top 200. I have not read Tess of the Durberville yet, but it is on my list for books that I want to read.

Great list! But no Dostoyevsky? Brother's Karamozov is one of my all time favorites. I am glad to see E.M. Forster on your list. He's another of my favorites who often seems to be overlooked.