List :: Top 100 Books by Harvard Book Store

  • Jane Eyre

    #1

    Jane Eyre

    by Charlotte Brontë

    (31 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 17

    562 points

    "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined..."

  • Pride and Prejudice

    #2

    Pride and Prejudice

    by Jane Austen

    (28 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 19

    540 points

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

  • Breakfast of Champions

    #3

    Breakfast of Champions

    by Kurt Vonnegut

    (3 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 197

    98 points

    "This is the tale of a meeting of two lonely, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast."

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    #4

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    by Gabriel García Márquez

    (20 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 12

    667 points

    "Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.Muchos años después, frente al pelotón de..."

  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    #5

    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    by Haruki Murakami

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 205

    96 points

    "When the phone rang I was in the kitchen, boiling a potful of spaghetti and whistling along to and FM broadcast of the overture to Rossini's The Thieving Magpie, which has to be the perfect music..."

  • To the Lighthouse

    #6

    To the Lighthouse

    by Virginia Woolf

    (12 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 14

    642 points

    "Yes, of course, if it's fine tomorrow," said Mrs. Ramsay. "But you'll have to be up with the lark," she added.

  • Lolita

    #7

    Lolita

    by Vladimir Nabokov

    (33 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 5

    856 points

    "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palette to tap, at three, on the teeth."

  • The Lord of the Rings

    #8

    The Lord of the Rings

    by J. R. R. Tolkien

    (34 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 11

    691 points

    "When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton."

  • Invisible Man

    #9

    Invisible Man

    by Ralph Ellison

    (13 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 15

    640 points

    "I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—...

  • Beloved

    #10

    Beloved

    by Toni Morrison

    (14 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 8

    719 points

    "124 was spiteful. Full of baby's venom. The women in the house knew it and so did the children."