Top 100* Books

Top 100 Books

Top 100 Word CloudPeriodically, my book club will have members submit their top 10 all time favorite books. We did this recently, and as a result of the exercise, we have a top 100 books as determined by the SOC Sistas.

There are 11 of us, and together we represent well over 500 years of collective reading. That said, several of us thought it unfair to be restricted to just 10 books with so many years to have contributed selections, so we opted to take license with the number and submit more.

What is below is our collective list. The books at the top represent those that received multiple votes; other than that, they are in no particular order. How many of these have you read?

Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
East of Eden John Steinbeck
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
One Thousand White Women Jim Fergus
A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Red Tent Anita Diamant
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
The Help Kathryn Stockett
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Cane River Lalita Tademy
A Girl named Zippy Haven Kimmel
The 19h Wife David Ebershoff
The Prince of Tides Pat Conroy
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout
The Color Purple Alice Walker
The Space Between Us Thrity Umrigar
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
Lord of the Flies William Golding
Night Elie Wiesel
Peace Like a River Leif Enger
Skeletons at the Feast Chris Bohjalian
The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
1776 David McCullough
Flags of our Father James Bradley
Native Son Richard Wright
The Water is Wide Pat Conroy
The Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood Rebecca Wells
Atonement Ian McEwan
Cold Mountain Charles Frazier
The Other Boleyn Girl Philippa Gregory
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
A Good Man is Hard to Find Flannery O’Connor
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Alias Grace Margaret Atwood
I Know This Much Is True Wally Lamb
Open Secrets Alice Munro
The Secret History Donna Tartt
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midwives Chris Bohjalian
Possession AS Byatt
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
Serena Ron Rash
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery
New Testament scriptures various
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco
The Tin Drum Gunter Grass
Trilogy by Ferol Sams Ferrol Sams
First Family Joseph Ellis
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
Life of Pi Yann Martel
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
A Widow for One Year John Irving
Angela’s Ashes Frank McCourt
I, Elizabeth Rosalind Miles
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Number the Stars Lois Lowry
Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
The Great Santini Pat Conroy
The Harry Potter series JK Rowling
The Sun Also Rises Earnest Hemingway
Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier
Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexander Dumas
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer
Perfume Patrick Suskin
The Giver Lois Lowry
Complete Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe
Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
Cold Sassy Tree Olive Ann Burns
Flavia de Luce series Alan Bradley
Harry Potter Series JK Rowling
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth Christopher Scotton
Wise Blood Flannery O’Connor
A Land More Kind than Home Wiley Cash
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas John Boyne
City of Tranquil Light Bo Caldwll
Maude Donna Foley Mabry
Redeeming Love Francine Rivers
Rose of Sarajevo Ayse Kulin
Southern Sisters Mysteries Series Anne George
The Florbama Ladies’ Auxiliary and Sewing Circle Lois Battle
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
All The Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
Dear Life: Stories Alice Munro
Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbert
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
Andersonville MacKinlay Kantor
Rabbit, Run John Updike
Room Emma Donghue
The Glass Room Simon Mawer
The Miniaturist Jessie Burton
The Weight of Heaven Thrity Umrigar

If you’re wondering why the 100 has an * next to it, there are actually 101 books on this list. Hope we’ve helped you pick your next selection!

Also, I made the word cloud above using Tagul. It is awesome! Go check it out!


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