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The 100 Most Influential Books

This is a list of books I compiled that over the years have inspired me in one or more ways, whether that means randomly quoting lines that pop into my head for no apparent reason from books read years ago or laughing out loud upon recalling a character in a scene that seem to mirror events in my own life.

Are there any books you would add to this list?

1. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
3. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
5. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
6. Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll
7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
8. The Republic by Plato
9. Paradise Lost by John Milton
10. The Vampyre by John Polidori
11. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
12. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
13. The Shining by Stephen King
14. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
15. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
16. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
17. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
18. The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
19. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
20. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
21. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
22. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
23. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
24. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
25. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
26. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
27. King Lear by William Shakespeare
28. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
29. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
30. Ulysses by James Joyce
31. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
32. Upanishads
34. Le Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac
35. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
36. Masnavi by Rumi
37. Mahabharata by Vyasa
38. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
39. Washington Square by Henry James
40. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
41. Common Sense by Thomas Paine
42. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
43. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
44. The Stranger by Albert Camus
45. Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
46. The Roads to Freedom by Jean-Paul Sartre
47. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
48. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
49. Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre
50. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
51. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
52. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
53. Das Kapital by Karl Marx
54. Rabbit is Rich by John Updike
55. Bhagavad Gita
56. Animal Farm by George Orwell
57. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
58. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
59. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
60. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
61. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
62. Psychological Types by Carl Gustav Jung
63. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
64. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
65. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
66. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
67. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
68. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
69. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
70. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
71. The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
72. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
73. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
74. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
75. IT by Stephen King
76. Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie
77. A Passage to India by E.M Forster
78. Native Son by Richard Wright
79. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
80. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
81. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
82. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
83. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
84. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
85. Our Town by Thornton Wilder
86. The Oresteia by Aeschylus
87. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
88. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
89. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
90. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
91. THE Accursed By Joyce Carol Oates
92. Syntactic Structures by Noam Chomsky
93. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
94. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
95. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
96. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
97. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
98. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
99. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
100. The Princess Bride by William Goldman