top 10 books according to writers

Seems like a great premise for making a list. Get 125 writers, ask them to list their top 10 books. Its like the ultimate booklovers listophiles dream. Also lends itself to potentially fascinating excel tables. Anyway, the book is ‘The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books‘.  So, according to the writers consulted;

Top 10 Books of the 20th Century

  1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  4. Ulysses by James Joyce
  5. Dubliners by James Joyce
  6. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  7. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  8. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  9. The complete stories of Flannery O’Connor
  10. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

Top 10 Books of the 19th Century

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  5. The stories of Anton Chekhov
  6. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  9. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  10. Emma by Jane Austen

Of the 20 books, I have only read 6 of them. More reading to do, more books on the must read list.

This info-graphic is pretty useful and easy to understand.

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2 Responses to top 10 books according to writers

  1. Hammy says:

    God, I think I’ve only read two and I didn’t particularly like one of them (The Great Gatsby – long story).

  2. Terry Johal says:

    I am going to try to read some of those on the list. Some of it is just not my cuppa tea. What would your top ten look like?

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