Great Books

I am, like most readers, constantly searching for the Great Book. Reading is itself a pleasure, but with a Great Book the pleasure is transformed to joy. The experience is somewhat rare; the chance to have it keeps us prowling the booksellers and libraries. Great Books can come in any mode and be of any length, as long as we are willing to enjoy ourselves.

Many lists have claimed to be catalogues of Great Books, usually chosen by popular vote or a board of critics. But anyone can list the Great Books they have found. The wonderful thing is that no two lists need to be alike. So I add my own to the pile.

I’ve made it without respect to genre, form, or language. If I took joy in reading it, it’s here. I make no apologies for my choices or for counting series of books as one entry. I’ve written about some of these and there are links to those posts.

  1. The Bible
  2. Dante Alighieri…The Divine Comedy
  3. St Augustine…Confessions
  4. Jon Baird, Kevin Costner, Rick Ross…The Explorers Guild: A Passage To Shambhala
  5. Ray Bradbury…The Martian Chronicles
  6. Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Alex Ross…Astro City
  7. Truman Capote…In Cold Blood
  8. Lewis Carroll…Alice In Wonderland
  9. Michael Chabon…The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier And Clay
  10. G.K. Chesterton…The Ballad of The White Horse
  11. G.K. Chesterton…The Man Who Was Thursday
  12. Agatha Christie…Murder On The Orient Express
  13. Agatha Christie…And Then There Were None
  14. Susanna Clarke…Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  15. Samuel Taylor Coleridge…The Complete Poems
  16. Wilkie Collins…The Woman In White
  17. Wilkie Collins…The Moonstone
  18. Robertson Davies…Fifth Business
  19. Charles Dickens…A Christmas Carol
  20. Charles Dickens…Bleak House
  21. Charles Dickens…A Tale of Two Cities
  22. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle…The Complete Sherlock Holmes
  23. T.S. Eliot…The Waste Land
  24. T.S. Eliot…Four Quartets
  25. Robert Farrer Capon…The Supper of The Lamb
  26. Anne Frank…The Diary of A Young Girl
  27. Neil Gaiman…The Sandman
  28. Neil Gaiman…Stardust
  29. Neil Gaiman…Fragile Things: Short Fictions And Wonders
  30. Neil Gaiman…The Graveyard Book
  31. Malcolm Guite…Sounding The Seasons
  32. Nathaniel Hawthorne…The Scarlet Letter
  33. Seamus Heaney…Death of A Naturalist
  34. Seamus Heaney…The Cure At Troy
  35. Frank Herbert…Dune
  36. John Keats…The Poems
  37. Stephen King…Different Seasons
  38. Stephen King…The Dark Tower
  39. Stephen King…The Green Mile
  40. Stephen King…On Writing
  41. Harper Lee…To Kill A Mockingbird
  42. Toby Lester…The Fourth Part of The World
  43. C.S. Lewis…The Cosmic Trilogy
  44. C.S. Lewis…The Chronicles of Narnia
  45. C.S. Lewis…Miracles
  46. C.S. Lewis…The Screwtape Letters
  47. Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale…Superman For All Seasons
  48. Gabriel García Márquez…One Hundred Years of Solitude
  49. Stuart McLean…The Vinyl Cafe
  50. Herman Melville…Moby-Dick
  51. Roger Moorehouse…Berlin At War
  52. Patrick O’Brian…The Aubrey-Maturin Novels
  53. Flannery O’Connor…Everything That Rises Must Converge
  54. Sydney Padua…The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace And Babbage
  55. Charles Portis…True Grit
  56. J.K. Rowling…Harry Potter
  57. Matt Ruff…Lovecraft Country
  58. Dorothy L. Sayers…Lord Peter Wimsey
  59. Seth…Wimbledon Green
  60. Seth…The G.N.B. Double C
  61. William Shakespeare…Much Ado About Nothing
  62. William Shakespeare…Hamlet
  63. William Shakespeare…The Winter’s Tale
  64. William Shakespeare…The Tempest
  65. Mary Shelley…Frankenstein
  66. Eric Siblin…The Cello Suites
  67. Jeff Smith…Bone
  68. Art Spiegelman…Maus
  69. J.R.R. Tolkien…The Hobbit
  70. J.R.R. Tolkien…The Lord of The Rings
  71. Markus Zusak…The Book Thief

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