Top 100 Books

In the book I’m currently reading, (Crossed by Ally Condie) the government only allows society to keep the top 100 books, top 100 poems, top 100 songs, and top 100 pieces of art – all chosen by the government. It’s only part of the story but plays a big part throughout the series. (Note: Crossed is the second book in the trilogy and I’m still reading it so I can’t give a full review yet.)

This got me thinking, what if you had to choose only 100 books that you could read and re-read for the rest of your life? What books would definitely make the cut? I can’t name all 100 and wouldn’t expect anyone else to either. I love to read and wouldn’t want to be limited to only 100 for the rest of my life. But if did have to limit it to 100 and if I could choose the books and not have them chosen for me, here are a few that would definitely be on the list.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Complete Works of Shakespeare (in one book – yes that’s sort of cheating, LOL)
The Complete Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson
Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Complete and Illustrated

I had a lot of fun making this list.  I’ve narrowed it down to the top 25 that come to mind.  I’m sure there are few that are missing.  What about you?  What books would definitely make your top 100 list?  You don’t have to list 100 – how about the top 5 that come to mind first that you’d for sure want on the list

2 thoughts on “Top 100 Books

  1. Gerard

    Your post really made me think. The only books on your list I have read is the Harry Potter books. Here are my top choices:

    Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind (there are 16 books in the series, #17 comes out this summer)
    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    The Summer of Beer and Whiskey by Ed Achorn
    The Kid by Ben Bradlee (bio on Ted Williams)
    Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns-Goodwin
    Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson
    The World is Flat by Thomas Freidman
    Freakanomics by Steven Levitt
    David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
    SSN by Tom Clancy

    Those are the ones I can think of at the moment….I plan to read The Lone Survivor, since I saw the movie this weekend. I also plan to read The Hunger Games and Divergent series soon.

    Thanks for posing this question….it was fun thinking of my favorites.

  2. if youre into vampires, i sugsegt the Vampire Academy series. It’s not at all cliche with the oh no s and you’re a vampire s as found in other books. It’s about a kickass girl that protects her friend since they have a special bond. and the girl also finds love with her mentor who is also a badass. i’ve read the five out of six books (of Rose’s (the main character) perspective). It’s pretty good action too. all different types.another series the mortal instruments series. Two words: amazingly thrilling!!! Another love triangle story kind of but not the main issue. a teenage girl who was raised by her mother learns about this other world full of shadowhunters(demonhunters) and demons, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and worlocks .its really cool. not the basic magical world we all think but there are some great twists. So anyways, her mother was taken by demons and Clary (the girl) tries to learn about her mother’s secret past (that she left behind) and the world of her culture, the Shadowhunter culture, and she tries to save her mother at the same time. she meets the sexily god-like JACE!!! you’ll fall in love with him, i guarantee it. In Twilight, you know Bella is devastated when Edward leaves her, but here Clary is badass and puts up with sh!t that makes this book great with action aside from the love issues.Shiver, another wolf book, pretty good too. A girl’s perspective, the wolf she soon falls in love with is always there in her backyard forest, and something weird happens. Grace has always had a strange relationship with the wolves outside her Minnesota home, ever since being attacked by them as a child. They both scare her and fascinate her, and one in particular draws her interest. He is her yellow-eyed wolf, and he intrigues her. Sam is a boy with a secret. In the warmth of the summer, he is a human, a thin boy with floppy hair and a love of reading. In the cold of winter, he turns into a black wolf with yellow eyes that roams the forest near Grace’s house. Sam feels a sense of belonging in his pack of fellow wolves, but he yearns to remain human. When Sam is shot as a wolf, the shock turns him back into a human, and he crawls to Grace’s door for help. Grace cares for him, provides him with a place to stay, and keeps his secret. Together, they share their insecurities, support each other, and fall in love. Both Grace and Sam have always yearned for real love, and they find it in each other. This is Sam’s last year as a human, and unless Grace can figure out how to keep him from changing, she will lose him forever.Fallen is great novel too! Luce is put into this asylum for teens and she meets Daniel. Daniel pushes her away, but when she is sort of drawn/allured by this other guy ( i forget his name), then Daniel cares. Turns out this guy and Daniel are eternal enemies. and Daniel and Luce have been meant for each other. Only Luce has been reincarnated every 17 years, and as soon as she turns 17, she dies since she always finds a way to Daniel within each reincarnation. at the end of the novel, she’s 17, but doesnt die, and Daniel and this other guy (his enemy) are at battle with each other. btw, Daniel is an angel so, its not so fantastic like the Mortal Instruments Series (city of bones, Ashes, Glass ), but its okaySomething similar to Fallen is Hush, Hush. It’s about an angel falling in love with a human and was damned to earth because of his feelings that’s all i remember but it’s a good read too.i really reccommend TMI (the mortal instruments) and the VA (vampire academy) series really great kickass books.thats all i got for now that i really reccommend!! Good luck!!! msg me for other good reads i hooked three of my friends on the mortal instruments series so i hope i hook you onto it too.Most new books I find are recommended from books I like.

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