Harvard Book Store Top 100 Books

Harvard Book Store Top 100 Books

In early 2010 Harvard Book Store employees worked together to come up with a list of our favorite books. Each staff member submitted a list of their favorite books of all time, in (rough) order of preference. Their selections were then weighted according to the order and the results were tabulated.

1. Jane Eyre (Oxford World’s Classics) by Charlotte Brontë


2. Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World’s Classics) by Jane Austen


3. Breakfast of Champions: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut


4. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


5. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami


6. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf


7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


8. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


9. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison


10. Beloved by Toni Morrison


11. Ficciones (English Translation) by Jorge Luis Borges


12. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri


13. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


14. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon


15. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf


16. The Master and Margarita (Penguin Classics) by Mikhail Bulgakov


17. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (Modern Library Classics) by Lewis Carroll


18. Middlemarch (Penguin Classics) by George Eliot


19. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


20. A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel (Ballantine Reader’s Circle) by John Irving


21. Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics) by Joan Didion


22. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino


23. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


24. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens


25. Harry Potter Boxed Set by J.K. Rowling


26. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


27. Dubliners by James Joyce


28. Midnight’s Children: A Novel by Salman Rushdie


29. Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh


30. White Noise by Don DeLillo


31. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World (Random… by Tracy Kidder


32. Crime and Punishment (Penguin Classics) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


34. His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass / the Subtle Knife / the Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman


35. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers


36. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


37. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin


38. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway


39. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt, Jr. Vonnegut


40. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


41. The Histories by Herodotus


42. The Sound and the Fury: The Corrected Text by William Faulkner


43. A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami


44. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


45. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston


46. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster


47. Housekeeping: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson


48. Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One by Patricia C. Wrede


49. The Bell Jar (P.S.) by Sylvia Plath


50. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck


51. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: A Novel (Vintage International) by Haruki Murakami


52. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction by J. D. Salinger


53. Shadow & Claw: The First Half of ‘The Book of the New Sun’ by Gene Wolfe


54. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne


55. Watchmen by Alan Moore


56. The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor


57. Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf


58. Moby-Dick: or, The Whale(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Herman Melville


59. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby


60. Watership Down by Richard Adams


61. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


62. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz


63. The Stranger by Albert Camus


64. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov


65. Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Editon by Anne Frank


66. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman


67. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew/The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe/The Horse and H by C.S. Lewis


68. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway


69. Enormous Changes at the Last Minute by Grace Paley


70. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie


71. You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers


72. Baudolino by Umberto Eco


73. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (Twentieth-Century Classics) by Richard Farina


74. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol


75. I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 by Robert Graves


76. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway


77. Jayber Crow: A Novel by Wendell Berry


78. Little, Big by John Crowley


79. Popol Vuh: The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life by Dennis Tedlock


80. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin


81. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle


82. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham


83. The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch


84. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera


85. The Bone People by Keri Hulme


86. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger


87. Drown by Junot Diaz


88. Hamlet (The New Folger Library Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare


89. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace


90. The Age of Innocence (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by Edith Wharton


91. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley


92. The Odyssey by Homer


93. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison


94. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson


95. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett


96. A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn


97. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


98. Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey


99. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell


100. Leaves of Grass: The First (1855) Edition (Penguin Classics) by Walt Whitman


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Harvard Book Store Top 100 Books


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