List :: Top 100 Books by Harvard Book Store

  • Ficciones

    #11

    Ficciones

    by Jorge Luis Borges

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 178

    112 points

    "I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia."

  • Commedia

    #12

    Commedia

    by Dante Alighieri

    (4 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 106

    180 points

    "Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita/mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,/chè la diritta via era smarrita.Mildway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the..."

  • The Handmaid’s Tale

    #13

    The Handmaid’s Tale

    by Margaret Atwood

    (14 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 50

    316 points

    "We slept in what had once been the gymnasium."

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

    #14

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

    by Michael Chabon

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 142

    137 points

    "In later years, holding forth to an interviewer or to an audience of aging fans at a comic book convention, Sam Clay liked to declare, apropos of his and Joe Kavalier's greatest creation, that back..."

  • Mrs Dalloway

    #15

    Mrs Dalloway

    by Virginia Woolf

    (9 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 33

    365 points

    "Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. For Lucy had her work cut out for her. The doors would be taken off their hinges; Rumpelmayer’s men were coming. And then, thought Clarissa..."

  • The Master and Margarita

    #16

    The Master and Margarita

    by Mikhail Bulgakov

    (11 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 153

    130 points

    "One hot spring evening, just as the sun was going down, two men appeared at Patriarch’s Ponds.At the sunset hour of one warm spring day two men were to be seen at Patriarch’s Ponds.Однажды весною,..."

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

    #17

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

    by Lewis Carroll

    (21 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 45

    327 points

    "Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do; once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or..."

  • Middlemarch

    #18

    Middlemarch

    by George Eliot

    (10 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 21

    519 points

    "Who that cares much to know the history of man, and how the mysterious mixture behaves under the varying experiments of Time, has not dwelt, at least briefly, on the life of Saint Theresa, has not..."

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    #19

    A Wrinkle in Time

    by Madeleine L'Engle

    (11 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 259

    82 points

    "It was a dark and stormy night. In her attic bedroom Meg Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind."

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    #20

    A Prayer for Owen Meany

    by John Irving

    (7 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 53

    311 points

    "I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice - not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but..."