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