The (Current) Top 100 Novels – An Interactive List!

I like books and I like lists, so it seems appropriate that I would like lists about books.  I like to view lists – to see what is popular (whatever that means), what sells best, what people think is important… all the usual stuff.  I also think it enjoyable to participate in the creation of such lists.  Now you can also join in the fun by going to The Best 100 Novels and help rank great (and otherwise) books.  It’s an interactive list and it’s an election year, so go and vote on your favorite books!

Here are the current (as of 10.15.08) Top 100 Novels (as voted on by whomever stumbles onto the site):

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  9. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  10. Ulysses by James Joyce
  11. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  13. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  14. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  15. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  16. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  17. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  19. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  20. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  21. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  22. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  23. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  24. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  25. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  26. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  27. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  28. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  29. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  30. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  31. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  32. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  33. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  34. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  35. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  36. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  37. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  38. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  39. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  40. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  41. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  42. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  43. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  44. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  45. The Stand by Stephen King
  46. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  47. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  48. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  49. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  50. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  51. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  52. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  53. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  54. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  55. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  56. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  57. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  58. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  59. Dune by Frank Herbert
  60. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  61. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  62. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  63. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  64. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  65. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
  66. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  67. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  68. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  69. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  70. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  71. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  72. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  73. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  74. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  75. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  76. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  77. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  78. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  79. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  80. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  81. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  82. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  83. Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
  84. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  85. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  86. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  87. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  88. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  89. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  90. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  91. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  92. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  93. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  94. Light in August by William Faulkner
  95. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  96. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  97. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  98. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  99. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  100. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

British First Edition Cover



4 responses to “The (Current) Top 100 Novels – An Interactive List!

  1. My favorite book is right under your favorite book…and they are both too far down on the list….I’m gonna go vote!

    Again, “vote early and often!”

  2. there seems to be a few missing … Ill think about them and get back to you.

    Go vote and shake up the list.

  3. This may be the best list I’ve seen. There are issues, of course, but none the less. Thank you Web 2.0

  4. Pingback: Pages tagged "love in the time of cholera"

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