3 April

The Guardian's Books You Can't Live Without: The Top 100 is only available online in a bare-bones form linked-to here. Those who dislike Dante's Divine Comedy or Cervantes's Don Quixote might want to take note, as neither of those works make this list. Many popular favorites do, however— not even the most inspired of choices.


Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

The Lord of the Rings - J R R Tolkien

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

Harry Potter series - J K Rowling

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

The Bible

Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

Catch-22 - Joseph Heller

Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

The Hobbit - J R R Tolkien

Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

Middlemarch - George Eliot

Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

Bleak House - Charles Dickens

War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 

Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

Chronicles of Narnia - C S Lewis

Emma - Jane Austen

Persuasion - Jane Austen

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C S Lewis

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernières

Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

Winnie the Pooh - A A Milne

Animal Farm - George Orwell

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez

A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

Anne of Green Gables - L M Montgomery

Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Atonement - Ian McEwan

Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Dune - Frank Herbert

Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel García Márquez

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

The Secret History - Donna Tartt

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

On the Road - Jack Kerouac

Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding

Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie=

Moby-Dick - Herman Melville

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

Dracula - Bram Stoker

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Notes From a Small Island - Bill Bryson

Ulysses - James Joyce

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

Germinal - Émile Zola

Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

Possession - A S Byatt

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

The Color Purple - Alice Walker

The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

Charlotte's Web - E B White

The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

Watership Down - Richard Adams

A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute [1950]

The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

Hamlet - William Shakespeare 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Les Misérables - Victor Hugo