List :: Top 100 Books by Harvard Book Store

  • The Blue Sword


    The Blue Sword

    by Robin McKinley

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 578

    10 points

    "She scowled at her glass of orange juice."

  • The Odyssey


    The Odyssey

    by Homer

    (11 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 188

    102 points

    "By now the other warriors, those that had escaped headlong ruin by sea or in battle, were safely home.Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once..."

  • Song of Solomon


    Song of Solomon

    by Toni Morrison

    (7 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 70

    250 points

    "The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance agent promised to fly from Mercy to the other side of Lake Superior at three o'clock."

  • Gilead



    by Marilynne Robinson

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 183

    107 points

    "I told you last night that I might be gone sometime and you said, Where, and I said, To be with the Good Lord, and you said, Why, and I said, Because I'm old, and you said, I don't think you're..."

  • A Little Princess


    A Little Princess

    by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    (7 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 599

    6 points

    "Once on a dark winter's day, when the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy in the streets of London that the lamps were lighted and the shop windows blazed with gas as they do at night, an..."

  • A People's History of the United States


    A People's History of the United States

    by Howard Zinn

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 603

    5 points

    "Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island's beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat."

  • Les Misérables


    Les Misérables

    by Victor Hugo

    (19 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 260

    81 points

    "In the Year 1815 Monseigneur Charles-François-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of Digne."

  • Sometimes a Great Notion


    Sometimes a Great Notion

    by Ken Kesey

    (4 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 610

    3 points

    "Along the wester slopes of the Oregon Coastal Range ... come look: the hysterical crashing of tributaries as they merge into the Wakonda Auga River ..."

  • Cloud Atlas


    Cloud Atlas

    by David Mitchell

    (4 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 523

    21 points

    "Beyond the Indian hamlet, upon a forlorn strand, I happened on a trail of recent footprints."

  • Leaves of Grass


    Leaves of Grass

    by Walt Whitman

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 403

    49 points