Best Books of the 20th Century
1 To Kill a Mockingbird
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2 1984
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3 The Lord of the Rings (The ...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 292,397 ratings
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4 The Catcher in the Rye
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,490,256 ratings
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5 The Great Gatsby
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,782,196 ratings
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6 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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7 The Diary of a Young Girl
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 1,319,803 ratings
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8 Animal Farm
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,351,453 ratings
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9 The Little Prince
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 452,590 ratings
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10 The Hobbit
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 1,571,637 ratings
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11 Fahrenheit 451
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 774,636 ratings
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12 The Grapes of Wrath
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 383,905 ratings
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13 The Lion, the Witch, and th...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 946,712 ratings
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14 One Hundred Years of Solitude
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 415,944 ratings
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15 Brave New World
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 744,760 ratings
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16 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 639,212 ratings
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17 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,226,081 ratings
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18 Of Mice and Men
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,062,438 ratings
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19 The Giver (The Giver, #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 885,371 ratings
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20 Slaughterhouse-Five
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 625,383 ratings
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21 Lolita
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 371,090 ratings
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22 Harry Potter and the Prison...
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23 East of Eden
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 240,877 ratings
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24 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's ...
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25 The Ultimate Hitchhiker's G...
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26 Memoirs of a Geisha
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27 A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkl...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 415,370 ratings
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28 The Handmaid's Tale
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 358,152 ratings
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29 The Stranger
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 303,378 ratings
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30 The Fellowship of the Ring ...
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31 The Chronicles of Narnia (C...
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32 Charlotte's Web
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 653,845 ratings
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33 Ender's Game (The Ender Qui...
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34 The Old Man and the Sea
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 313,356 ratings
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35 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 225,788 ratings
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36 The Giving Tree
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 498,944 ratings
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37 Harry Potter and the Chambe...
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38 Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
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39 The Return of the King (The...
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40 The Two Towers (The Lord of...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 356,427 ratings
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41 Watership Down
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 215,370 ratings
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42 The Bell Jar
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 299,200 ratings
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43 Atlas Shrugged
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 210,431 ratings
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44 The Poisonwood Bible
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 446,199 ratings
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45 Green Eggs and Ham
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 358,375 ratings
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46 In Cold Blood
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 305,381 ratings
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47 The Alchemist
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 865,341 ratings
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48 A Prayer for Owen Meany
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 184,655 ratings
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49 Love in the Time of Cholera
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 237,603 ratings
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50 The Color Purple
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 295,192 ratings
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51 Anne of Green Gables (Anne ...
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52 The Lorax
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53 The Unbearable Lightness of...
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54 Where the Wild Things Are
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55 The Stand
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56 Siddhartha
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57 The Complete Sherlock Holmes
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58 Charlie and the Chocolate F...
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59 On the Road
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60 Rebecca
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 214,861 ratings
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61 The Name of the Rose
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 146,714 ratings
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62 The Metamorphosis
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63 The Sun Also Rises
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 213,722 ratings
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64 Ulysses
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65 The Pillars of the Earth  (...
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66 The Secret Garden
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 467,824 ratings
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67 Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
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68 The Good Earth (House of Ea...
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69 The Master and Margarita
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70 Beloved
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 175,394 ratings
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71 A Confederacy of Dunces
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 132,515 ratings
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72 The Outsiders
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 442,867 ratings
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73 The Fountainhead
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 194,941 ratings
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74 All Quiet on the Western Front
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75 The Hitchhiker's Guide to t...
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76 The Sound and the Fury
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77 The Joy Luck Club
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 429,312 ratings
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78 Angela's Ashes (Frank McCou...
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79 For Whom the Bell Tolls
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80 The World According to Garp
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81 Invisible Man
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82 Their Eyes Were Watching God
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83 Little House on the Prairie...
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84 A Farewell to Arms
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85 Where the Red Fern Grows
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86 Mere Christianity
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87 Waiting for Godot
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88 A Clockwork Orange
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89 The Red Tent
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90 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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91 Franny and Zooey
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92 Sophie's Choice
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 51,424 ratings
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93 Lonesome Dove
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94 The Things They Carried
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95 A Portrait of the Artist as...
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96 Blindness (Blindness, #1)
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97 To the Lighthouse
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98 Cat's Cradle
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 187,848 ratings
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99 Flowers for Algernon
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100 She's Come Undone
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message 360: by Gary (new)

Gary Jane Austen? Oscar Wilde? Louisa May Alcott? Charles Dickens? William Shakespeare? Alexandre Dumas? Bram Stoker's Dracula?

