The Library 100

Here is a list of the top 100 novels of all time found in libraries around the world as compiled by the Online Computer Library Center.


How many have you read? Click here to find out!


Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
Treasure Island , Robert Louis Stevenson
Pride and Prejudice , Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again, J.R.R. Tolkien
Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley
Oliver Twist , Charles Dickens
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Madame Bovary: Patterns of Provincial Life, Gustave Flaubert
The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien
Dracula, Bram Stoker
The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
Animal Farm, George Orwell
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Call of the Wild, Jack London
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
The Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper
Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
Heidi, Johanna Spyri
Ulysses, James Joyce
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi
Ivanhoe, Walter Scott
The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
The House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
The Prince and the Pauper, Mark Twain
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
The Red & the Black, Stendhal
The Stranger, Albert Camus
The Trial, Franz Kafka
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence
Kidnapped: The Adventures of David Balfour, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne
Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
My Ántonia, Willa Cather
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
The Vicar of Wakefield, Oliver Goldsmith
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain
White Fang, Jack London
Fathers and Sons, Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
Doctor Zhivago, Boris Leonidovich Pasternak
The Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
Persuasion, Jane Austen
Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
Candide, Voltaire
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy
Sons and Lovers, D.H. Lawrence
Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss
Bleak House, Charles Dickens
Père Goriot, Honoré de Balzac

Author Featured in International Anthology of Poems

Author Jen Payne’s poem MEASURING WATER BY SOUND has been included in Coffee Poems: Reflections on Life with Coffee published by World Enough Writers.

This international anthology contains 167 “richly-roasted, verbally aromatic poems” by poets from 34 states, 5 provinces, and 12 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, France, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Singapore, Spain, and the United States.”

The collection was edited by Argentinean poet Lorraine Healy who explains, “Whether central to the poem or sitting on a side table, a mere accessory; whether a prop in an internal conversation with a you absent these 25 years or a desperately needed substance without which there is no facing the day, a cup of coffee inhabits each of these poems…Breathe in the scent and may it keep you awake.”

Click here for more information and where to buy copies of Coffee Poems.
Click here to read “Measuring Water by Sound.”

TED Talks Tuesday: Want to be more creative? Go for a walk.

TED Talks Tuesday: A curated selection of TED Talks about creativity, writing, books and more specially selected for friends of THREE CHAIRS PUBLISHING.

Want to be more creative? Go for a walk. with Marily Oppezzo
When trying to come up with a new idea, we all have times when we get stuck. But according to research by behavioral and learning scientist Marily Oppezzo, getting up and going for a walk might be all it takes to get your creative juices flowing. In this fun, fast talk, she explains how walking could help you get the most out of your next brainstorm.

TED Talks Tuesday: How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative

TED Talks Tuesday: A curated selection of TED Talks about creativity, writing, books and more specially selected for friends of THREE CHAIRS PUBLISHING.

How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative by Tim Harford
Challenges and problems can derail your creative process…or they can make you more creative than ever. In the surprising story behind the best-selling solo piano album of all time, Tim Harford may just convince you of the advantages of having to work with a little mess.


BONUS: Listen to part of the Keith Jarrett concert, click here.