Harvard Top 100

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. It was by no means a perfect system, but it was the best way we could think of to quantify opinions that are in no way quantifiable. Via link to their site (http://www.harvard.com/shelves/top100…)

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  2. Pride and Prejudice 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 by Mikhail Bulgakov
  17. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
  18. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  19. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  20. A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel by John Irving
  21. Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays 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 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 by Walt Whitman

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