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Top 30 Reads

Journal Entry (Saturday December 31, 2022)

My daughter asked me to send her a list of my top 30 favorite reads. That is a tall order. It would take many more than these to draw up a complete list of my favorite reads, but I consider these a good start.

In no particular order…

  • Swiss Family Robinson by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Brave New World by Aldo’s Huxley
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

I said these were in no particular order, but in fact they are listed here in the same order they appear on the website The Greatest Books. There is one exception, “Killing Commendatore,” which I added myself because in my opinion it is an oversight by the list maker. Murakami’s books “IQ84” and “Norwegian Wood” did make The Greatest Books list. There are 2,688 books on The Greatest Books list (in case you were curious).