MEME: Top 100 Books of All Time!

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Stolen from here (I’m only using the top 100 because 778 is way too big). I’m going to mix up the rules a bit this time.


  • Bold the titles you’ve read.
  • Italicize the titles you really want to read.
  • Put ** by titles you hated or couldn’t finish reading or won’t read again.
  • If you’ve read the book more than once, put the number of times you’ve read it in ( )s somewhere.
  • Tag people.

I’m tagging SQT, Tia, and Carraka. Anyone else who wants to do this is more than welcome.

Here goes:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (2)
  2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  3. 1984 by George Orwell (5)
  4. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (3)
  5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  6. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (3)
  7. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  8. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  9. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (2)
  10. Night by Elie Wiesel
  11. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  12. The Bible
  13. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  14. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  15. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  16. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  17. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  18. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  19. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  20. Dune by Frank Herbert
  21. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  22. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  23. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  24. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  25. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  26. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  27. The Stand by Stephen King**
  28. Ulysses by James Joyce
  29. Paradise Lost by John Milton** (2)
  30. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  31. Watership Down byRichard Adams
  32. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  33. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  34. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  35. Roots by Alex Haley
  36. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  37. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (3)
  38. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  39. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  40. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  41. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  42. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  43. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  44. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  45. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  46. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  47. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  48. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  49. Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden
  50. King Lear by William Shakespeare
  51. A Theory of Justice by John Rawls
  52. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  53. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  54. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  55. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer** (3)
  56. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  57. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
  58. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  59. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee
  60. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  61. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  62. The Inferno by Dante Alighieri (2)
  63. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  64. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  65. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  66. Death in Venice and Other Stories by Thomas Mann
  67. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling**
  68. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  69. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  70. Ada by Vladimir Nabokov
  71. Middlemarch by George Elliot
  72. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  73. Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
  74. Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
  75. The Way Things Work by David Macauly
  76. Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
  77. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  78. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  79. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  80. Confessions by St. Augustine of Hippo
  81. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
  82. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berndt
  83. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  84. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  85. My Name is Asher by Lev Chaim Potok
  86. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  87. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  88. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
  89. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  90. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  91. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  92. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  93. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
  94. Prufrock and Other Observations by T.S. Eliot
  95. Run with the Horsemen by Ferrol Sams
  96. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  97. The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
  98. Exodus by Leon Uris
  99. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl
  100. Anarchy, State and Utopia by Robert Nozick

And there you go. So I’ve read a pathetic 29 of the 100 on this list. Very sad indeed.

What about you?

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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