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"I think a good novel would be where a bunch of men on a ship are looking for a whale. They look and look, but you know what? They never find him. And you know why they never find him? It doesn't say. The book leaves it up to you, the reader, to decide. Then, at the very end, there's a page you can lick and it tastes like Kool-Aid."

—Jack Handey [Deep Thoughts], Recurring Saturday Night Live comedy bit

 

Lists of Bests - BBC's "The Big Read" - Top 100 Books



The Wind in the Willows 
   
    16
    by Kenneth Grahame


Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) 
   
    17
    by Charles Dickens


Little Women (Signet Classics) 
   
    18
    by Louisa May Alcott


Captain Corelli's Mandolin 
   
    19
    by Louis de Bernieres


War and Peace (Modern Library) 
   
    20
    by Leo Tolstoy


Gone with the Wind 
   
    21
    by Margaret Mitchell


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 
   
    22
    *
    by J.K. Rowling


Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets 
   
    23
    by J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 
   
    24
    by J.K. Rowling


The Hobbit 
   
    25
    by J.R.R. Tolkien


Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Dover Thrift Editions) 
   
    26
    by Thomas Hardy


Middlemarch (Penguin Classics) 
   
    27
    by George Eliot


A Prayer for Owen Meany 
   
    28
    by John Irving


The Grapes of Wrath (20th Century Classics) 
   
    29
    by John Steinbeck


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Signet Classics) 
   
    30
    by Lewis Carroll
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