100 Best Books Ever Written

The debate into the best book ever written has been raging for as long as man put pen to paper. First Gutenberg and his press and subsequently Tim Berners-Lee have not only massively increased the number of books available, but also opened the debate to a whole new global audience. Opinions will always differ, one man’s War and Peace will be another’s Harry Potter. Someone’s The Drowners, another’s Twilight Series…

Throwing the debate wider to embrace the 10 best books or the 100 best books seems equally fraught with difficulties. The same as with polls for the best songs ever written, those that have been released that year, and still hold a place in the nation’s heart will get a disproportionately high ranking.

To get away from this, and to give as definitive answer as you can possibly get to what are the best 100 books ever written, I have created the ultimate list. I have taken as many different 100 top book lists as I can find, from a huge variety of sources. These are both online, and in the print media, from a number of different countries and continents, as well as with a different target audience. The result is as near to the ultimate list of the best 100 books ever written you are ever likely to find.

1 Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
2 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
3 Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
4 Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
5 Ulysses – James Joyce
6 The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
7 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
8 To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
9 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
10 The Lord Of The Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
11 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
12 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
13 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
14 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
15 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
16 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
17 Don Quixote – Miguel De Cervantes
18 Animal Farm – George Orwell
19 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
20 Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
21 Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
22 Beloved – Toni Morrison
23 The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 Crime and Punishment – Feodor Dostoevsky
26 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
27 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
28 The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
29 On the Road – Jack Kerouac
30  The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
31 Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
32 To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
33 Middlemarch – George Eliot
34 Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
35 Emma – Jane Austen
36 A Passage to India – E. M. Forster
37 The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy –  Douglas Adams
38 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
39 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
40 Little Women – Louisa M. Alcott
41 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
42 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
43 The Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
44 The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
45 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
46 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
47 The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
48 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
49 Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
50 Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
51 Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
52= A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
52= The Trial – Franz Kafka
54 A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
55 Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll
56 Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
57= Dune – Frank Herbert
57= Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
59 The Stand – Stephen King
60 In Search of Lost Time – Marcel Proust
61 Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
62 Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
63 Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne
64 Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
65 Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
66 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
67 The Odyssey – Homer
68 The Stranger  – Albert Camus
69 The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
70 A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
71 Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
72 As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
73 Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
74 Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
75 The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
76 The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
77 The Iliad – Homer
78 The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
79 East of Eden – Steinbeck
80 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
81 The Call of the Wild – Jack London
82 The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
83 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
84 Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
85 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
86 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
87 Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
88 Anne Of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
89 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
90 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
91 Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
92 The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
93 Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden
94 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
95 Native Son – Richard Wright
96 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
97 Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin
98 Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
99 Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
100 The Divine Comedy – Dante

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