Harvard Book Store Top 100

Given by Harvard Book Store

100 Works 1,909,973 Books 31,700 Reviews 4.1

In early 2010 Harvard Book Store employees worked together to come up with a list of our favorite books. Each staff member submitted a list of their favorite books of all time, in (rough) order of

show more preference. Their selections were then weighted according to the order and the results were tabulated. It was by no means a perfect system, but it was the best way we could think of to quantify opinions that are in no way quantifiable.

Now, we read a lot, so it was hard to narrow it down. What we came up with are the books that moved us, that changed the way we think about the world, and that we will happily read over and over again. We hope you enjoy them too.
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Year Awarded:
2010
WorkOrder Label
Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Brontë
1
Pride and Prejudice (1813) by Jane Austen
2
Breakfast of Champions (1974) by Kurt Vonnegut
3
One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1995) by Haruki Murakami
5
To the Lighthouse (1927) by Virginia Woolf
6
Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov
7
The Lord of the Rings (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien
8
Invisible Man (1952) by Ralph Ellison
9
Beloved (1987) by Toni Morrison
10
Fictions (1944) by Jorge Luis Borges
11
The Divine Comedy (1308) by Dante Alighieri
12
The Handmaid's Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood
13
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000) by Michael Chabon
14
Mrs. Dalloway (1925) by Virginia Woolf
15
The Master and Margarita (1966) by Mikhail Bulgakov
16
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass (1865) by Lewis Carroll
17
Middlemarch (1871) by George Eliot
18
A Wrinkle in Time (1962) by Madeleine L'Engle
19
A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989) by John Irving
20
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (1968) by Joan Didion
21
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (1979) by Italo Calvino
22
To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee
23
Great Expectations (1861) by Charles Dickens
24
Harry Potter (Books 1-7) (2007) by J. K. Rowling
25
Anna Karenina (1875) by Leo Tolstoy
26
Dubliners (1914) by James Joyce
27
Midnight's Children (1981) by Salman Rushdie
28
Sea of Poppies (2008) by Amitav Ghosh
29
White Noise (1984) by Don DeLillo
30
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World (2003) by Tracy Kidder
31
Crime and Punishment (1866) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
32
Catch-22 (1961) by Joseph Heller
33
His Dark Materials (2000) by Philip Pullman
34
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940) by Carson McCullers
35
Little Women (1868) by Louisa May Alcott
36
A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) by Ursula K. Le Guin
37
A Moveable Feast (1964) by Ernest Hemingway
38
Cat's Cradle (1963) by Kurt Vonnegut
39
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979) by Douglas Adams
40
The Histories (420 BCE) by Herodotus
41
The Sound and the Fury (1929) by William Faulkner
42
A Wild Sheep Chase (1989) by Haruki Murakami
43
The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
44
Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) by Zora Neale Hurston
45
The Phantom Tollbooth (1961) by Norton Juster
46
Housekeeping (1980) by Marilynne Robinson
47
Dealing with Dragons (1990) by Patricia C. Wrede
48
The Bell Jar (1963) by Sylvia Plath
49
Cannery Row (1945) by John Steinbeck
50
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985) by Haruki Murakami
51
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (1955) by J. D. Salinger
52
Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun (1980) by Gene Wolfe
53
The Scarlet Letter (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
54
Watchmen (1987) by Alan Moore
55
Complete Stories (1971) by Flannery O'Connor
56
Orlando: A Biography (1928) by Virginia Woolf
57
Moby Dick (1851) by Herman Melville
58
High Fidelity (1995) by Nick Hornby
59
Watership Down (1972) by Richard Adams
60
Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
61
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) by Junot Díaz
62
The Stranger (1942) by Albert Camus
63
Pale Fire (1962) by Vladimir Nabokov
64
The Diary of a Young Girl (1947) by Anne Frank
65
Good Omens (1990) by Terry Pratchett
66
The Chronicles of Narnia (1950) by C. S. Lewis
67
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) by Ernest Hemingway
68
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute: Stories (1974) by Grace Paley
69
Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990) by Salman Rushdie
70
You Shall Know Our Velocity (2002) by Dave Eggers
71
Baudolino (2000) by Umberto Eco
72
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (1966) by Richard Fariña
73
The dead souls (1842) by Nikolai Gogol
74
I, Claudius (1934) by Robert Graves
75
In Our Time (1925) by Ernest Hemingway
76
Jayber Crow (2000) by Wendell Berry
77
Little, Big (1981) by John Crowley
78
Popol Vuh (1960) by Quiché Maya
79
The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) by Ursula K. Le Guin
80
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (1883) by Howard Pyle
81
The Razor's Edge (1944) by W. Somerset Maugham
82
The Sea, the Sea (1978) by Iris Murdoch
83
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1983) by Milan Kundera
84
The Bone People (1984) by Keri Hulme
85
Nine Stories (1953) by J. D. Salinger
86
Drown (1996) by Junot Díaz
87
Hamlet (1603) by William Shakespeare
88
Infinite Jest (1996) by David Foster Wallace
89
The Age of Innocence (1920) by Edith Wharton
90
The Blue Sword (1982) by Robin McKinley
91
The Odyssey (750 BCE) by Homer
92
Song of Solomon (1977) by Toni Morrison
93
Gilead (2004) by Marilynne Robinson
94
A Little Princess (1905) by Frances Hodgson Burnett
95
A People's History of the United States (1980) by Howard Zinn
96
Les Misérables (1862) by Victor Hugo
97
Sometimes a Great Notion (1964) by Ken Kesey
98
Cloud Atlas (2004) by David Mitchell
99
Leaves of Grass (1855 edition) (1855) by Walt Whitman
100

Descriptions

In early 2010 Harvard Book Store employees worked together to come up with a list of our favorite books. Each staff member submitted a list of their favorite books of all time, in (rough) order of preference. Their selections were then weighted according to the order and the results were tabulated. It was by no means a perfect system, but it was the best way we could think of to quantify opinions that are in no way quantifiable.

Now, we read a lot, so it was hard to narrow it down. What we came up with are the books that moved us, that changed the way we think about the world, and that we will happily read over and over again. We hope you enjoy them too.

(English, Award granter)
URL: https://www.harvard.com/shelves/top100/

Could this now result in every college/university bookstore staff creating--what even the HB does not claim theirs to be--staff lists of books that the merry gnomes @ LT then convert to a book award?

Just FYI: Harvard Bookstore is an indie bookstore unaffiliated with the university though right across the street from it. (English, Member-written)

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