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The Reading List of How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren (Revised Edition, 1972)

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  • Homer – Iliad, Odyssey
  • The Old Testament
  • Aeschylus – Tragedies
  • Sophocles – Tragedies
  • Herodotus – Histories
  • Euripides – Tragedies
  • Thucydides – History of the Peloponnesian War
  • Hippocrates – Medical Writings
  • Aristophanes – Comedies
  • Plato – Dialogues
  • Aristotle – Works
  • Epicurus – Letter to Herodotus; Letter to Menoecus
  • Euclid – Elements
  • Archimedes – Works
  • Apollonius of Perga – Conic Sections
  • Cicero – Works
  • Lucretius – On the Nature of Things
  • Virgil – Works
  • Horace – Works
  • Livy – History of Rome
  • Ovid – Works
  • Plutarch – Parallel Lives; Moralia
  • Tacitus – Histories; Annals; Agrico

The Big Read (2003 BBC UK Poll) - Top 200 Novels in the United Kingdom

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  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D.

Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century (1999)

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  • 1 The Stranger
  • The Outsider Albert Camus 1942 French
  • 2 In Search of Lost Time
  • Remembrance of Things Past Marcel Proust 1913–1927 French
  • 3 The Trial Franz Kafka 1925 German
  • 4 The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 1943 French
  • 5 Man's Fate André Malraux 1933 French
  • 6 Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Céline 1932 French
  • 7 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 1939 English
  • 8 For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway 1940 English
  • 9 Le Grand Meaulnes Alain-Fournier 1913 French
  • 10 Froth on the Daydream Boris Vian 1947 French
  • 11 The Second Sex Simone de Beauvoir 1949 French

Bokklubben World Library by Norwegian Book Club (2002)

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  • Title Author Year Country Language
  • Epic of Gilgamesh Unknown 18th – 17th century BCE Sumer and Akkadian Empire Akkadian
  • Mahabharata Vyasa 9th century BCE – 5th century BCE India Sanskrit
  • Iliad Homer 760–710 BCE Greece Greek
  • Book of Job Unknown 7th – 4th century BCE Achaemenid Empire Hebrew
  • Odyssey Homer 8th century BCE Greece Greek
  • Ramayana Valmiki 5th century BCE - 4th century BCE India Sanskrit
  • Medea Euripides 431 BCE Greece Greek
  • Oedipus the King Sophocles 430 BCE Greece Greek
  • Aeneid Virgil 29–19 BCE Roman Empire Classical Latin
  • Shakuntala Kālidāsa 1st century BCE – 4th century

The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today by Martin Seymour-Smith (1998)

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  • 1. The I Ching by King Wen & Duke Chou (1500 BC)
  • 2. The Old Testament by Moses (1500 BC)
  • 3. The Iliad & The Odyssey by Homer (9th century BC)
  • 4. The Upanishads by Hindu rishis (700 BC - 400 BC)
  • 5. The Way and Its Power by Lao-Tzu (3rd century BC)
  • 6. The Avesta by Zoroaster (500 BC)
  • 7. Analects by Confucius (5th-4th century BC)
  • 8.

The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time by Mystery Writers of America (1995)

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  • Arthur Conan Doyle: The Complete Sherlock Holmes (1887-1927)[note 2]
  • Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon (1930)
  • Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of Mystery & Imagination (1852)
  • Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (1951)
  • Scott Turow: Presumed Innocent (1987)
  • John le Carré: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1963)
  • Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (1868)
  • Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (1939)
  • Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca (1938)
  • Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None (1939)
  • Robert Traver: Anatomy of a Murder (1958)[note 2]
  • Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
  • Raymond Chandler: The

The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time by UK's Crime Writers' Association (1990)

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  • Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (1951)
  • Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (1939)
  • John le Carré: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1963)
  • Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night (1935)
  • Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
  • Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca (1938)
  • Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (1940)
  • Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (1868)
  • Len Deighton: The IPCRESS File (1962)
  • Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon (1930)
  • Josephine Tey: The Franchise Affair (1948)
  • Hillary Waugh: Last Seen Wearing ...

Clone of Clone of 1001 Books I Want to Read Before I Die (1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die)

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  1. 2000s
  2. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. Saturday – Ian McEwan
  4. On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  5. Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
  6. Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson
  7. The Sea – John Banville
  8. The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
  9. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
  10. The Master – Colm Tóibín
  11. Vanishing Point – David Markson
  12. The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd
  13. Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
  14. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  15. Drop City – T.

The Greatest Fantasy Novels

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  1. Gargantua and Pantagruel, Francois Rabelais (1532-1564)
  2. Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift (1726)
  3. The Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole (1764)
  4. The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, E.T.A. Hoffmann (1819)
  5. La Peau de Chagrin, Honore de Balzac (1831)
  6. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens (1843)
  7. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (1865)
  8. The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald (1872)
  9. She, H.

A Guild to Oriental Classics (Literature)

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