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Harvard Book Store, Top 100 Books [2010]

    114 entries: 110 monographical, four otherwise

    Harvard Book Store's list of the staff's "favorite books of all time" is one of the few ranked lists documented here, created much like album lists in popular music commonly are: each participant submitted a list in order of preference, then all of the books listed were transferred to a single list, their position determined by how highly they ranked in the individual lists. Presumably, a first-place finish gave a book a certain number of points, a second-place finish a slightly-smaller number, and so on; the description does not go into such detail. Nor is there a list of which staff members participated. Similar collective ranked lists included at Greater Books are those put together by Raymond Queneau, in 1950s France, and more recently by the Norwegian Book Club and J Peder Zane.

  1. Charlotte Brontë

  2. Jane Eyre: An Autobiography_16
    originally published under the pseudonym, Currer Bell, 1847—English
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  3. Jane Austen

  4. Pride and Prejudice_30
    originally anonymously published 1813—English
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  5. Kurt Vonnegut

  6. Breakfast of Champions_1

  7. Gabriel García Márquez

  8. Cien Anõs de Soledad_18
    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    1967; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Gregory Rabassa's English translation—Spanish

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  9. Murakami Haruki

  10. Nejimaki-Dori Kuronikuru_3
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
    originally published in three volumes, 1994-5—Japanese

    *Harvard* *Deposit* *Graphic*

  11. Virginia Woolf

  12. To the Lighthouse_12
    1927 —English
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  13. Vladimir Nabokov

  14. Lolita_11
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Harvard* *Deposit* *Graphic*

  15. J R R Tolkien

  16. The Lord of the Rings_6
    published in three volumes: The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King, 1954-5—English
    *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  17. Ralph Ellison

  18. Invisible Man_12
    *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard* *Educated*

  19. Toni Morrison

  20. Beloved_9
    *Recommended* *Trinity* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *Telegraph* *Zane* *Harvard* *Deposit*

  21. Jorge Luis Borges

  22. Ficciones_6
    originally entitled El Jardín de Senderos que se Bifurcan, published 1941; expanded 1944 and 1956—Spanish
    *Ward* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Norway* *GlobeMail* *Harvard*

  23. Dante

  24. La Divina Commedia_33
    The Divine Comedy
    originally entitled La Commedia; written ca. 1308-21—Italian

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  25. Margaret Atwood

  26. The Handmaid's Tale_5
    *Fadiman* *Great* *Guardian* *Smart* *Harvard*

  27. Michael Chabon

  28. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay_1

  29. Virginia Woolf

  30. Mrs. Dalloway_11
    published in part, Jul. 1923, as 'Mrs. Dalloway in Bond Street', in the Dial; in its entirety, 1925—English
    *Magill* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Norway* *Great* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard* *Newman* *Educated*

  31. Mikhail Bulgakov

  32. Mástyer i Margaríta_6
    The Master and Margarita
    published in part, 1966-67, in Moskva; in its entirety, 1973; revised 1989; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O'Connor's English translation—Russian

    *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard* *Graphic*

    Lewis Carroll
  33. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland_17

  34. 1865—English
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  35. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There_10

  36. 1871—English
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  37. George Eliot

  38. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life _22
    originally published serially Dec. 1871-Dec. 1872—English
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  39. Madeleine L'Engle

  40. A Wrinkle in Time_1

  41. John Irving
    A Prayer for Owen Meaney_3
    *Guardian* *Harvard* *Deposit*

    • Joan Didion

  42. Slouching Toards Bethlehem_1
    essays originally published 1961-7 in the Saturday Evening Post, the New York Times, Holiday, Vogue, and the American Scholar—English

  43. Italo Calvino

  44. Se una Notte d'Inverno un Viaggiatore_5
    If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

    *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Dirda* *Harvard* *Educated*

  45. Harper Lee

  46. To Kill a Mockingbird_5
    *Recommended* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard*

  47. Charles Dickens

  48. Great Expectations_15
    originally published serially Dec. 1860-Aug. 1861 in All the Year Round—English
    *Classics* *Magill* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard* *Newman*

    J K Rowling
  49. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone_4

  50. 1997—English
    *Guardian* *Taylor* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  51. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets_3

  52. 1998—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  53. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban_3

  54. 1999—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  55. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire_3

  56. 2000—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  57. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix_3

  58. 2003—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  59. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince_3

