Send us your 26 Top Books of All Time

Last month I published my list of Amanda’s 26 Top Books of All Time and asked you to send me yours so that we can share and compare and start a discussion. Today we have the very interesting and eclectic lists of Michelle Moss and Amy Langenveld.

Don’t you agree, this is getting really interesting. Why not send me some more lists of your 26 Top Books of all time?

Michelle Moss’s Top 26 Books of all Time

a) Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

b) The Power of One – Bryce Courtney

c) The Sunne in Splendour – Sharon Penman

d) In Sunshine and in Shadows – Charlotte Bingham

e) Lucy Talk – Fiona Walker

f) Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

g) Song of the Sound – Adam Armstrong

h) City of Bones / The Poet – Michael Connelly

i) Four Fires – Bryce Courtney

j) Blackberry Wine – Joanne Harris

k) Here be Dragons – Sharon Penman

l) Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin

m) Romeo & Juliet – Shakespeare

n) The Snow Falcon – Stuart Harrison

o) Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

p) Cane and Able – Jeffrey Archer

q) The Dead Zone – Stephen King

r) Breathing Space – Marita van der Vyver

s) Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

t) Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

u) Last Chance Saloon – Marianne Keys

v) Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

w) The Black Velvet Gown – Catherine Cookson

x) Evening Class – Maeve Binchy

y) The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

z) Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Amy Langenveld’s 26 Top Books of All time

a) The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco

b) Abyssinian Chronicles – Moses Isegawa

c) Unless – Carol Shields

d) Lord of the Flies William Golding

e) Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes

f) Food and Loathing – Betsy Lerner

g) The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

h) A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

i) Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn – Mark Twain

j) The Aspern Papers – Henry James

k) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

l) The Great Gatsby– F. Scott Fitzgerald

m) A Widow for One Year – John Irving

n) The World According to Garp – John Irving

o) Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes

p) El Lazarillo de Tormés – anonymous

q) Love in the Time of Cholera -Gabriel García Marquez

r) 100 Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Marquez

s) Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller

t) Walden – Henry David Thoreau

u) Ficciones (Fiction) – Jorge Luis Borges

v) Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence

w) La tésis de Nancy – Ramón J. Sender

x) Porterhouse Blue – Tom Sharpe

y) Follow Your Heart– Susanna Tamaro

z) Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Janita Thiele of Pulp Books’ 26 Top Books of All Time

Any Human Heart – William Boyd

Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

Behind the Scenes at the Museum – Kate Atkinson

The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood

Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami

Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Possession – A S Byatt

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

Life of Pi – Yann Martell

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

Rachel’s Holiday – Marian Keyes

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende

The World according to Garp – John Irving

Never Let me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

The Painted Bird – Jerzy Kosinski

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John le Carre

This Book will save your life – A M Homes

Fear of Flying – Erica Jong

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norel – Susanna Clarke

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

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10 Responses

  1. My top 26 books

    a: Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
    b: All the Harry Potter Books. J K Rowling
    c: Eon Gred Bear
    d: Infinity Concerto Greg Bear
    e: The Serpent Mage Greg Bear
    f: Blood Music Greg Bear
    g: Clan of the Cave bear Jean A Auel
    H: Valley of Horses Jean A Auel
    I: Mamouth Hunters Jean A Auel
    J: Planes of Pasage Jean A Auel
    k: Shelters of Stone Jean A Auel
    l: War of the Worlds H G Wells
    m: Time Machine H G Wells
    o: Invisible Man H G Wells
    p: Chocky John Wyndum
    q: Day of the Triffids John Wyndum
    r: Lost World Michael Crichton
    s: Eternity Greg Bear
    t:: Forge of God Greg Bear
    u: Legacy Greg Bear
    v: Time Line Micheal Crichton
    w: Journey to the Centre of the Earth Julles Vern
    x: The Crystal Skull Manda Scott
    y: The Day After Tomorrow: Whitley Strieber
    z: Neanderthal John Darnton

  2. Where do I submit my list?

  3. The Great Hippopotamus Race
    The Incredible Journey
    My Friend Flicka
    Willard Price
    The Hardy Boys—-

    after that, I stopped reading.

    Is that bad?