None of those are 20th century.


message 359: by Laura (new)

Laura Uh, yeah, what Gary said. Hello?


message 358: by Dottie (last edited Jun 20, 2008 08:13PM) (new)

Dottie Picture of Dorian Gray first published 1891 doesn't belong in 20th century books. 19th century

Oops -- you guys already caught these. Another one -- Bronte.


message 357: by Mark (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:38AM) (new)

Mark Desrosiers Similarly, Three Cups of Tea was published in 2006... is there an easy way to delete these? Or should this list take a Braudelian view of the "long 20th century"? ;)


message 356: by [deleted user] (new)

Some of those definitely aren't 20th century


message 355: by Ashley (new)

Ashley There are a lot of those 19th century books, but now there are also many that are 21st century as well i.e. The Host and the most recent Harry Potter books. Is there any way to delete them?


message 354: by Snorkle (new)

Snorkle I was getting all annoyed because they had a couple books that were published after 2000, but then I realized that I had just voted for Pride and Prejudice....I wish that there was a way to delete books that didn't fit the critieria...or maybe if the list was programmed to automatically check the publication date and tell you whether or not you could add it to the list...


message 353: by Wifey (last edited Jun 25, 2008 08:48AM) (new)

Wifey Why isn't Celine or Saint Exupéry or Borges on this list? I call bullshit. Or i don't know... Vonnegut?


message 352: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Um, people? Jane Austen novels and/or Jane Eyre are in NO WAY 20th century novels, whatever thousandth reprinting that they're on right now that happens to have taken place in that century.


message 351: by bryan (new)

bryan It's called the "best books" of the 20th century, so why does everyone seem to be restricting themselves to novels?


message 350: by jessica juniper (new)

jessica juniper There are several books on here that are not from the 20th Century...Jane Austen, The Brontes, and Joyce plus many more...can someone fix this please!


message 349: by Bebe (new)

Bebe Parsons Um, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre are not 20th c reads. Come on guys!


message 348: by [deleted user] (new)

Dracula was written on 1897, not in 20th century for sure.


message 347: by Lisa/Bluestem (new)

Lisa/Bluestem Cafeohlai Could we move Time Traveler's Wife to the 21st Century list?


message 346: by bup (new)

bup THE KING JAMES BIBLE!?

THE BOOK OF MORMON!?

And it's amazing how many votes Pride and Prejudice has gotten - 30!


message 345: by Lexi (last edited Feb 25, 2009 02:51AM) (new)

Lexi Several books not written in the 20th century:

Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (I think)

Don't get me wrong, these are all great books but they don't belong on this list! Please check dates (or at least use common sense) before adding books to a date-specific list!


message 344: by Matthew (new)

Matthew you couldn't be more right, throw in Kafka, as well. then the non-20th century books, along with the pop fiction books on the list?


message 343: by Megan (new)

Megan Vonnegut should definetly be on this list.


message 342: by Laura (new)

Laura If you think so, why not add Vonnegut to the list? Seems simpler than complaining about it.


message 341: by Stacy (new)

Stacy The 20th century seems to have lasted for more than two hundred years. I have to agree with the poster who commented on the lack of nonfiction. What about Backlash by Susan Faludi? Something by John Krakauer or David Sedaris?


message 340: by Laura (new)

Laura Guys. You are aware that you can, you know, add any book you want to this list, right? If you think something belongs on the list yet is not there, ADD IT YOURSELF.


message 339: by Todd (new)

Todd Johnson This list appears to be restricting books based on the "published" date for some random (default?) edition, rather than the often-available "first published" date. This would explain why Pride & Prejudice (1813) can make the list, but it doesn't want me to add To the Lighthouse (1927).


message 338: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Null Gah!! The books on this list that were not written in the 20th century are hurting my OCD. Is there any way to edit? To remove books from the list that others have added?


message 337: by Mommy (new)

Mommy where is THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving?


message 336: by Ashley (new)

Ashley It's there (page 2), but if there's anything you think should be on any list, add it yourself.


message 335: by Kenneth (new)

Kenneth oh boy some real chestnuts. C'mon Where's your Henry Miller. He is only the greatest American author of that century. and seriously, what's up with the book of Mormon?


message 334: by Nathanimal (new)

Nathanimal The Book of Mormon? #4? Really guys?

