100 Best Books for Smart People

The list was compiled based on votes from the Goodreads community

1. Being and Time by Martin Heidegger

2. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke

3. The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil

4. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

5. 1984 by George Orwell

6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

7. Phenomenology of Spirit by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

8. Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

9. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

10. The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain from Vienna 1900 to the Present by Eric R. Kandel

11. The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler

12. Bubbles: Spheres I by Peter Sloterdijk

13. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

14. What Is Philosophy? by Gilles Deleuze

15. Reveries of the Solitary Walker by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

16. Critique of Cynical Reason by Peter Sloterdijk

17. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

18. Martin Heidegger: Between Good and Evil by Rüdiger Safranski

19. Wood, Talc and Mr. J by Chris Rose

20. Heroika 1: Dragon Eaters (Heroika #1) by Janet E. Morris

21. The Agricola and The Germania by Tacitus

22. High Couch of Silistra (Silistra, #1) by Janet E. Morris

23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

24. I, the Sun by Janet E. Morris

25. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

26. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

27. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

28. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

29. The Trial by Franz Kafka

30. The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics: World, Finitude, Solitude by Martin Heidegger

31. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

32. The Godfather by Mario Puzo

33. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

34. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

35. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

36. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

37. Nobody Asked Me, But …. by Karl Wiggins

38. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

39. Animal Farm by George Orwell

40. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1) by Alan Bradley

41. Swann’s Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1) by Marcel Proust

42. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

43. Speedy Reads by Chris-Jean Clarke

44. A Time to Kill by John Grisham

45. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

46. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

47. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

48. Germania by Tacitus

49. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

50. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

51. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

52. Gargantua en Pantagruel by François Rabelais

53. The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1) by Jasper Fforde

54. The IX (The IX #1) by Andrew P. Weston

55. 22 daydreams by Chris Rose

56. The Sacred Band by Janet E. Morris

57. The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1–4) by T.H. White

58. The Nibelungenlied by Unknown

59. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

60. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

61. Ulysses by James Joyce

62. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

63. The Master’s Plan by Stephany Tullis

64. Dubliners by James Joyce

65. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

66. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

67. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett

68. A Painted House by John Grisham

69. Kristin Lavransdatter (Kristin Lavransdatter, #1–3) by Sigrid Undset

70. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) by Stieg Larsson

71. Tempus by Janet E. Morris

72. Tempus Unbound Author’s Cut (Sacred Band series Book 6) by Janet E. Morris

73. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

74. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

75. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

76. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

77. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

78. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

79. Different Seasons by Stephen King

80. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

81. Goodnight, and Thanks for the Vodka [2002] by Harpie

82. Calico Jack in your Garden by Karl Wiggins

83. Outpassage by Janet E. Morris

84. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

85. GRIT The Banter and Brutality of the Late-Night Cab by Karl Wiggins

86. Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King

87. The World According to Garp by John Irving

88. In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

89. You Really Are Full of Shit, Aren’t You? by Karl Wiggins

90. Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie

91. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

92. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

93. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

94. The Street Lawyer by John Grisham

95. In a Dark Wood Wandering: A Novel of the Middle Ages by Hella S. Haasse

96. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

97. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

98. Quo Vadis: A Tale of the Time of Nero by Henryk Sienkiewicz

99. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, #1) by Robin Sloan

100. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

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