Top 100

This is the Top 100 list I’m trying to make my way through. The ones I have read are marked with a line through. Although I have already read them before I started my blog I will still review them (date review beside them). Please feel free to comment on any of the books if you have read them or want to read them.

1. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

2. The Lord Of The Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

3. Pride And Prejudice – Jane Austin (reviewed 5th Jan 2007)

4. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee (reviewed 31st Oct 2007)

5. Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden

6. Angels And Demons – Dan Brown (reviewed 28th Nov 2006)

7. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

8. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult (reviewed 19th Dec 2006)

9. Tomorrow, When The War Began – John Marsden (reviewed 22nd Mar 2007)

10. Magician – Raymond E. Feist

11. The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons

12. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire – J.K. Rowling

13. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

14. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding

15. Cloudstreet – Tim Winton

16. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

17. The Power Of One – Bryce Courtenay

18. April Fools Day – Bryce Courtenay (reviewed 4th Feb 2007)

19. Tully – Paullina Simons

20. Across The Nightingale Floor – Lian Hearn (reviewed 10th Feb 2008 )

21. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

22. The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy (reviewed 28th Aug 2007)

23. Ice Station – Matthew Reilly

24. The Pillars Of The Earth – Ken Follet

25. Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom

26. Perfume – Patrick Suskind

27. The Bible

28. The Bride Stripped Bare – Anonymous (reviewed 19th Oct 2006)

29. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix – J.K. Rowling

30. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

31. The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

32. Cross Stitch – Diana Gabaldon

33. Looking For Alibrandi – Melina Marchetta

34. Mao’s Last Dancer – Li Cunxin (reviewed 4th Nov 2006)

35. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

36. Year Of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks

37. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

38. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Series – Douglas Adams

39. Jessica – Bryce Courtenay

40. The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

41. The Catcher In The Rye – J.D. Salinger (reviewed 18th Sep 2008 )

42. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (reviewed 10th Oct 2006)

43. One For The Money – Janet Evanovich

44. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

45. The Shadow Of The Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

46. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (reviewed 25th Oct 2006)

47. Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason – Helen Fielding

48. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

49. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

50. Life Of Pi – Yann Martel

51. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

52. The Poet – Michael Connelly

53. A Child Called It – David Pelzer

54. Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson

55. On The Road – Jack Kerouac (reviewed 20th Nov 2008 )

56. Tell No One – Harlan Coben

57. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell (reviewed 28th Aug 2007)

58. Almost French – Sarah Turnbull (reviewed 15th Sep 2006)

59. An Equal Music – Vikram Seth

60. The Ancient Future – Tracey Harding

61. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood (reviewed 17th Nov 2006)

62. The Day After Tomorrow – Allan Folsom (reviewed 14th Sept 2010)

63. Desert Flower – Waris Dirie

64. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

65. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde

66. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

67. A Fortunate Life – A.B. Facey

68. Girl With A Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier (reviewed 15th Apr 2009)

69. The Godfather – Mario Puzo

70. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets – J.K. Rowling

71. The Horse Whisperer – Nicholas Evans

72. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (reviewed 20th Sep 2006)

73. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

74. The Pact – Jodi Picoult

75. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

76. Wild Swans: Three Daughters Of China – Jung Chang

77. Animal Farm – George Orwell

78. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

79. Atonement – Ian Mcewan (reviewed 28th Mar 2008 )

80. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

81. Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

82. Crime And Punishment – F.M. Dostoevsky (reviewed 7th Aug 2008 )

83. Emma – Jane Austen (reviewed 6th May 2007)

84. Enduring Love – Ian Mcewan

85. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

86. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

87. Interview With The Vampire – Anne Rice

88. It – Stephen King

89. Like Water For Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

90. Not Without My Daughter – Betty Mahmoody

91. Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult

92. 1st To Die – James Patterson

93. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

94. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood (reviewed 30th May 2007)

95. Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb

96. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

97. The Potato Factory – Bryce Courtenay

98. The Redemption Of Althalus – David Eddings

99. Retribution – Jilliane Hoffman

100. River God – Wilbur Smith


12 thoughts on “Top 100”

  1. You haven’t read the Harry Potter series?!?!?!!!

    My GOD! Where have you BEEN?!

