The List

The final list below, is arranged in order of books that appeared in all four lists, then those that were in three lists, and so on. Once I’d got down to books that were only in one list, I allowed myself to pick and choose. Some of these will be rereads, so it’s not all going to be uncharted territory.

Books that appear in all 4 lists:

  1. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  2. The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
  3. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien 
  5. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
  6. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Books that appear in 3 lists:

  1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  2. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  3. Atonement, Ian McEwan
  4. The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
  5. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
  6. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  7. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
  8. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  9. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  10. Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
  11. Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  12. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
  13. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
  14. A Passage to India, E. M. Forster
  15. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  16. Ulysses, James Joyce
  17. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

Books that appear in 2 lists:

  1. American Pastoral, Philip Roth
  2. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  3. Austerlitz, W. G. Sebald
  4. The BFG, Roald Dahl
  5. Beloved, Toni Morrison
  6. A Bend in the River,  V. S. Naipaul
  7. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  8. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
  9. Clarissa, Samuel Richardson
  10. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
  11. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  12. A Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powell
  13. Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  14. Emma, Jane Austen
  15. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  16. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
  17. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  18. Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
  19. Herzog, Saul Bellow
  20. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  21. Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
  22. Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  23. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller, Italo Calvino
  24. In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust
  25. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis
  26. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  27. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  28. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  29. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
  30. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  31. Money, Martin Amis
  32. Northern Lights (His Dark Materials), Philip Pullman
  33. Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey
  34. The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
  35. Robinson Crusoe,  Daniel Defoe
  36. Scoop, Evelyn Waugh
  37. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
  38. Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
  39. The Tin Drum, Günter Grass
  40. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John le Carré
  41. Tom Jones, Henry Fielding
  42. The Trial, Franz Kafka
  43. Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne
  44. Under the Net, Iris Murdoch
  45. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
  46. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  47. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins

Books that appear once:

  1. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  2. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
  3. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  4. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  5. Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell
  6. Dr. Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
  7. Daniel Deronda, George Eliot
  8. Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
  9. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
  10. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
  11. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  12. The Home and the World, Rabindranath Tagore
  13. The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  14. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
  15. Matilda, Roald Dahl
  16. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  17. The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
  18. Persuasion, Jane Austen
  19. The Picture of Dorian Grey, Oscar Wilde
  20. Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
  21. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  22. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  23. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  24. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
  25. Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
  26. The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
  27. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
  28. Waiting for the Mahatma, R. K. Narayan
  29. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

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