Top 10 books from 11 top 100 lists

  • Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013 12:01 a.m.

A reader created a massive chart collecting and comparing the top 100 books mentioned across 11 different top 100 lists. Joseph Heller, Vladimir Nabokov and F. Scott Fitzgerald led the rankings, appearing on 10 out of the 11 lists.

This post linked to more than 10 “Top 100” book lists from sources such as TIME magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Modern Library, etc. They were all in such different formats, and such different ways of being presented that the reader wanted to amalgamate all of these into one master “list” in order to compare them. The reader’s next step was to compare each of these and see what books are most recommended in top lists.


Interestingly enough, these Top 100 lists seemed weighted towards men. Out of the top 10 books drawn from these 11 different top books lists, only one was written by a woman.

From the top:

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – (10 of the 11 lists)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – (10/11 lists)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – (10/11 lists)

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison – (9/11 lists)

Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut – (9/11 lists)

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – (9/11 lists)

The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner – (9/11 lists)

1984 by George Orwell – (8/11 lists)

Beloved by Toni Morrison – (8/11 lists)

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – (8/11 Lists)

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