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Harvard Book Store's Top 100 Book List

abstract:I used to live in Boston on Beacon Hill and one of my favorite things to do was to cross the Charles River and head over to the Harvard University campus where the Harvard Book Store is located. Its rival was "The Coop". Recently the employees of THBS were asked to come up with a list of 100 of their all-time favorite books. The lists were compared and compiled into one master list - probably using some complex mathematical formula borrowed from MIT for weighting and placement. Here is the list. See how many you've read, want to re-read, or are planning to read for the first time and add them to your summer reading list. If you've got a digital reader it's easy to load-up and keep them on your virtual bookshelf. We've placed the list into groups of 10 so you can tally each set and keep track of your percentages:


  1. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  3. Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut
  4. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  5. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murikami
  6. To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  7. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  8. Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  10. Beloved, Toni Morrison
score (___/___)


July 29, 2011

  1. Ficciones, Jorges Luis Borges
  2. The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri
  3. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier & Klay, Michael Chabon
  5. Mrs. Dalloway, Virgina Woolf
  6. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
  7. Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll
  8. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  9. A Wrinkle In Time, Madeline Engle
  10. A Prayer For Owen Meany: A Novel, John Irving
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Cont'd...SET III

  1. Slouching Toward Bethlehem: Essays, Joan Didion
  2. If On A Winter's Night A Traveler, Italo Calvino
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  4. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  5. Harry Potter (Boxed Set), J.K. Rowling
  6. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  7. Dubliners, James Joyce
  8. Midnight's Children: A Novel, Salmon Rushdie
  9. Sea of Poppies, Amitav Ghosh
  10. White Noise, Don Delillo
score (___/___)


  1. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, Tracy Kidder
  2. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevski
  3. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  4. His Dark Materials:The Golden Compass: His Subtle Knife: The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
  5. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
  6. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  7. The Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
  8. A Movable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
  9. Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  10. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams
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Continued Harvard Book Store



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