The Book List by The Blue Pyramid

Place number 1 to 200

“You’ll never need to seek out book recommendations again! Here we present to you the 1,276 best books of all-time, as ranked by readers, visitors, friends, and the creator of the Blue Pyramid. This compilation is the result of 102 individuals’ lists of their 25 favorite books. 25 points are awarded for a top ranking, 24 for a 2nd, all the way down to 1 for a 25th.” (Blue Pyramid)

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. 1984 by George Orwell
3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
6. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
7. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
10. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
11. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
12. The Bible by ?
13. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
14. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
15. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
16. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
17. Night by Elie Wiesel
18. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
19. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
20. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
21. Ulysses by James Joyce
22. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
24. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
25. Watership Down by Richard Adams
26. Animal Farm by George Orwell
27. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
28. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
29. The Stand by Stephen King
30. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
31. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
32. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
33. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
34. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
35. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
36. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
37. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
38. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
39. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
40. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
41. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
42. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
43. The Giver by Lois Lowry
44. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
45. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
46. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
47. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
48. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
49. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
50. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
51. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
52. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
53. Dune by Frank Herbert
54. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
55. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
56. The World According to Garp by John Irving
57. The Iliad by Homer
58. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
59. The Trial by Franz Kafka
60. The Odyssey by Homer
61. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
62. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
63. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
64. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
65. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
66. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
67. Inferno by Dante Alighieri
68. Roots by Alex Haley
69. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
70. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
71. Paradise Lost by John Milton
72. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
73. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
74. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
75. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
76. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
77. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
78. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
79. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
80. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
81. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
82. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
83. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
84. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
85. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
86. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
87. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
88. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
89. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
90. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
91. Prufrock and Other Observations by T.S. Eliot
92. The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
93. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
94. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X & Alex Haley
95. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
96. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
97. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
98. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
99. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
100. Neuromancer by William Gibson
101. Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden
102. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
103. Middlemarch by George Eliot
104. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
105. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
106. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
107. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
108. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
109. Exodus by Leon Uris
110. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
111. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
112. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
113. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
114. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
115. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
116. The Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith
117. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
118. A Theory of Justice by John Rawls
119. King Lear by William Shakespeare
120. Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
121. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
122. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
123. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
124. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
125. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
126. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
127. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
128. Shogun by James Clavell
129. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
130. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee
131. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
132. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
133. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
134. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
135. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
136. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
137. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
138. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
139. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
140. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
141. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
142. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
143. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
144. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
145. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
146. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
147. Possession by A.S. Byatt
148. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
149. The Federalist Papers by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, & John Jay
150. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
151. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
152. The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf & Evgeni Petrov
153. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
154. Death in Venice and Other Stories by Thomas Mann
155. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
156. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
157. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus
158. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
159. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
160. Ada by Vladimir Nabokov
161. Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
162. Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
163. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
164. Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse
165. Beloved by Toni Morrison
166. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
167. Anthem by Ayn Rand
168. Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman
169. Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
170. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
171. The Way Things Work by David Macauly
172. The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
173. Dracula by Bram Stoker
174. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
175. Confessions by St. Augustine of Hippo
176. Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
177. My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
178. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
179. The Source by James Michener
180. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
181. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
182. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
183. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
184. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
185. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
186. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
187. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
188. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
189. The Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway
190. V by Thomas Pynchon
191. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
192. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
193. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
194. Dubliners by James Joyce
195. Run with the Horsemen by Ferrol Sams
196. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
197. The Wounded Land by Stephen R. Donaldson
198. White Noise by Don DeLillo
199. One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
200. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

Source: The Blue Pyramid Booklist

Categories: Book Recommendations, Literature & Fiction

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