  60. 2005—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  61. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows_3

  62. 2007—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  63. Leo Tolstoy

  64. Anna Karenina_20
    published in part serially 1873-7 in Rússkij Véstnik; in its entirety, 1877; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's English translation—Russian
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  65. James Joyce

  66. Dubliners_10
    *Classics* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Trinity* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard* *Newman*

  67. Salman Rushdie

  68. Midnight's Children_7
    *Bloom* *Trinity* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Harvard* *Deposit*

  69. Amitav Ghosh

  70. Sea of Poppies_1

  71. Don DeLillo

  72. White Noise_3
    *Bloom* *Harvard* *Educated*

  73. Tracy Kidder

  74. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, the Man Who Would Cure the World_1

  75. Fyodor Dostoevsky

  76. Prestuplénie i Nakazániye_23
    Crime and Punishment
    originally published serially Jan.-Dec. 1866 in Rússkij Véstnik; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's English translation—Russian

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  77. Joseph Heller

  78. Catch-22_10
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  79. Phillip Pullman

  80. His Dark Materials_4
    originally published in three volumes: Northern Lights, 1995 (U S title: The Golden Compass); The Subtle Knife, 1997; The Amber Spyglass, 2000—English
    *Guardian* *Smart* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  81. Carson McCullers

  82. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter_3
    *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Harvard*

  83. Louisa M Alcott

  84. Little Women_6
    originally published in two volumes: Little Women, 1868; and Good Wives, 1869—English
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Guardian* *Smart* *Harvard* *Graphic*

  85. Ursula K Le Guin

  86. A Wizard of Earthsea_2
    *Harvard* *Deposit*

  87. Ernest Hemingway

  88. A Moveable Feast_2
    *Harvard* *Newman*

  89. Kurt Vonnegut

  90. Cat's Cradle_3
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Harvard*

  91. Douglas Adams

  92. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy_3
    1979 novel based on 1978 radio play—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  93. Herodotus

  94. Historiē_24
    Fifth Century B C—Greek

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  95. William Faulkner

  96. The Sound and the Fury_13
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  97. Murakami Haruki

  98. Hitsuji o Meguru Boken_1
    A Wild Sheep Chase


  99. F Scott Fitzgerald

  100. The Great Gatsby_17
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  101. Zora Neale Hurston

  102. Their Eyes Were Watching God_7
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  103. Norton Juster

  104. The Phantom Tollbooth_1

  105. Marilynne Robinson

  106. Housekeeping_1

  107. Patricia C Wrede

  108. Dealing With Dragons_1
    published in part, 1987, as 'The Improper Princess', in Spaceships and Spells; in its entirety, 1990—English

  109. Sylvia Plath

  110. The Bell Jar_5
    originally published under the pseudonym, Victoria Lucas, 1963—English
    *Ward* *Recommended* *Guardian* *Harvard* *Graphic*

  111. John Steinbeck

  112. Cannery Row_1

  113. Murakami Haruki

  114. Sekai no Owari to Hadoboirudo Wandarando_1
    Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World


  115. J D Salinger

  116. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction_1
    1961; two novellas originally published in the New Yorker, 1955 and 1959, respectively—English

    Gene Wolfe
  117. The Shadow of the Torturer_1

  118. first volume of four-volume The Book of the New Sun, 1980

  119. The Claw of the Conciliator_1

  120. second volume of four-volume The Book of the New Sun, 1981

  121. Nathaniel Hawthorne

  122. The Scarlet Letter_21
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  123. Alan Moore
    originally published serially 1986-7—English

    • Flannery O'Connor

  124. The Complete Stories_3
    1971; includes A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories, 1955; Everything That Rises Must Converge, 1965; plus 12 stories previously published in periodicals or anthologies—English
    *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Harvard*

  125. Virginia Woolf

  126. Orlando: A Biography_4
    *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Harvard* *Newman*

  127. Herman Melville

  128. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale_26
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  129. Nick Hornby

  130. High Fidelity_1

  131. Richard Adams

  132. Watership Down_3
    *Fadiman* *Guardian* *Harvard*

  133. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  134. Half of a Yellow Sun _1

  135. Junot Díaz

  136. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao_1

  137. Albert Camus

  138. L'Étranger_14
    The Stranger

    *Ward* *Van Doren* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *Zane* *Harvard* *Graphic* *Deposit* *Educated*

  139. Vladimir Nabokov

  140. Pale Fire_8
    *List* *Ward* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard*

  141. Anne Frank

  142. Het Achterhuis. Dagboekbrieven 14 Juni 1942 - 1 Augustus 1944_4
    The Diary of a Young Girl

    *Recommended* *Campbell* *Harvard* *Deposit*

  143. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

  144. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch_1

    C S Lewis
  145. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe_3

  146. 1950—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  147. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia_2

  148. 1951—English
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

  149. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader_2

  150. 1952—English
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

  151. The Silver Chair_2

  152. 1953—English
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

  153. The Horse and His Boy_2

  154. 1954—English
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

  155. The Magician's Nephew2

  156. 1955—English
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

  157. The Last Battle_2

  158. 1956—English
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

  159. Ernest Hemingway

  160. For Whom the Bell Tolls_7
    *Magill* *Recommended* *Campbell* *Zane* *Harvard* *Telegraph* *Newman*

  161. Grace Paley

  162. Enormous Changes at the Last Minute_1

  163. Salman Rushdie

  164. Haroun and the Sea of Stories_1

  165. Dave Eggers

  166. You Shall Know Our Velocity_1

  167. Umberto Eco

  168. Baudolino_1

  169. Richard Fariña

  170. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me_1

  171. Nikolai Gogol

  172. Mërtvyâ Duši_11
    Dead Souls

    *Classics* *France* *Magill* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Norway* *Great* *Zane* *Harvard* *Newman*

  173. Robert Graves

  174. I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B C, Murdered and Deified A D 54_5
    *Fadiman* *Zane* *Telegraph* *Harvard* *Deposit*

  175. Ernest Hemingway

  176. In Our Time_3
    1924; expanded 1925—English
    *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Harvard*

  177. Wendell Berry

  178. Jayber Crow_1

  179. John Crowley

  180. Little, Big: or, The Fairies' Parliament_2
    *Bloom* *Harvard*

  181. Popul Vuh_2

  182. Harvard Book Store specifies the Dennis Tedlock translation—K'iche'
    *Harvard* *Graphic*

  183. Ursula K Le Guin

  184. The Left Hand of Darkness_2
    *Bloom* *Harvard*

  185. Howard Pyle

  186. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood_1

  187. W Somerset Maugham

  188. The Razor's Edge_2
    *Kanigel* *Harvard*

  189. Iris Murdoch

  190. The Sea, the Sea_1

  191. Milan Kundera

  192. Nesnesitelná Lehkost Bytí_2
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being
    French translation, L'Insoutenable Légèreté de l'Être, 1984; Czech original, 1985—Czech

    *Bloom* *Harvard*

  193. Keri Hulme
    The Bone People_1

    • J D Salinger

    Nine Stories_4
    originally published 1948-53 in varied periodicals: the New Yorker, Harper's, and the Information World Review—English
    *Van Doren* *Bloom* *Zane* *Harvard*

    • Junot Díaz

  194. Drown_1
    ten stories, six of which originally published in Story, the New Yorker, Time Out New York, and the Paris Review—English

  195. William Shakespeare

  196. Hamlet_27
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  197. David Foster Wallace

  198. Infinite Jest_2
    *Harvard* *Graphic*

  199. Edith Wharton

  200. The Age of Innocence_6
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Harvard* *Newman* *Graphic*

  201. Robin McKinley

  202. The Blue Sword_1

  203. Homer

  204. Odýsseia_36
    The Odyssey
    ca. Ninth-Eighth centuries B.C; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Robert Fitzgerald's English translation—Greek

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  205. Toni Morrison

  206. Song of Solomon_4
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  207. Marilynne Robinson

  208. Gilead_1

  209. Frances Hodgson Burnett

  210. A Little Princess_2
    originally entitled Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's Boarding School, published serially 1888 in St. Nicholas Magazine; revised and retitled 1905—English
    *Dirda* *Harvard*

  211. Howard Zinn

  212. A People's History of the United States, 1492-Present_2
    1980; expanded and revised through fifth edition, 2005—English
    *Utne* *Harvard*

  213. Victor Hugo

  214. Les Misérables_18
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  215. Ken Kesey

  216. Sometimes a Great Notion_1

  217. David Mitchell

  218. Cloud Atlas_2
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

  219. Walt Whitman

  220. Leaves of Grass_20
    1855; expanded and revised through ninth edition, 1892—English
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