Ravenmount Top 100 Books List (2014 Edition) – part 1

Do you like book lists? Do you need some ideas for books to read next?

I’ve been browsing book lists, not that I need more nooks to read, but because I have this thing about checking off the ones I’ve read and seeing if there are any I hadn’t heard of that look really good. Well, in looking at other lists (www.greaterbooks.com/master.htmlis a good site for them) I realized I ought to make my own top 100 books list. Next year I’ll do the same thing, but taking into account the new additions I’ll have read by then. So, here is my 2014 Ravenmount Top 100 Books List. (Yes, adding ‘Ravenmount’ to the title seems pretentious, but there are so many lists out there that mine needs something to distinguish it from all the other Top 100 Books lists.)

1. Simple Prayers, by Michael Golding

2. Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury

3. The Glass Bead Game/Magister Ludi, by Hermann Hesse

4. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

5. Holidays in Hell, by P.J. O’Rourke

6. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera

7. Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

8. The Scapegoat, by Daphne du Maurier

9. Mission to Asia, by Christopher Dawson

10. The Known World, by Edward P. Jones

11. The Dark Tower, by Stephen King

12. August 1914, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

13. The Promise of Public Education in America: Possible Lives, by Mike Rose

14. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

15. Before the Dawn, by Joseph Altsheler

16. The Bridge of Beyond, by Simone Schwartz-Bart

17. A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey

18. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, by Oscar Hijuelos

19. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

20. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis

21. The Stone Raft, by Jose Saramago

22. The Joy of Being Awake, by Hector Abad

23. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson

24. The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkein

25. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

26. Soul of a Citizen, by Paul Rogat Loeb

27. Crying Wolf, by Vanora Bennett

28. A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole

29. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder

30. Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan, by Jamie Zeppa

31. Mila 18, by Leon Uris

32. Another Roadside Attraction, by Tom Robbins

33. Hawaii, by James Michener

34. The Farming of Bones, by Edwidge Danticat

35. What Came Before He Shot Her, by Elizabeth George

36. American Caesar, by William Manchester

37. Kon Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl

38. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya

39. Nomad: A Year in the Life of a Qashqa’i Tribesman in Iran, by Lois Beck

40. The Woman in the Dunes, by Kobo Abe

41. Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis

42. The Bones of Time, by Kathleen Ann Goonan

43. The Razor’s Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham

44. Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott

45. Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

46. A Canticle for Liebowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

47. The Oxford Illustrated Corbett, by Jim Corbett

48. Wind, Sand, and Stars, by Antoine de St.Exupery

49. The Dark is Rising, by Susan Cooper

50. A Map of the World, by Jane Hamilton

How to use and enjoy giant book lists- 1) jot down the names of the books you haven’t read yet and refer to this list when looking for books at the library or bookstore, 2) tally the number of books you’ve read from the list and challenge friends and family to beat your total, 3) print out a copy of the book list and check off the books as you read them, 4) compare the published list with your own favorite books list- what’s missing? what do you agree on?

Books 51-100 will be in part 2, since otherwise this post would look awfully long.

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