My books toplist 1

Most people who like to read eventually decide to come up with a list of all their favorite books. I also thought it would be fun to try and compile something like that. But its tougher than I thought. There are so many books whose name brings a warm glow to the heart but not much else. I don’t remember anything more about them except fleeting imagery. I should have kept a list and written down what I thought of the book once I had read it – a little late for that. So I went out on cyberspace and saw what the others were writing as their recommended reading material. I had read most of them and then some. Some I agreed with and others I did not. But at least I got sure of one thing. I am not a deviant, I like what most people like. It was reassuring. But there are a few that didn’t make it to the list of most people but they made it to mine.

So I decided that I would write down at least two hundred books and then shorten the list to top one hundred. That way I could be sure that these are the books which actually deserve to be read; for me anyway. I wanted to include more Stephen King but decided that one is enough, he is the King for me anyway. Also more Heinlein… Oh boy, this could be a problem.

No, I won’t change it now. I’ll publish it before I want to make some more changes to this list. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these as much as I have. Just keep in mind that these are in alphabetical order and not any other. I would be working on this list for the rest of my life if I were to write it out in order of some given rank. I would never be able to decide between the first and second places, let alone the remaining ninety-eight. Hmm, maybe a bubble-sort algorithm.

Anyway, here goes for my top 100 books everyone should read. This is the first part. More next time. 

  • Adam Smith – Wealth of Nations
  • Albert Camus – The Stranger
  • Aldous Huxley – Brave New World
  • Alvin Toffler – Future Shock
  • Amy Tan – The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Anonymous – Beowulf
  • Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange
  • Aristotle – Various Works
  • Arthur Conan Doyle – Complete Sherlock Holmes
  • Arthur Golden – Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Arturo Perez-reverte – The Club Dumas
  • Arundhati Roy – God of Small Things
  • Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged
  • Baroness Orczy – The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Boris Pasternak – Doctor Zhivago
  • Bram Stoker – Dracula
  • Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho
  • Carl Sagan – Cosmos
  • Charles Darwin – Origin of Species
  • Charles Dickens – David Copperfield
  • Charles Dickens – Great Expectations
  • Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre
  • Christoper Marlow – Dr. Faustus
  • Chuck Palahniuk – Fight Club
  • Daphne du Maurier – Rebecca
  • Dashiell Hammett – The Maltese Falcon
  • DH Lawrence – Sons and Lovers
  • Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
  • Erich Von Daniken – Chariots of the Gods
  • Ernest Hemingway – A Farewell to Arms
  • Ernest Hemingway – For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Ernest J Gaines – A Gathering of Old Men
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
  • Franz Kafka – The Trial
  • Frederik Pohl – GateWay
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky – Crime and Punishment
  • Gabriel G. Marquez – 100 Years of Solitude
  • Gabriel G. Marquez – Autumn of the Patriarch
  • George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty-four
  • Gregory Maguire – Wicked
  • Guy De Maupassant – Tragedy and Comedy of Life
  • Guy Sajer – The Forgotten Soldier
  • H. Ryder Haggard – She
  • Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Haruki Murakami – The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
  • Henry Fielding – Tom Jones
  • Henry James – The Turn of the Screw
  • Herman Melville – Moby Dick
  • Hermann Hesse – Siddharta
  • Hermann Hesse – Steppenwolf


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