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    Smile 📚 The New LitNet Top 100 Books 📕📗📚📒📘📖📙📕📚

    1. The Bible
    2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    3. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
    4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    6. Ulysses by James Joyce
    7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
    8. Don Quixote by Cervantes
    9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    11. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    12. The Odyssey by Homer
    13. Paradise Lost by John Milton
    14. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
    15. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    16. Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire
    17. The Illiad by Homer
    18. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
    19. Essays by Montaigne
    20. The Stranger by Albert Camus
    21. The Oresteia by Aeschylus
    22. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    23. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    24. The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin
    25. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    26. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    27. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
    28. Emma by Jane Austen
    29. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    30. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
    31. Eugene Onegin by Pushkin
    32. Watership Down by Richard Adams
    33. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    34. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    35. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    36. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    37. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
    38. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    39. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    40. The Trial by Franz Kafka
    41. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
    42. Shahnameh by Ferdowsi
    43. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    44. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    45. Fictions by J.L. Borges
    46. El Aleph by J.L. Borges
    47. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    48. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    49. The Magus by John Fowles
    50. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
    51. Testament by R.C. Hutchinson
    52. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
    53. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
    54. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
    55. Oedipus the King by Sophocles
    56. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    57. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    58. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    59. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake
    60. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
    61. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
    62. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    63. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
    64. No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
    65. Othello by William Shakespeare
    66. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
    67. Vanity Fair by William Thackerey
    68. Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
    69. Voss by Patrick White
    70. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    71. Manfred by Lord Byron
    72. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    73. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
    74. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    75. Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
    76. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
    77. 1984 by George Orwell
    78. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    79. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Jose Saramagos
    80. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    81. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    82. Tristam Shandy by Laurence Sterne
    83. The Tree of Man by Patrick White
    84. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
    85. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
    86. 2666 by Robert Bolano
    87. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
    88. If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
    89. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    90. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad
    91. The Recognitions by William Gaddis
    92. The Castle by Franz Kafka
    93. I Canti by Giacomo Leopardi
    94. Man’s Fate by André Malraux
    95. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    96. Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
    97. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
    98. Confessions by Rousseau
    99. The World as Will and Representation by Arthur Schopenhauer
    100. Julius Caesar by Shakespeare


    Thank you for voting, everyone. It's been great working with your favorite books.
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    Interesting one, but not any novels by Beckett?

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    The collection Three Novels by Beckett got one vote (from me), and was ranked at #105. It just barely missed the cut.

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    I'm going to go ahead and say as a forum, overall, we have far better taste than the majority of other forums :P
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    I kinda liked the previous list better because I had read more books from that one (only about 35 here).

    Still I am glad that LoTR is not in the top 10.
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    Cool list. It reflects my tastes pretty closely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desolation View Post
    57. The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin
    85. A Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin
    I believe that these are different names for the same book.

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    The Bible? :O Nice to see some plays on there though

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    This is an interesting range of texts . It includes some I admire (like the beautiful older girls I could never quite speak to when young) some I enjoy, some I would read again and again (If life were long enough) some I believe are truly great some that I despise and a few I've never heard of "Shanameh"? Shurely shome mistake! I'm off to look it up now .

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    Go, Manfred GO!

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    Also, Macbeth and King Lear lacking is a bit strange!

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    Anyone care to share how many of these they've read?
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    I've read 14, of which I enjoyed six. Still of those six, I have read one over a dozen times (The Hobbit) and one eight times (Watership Down), although both when I was a boy. Another of the six is really twelve books (Dance to the Music of Time). I am glad to see it sneaked in.
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    I'm glad that Dostoevsky and Tolstoy are still in the top 10. Good to see "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" on 90, but that's probably due to my own vote. Seven books by female authors is one better than the Modern Library. A bit disappointing that Graham Greene didn't make it.

    I read at least portions of every book in the top 21. "Infinite Jest" (22) is unknown to me, but I'll put it on my list.

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    I've read 64, taught 27 in college courses, and published about one item that's near the top. I still feel poorly read, compared to what I ought to be. But maybe better read than some.

    It's not so much what we've read, though -- but what we've figured out from that, right? Eyes passing over characters in itself is only a means, not a goal.

    I'll toss in one worthy alternate -- Perec, _Life A User's Manual_. Best novel of the second half of the twentieth century, maybe. I'm still mulling that last statement for possible truth value :-)

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