Books

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.

A Guild to Oriental Classics (Literature)

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Bloom's Western Canon

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  • The Theocratic Age

  • The Ancient Near East
  • Gilgamesh
  • Egyptian Book of the Dead
  • Holy Bible (King James Version)
  • The Apocrypha
  • Sayings of the Fathers (Pirke Aboth)

  • Ancient India
  • Mahabharata
  • Bhagavad-Gita
  • Ramayana