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Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books by Harvard Book Store

In early 2010 Harvard Book Store employees worked together to come up with a list of our favorite books. Each staff member submitted a list of their favorite books of all time, in (rough) order of preference. Their selections were then weighted according to the order and the results were tabulated. It was by no means a perfect system, but it was the best way we could think of to quantify opinions that are in no way quantifiable. Now, we read a lot, so it was hard to narrow it down. What we came up with are the books that moved us, that changed the way we think about the world, and that we will happily read over and over again. We hope you enjoy them too.
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Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
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Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
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The Breakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut)
The Breakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut)
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One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel GarcĂ­a Marquez)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Marquez)
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
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To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
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Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
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The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
9
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
10
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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Collected Fictions (Jorge Luis Borges)
Collected Fictions (Jorge Luis Borges)
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The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
13
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
15
Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
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The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
17
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
18
Middlemarch (George Eliot)
Middlemarch (George Eliot)
19
A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'engle)
A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'engle)
20
A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
21
Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Joan Didion)
Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Joan Didion)
22
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (Italo Calvino)
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (Italo Calvino)
23
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
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Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling)
Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling)
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Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
27
Dubliners (James Joyce)
Dubliners (James Joyce)
28
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
29
Sea of Poppies (Amitav Ghosh)
Sea of Poppies (Amitav Ghosh)
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White Noise (Don Delillo)
White Noise (Don Delillo)
31
Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracey Kidder)
Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracey Kidder)
32
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
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Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
34
His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman)
His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman)
35
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
36
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
37
A Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula K. Le Guin)
A Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula K. Le Guin)
38
A Moveable Feast (Ernest Hemingway)
A Moveable Feast (Ernest Hemingway)
39
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
40
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adam)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adam)
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