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Book awards: Greatest Books algorithm

Book awards by cover

Works (123)

TitlesOrder
Ulysses by James Joyce#2
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald#4
Hamlet by William Shakespeare#8
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger#14
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë#18
The Iliad by Homer#23
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller#25
1984 by George Orwell#26
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë#36
Beloved by Toni Morrison#37
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway#42
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens#43
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway#53
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien#60
The Return of The King by J. R. R. Tolkien#60
The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien#60
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry#69
Lord of the Flies by William Golding#77
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell#80
The Color Purple by Alice Walker#87
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov#100
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier#105
Orlando by Virginia Woolf#109
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston#110
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood#119
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren#126
Little Women [adapted - Great Classics for Children] by Bethany Snyder#128
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald#132
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak#154
The Plague by Albert Camus#166
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro#177
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe#182
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde#189
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser#207
Dracula by Bram Stoker#209
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams#213
The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King#214
The World According to Garp by John Irving#230
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe#247
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand#275
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells#280
Dune by Frank Herbert#281
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro#282
I, Claudius by Robert Graves#283
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller#285
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling#304
The Once and Future King by T. H. White#305
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand#312
Crash by J. G. Ballard#318
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver#320
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens#327
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison#334
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy#339
The Godfather by Mario Puzo#347
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons#388
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson#394
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin#397
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice#411
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison#412
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler#419
Hawaii by James A. Michener#427
Underworld by Peter Conrad#467
Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory#469
The Shining by Stephen King#495
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger#526
Jazz by Toni Morrison#540
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott#541
Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis#542
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson#591
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne#600
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn#643
Sula by Toni Morrison#649
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion#666
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson#688
Time and Again by Jack Finney#699
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand#706
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison#717
The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West#735
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder#750
The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson#793
Beowulf by Beowulf Poet#801
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams#812
East of Eden by John Steinbeck#819
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley#836
The Plot against America by Philip Roth#848
The Turn of the Screw, and Other Short Novels by Henry James#867
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton#907
Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin#1171
Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson#1173
Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz#1182
The Cider House Rules by John Irving#1342
At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft#1362
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall#1385
Story of O by Pauline Réage#1435
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson#1467
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling#1504
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling#1505
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling#1513
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling#1523
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling#1524
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling#1525
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters#1530
It by Stephen King#1534
The Alienist by Caleb Carr#1547
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown#1550
Swan Song by Robert McCammon#1788
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann#1800
Watchers by Dean Koontz#1819
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris#1841
Misery by Stephen King#1876
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg#1881
Lost Horizon by James Hilton#1889
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald#1941
The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder#2002
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson#2193
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett#2201
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood#2237
Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates#2259
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany#2270
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury#2329
The Terror by Dan Simmons#2463
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood#2507
Hard Times by Charles Dickens#2535

Award description

This list is generated from 128 "best of" book lists from a variety of great sources. An algorithm is used to create a master list based on how many lists a particular book appears on. Some lists count more than others. I generally trust "best of all time" lists voted by authors and experts over user-generated lists. On the lists that are actually ranked, the book that is 1st counts a lot more than the book that's 100th.

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