Great Books

I am, like most readers, constantly searching for the Great Book. Reading is itself a pleasure, but with a Great Book the pleasure is transformed to joy. The experience is somewhat rare; the chance to have it keeps us prowling the booksellers and libraries. Great Books can come in any mode and be of any length, as long as we are willing to enjoy ourselves.

Many lists have claimed to be catalogues of Great Books, usually chosen by popular vote or a board of critics. But anyone can list the Great Books they have found. The wonderful thing is that no two lists need to be alike. So I add my own to the pile.

I’ve made it without respect to genre, form, or language. If I took joy in reading it, it’s here. I make no apologies for my choices or for counting series of books as one entry.

(I’d previously come up with a project to read 100 Great Novels In English. It didn’t last long, but you may run into the posts I made about it. Links below are to my own reviews, if I’ve written one.)

  1. The Bible
  2. Jon Baird, Kevin Costner, Rick Ross…The Explorers Guild: A Passage To Shambhala
  3. Ray Bradbury…The Martian Chronicles
  4. Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Alex Ross…Astro City
  5. Truman Capote…In Cold Blood
  6. Lewis Carroll…Alice In Wonderland
  7. Michael Chabon…The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier And Clay
  8. Agatha Christie…Murder On The Orient Express
  9. Agatha Christie…And Then There Were None
  10. Susanna Clarke…Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  11. Wilkie Collins…The Woman In White
  12. Wilkie Collins…The Moonstone
  13. Charles Dickens…A Christmas Carol
  14. Charles Dickens…Bleak House
  15. Charles Dickens…A Tale of Two Cities
  16. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle…The Complete Sherlock Holmes
  17. Anne Frank…The Diary of A Young Girl
  18. Neil Gaiman…The Sandman
  19. Neil Gaiman…Stardust
  20. Neil Gaiman…Fragile Things: Short Fictions And Wonders
  21. Neil Gaiman…The Graveyard Book
  22. Nathaniel Hawthorne…The Scarlet Letter
  23. Frank Herbert…Dune
  24. John Keats…The Poems
  25. Stephen King…Different Seasons
  26. Stephen King…The Dark Tower
  27. Stephen King…The Green Mile
  28. Stephen King…On Writing
  29. Harper Lee…To Kill A Mockingbird
  30. Toby Lester…The Fourth Part of The World
  31. C.S. Lewis…The Space Trilogy
  32. C.S. Lewis…The Chronicles of Narnia
  33. C.S. Lewis…The Screwtape Letters
  34. Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale…Superman For All Seasons
  35. Stuart McLean…The Vinyl Cafe
  36. Herman Melville…Moby-Dick
  37. Roger Moorehouse…Berlin At War
  38. Patrick O’Brian…The Aubrey-Maturin Novels
  39. Sydney Padua…The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace And Babbage
  40. J.K. Rowling…Harry Potter
  41. Matt Ruff…Lovecraft Country
  42. Dorothy L. Sayers…Lord Peter Wimsey
  43. Seth…Wimbledon Green
  44. Seth…The G.N.B. Double C
  45. William Shakespeare…Much Ado About Nothing
  46. William Shakespeare…Hamlet
  47. William Shakespeare…The Winter’s Tale
  48. William Shakespeare…The Tempest
  49. Eric Siblin…The Cello Suites
  50. Jeff Smith…Bone
  51. Art Spiegelman…Maus
  52. J.R.R. Tolkien…The Hobbit
  53. J.R.R. Tolkien…The Lord of The Rings
  54. Markus Zusak…The Book Thief
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