Mar 12, 2009

What the bookshelf MUST have

A must read for book lovers, and a checklist for 'Litters' like me - here are a few lists of the best books of all times.

This is a list by The Guardian. I find this list one of the better ones since it incorporates writers from all parts of the world. Quite a collection I personally would love to own:

  1. Chinua Achebe, Nigeria, (b. 1930), Things Fall Apart
  2. Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, (1805-1875), Fairy Tales and Stories
  3. Jane Austen, England, (1775-1817), Pride and Prejudice
  4. Honore de Balzac, France, (1799-1850), Old Goriot
  5. Samuel Beckett, Ireland, (1906-1989), Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable
  6. Giovanni Boccaccio, Italy, (1313-1375), Decameron
  7. Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina, (1899-1986), Collected Fictions
  8. Emily Bronte, England, (1818-1848), Wuthering Heights
  9. Albert Camus, France, (1913-1960), The Stranger
  10. Paul Celan, Romania/France, (1920-1970), Poems.
  11. Louis-Ferdinand Celine, France, (1894-1961), Journey to the End of the Night
  12. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spain, (1547-1616), Don Quixote
  13. Geoffrey Chaucer, England, (1340-1400), Canterbury Tales
  14. Anton P Chekhov, Russia, (1860-1904), Selected Stories
  15. Joseph Conrad, England,(1857-1924), Nostromo
  16. Dante Alighieri, Italy, (1265-1321), The Divine Comedy
  17. Charles Dickens, England, (1812-1870), Great Expectations
  18. Denis Diderot, France, (1713-1784), Jacques the Fatalist and His Master
  19. Alfred Doblin, Germany, (1878-1957), Berlin Alexanderplatz
  20. Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881), Crime and Punishment; The Idiot; The Possessed; The Brothers Karamazov
  21. George Eliot, England, (1819-1880), Middlemarch
  22. Ralph Ellison, United States, (1914-1994), Invisible Man
  23. Euripides, Greece, (c 480-406 BC), Medea
  24. William Faulkner, United States, (1897-1962), Absalom, Absalom; The Sound and the Fury
  25. Gustave Flaubert, France, (1821-1880), Madame Bovary; A Sentimental Education
  26. Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain, (1898-1936), Gypsy Ballads
  27. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Colombia, (b. 1928), One Hundred Years of Solitude; Love in the Time of Cholera
  28. Gilgamesh, Mesopotamia (c 1800 BC).
  29. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany, (1749-1832), Faust
  30. Nikolai Gogol, Russia, (1809-1852), Dead Souls
  31. Gunter Grass, Germany, (b.1927), The Tin Drum
  32. Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Brazil, (1880-1967), The Devil to Pay in the Backlands
  33. Knut Hamsun, Norway, (1859-1952), Hunger.
  34. Ernest Hemingway, United States, (1899-1961), The Old Man and the Sea
  35. Homer, Greece, (c 700 BC), The Iliad and The Odyssey
  36. Henrik Ibsen, Norway (1828-1906), A Doll's House
  37. The Book of Job, Israel. (600-400 BC).
  38. James Joyce, Ireland, (1882-1941), Ulysses
  39. Franz Kafka, Bohemia, (1883-1924), The Complete Stories; The Trial; The Castle Bohemia
  40. Kalidasa, India, (c. 400), The Recognition of Sakuntala
  41. Yasunari Kawabata, Japan, (1899-1972), The Sound of the Mountain
  42. Nikos Kazantzakis, Greece, (1883-1957), Zorba the Greek
  43. DH Lawrence, England, (1885-1930), Sons and Lovers
  44. Halldor K Laxness, Iceland, (1902-1998), Independent People
  45. Giacomo Leopardi, Italy, (1798-1837), Complete Poems
  46. Doris Lessing, England, (b.1919), The Golden Notebook
  47. Astrid Lindgren, Sweden, (1907-2002), Pippi Longstocking
  48. Lu Xun, China, (1881-1936), Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
  49. Mahabharata, India, (c 500 BC).
  50. Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt, (b. 1911), Children of Gebelawi
  51. Thomas Mann, Germany, (1875-1955), Buddenbrook; The Magic Mountain
  52. Herman Melville, United States, (1819-1891), Moby Dick
  53. Michel de Montaigne, France, (1533-1592), Essays.
  54. Elsa Morante, Italy, (1918-1985), History
  55. Toni Morrison, United States, (b. 1931), Beloved
  56. Shikibu Murasaki, Japan, (N/A), The Tale of Genji Genji
  57. Robert Musil, Austria, (1880-1942), The Man Without Qualities
  58. Vladimir Nabokov, Russia/United States, (1899-1977), Lolita
  59. Njaals Saga, Iceland, (c 1300).
  60. George Orwell, England, (1903-1950), 1984
  61. Ovid, Italy, (c 43 BC), Metamorphoses
  62. Fernando Pessoa, Portugal, (1888-1935), The Book of Disquiet
  63. Edgar Allan Poe, United States, (1809-1849), The Complete Tales
  64. Marcel Proust, France, (1871-1922), Remembrance of Things Past
  65. Francois Rabelais, France, (1495-1553), Gargantua and Pantagruel
  66. Juan Rulfo, Mexico, (1918-1986), Pedro Paramo
  67. Jalal ad-din Rumi, Afghanistan, (1207-1273), Mathnawi
  68. Salman Rushdie, India/Britain, (b. 1947), Midnight's Children
  69. Sheikh Musharrif ud-din Sadi, Iran, (c 1200-1292), The Orchard
  70. Tayeb Salih, Sudan, (b. 1929), Season of Migration to the North
  71. Jose Saramago, Portugal, (b. 1922), Blindness
  72. William Shakespeare, England, (1564-1616), Hamlet; King Lear; Othello
  73. Sophocles, Greece, (496-406 BC), Oedipus the King
  74. Stendhal, France, (1783-1842), The Red and the Black
  75. Laurence Sterne, Ireland, (1713-1768), The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
  76. Italo Svevo, Italy, (1861-1928), Confessions of Zeno
  77. Jonathan Swift, Ireland, (1667-1745), Gulliver's Travels
  78. Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910), War and Peace; Anna Karenina; The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories
  79. Thousand and One Nights, India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt, (700-1500).
  80. Mark Twain, United States, (1835-1910), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  81. Valmiki, India, (c 300 BC), Ramayana
  82. Virgil, Italy, (70-19 BC), The Aeneid
  83. Walt Whitman, United States, (1819-1892), Leaves of Grass
  84. Virginia Woolf, England, (1882-1941), Mrs. Dalloway; To the Lighthouse
  85. Marguerite Yourcenar, France, (1903-1987), Memoirs of Hadrian
Here is BBC's top 100 books list. This concentrates highly on British and American writers, with some others included here and there:
1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie


P.S: Budday coming. Ask me which ones I don't have and you'll know what to get me :D

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