  2. Can I give you a pre-review of a couple?

    The Power of One – brilliant!

    Life of Pi – excellent!

    River God – very good

    On the Road – classic excellence

    Like Water for Chocolate – beautiful

    Nineteen Eighty-Four – and here we are manifesting it in 2006

    Douglas Adams – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and Long, Dark Tea-time of the Soul are his best (in my view)

    The Five People You Meet In Heaven – excellent!

    The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho – all of Coelho’s books are excellent

    A beautiful book not on your list – Winter’s Tale by Mark Halprin – highly recommended.

    Nice blog!

  3. I see that you read and liked The Power of One, have you read April Fool’s Day by Bryce Courtenay? I cried it was very emotional. I’m sure he cried writing it.

  4. I see “My Sister’s Keeper” is on your list. If you want to cry, I would highly recomend that book. I loved it, but kept sobbing uncontrollably.

  5. sorry, I should have read the entire list before commenting. I loved the Harry Potter books. I actually never bought them, just borrowed them from friends, because I realized I would just read them over and over and never get anything done.
    “Middlesex” and “Interview with the Vampire” I also highly recomend as both great reads. Just to warn you, once you start “Interview” you will want to read them all.

  6. I found this site and am wondering if you could tell me where the Top 100 list originated? I looked but couldn’t find a list that matched the one you have here. Thank you.

  7. My Top 100 list came from Angus and Robertson it is a bookshop in Australia. If you type there name and top 100 in to google it should come up. If you want something more challenging there is a book title ‘1001 Books you must read before you die’ seems a little heavy for me.

  8. Hi there

    Just found your site (linked to it from someone else’s blog but now can’t remember whose as I just bookmarked here to come back to it later!). Really like the idea and have been planning anyway to start reviewing whatever book I’m reading on my blog as well. I also recently joined a fledgling book club in work after years of wanting to join one. Only a week or so left till our first proper meeting and I still haven’t even gotten the books. Oh well.

    Looking through that list there were a good few titles where I found myself wanting to say “yes, read that one, it’s brilliant”. Then I’d read down two or three more and think the same thing.

    Have you ever created a list of your personal Top 100 – ones you’ve read and loved and will always have a copy of? I start sometimes but never get too far – I think I’m going to try and finally do one, perhaps adding to it every couple of weeks until it’s finished. Am definitely going to cheat though and consider trilogies/series to be just one book – that way I get way more than 100 books into my top 100 🙂

    I’d highly recommend the Robin Hobb books – you have one in the list above, that’s part of the Farseer trilogy, which is followed by the Liveship trilogy (same world but different characters) and then the Tawny Man trilogy which brings the two together. Great books.

    So many other good books on that list – it makes me wish I had much more time for reading. Rarely manage more than 20 or 30 minutes a day any more and haven’t had a full day reading for months and months. Look forward to reading more of your blog.

  9. You’ve got some great books on your list! I love the Harry Potter books, and have read them all multiple times. And I think you’ll really like “The Handmaid’s Tale”–Margaret Atwood is just superb. I’ve got to read some more by her once I plow my way through the books already sitting around waiting for me to read.

    I’ve read 31 of the books on your list, and of those I own 23, some in multiple languages (I have one Harry Potter book in Spanish, and two in French). I’m going to add some of yours to my list.

  10. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho – all of Coelho’s books are excellent

    I think that should be ll of Coelho’s books are excellent…as kindling.

  11. woot, thankyou! I finally came to a site where the webmaster knows what they’re talking about. Do you know how many results are in Google when I search.. too many! It’s so annoying having to go from page after page after page, wasting my day away with thousands of people just copying eachother’s articles… bah. Anyway, thankyou very much for the info anyway, much appreciated.

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