  4. All By James Patterson

    1-Along Came a Spider
    2-Kiss the Girls
    3-Jack & Jill
    4-Cat & Mouse
    5-Pop Goes the Weasel
    6-Roses Are Red
    7-Violets are Blue
    8-Four Blind Mice
    9-The Big Bad Wolf
    10-London Bridges
    11-Mary, Mary
    13-Double Cross
    14-When The Wind Blows
    15-The Lake House
    16-The Angel Experiment
    17-School’s Out-Forever
    18-Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
    19-The Final Warning

    All By J.K. Rowlings

    20-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    21-Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    22- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    23 -Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    24 -Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix
    25- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    26- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  5. In no particular order but books that I’m most likely to return to.

    a: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
    b: Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite
    c: Dragonriders of Pern novels by Anne McCaffrey
    d: Belgariad and Mallorean by David Eddings
    e: The Vampire chronicles by Anne Rice
    f: The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    g: A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
    h: The Chronicles of Morgaine by CJ Cherryh
    i: Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle
    j: The Magravandias by Storm Constantine
    k: Calenture by Storm Constantine
    l: Burying the Shadow by Storm Constantine
    m: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
    n: The Magus by John Fowles
    o: The Quickening trilogy by Fiona McIntosh
    p: Percheron trilogy by Fiona McIntosh
    q: The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan
    r: The Age of Five trilogy by Trudi Canavan
    s: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
    t: The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
    u: The Crow: The Lazarus Heart by Poppy Z Brite
    v: Moonheart by Charles de Lint
    w: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    x: The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman
    y: The Crown of Stars series by Kate Elliot
    z: The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

  6. My Top 26 Books

    a. The Count of Monte Cristo: A. Dumas
    b. The Lord of The Rings: J.R.R. Tolkien
    c. The Dark Tower: Stephen King
    d. The Sea Wolf: Jack London
    e. Lonesome Dove: Larry McMurtry
    f. The Silver Locusts: Ray Bradbury
    g. God Emperor of Dune: Frank Herbert
    h. Hornblower and the Hotspur: C.S. Forester
    i. Dune: Frank Herbert
    j. Riding the Iron Rooster: Paul Theroux
    k. Nothing Like it in the World: Stephen Ambrose
    l. The Time Machine: H.G. Wells
    m. Moby Dick: Herman Melville
    n. Watership Down: Richard Adams
    o. Gone With the Wind: M. Mitchell
    p. Stranger in a Strange Land: Robert Heinlein
    q. Animal Farm: George Orwell
    r. The Gods Themselves: Isacc Asimov
    s. A Tale of Two Cities: Charles Dickens
    t. Little Women: Louisa M. Alcott
    u. Call of the Wild: Jack London
    v. The Stand: Stephen King
    w. Through the Looking Glass: Lewis Carroll
    x. Marley and Me: John Grogan
    y. Bag of Bones: Stephen King
    z. A Simple Plan: Scott Smith

  7. 1.Sons and Lovers
    2.Divisadero -Ondaajte
    3. English Patient
    4.Great Expections
    5. David Copperfield
    6. Wind in the Willows
    7. House Of Hunger Marachera
    8. Love in the Time of Cholera
    9.The Owl and the Pussycat
    10. TheUnbearable Lightnessof Being
    11. Disgrace – J.M Coetzee
    12. The Life and Times of Michael K.
    13. God of Small things
    14. Looking into the distance – Richard Holloway
    15. THe Rights of Desire – Andre Brink
    16. Richard Rive’s writings.
    17. Paula – Isabella Allende
    18. Written on the Body- Maggie
    19. Ragtime – Doctorow
    20. A chronicle of a death foretold -marquez
    21. Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
    22. The Number- Jonny Steinberg
    23. Jane Eyre
    24. Crap,I can’t think- Ihavehad toomuch wine

  8. What is it about lists that is so tempting???

    I’ve been reading for nigh on 44 years and it would take too, too long to compile the perfect list, but a few titles that come to mind are:

    Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
    Dracula (Bram Stoker)
    The Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Leroux)
    Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
    The Giver (Lois Lowry)
    Buddenbrooks (Thomas Mann)
    The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)

  9. My current top 26, in no particular order, and excluding my favourite series:

    Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    Possession – A S Byatt
    Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
    Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
    Far from the madding crowd – Thomas Hardy
    Der Tod in Venedig – Thomas Mann
    Der Besuch der alten Dame – Friedrich Durrenmatt
    Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
    The World According to Garp – John Irving
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
    Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
    The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
    The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
    The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
    Thus Spake Zarathustra – Friedrich Nietzsche
    Charlotte’s Web – EB White
    Dracula – Bram Stoker
    Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    Animal Farm – George Orwell
    The Outsiders – SE Hinton
    Waiting for Godot – Samuel Becket
    The Vampire Lestat – Anne Rice
    Dune – Frank Herbert
    Moxyland – Lauren Beukes

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