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