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Monday 19th of November 2018
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Top 100 Books – Part 1

Looking for something great to read?

Here’s a list of the Top 100 Books of All Time.

Of course, you should have already read most of these…

This list is sorted by Title.

If the book is underlined you can read them online. Right now!

Depending on where you are in the world.


Author Title Country Date
George Orwell 1984 England (1903-1950)
Henrik Ibsen A Doll’s House Norway (1828-1906)
Gustave Flaubert A Sentimental Education France (1821-1880)
William Faulkner Absalom, Absalom United States (1897-1962)
Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina Russia (1828-1910)
Toni Morrison Beloved United States (b. 1931)
Alfred Doblin Berlin Alexanderplatz Germany (1878-1957)
Jose Saramago Blindness Portugal (b. 1922)
Thomas Mann Buddenbrook Germany (1875-1955)
Geoffrey Chaucer Canterbury Tales England (1340-1400)
Mahfouz Children of Gebelawi Egypt (b. 1911)
Jorge Luis Borges Collected Fictions Argentina (1899-1986)
Giacomo Leopardi Complete Poems Italy (1798-1837)
Italo Svevo Confessions of Zeno Italy (1861-1928)
Fyodor M Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment Russia (1821-1881)
Nikolai Gogol Dead Souls Russia (1809-1852)
Giovanni Boccaccio Decameron Italy (1313-1375)
Lu Xun Diary of a Madman and Other Stories China (1881-1936)
Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote Spain (1547-1616)
Michel de Montaigne Essays France (1533-1592)
Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales and Stories Denmark (1805-1875)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust Germany (1749-1832)
Francois Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel France (1495-1553)
Anon Gilgamesh Mesopotamia (c 1800 BC).
Charles Dickens Great Expectations England (1812-1870)
Jonathan Swift Gulliver’s Travels Ireland (1667-1745)
Federico Garcia Lorca Gypsy Ballads Spain (1898-1936)
William Shakespeare Hamlet England (1564-1616)
Elsa Morante History Italy (1918-1985)
Knut Hamsun Hunger Norway (1859-1952)
Halldór K Laxness Independent People Iceland (1902-1998)
Ralph Ellison Invisible Man United States (1914-1994)
Denis Diderot Jacques the Fatalist and His Master France (1713-1784)
Louis-Ferdinand Celine Journey to the End of the Night France (1894-1961)
William Shakespeare King Lear England (1564-1616)
Walt Whitman Leaves Of Grass United States (1819-1892)
Vladimir Nabokov Lolita Russia/United States (1899-1977)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Love in the Time of Cholera Colombia (b. 1928)
Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary France (1821-1880)
Samuel Beckett Malone Dies Ireland (1906-1989)
Jalal ad-din Rumi Mathnawi Iran (1207-1273)
Euripedes Medea Greece (c 480-406 BC)
Margaret Yourcenar Memoirs of Hadrian France (1903-1987)
Ovid Metamorphoses Italy (c 43 BC)
George Eliot Middlemarch England (1819-1880)
Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children India/Britain (b. 1947)
Herman Melville Moby Dick United States (1819-1891)
Samuel Beckett Molloy Ireland (1906-1989)
Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway England (1882-1941)
Nabuib Mahabharata India (c 500 BC).
Anon Njaals Saga Iceland (c 1300).
Joseph Conrad Nostromo England (1857-1924)
Sophocles Oedipus the King Greece (496-406 BC)
Honoré de Balzac Old Goriot France (1799-1850)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude Colombia (b. 1928)
William Shakespeare Othello England (1564-1616)
Juan Rulfo Pedro Paramo Mexico (1918-1986)
Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking Sweden (1907-2002)
Paul Célan Poems. Romania/France (1920-1970)
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice England (1775-1817)
Anon Valmiki Ramayana India (c 300 BC)
Marcel Proust Remembrance of Things Past France (1871-1922)
Tayeb Salih Season of Migration to the North Sudan (b. 1929)
Anton Chekhov Selected Stories Russia (1860-1904)
D. H. Lawrence Sons and Lovers England (1885-1930)
Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn United States (1835-1910)
Virgil The Aeneid Italy (70-19 BC)
Fernando Pessoa The Book of Disquiet Portugal (1888-1935)
Anon The Book of Job Israel (600-400 BC).
Fyodor M Dostoyevsky The Brothers Karamazov Russia (1821-1881)
Franz Kafka The Castle Bohemia Bohemia (1883-1924)
Franz Kafka The Complete Stories Bohemia (1883-1924)
Edgar Allan Poe The Complete Tales United States (1809-1849)
Leo Tolstoy The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories Russia (1828-1910)
Joao Guimaraes Rosa The Devil to Pay in the Backlands Brazil (1880-1967)
Dante Alighieri The Divine Comedy Italy (1265-1321)
Doris Lessing The Golden Notebook England (b.1919)
Fyodor M Dostoyevsky The Idiot Russia (1821-1881)
Homer The Iliad Greece (c 700 BC)
Laurence Sterne The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy Ireland (1713-1768)
Thomas Mann The Magic Mountain Germany (1875-1955)
Robert Musil The Man Without Qualities Austria (1880-1942)
Homer The Odyssey Greece (c 700 BC)
Ernest Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea United States (1899-1961)
Sheikh Musharrif ud-din Sadi The Orchard Iran (c 1200-1292)
Fyodor M Dostoyevsky The Possessed Russia (1821-1881)
Kalidasa The Recognition of Sakuntala India (c. 400)
Stendhal The Red and the Black France (1783-1842)
William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury United States (1897-1962)
Yasunari Kawabata The Sound of the Mountain Japan (1899-1972)
Albert Camus The Stranger France (1913-1960)
Shikibu Murasaki The Tale of Genji Japan (N/A)
Günter Grass The Tin Drum Germany (b.1927)
Franz Kafka The Trial Bohemia (1883-1924)
Samuel Beckett The Unnamable Ireland (1906-1989)
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart Nigeria (b. 1930)
Anon Thousand and One Nights India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt (700-1500).
Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse England (1882-1941)
James Joyce Ulysses Ireland (1882-1941)
Leo Tolstoy War and Peace Russia (1828-1910)
Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights England (1818-1848)
Nikos Kazantzakis Zorba the Greek Greece (1883-1957)