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

One Response to “Top 100 Books”

  • 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.

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