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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