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2017 Rankings

Top 20 2017

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green1. William Golding – Lord of the Flies (30)

green2. Cormac McCarthy – The Road (25)

red3. George Orwell – 1984 (23)

red4. John Fowles – The Collector (18)

red4. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird (18)

green6. Emma Donoghue – Room (17)

red7. Jonathan Safran Foer – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (13)

red7. Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner (13)

red9. J.D. Sallinger – The Catcher in the Rye (12)

green9. Henry Rider Haggard – King Solomon’s Mines (12)

green11. Kazuo Ishiguro – Never let me go (9)

green11. Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice (9)

green13. John Green – The Fault in our Stars (8)

red13. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (8)

green13. Jim Crace – Harvest (8)

red13. Yann Martel – Life of Pi (8)

red13. Julian Barnes – The Sense of an Ending (8)

green18. Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (6)

red18. J.M. Coetzee – Waiting for the Barbarians (6)

red19. George Orwell – Animal Farm (5)

green19. Alice Walker – The Color Purple (5)

red19. Jane Austen – Emma (5)

green19. J.R.R. Tolkien– The Hobbit (5)

 

Top 25 All Times

 

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green1. William Golding – Lord of the Flies (50)

green2. George Orwell – 1984 (42)

red3. John Fowles – The Collector (39)

green4. Cormac McCarthy – The Road (36)

red5. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird (35)

red6. J.D. Sallinger –  The Catcher in the Rye (28)

7. greenEmma Donoghue – Room (23)

green8. Jonathan Safran Foer – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (23)

red9. Yann Martel – Life of Pi (21)

green10. Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner (20)

red11. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (20)

green12. Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice (16)

red13. Julian Barnes – The Sense of an Ending (16)

green14. Henry Rider Haggard – King Solomon’s Mines (15)

red15. Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (15)

green16. Kazuo Ishiguro – Never let me go (13)

green17. John Green – The Fault in our Stars (11)

green18. Jim Crace – Harvest (11)

red19. Aldous Huxley – Brave New World (11)

red20. Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (11)

red21. Chaim Potok – The Chosen (10)

green22. Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (8)

green23. J.M. Coetzee – Waiting for the Barbarians (8)

red24. Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns (8)

 

Pre-modern  Top 10 2017

1168916green1. Henry Rider Haggard – King Solomon’s Mines (12)

green2. Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice (9)

green3. Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (6)

green4. Jane Austen – Emma (5)

green5. Jonathan Swift – Gulliver’s Travels (4)

6. Mary Shelley – redFrankenstein (3)

blue7. Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe (3)

red8. Emily Brontë – Wuthering Heights (3)

blue9. Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist (3)

blue10. Bram Stoker – Dracula (2)

 

Pre-modern Top 15 All Times

1886green1. Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice (16)

green2. Henry Rider Haggard – King Solomon’s Mines (15)

red3. Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (15)

red4. Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (11)

green5. Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (8)

green6. Jane Austen – Emma (7)

green7. Jonathan Swift – Gulliver’s Travels (5)

blue8. Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe (5)

blue9. Emily Brontë – Wuthering Heights (5)

green10. Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist (4)

green11. Bram Stoker – Dracula (3)

red12. Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities  (3)

green13. Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter (2)

red14. H.G. Wells – War of the Worlds (2)

red15. Mark Twain – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2)

 

Modern Classic Top 10 2017

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green1. William Golding – Lord of the Flies (30)

red2. George Orwell – 1984 (23)

blue3. John Fowles – The Collector (18)

green3. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird (18)

blue5. J.D. Sallinger – The Catcher in the Rye (12)

blue6. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (8)

green7. Alice Walker – The Color Purple (5)

red8. Chaim Potok – The Chosen (4)

red9. Aldous Huxley – Brave New World (3)

green10. Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange (3)

 

Modern Classic Top 15 All Times

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green1. William Golding – Lord of the Flies (50)

green2. George Orwell – 1984 (43)

red3. John Fowles – The Collector  (39)

blue4. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird (35)

blue5. J.D. Sallinger – The Catcher in the Rye (28)

blue6. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (20)

blue7. Aldous Huxley – Brave New World (11)

blue8. Chaim Potok – The Chosen (10)

blue9. Alice Walker – The Color Purple (7)

green10.  Susan Hill – I’m the King of the Castle (3)

green10. Jack Karouac – On the road (3)

star10. Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange (3)

red13. Ernest Hemmingway – A Farewell to Arms (2)

red14. Amis Kingsley – Lucky Jim (1)

star14. Vladimir Nabokov – Lolita (1)

star14. Ken Kesey – One flew over the cuckoo’s nest (1)

blue14. Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar (1)

Recent Prize Winner Top 10 2017

Novels older than ten years (year indicated in red) get no more additions. An new active entry is put into the “Free Choice” section.

6746212blue1. Cormac McCarthy – The Road (2007) (25)

green2. Emma Donoghue – Room (2010) (17)

green3. