Add These to Your Shelf: Top Books to Read


Add These to Your Shelf: Top Books to Read

November 10, 2017

Every avid reader has an opinion on literature. Likewise, every bookworm has a slightly different way to define a great book. Most readers would concede that a truly exceptional novel typically has a compelling story, interesting characters, a great twist and a fulfilling journey. But we all have our favorites — books that made us laugh or cry, and books that we could read again and again.

Over the years, critics have bestowed top honors on great works of literature, both fiction and non-fiction. We’ve seen a lot of award-winning books come through the Little Free Library boxes we have set up at our restaurants, and while we’re always eager to read the next great novel, don’t forget about the great novels of the past that you might have missed.

Many organizations have done lists of “Top Books” over the years. We’ve done some research on those most treasured stories, and here’s a list of 50 books we recommend you read in your lifetime.

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  5. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  8. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  9. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  10. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  11. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  12. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  13. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  14. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  15. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  16. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  17. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  18. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  19. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  20. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  21. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  22. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  23. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  24. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  25. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  26. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  27. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  28. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  29. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  30. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  31. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  32. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  33. The Odyssey by Homer
  34. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  35. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  36. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  37. Possession by A.S. Byatt
  38. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  39. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  40. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  41. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  42. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  43. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  44. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  45. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  46. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  47. Ulysses by James Joyce
  48. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  49. Watchmen by Alan Moore
  50. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë