The Top 125 Books of All-Time

The Top 125 Books of All-Time is a series I’m producing on YouTube. In it, I’m reading through the “consensus” 125 best books ever written and making a video about each one.

Why?

  • I’ve decided it’s not enough to just read; it’s time to read well.
  • Rather than tackle a Classics Club list and my “Another 100 Books” list and a 2018 TBR list, I’ve decided to direct my energy to a single focused project.
  • I realized that my cavalier approach to reading has led me to caring about a measly 60 books after 30+ years, and knowing this drives me crazy.

Take your pick.

If you’re interested in following along with me as I attempt to read the Top 125 Books of All-Time, just follow the blog. I’ll be posting everything here, too. Or you can visit the AnotherBookVlog YouTube channel and subscribe.

The full list of 125 books is at the bottom of this page.

For now, you can check out the intro video below. You’ll find out more about why I’m doing this, why I settled on 125 books, and how I decided on the books that made the list.

I’m new to YouTube. Be kind 😛



The Top 125 Books of All-Time: The List

The book, then the author, then the year it was published, then the number of Top 100 Books lists that book appears on. Those lists include The Observer, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Le Monde, Time Magazine, and the Modern Library.

The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald 1925 6
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 1949 6
The Catcher in the Rye J D Salinger 1951 6
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov 1955 6
Ulysses James Joyce 1922 5
A Passage to India EM Forster 1924 5
On the Road Jack Kerouac 1957 5
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark 1960 5
Catch-22 Joseph Heller 1961 5
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie 1981 5
Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf 1925 4
Brave New World Aldous Huxley 1932 4
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler 1939 4
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 1939 4
Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry 1947 4
Lord of the Flies William Golding 1954 4
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 1960 4
A Bend in the River V S Naipaul 1979 4
The Lord of the Rings J R R Tolkien 1939 4
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe 1719 3
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift 1726 3
Clarissa Samuel Richardson 1748 3
Tom Jones Henry Fielding 1749 3
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Laurence Sterne 1759 3
Frankenstein Mary Shelley 1818 3
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte 1847 3
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte 1848 3
David Copperfield Charles Dickens 1850 3
Moby Dick Herman Melville 1851 3
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 1865 3
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 1899 3
The Call of the Wild Jack London 1903 3
The Good Soldier Ford Maddox Ford 1915 3
The Rainbow D H Lawrence 1915 3
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway 1926 3
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner 1930 3
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller 1934 3
Scoop Evelyn Waugh 1938 3
All the King’s Men Robert Penn Warren 1946 3
The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow 1953 3
The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing 1962 3
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess 1962 3
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth 1969 3
Rabbit Tetralogy John Updike 1960 3
Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson 1981 3
Money: A Suicide Note Martin Amis 1984 3
Atonement Ian McEwan 2001 3
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 1958 3
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 1929 3
Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys 1966 3
Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin 1953 3
Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis 1954 3
Under the Net Iris Murdoch 1954 3
The Trial Franz Kafka 1924 3
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1967 3
Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan 1678 2
Emma Jane Austen 1816 2
Nightmare Abbey Thomas Love Peacock 1818 2
Vanity Fair William Thackeray 1848 2
The Scarlett Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850 2
The Moonstone Wilkie Collins 1868 2
Little Women Louisa May Alcott 1868 2
Middlemarch George Elliot 1871 2
The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope 1875 2
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1884 2
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde 1891 2
Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy 1895 2
Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser 1900 2
The Golden Bowl Henry James 1904 2
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame 1908 2
Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm 1911 2
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton 1920 2
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett 1929 2
At Swim-Two-Birds Flann O’Brien 1939 2
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont Elizabeth Taylor 1971 2
Song of Solomon Tony Morrison 1977 2
An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro 1986 2
Underworld Don Delillo 1997 2
Disgrace J M Coetzee 1999 2
Animal Farm George Orwell 1945 2
Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell 1936 2
Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut 1969 2
Beloved Toni Morrison 1987 2
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 1952 2
I, Claudius Robert Graves 1934 2
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf 1927 2
Ragtime E L Doctorow 1975 2
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers 1940 2
Light in August William Faulkner 1932 2
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh 1945 2
Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cathar 1927 2
The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder 1927 2
American Pastoral Philip Roth 1997 2
A House for Mr Biswas V S Naipaul 1961 2
The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene 1948 2
Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov 1962 2
The Moviegoer Walker Percy 1961 2
Appointment in Samarra John O’Hara 1934 2
Deliverance James Dickey 1970 2
Day of the Locust Nathaniel West 1939 2
Herzog Saul Bellow 1964 2
The Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles 1949 2
A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh 1934 2
Loving Henry Green 1945 2
An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser 1925 2
The Death of the Heart Elizabeth Bowen 1938 2
The Stranger Albert Camus 1942 2
Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinard Celine 1932 2
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco 1980 2
Life: A User’s Manual George Perec 1978 2
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle 1901 2
The War of the Worlds H G Wells 1898 2
Lord, Jim Jospeh Conrad 1900 2
Sophie’s Choice William Styron 1979 2
USA (Trilogy) John dos Passos 1938 2
Nostromo Joseph Conrad 1904 2
House of Mirth Edith Wharton 1905 2
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy 1877 2
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes 1615 2
Madam Bovary Gustave Flaubert 1856 2
Austerlitz W G Sebald 2001 2
The Tin Drum Gunter Grass 1959 2
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson 1886 2
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler Italo Calvino 1979 2
Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey 1988 2
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