It's not even very well written! Despite being published in 1830 (and written, allegedly, mosty in the B.C.E)


message 333: by Sunil (last edited Jul 29, 2008 11:11AM) (new)

Sunil Hmmm,,,, No Bellow in first hundred. And you have Harry Potter.Shame.


message 332: by Matt (new)

Matt Ok, this is nuts. There are 19th century books appearing here, and there are 20th century books I can't add because there isn't a 20th century edition in the database.


message 331: by Alex (last edited Jul 29, 2008 11:55AM) (new)

Alex Though it's a disputed point, the Book of Mormon was written sometime between 2,000 B.C. and 1830 A.D. As beloved and influential as it may be, one thing it isn't is a book of the 20th Century. Putting it on this list just makes you look dumb.

Also: Holy Bible.


message 330: by Matt (new)

Matt And another thing, the Lord of the Ring's score is getting killed by the fact that two different versions of the book (as a single epic, and as a trilogy) are appearing on the list.


message 329: by Donitello (new)

Donitello I presume we're supposed to vote ONLY for the book that we think should occupy #1 spot?

That'll be easy, of course -- it's The Book of Mormon. (JOKING!!!!)


message 328: by Emily (new)

Emily I cannot believe Sometimes A Great Notion, Ken Kesey, is not in the top 100. I didnt even see it in the top 200.


message 327: by Giovany (last edited Jul 29, 2008 08:44PM) (new)

Giovany apoyen a Proust!!!!!!
lets stand for proust!!!!
aller Marcel, il est fantastique


message 326: by Layce (new)

Layce Parkinson An interesting assortment of books. One I could refer to for future reference.


message 325: by Jane (new)

Jane Henry James is missing, sorely. Too much JK Rowling and CS Lewis.


message 324: by Roxanne (new)

Roxanne Bethany The Tin Drum must be among the top 100...BB


message 323: by Michael (new)

Michael Kucharski It speaks to my heart and soul. It reaffirms that good can win out over evils. I have read it over 120 times since Thanksgiving, 1970.
And people... please remember, it is actually one book, not three, an a trilogy; that aspect was a business/publishing choice not a creative (the author's) choice.


message 322: by David (last edited Jul 30, 2008 06:17PM) (new)

David Young Sometimes a Great Notion is a Masterpiece.

The Harry Potter books are entertaining enough, but hardly in the same league.


message 321: by David (new)

David Young That's what I get for being a bookworm, I guess. Zero friends! Maybe I should wash more often.


message 320: by Paula (new)

Paula I'm not really thrilled that the Harry Potter books made this list....they really don't belong here !

What about : The Red Tent by Diamont ??

: The Celestine Prophies ??

: The Kite Runner ??

: A Thousand Splendid Suns ??

?????????????????????





message 319: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Seems like the Lord of the Rings series shouldn't be listed as a separate option with each of the 3 books also on the list.


message 318: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Did I miss something? I didn't see Le Miserables on the list???


message 317: by Ashley (new)

Ashley If something isn't on the list anywhere that you think should be, add it. That's the point.


message 316: by Gary (new)

Gary
_Les misérables_ was published in the 19th Century.


message 315: by Laura (new)

Laura Les Miserables was on the list, and was removed for the reason Gary states. If it's put back on, it will be removed again.


message 314: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth I saw so many of my all time favorites! Mists of Avelon, Rebecca, Diary of Anne Frank, James and the Giant Peach even The Witching Hour! WOW! I guess as much as I read I consider something really great if after a couple of years and thousands of books later I still remember it then its pretty good.


message 313: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Did I miss Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture?

Pretty big book of the 90's...it, ya know, coined the name ofr an entire generation...

There's a lot of books on this list, I could have missed it.


message 312: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Pierce The Harry Potter books enticed countless numbers of kids, who would never normally pick up a book when they could be playing a video game, to read. In my opinion, any book or series of books, that can do this deserves to be this list.


message 311: by [deleted user] (last edited Sep 06, 2008 12:57PM) (new)

Paula, it's the 21st century. The Kite Runner and it's sequel were released in THIS century, not eight years ago. I AM annoyed by The Pillars of the Earth, though.


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