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100 Years of Popular Books on Goodreads

"This is a fun one: For the collection below, we decided to take a long-arc overview and try to identify the most popular books published over the past 100 years, as determined by Goodreads members' digital shelves. To do this, we went year by year and picked one title from among the top of each pile.

However, we didn't always just grab the very top book for several reasons. Repeats, for instance (some entire eras are Very Stephen King). And some years saw multiple Very, Very Important Works published. Ah, the backstage agony of debating the relative merits of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, and Franz Kafka!
Mostly we wanted to curate a list that would cover a range of genres and suggest the breadth of reading interests over time. And OK, full confession, it tickled our fancy to be able to put Ulysses and Malibu Rising on the same list."
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Ulysses (James Joyce)
Ulysses (James Joyce)
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The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran)
The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran)
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We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)
We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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5
The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
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To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
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The Well of Loneliness (Radclyffe Hall)
The Well of Loneliness (Radclyffe Hall)
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Passing (Nella Larsen)
Passing (Nella Larsen)
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As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
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The Joy of Cooking (Irma S. Rombauer)
The Joy of Cooking (Irma S. Rombauer)
11
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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In Praise of Shadows (Junichiro Tanizaki)
In Praise of Shadows (Junichiro Tanizaki)
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13
Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)
Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)
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Gaudy Night - A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery (Dorothy L. Sayers)
Gaudy Night - A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery (Dorothy L. Sayers)
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Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner)
Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner)
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Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
17
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
18
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
19
Native Son (Richard Wright)
Native Son (Richard Wright)
20
The Library of Babel (Jorge Luis Borges)
The Library of Babel (Jorge Luis Borges)
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21
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
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The Little Prince (Antoine De Saint-Exupéry)
The Little Prince (Antoine De Saint-Exupéry)
23
Ficciones (Jorge Luis Borges)
Ficciones (Jorge Luis Borges)
24
The Glass Menagerie (Tennessee Williams)
The Glass Menagerie (Tennessee Williams)
25
The Member of the Wedding (Carson McCullers)
The Member of the Wedding (Carson McCullers)
26
No Exit (Jean-Paul Sartre)
No Exit (Jean-Paul Sartre)
27
I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)
I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)
28
1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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29
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
30
Foundation (Isaac Asimov)
Foundation (Isaac Asimov)
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Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
32
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
33
The Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkien)
34
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
35
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
36
Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
37
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
38
The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
39
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
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