Best Books of the 20th Century (322 books)

  1. Lord of the Rings [trilogy] by J. R. R. Tolkien
  2. Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  3. Peter and the Wolf by Sergey Prokofiev
  4. Call of the Wild by Jack London
  5. Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  6. Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  8. Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  9. Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
  10. Ulysses by James Joyce
  11. Peanuts by Charles M. Shultz
  12. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  13. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  14. White Fang by Jack London
  15. Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  17. Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  18. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  19. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  20. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  21. Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
  22. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  23. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  24. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  25. Dubliners by James Joyce
  26. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  27. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  28. Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  29. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  30. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  31. Trial by Franz Kafka
  32. Sea Wolf by Jack London
  33. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  34. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  35. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  36. Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
  37. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  38. Stranger by Albert Camus
  39. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
  40. Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  41. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
  42. Plague by Albert Camus
  43. Rebecca by Dame Daphne Du Maurier
  44. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  45. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  46. Pearl by John Steinbeck
  47. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  48. Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
  49. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  50. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  51. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  52. Castle by Franz Kafka
  53. Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  54. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  55. Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  56. Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
  57. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
  58. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
  59. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  60. Virginian by Owen Wister
  61. Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
  62. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  63. Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham
  64. My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  65. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  66. Victory by Joseph Conrad
  67. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  68. Garfield by Jim Davis
  69. Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  70. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  71. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
  72. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  73. Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
  74. Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter
  75. Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  76. Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings
  77. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  78. Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  79. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  80. Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  81. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
  82. Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  83. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  84. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  85. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  86. House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
  87. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
  88. Passage to India by E. M. Forster
  89. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  90. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  91. Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  92. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  93. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  94. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  95. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  96. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  97. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  98. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  99. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  100. American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  101. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  102. Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery
  103. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  104. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  105. Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  106. Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  107. Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  108. Light in August by William Faulkner
  109. Lost Horizon by James Hilton
  110. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  111. Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  112. Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  113. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  114. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  115. Ambassadors by Henry James
  116. Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
  117. O Pioneers by Willa Cather
  118. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  119. Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  120. Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
  121. Room With a View by E. M. Forster
  122. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
  123. Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis
  124. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  125. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  126. Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  127. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  128. Howards End by E. M. Forster
  129. Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  130. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  131. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  132. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  133. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  134. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  135. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  136. Curious George by H. A. Rey
  137. Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré
  138. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
  139. Good-bye Mr. Chips by James Hilton
  140. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  141. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  142. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  143. Dune by Frank Herbert
  144. Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
  145. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  146. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  147. Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  148. Horse and his Boy by C. S. Lewis
  149. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  150. Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  151. Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  152. Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  153. Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
  154. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  155. Wings of the Dove by Henry James
  156. Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
  157. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  158. Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
  159. Firm by John Grisham
  160. Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
  161. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  162. Roots by Alex Haley
  163. Native Son by Richard Wright
  164. Stuart Little by E. B. White
  165. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  166. Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner
  167. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  168. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  169. Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
  170. Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  171. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  172. Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  173. Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  174. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  175. Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
  176. Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  177. Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
  178. Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  179. Time to Kill by John Grisham
  180. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  181. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  182. Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
  183. Rainmaker by John Grisham
  184. Sula by Toni Morrison
  185. Borrowers by Mary Norton
  186. Where’s Waldo by Martin Handford
  187. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  188. Giver by Lois Lowry
  189. Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  190. Pelican Brief by John Grisham
  191. Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
  192. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  193. Color Purple by Alice Walker
  194. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
  195. Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  196. King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
  197. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  198. Separate Peace by John Knowles
  199. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  200. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  201. Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  202. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  203. Sounder by William Howard Armstrong
  204. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  205. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  206. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth
  207. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  208. Summer of the Swans by Betsy Cromer Byars
  209. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien
  210. Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  211. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  212. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
  213. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  214. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  215. Runaway Jury by John Grisham
  216. Incredible Journey by Sheila Every Burnford
  217. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  218. Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
  219. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  220. Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  221. Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  222. Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  223. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  224. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
  225. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  226. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
  227. Painted House by John Grisham
  228. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  229. Client by John Grisham
  230. Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
  231. Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
  232. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema
  233. Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  234. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  235. Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
  236. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
  237. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  238. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  239. Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
  240. Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
  241. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  242. Chamber by John Grisham
  243. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  244. Partner by John Grisham
  245. Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  246. Holes by Louis Sachar
  247. Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy
  248. Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  249. Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  250. Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
  251. Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  252. Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
  253. Cider House Rules by John Irving
  254. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  255. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  256. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  257. Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
  258. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  259. Superfudge by Judy Blume
  260. Jazz by Toni Morrison
  261. Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  262. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  263. Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
  264. Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  265. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  266. Brethren by John Grisham
  267. Testament by John Grisham
  268. Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
  269. Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
  270. Street Lawyer by John Grisham
  271. Left Behind by Tim F. Lahaye
  272. Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
  273. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  274. Timeline by Michael Crichton
  275. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  276. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  277. Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel
  278. Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  279. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
  280. Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  281. Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  282. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
  283. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  284. Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  285. Prince Caspian the Return to Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  286. Chosen by Chaim Potok
  287. While My Pretty One Sleeps by Mary Higgins Clark
  288. Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
  289. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  290. Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
  291. Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel
  292. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  293. Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy
  294. Lost World by Michael Crichton
  295. Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Daniels Cornwell
  296. Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
  297. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  298. Last Precinct by Patricia Daniels Cornwell
  299. Southern Cross by Patricia Daniels Cornwell
  300. Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
  301. Cause of Death by Patricia Daniels Cornwell
  302. Valley of Horses by Jean Auel
  303. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  304. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  305. Cardinal of the Kremlin by Tom Clancy
  306. Death in the Family by James Agee
  307. Shipping News by Annie Proulx
  308. Tribulation Force by Tim F. Lahaye
  309. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
  310. Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
  311. Point of Origin by Patricia Daniels Cornwell
  312. Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  313. Black Notice by Patricia Daniels Cornwell
  314. I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
  315. “O” Is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
  316. Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  317. Paradise by Toni Morrison
  318. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
  319. Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  320. “N” Is for Noose by Sue Grafton
  321. Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
  322. Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor

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