Masterpiece
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Excellent
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Good
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Definitely not for me
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Borders’ 100 Favorite Books of All Time

This past week, Borders re-released it’s 100 Favourite Books of All Time. Do you vote in these kinds of polls when they arise? Do you look through the list, or seek out books featured?

I do vote sometimes, and it’s always fun to do research on the ones I haven’t heard of.  Like I really need to add to my TBR pile!

I love lists, so I couldn’t resist bolding the ones I’ve already read and asterixing the books I’m most interested in reading.  This is from Borders in Australia, though, so some of the titles were unfamiliar to me.  Still, it’s all in good fun.  I’ve read 38 of the 100 on this list. I thought it interesting that I’ve read all but one of the top ten.

1. Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice
2. Harper Lee – To Kill A Mockingbird
3. JRR Tolkien – Lord Of The Rings (I’ve read the first two books)
4. Jodi Picoult – My Sister’s Keeper
5. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga
6. JK Rowling – Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone
7. Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife
8. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
9. George Orwell – 1984

10. Raymond E. Feist – Magician
11. Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns
12. Paullina Simons – Bronze Horsemen
13. Gregory David Roberts – Shantaram
14. Margaret Mitchell – Gone With The Wind*
15. Bryce Courtenay – Power of One
16. Dan Brown – The Da Vinci Code
17. Dan Brown – Angels & Demons
18. Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist
19. Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

20. Tim Winton – Cloud Street
21. Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner
22. Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights

23. Arthur Golden – Memoirs of Geisha*
24. LM Montgomery – Anne Of Green Gables
25. Joseph Heller – Catch-22
26. Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat Pray Love
27. Niv Mass Market Bible With Bible Guide – International Bible Society Staff and International Bible Society
28. JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit*
29. Yann Martel – Life of Pi
30. AB Facey – Fortunate Life
31. Douglas Adams – The Hitch-hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
32. Lewis Carroll – Alice In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass*
33. Diana Gabaldon – Cross Stich
34. Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance*
35. David Pelzar – A Child Called It
36. Li Cunxin – Mao’s Last Dancer
37. John Marsden – Tomorrow, When The War Began
38. Frank McCourt – Angela’s Ashes
39. Frank Herbert – Dune
40. JD Salinger – A Catcher In The Rye
41. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
42. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years Of Solitude

43. Bryce Courtenay – April Fool’s Day
44. Ken Follet – Pillars Of The Earth
45. Patrick Suskind – Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer
46. Matthew Reilly – Ice Station
47. Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow Of The Wind
48. Stephen Hawking – A Brief History Of Time
49. Christopher Paolini – Eragon
50. Louisa May Alcott – Little Women

51. Mitch Albom – Tuesdays With Morrie
52. Jane Austen – Persuasion
53. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
54. Ian McEwan – Atonement
55. Leo Tolstory – Anna Karenina
56. George Orwell – Animal Farm

57. Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange
58. Antoine de Saint Exupéry – The Little Prince
59. Roald Dahl – Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
60. CS Lewis – The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

61. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Love In The Time Of Cholera
62. Bill Bryson – A Short History Of Nearly Everything
63. Fyodor Dostoevsky – Crime And Punishment*
64. Anthony Bourke – Lion Called Christian
65. Arundhati Roy – The God Of Small Things
66. Paullina Simons – Tully
67. John Grisham – A Time To Kill
68. John Grogan – Marley & Me
69. Vikram Seth – A Suitable Boy
70. Alexandre Dumas – Count Of Monte Cristo
71. Neil Gaiman – American Gods*
72. Cormac McCarthy – The Road
73. Aldous Huxley – Brave New World*
74. Brendan Shanahan – In Turkey I Am Beautiful: Between Chaos And Madness In A Strange Land
75. Tim Winton – Breath
76. Bryce Courtenay – Jessica
77. Graeme Base – Animalia
78. Donna Tartt – The Secret History*
79. Mario Puzo – The Godfather
80. Anne Rice – Interview With The Vampire
81. Steig Larrson – The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo

82. Stephen King – Stand*
83. Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones’ Diary
84. Eckhart Tolle – New Earth
85. Matthew Reilly – Seven Ancient Wonders
86. Jung Chang – Wild Swans
87. Nicholas Sparks – The Notebook
88. Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho
89. David Eddings – Belgariad Vol. 1: Pawn Of Prophecy; Queen Of Sorcery; Magician’s Gambit
90. Louis De Bernieres – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
91. Melina Marchetta – Looking For Alibrandi
92. Celia Ahern – PS I Love You
93. John Irving – A Prayer For Owen Meany
94. Colleen McCullough – The Thorn Birds
95. John Kennedy Toole – A Confederacy Of Dunces*
96. Terry Pratchett – Good Omens
97. Hunter S. Thompson – Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
98. Joanne Harris – Chocolat
99. William Goldman – Princess Bride
100. Charles Dickens – Great Expectations*

6 comments to Borders’ 100 Favorite Books of All Time

  • Oh Yeah, I went through the list to see how many of it I have read! I was surprised i found some that I have read and loved..

    YOU have to definitely read Memoirs of a Geisha! I LOVED it!
    I have seen the movie PS. I Love You. God I was crying like a baby all though it! :( !

    I tried to read one book by Terry Pratchett, which I couldn’t understand anything at all! And i left it! I think I should try reading it once more!
    ok that’s it!

    PS – Did u know My Sister’s Keeper is coming on HBO :) I want to read it first though

  • Wow, I have read a lot of those books and own even more! Interesting list! Thanks for sharing!

  • I’ve read 39, but two of them were the Dan Browns, which shouldn’t really count….

    I haven’t read four from the top ten, and I find it quite an interesting top ten, to be honest. Twilight, Harry Potter, and My Sister’s Keeper in a top ten? Not convinced.

  • Mykaela

    Ok this is a little bit insulting as I found my favorite book of all time in Borders’s ‘Touch the dark’. I couldn’t find one good tween’s book in that list! ‘Touch the dark’ or ‘The Cassie Palmer novels’ should be in that list all my friends and even friends of friends LOVE THIS SERIES TO DEATH! I know ATLEAST 150 people that love them and there is definetly that love these books aswell! Dont you think ‘The Cassie Palmer novels’ deserve just to be on that list?

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