Wednesday, 20 July 2011

A New Book List | More lists please | The leading titles so far | Top 100 Books

I need you to send me more of your top ten books. I need you to call your friends, email your acquaintances and post the link on Facebook. This list is on the verge of working really well - but more people need to take part.

The trouble with lists...

The search for a new book list Top 100 was always meant to be a bit of fun. Not a definitive exercise. But it is an idea that has undboutedly caught on. The response to this website has been brisk, and it has been interesting to see other organisations launch their own Top 100s.

But what is clear to me at this late stage is that the more people who send a shortlist the better the final result will be. So get thinking, and please get in touch.

To encourage you, here below is the top ten so far. Surprised? Well, send me your titles and make sure the books that matter to you get a mention. This is open until the first week of August.

1. Lord of The Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
3. Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
4. Lanark, Alastair Gray
5. Dark Materials, Phillip Pullman
6. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
7. CrossStitch (US- Outlander), Diana Gabaldon
8. Ghosts, John Banville
9. Gormenghast Trilogy, Mervyn Peake
10. I, Robot – Asimov


  1. Two on my list in Top Ten. Also read two others here.
    Look forward to final 100.

  2. The Return of John MacNab - Andrew Greig
    Briefing for a Descent into Hell - Doris Lessing
    Pollen - Jeff Noon
    Buddha Da - Anne Donovan
    The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
    A Patchwork Planet - Anne Tyler

  3. Great, many thanks. Keep em coming!

  4. Ten is so hard..

    The Road - Cormac McCarthy
    Vanity Fair - Thackeray
    The Sea, the Sea - Iris Murdoch
    Housekeeping - Marilynn Robinson
    The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    The Handmaid's Tale - Margeret Attwood
    My Secret History - Paul Theroux
    The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
    Couples - John Updike

  5. Another great list, thanks Geves.... hope all well with you...

  6. I'm well, thanks Thomas. Enjoying your blog.. Hope all ok with you.