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Doug Pearl's Top Ten List

1. The Stories of Anton Chekhov
2. The Stranger by Albert Camus
3. 1984 by George Orwell
4. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
5. Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
6. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
7. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
8. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
9. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
10. The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence

Kyle L's Top Ten List

1. Animal Farm by George Orwell
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
4. 1984 by George Orwell
5. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
6. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
7. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
8. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
9. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
10. The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde

C. G. Mackay's Top Ten List

1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
4. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
5. All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque
6. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
7. The Last Day of a Condemned Man by Victor Hugo
8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
9. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
10. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Hannah Eason's Top Ten List

1. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
3. The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch
4. Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller
5. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
6. Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons
7. The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor
8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
9. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Matt Crozier's Top Ten List

1. Metamorphoses by- Ovid
2. Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
3. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
4. The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
6. Gain by Richard Powers
7. Aeneid by Virgil
8. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
9. Stoner by John Williams
10. Stone's Fall by Iain Pears

Jack Price's Top Ten List

1. The poems of Emily Dickinson
2. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
3. Middlemarch by George Eliot
4. Ulysses by James Joyce
5. Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertholt Brecht
6. Howards End by E.M. Forster
7. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
8. The poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson
9. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
10. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Stephen Yuan's Top Ten List

1. Trilogy by Samuel Beckett
2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
3. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
4. Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) by Wallace Stevens
5. The Book of Job
6. The Symposium by Plato
7. His Master's Voice by Stanislaw Lem
8. Macbeth by Williams Shakespeare
9. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
10. Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter

Matthew Ackerman's Top Ten List

1. Underworld bye Don DeLillo
2. In Search. Of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
3. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
4. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
5. The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka
6. The Trial by Franz Kafka
7. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
8. Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
9. The Collected Stories by Lydia Davis
10. JR by William Gaddis

Aqua1's Top Ten List

1. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
2. The Sound and the Fury by Willaim Faulkner
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
5. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
6. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
7. The Insulted and Humiliated by Fyodor Dostoevsky
8. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
9. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
10. Germinal by Emile Zola

Jori Peka's Top Ten List

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
2. Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
3. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
4. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
5. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
6. Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem by Emilio Salgari
7. Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino
8. Under the Frangipani by Mia Couto
9. Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado
10. Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Patricia Abbott's Top Ten List

1. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
2. A Fan's Notes by Frederick Exley
3. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
4. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. True Grit by Charles Portis
7. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
8. The Stories of Alice Munro
9. The Stories of Raymond Carver
10. Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan

AAA's Top Ten List

1. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
4. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
5. The Divine Comedy by Dante
6. King Lear by William Shakespeare
7. Antigone by Sophocles
8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
9. Silas Marner by George Eliot
10. The Iliad by Homer

Shannon Whitfield's Top Ten List

1. The Heaven of Mercury by Brad Watson
2. The Novels of Carson McCullers
3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. A Cry of Angels by Jeff Fields
5. The Grass Harp by Truman Capote
6. Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes
7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
8. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
9. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Takamats's Top Ten List

1. L'étranger by Albert Camus
2. 海辺のカフカ (Kafka on the shore) by Murakami Haruki
3. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
4. Ulysses by James Joyce
5. Oeuvres poetiques by Jean Senac
6. Poems by Nâzım Hikmet
7. Le deuxième sexe by Simone de Beauvoir
8. Le petit prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
9. En attendant Godot by Samuel Beckett
10. 源氏物語 (Genji Monogatari, The Tale of Genji) by Lady Murasaki

Martin Crawley's Top Ten List

1. Hunger by Knut Hamsun
2. Death on the Installment Plan by L.F.Celine
3. How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman
4. The Castle by Franz Kafka
5. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
6. Austerlitz by W.G.Sebald
7. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
8. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
9. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
10. True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey

Jennah Dussault's Top Ten List

1. Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. King Lear by William Shakespeare
4. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
5. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
6. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
10. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Mathieu Connor's Top Ten List

1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
3. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
4. Middlemarch by George Elliot
5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
7. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
8. Ulysses by James Joyce
9. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
10. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Galsworthy's Top Ten List

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
2. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
3. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
4. Ulysses by James Joyce
5. Rabbit Angstrom by John Updike
6. Henry IV, Part 1 by William Shakespeare
7. Essays by Michel de Montaigne
8. The World Crisis by Winston Churchill
9. Middlemarch by George Eliot
10. I, Claudius by Robert Graves

Forrest's Top Ten List

1. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
3. The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
4. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
5. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
6. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
7. The Diary of Anne Frank
8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
9. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
10. Animal Farm by George Orwell

Life's Top Ten List

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
3. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
4. The Divine Comedy by Dante
5. Iliad by Homer
6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
7. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
8. King Lear by William Shakespeare
9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
10. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Michael Austin's Top Ten List

1. Don Quixote by Cervantes
2. The Divine Comedy by Dante
3. Aeneid by Virgil
4. King Lear by Shakespeare
5. The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky
6. War and Peace by Tolstoy
7. The Tale of Genji, by Lady Murasaki
8. 1001 Nights
9. The Book of Job
10. Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en

Juliette Soubise's Top Ten List

1. Reading Turgenev by William Trevor
2. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
3. Beloved by Toni Morrison
4. A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart
5. Fly Away Peter by David Malouf
6. When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
7. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
8. Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
9. Wanting by Richard Flanagan
10. Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Conner

Nick Stratton's Top Ten List

1. The Magus by John Fowles
2. Stoner by John Williams
3. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
4. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
5. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
6. The Sparrow and Children of God by Mary Doria Russell
7. The Great Gatsbey by F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. Arkansas by John Brandon
9. Portnoy's Complaint by Phillip Roth
10. Breath by Tim Winton

Steve Morrison's Top Ten List

1. Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes
2. King Lear, by William Shakespeare
3. The Bible
4. In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust
5. Orlando Furioso, by Ludovico Ariosto
6. The Golden Ass, by Apuleius
7. Peer Gynt, by Henrik Ibsen
8. Gargantua and Pantagruel, by Francois Rabelais
9. The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
10. Ulysses, by James Joyce

William Brennan's Top Ten List

1. Great Short Works by Leo Tolstoy
2. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
3. The Complete Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway
4. Notes From Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky
5. Light In August by William Faulkner
6. 1984 by George Orwell
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
9. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
10. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Anastasia’s Top Ten List

1. Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen
2. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
3. Possession by A.S. Byatt
4. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
5. The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
6. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
7. An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
8. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
9. The April Wiych by Majgull Axelsson
10. Making History by Stephen Fry

New List

Michael Chabon

1. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (1964).
2.Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962).
3. Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini (1921).
4. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813).
6. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe (1836–47).
7. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913–27).
8. Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667).
9. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (1985).
10. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (1953).

Classic List

Margot Livesey

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847).
2. Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon (1932).
3. Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford (1928).
4. The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West (1956). (See below).
5. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (1972).
6. Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar (1951).
7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955).
8. A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert (1877).
9. The stories of Mavis Gallant (1922– ).
10. The stories of William Trevor (1928– ).

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