Books By the Hundreds! 2 New Top 100 Book Lists- My List

Does your family do this? Now that my list and Alisia’s are up on our facebook pages, our other sister is adding her notes to the comments to indicate which of the books off our lists she has read. We’ll both do the same for her list once she posts it, and I already added my comments under Alisia’s facebook posts indicating which of the books off her list I had read. It is great fun for all of us, and a chance to remind ourselves of some of the best of the books we have immersed ourselves in over the years. I had a terrible time picking the 100th book for my list, because while at #80 I was starting to run out of ideas, having already listed most of the ones I could recall easily, at #99 I suddenly was remembering dozens of other great books I had forgotten about earlier. These are just 100 of the great books I have enjoyed over the past few years, all of them books I would gladly read again and again if I had infinite time. Have you read some of these? What are your favorite books that you’ve read over the past decade?


1) Simple Prayers, by Michael Golding;

2) Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver;

3) Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand;

4) Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury;

5) Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman;

6) East of Eden, by John Steinbeck;

7) The Dark is Rising series, by Susan Cooper; 

8) The Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan;

9) Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez;

10) The Joy of Being Awake, by Hector Abad;

11) The Stone Raft, by Jose Saramago;

12) Trains to Pakistan, by Khushwant Singh;

13) A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey;

14) The Death of Ramon Gonzales, by Angus Wright;

15) The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera;

16) Lincoln’s Dreams, by Connie Willis;

17) Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernieres;

18) Momento Mori, by Muriel Spark;

19) Sherlock Holmes The Complete Novels and Stories, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle;

20) Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver;

21) Mila 18, by Leon Uris;

22) The Silent World, by Jacque Yves Cousteau;

23) The Woman in the Dunes, by Kobe Abe;

24) Before the Dawn and other books by Joseph Altsheler;

25) The Chosen, by Chaim Potok;

26) The Eighth Day, by Thornton Wilder;

27) The Way of All Flesh, by Samuel Butler;

28) Another Roadside Attraction, by Tom Robbins;

29) From Pictland to Alba 789 – 1070, by Alex Woolf;

30) Coyotes, by Tim Conovan;

31) Nomad: A Year In the Life of a Qashqa’i Tribesman in Iran, by Lois Beck;

32) Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey Into Bhutan, by Jamie Zeppa;

33) The Great Wall, by John  Man


34) A Separate Peace, by John Knowles;

35) Of Moths and Men, by Judith Hooper;

36) Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card;

37) Temples of Sound, by Jim Cogan and William Clark;

38) The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder;

39) All the Trouble in the World, by P.J. O’Rourke;

40) Holidays in Hell, by P.J. O’Rourke;

41) Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling;

42) Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya;

43) The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis;

44) The Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien;

45) The Stand, by Stephen King;

46) Firestarter, by Stephen King;

47) Wind, Sand and Stars, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery;

48) The Bridge of Beyond, by Simone Schwartz-Bart;

49) The Dark Tower series, by Stephen King;

50) Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein;

51) Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury;

52) The Final Forest, by William Dietrich;

53) Puddn’head Wilson, by Mark Twain;

54) The Devils, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky;

55) The Winter of Our Discontent, by John Steinbeck;

56) Blaming the Brain, by Elliot S. Vallenstein, PhD;

57) Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis;

58) The Known World, by Edward P. Jones;

59) August 1914, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn;

60) The Red Fairy Book and all the other ‘color’ fairy books by Andrew Lang;

61) Education in America: Possible Lives, by Mike Rose;

62) The Scapegoat, by Daphne deMaurier;

63) A Map of the World, by Jane Hamilton;

64) Mont Saint Michel and Chartres, by Henry Adams;

65) The Art of Understanding Yourself, by Cecil Osborne;

66) Gilgamesh the King, by Robert Silverberg


67) The Virtue of Selfishness, by Ayn Rand;

68) Soul of a Citizen, by Paul Rogat Loeb;

69) A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams;

70) Crying Wolf: The Return of War to Chechnya, by Vanora Bennett;

71) A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.;

72) Black Fox of Lorne, by Marguerite de Angeli;

73) Mind of the Raven, by Bernd Heinrich;

74) Naked to Mine Enemies, by Charles W. Ferguson;

75) A Way in the World, by V.S. Naipaul;

76) House of Sand and Fog, by Andre Dubus III;

77) Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser;

78) Breakthrough, by Ted Nordhaus and Michael Schellenberger;

79) In Favor of the Sensitive Man, and Other Essays, by Anais Nin;

80) An Inquiry into the Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith;

81) Fanshen, by William Hinton;

82) East Along the Equator, by Helen Winternitz;

83) The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan;

84) Animal Farm, by George Orwell;

85) Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo;

86) The Magician series, by Raymond E. Feist;

87) The Double Helix, by James D. Watson;

88) Coriolanus, by William Shakespeare;

89) Alaska, by James Michener;

90) Hawaii, by James Michener;

91) The Sea Hunters, by Clive Cussler;

92) A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving;

93) The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, by Oscar Hijuelos;

94) Hearts in Atlantis, by Stephen King;

95) Travels With Charley, by John Steinbeck;

96) KonTiki, by Thor Heyerdahl;

97) The Glass Bead Game/ Magister Ludi, by Herman Hesse;

98) The Razor’s Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham;

99) The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, by Ray Bradbury (and all the other short story collections by him);

100) The Sunne in Splendour, by Sharon Kay Penman

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