Top 100 Lists

Here are the books that I’m collecting categorized by the top 100 lists that I’m following. Struck items are books that I’ve already read. For the complete list of links to the corresponding book write-ups, please visit The Rhapsodies. (Updated last July 2014)

All TIME 100 Novels

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
  3. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  4. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  7. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
  8. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  9. The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
  10. At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien
  11. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  12. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  13. The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
  14. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  15. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  16. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  17. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  18. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  19. Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
  20. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  21. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  22. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  23. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
  24. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  25. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
  26. A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
  27. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
  28. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  29. A Death in the Family by James Agee
  30. The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
  31. Deliverance by James Dickey
  32. Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone
  33. Falconer by John Cheever
  34. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
  35. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  36. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  37. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  38. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  39. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  40. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  41. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
  42. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  43. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
  44. Herzog by Saul Bellow
  45. A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
  46. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  47. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  48. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  49. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  50. Light in August by William Faulkner
  51. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  52. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  53. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  54. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  55. Loving by Henry Green
  56. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
  57. The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
  58. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  59. Money by Martin Amis
  60. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  61. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  62. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  63. Native Son by Richard Wright
  64. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  65. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  66. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  67. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  68. The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski
  69. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
  70. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
  71. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
  72. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
  73. Possession by A. S. Byatt
  74. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  75. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  76. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  77. Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
  78. The Recognitions by William Gaddis
  79. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
  80. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  81. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
  82. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  83. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  84. The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth
  85. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  86. The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
  87. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre
  88. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  89. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  90. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  91. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  92. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  93. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  94. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
  95. Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
  96. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
  97. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  98. White Noise by Don DeLillo
  99. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  100. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
  3. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  4. The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell
  5. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  6. The Ambassadors by Henry James
  7. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  8. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  9. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  10. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
  11. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  12. A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
  13. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  14. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  15. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  17. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  18. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  19. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  20. A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
  21. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
  22. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
  23. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  24. The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
  25. Deliverance by James Dickey
  26. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  27. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  28. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
  29. The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy
  30. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  31. The Golden Bowl by Henry James
  32. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  33. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  34. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  35. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
  36. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  37. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  38. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
  39. Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
  40. A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
  41. A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
  42. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  43. Howards End by E. M. Forster
  44. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  45. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  46. Ironweed by William Kennedy
  47. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  48. Light in August by William Faulkner
  49. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  50. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  51. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  52. Loving by Henry Green
  53. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
  54. The Magus by John Fowles
  55. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  56. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  57. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  58. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  59. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  60. Native Son by Richard Wright
  61. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
  62. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  63. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett
  64. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  65. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
  66. Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford
  67. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
  68. Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley
  69. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
  70. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  71. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
  72. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  73. Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
  74. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence
  75. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  76. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
  77. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  78. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
  79. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  80. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  81. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
  82. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  83. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  84. Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James T. Farrell
  85. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  86. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  87. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  88. Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
  89. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  90. U.S.A. Trilogy by John Dos Passos
  91. Ulysses by James Joyce
  92. Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
  93. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
  94. The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever
  95. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
  96. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  97. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  98. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
  99. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
  100. Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm

Radcliffe’s Rival 100 Best Novels:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  3. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  4. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  7. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  8. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  9. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
  10. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  11. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  12. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  13. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  14. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  15. The Bostonians by Henry James
  16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  17. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  18. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  19. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  20. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  21. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  22. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  23. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  24. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  25. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  26. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  27. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  28. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  29. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  30. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  31. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  32. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
  33. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  34. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  35. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
  36. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  37. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  38. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  39. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  40. Howards End by E. M. Forster
  41. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  42. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
  43. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  44. Jazz by Toni Morrison
  45. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  46. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  47. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  48. Light in August by William Faulkner
  49. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  50. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
  51. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  52. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  53. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  54. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  55. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  56. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  57. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  58. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  59. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  60. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  61. Native Son by Richard Wright
  62. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  63. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  64. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  65. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  66. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  67. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  68. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
  69. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  70. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  71. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  72. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  73. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  74. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  75. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
  76. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  77. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  78. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  79. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
  80. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  81. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  82. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  83. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  84. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  85. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  86. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  87. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  88. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  89. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  90. Ulysses by James Joyce
  91. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  92. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster
  93. White Noise by Don DeLillo
  94. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  95. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  96. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
  97. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  98. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
  99. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  100. The World According to Garp by John Irving

The Novel 100/125:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  4. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  5. The Ambassadors by Henry James
  6. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  7. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  9. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  10. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  11. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  12. A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
  13. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Doblin
  14. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
  15. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  16. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  17. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  18. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
  19. Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
  20. Candide by Voltaire
  21. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  22. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
  23. Cities of Salt by ‘Abd al-Rahman Munif
  24. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
  25. Cold Nights by Ba Jin
  26. The Counterfeiters by Andre Gide
  27. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  29. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  30. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  31. The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
  32. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  33. Dom Casmurro by Joaquim Machado de Assis
  34. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  35. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  36. Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
  37. Emma by Jane Austen
  38. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  39. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
  40. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  41. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  42. Germinal by Emile Zola
  43. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  44. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  45. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  46. The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek
  47. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  48. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  49. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  50. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  51. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  52. A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
  53. Herzog by Saul Bellow
  54. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  55. Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  56. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  57. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  58. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  59. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
  60. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  61. Le Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac
  62. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  63. Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  64. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  65. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  66. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  67. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
  68. The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
  69. Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost
  70. The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  71. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  72. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  73. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  74. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  75. Molloy; Malone Dies; The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
  76. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  77. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  78. Native Son by Richard Wright
  79. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
  80. Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
  81. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  82. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  83. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
  84. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
  85. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  86. Petersburg by Andrey Bely
  87. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  88. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  89. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  90. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  91. The Princess of Cleves by Madame de Lafayette
  92. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
  93. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  94. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  95. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  96. The Sleepwalkers by Hermann Broch
  97. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
  98. Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki
  99. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
  100. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  101. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  102. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  103. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
  104. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  105. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  106. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  107. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  108. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
  109. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  110. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  111. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  112. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  113. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
  114. U.S.A. Trilogy by John Dos Passos
  115. Ulysses by James Joyce
  116. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  117. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  118. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
  119. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  120. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  121. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott
  122. The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
  123. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  124. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
  125. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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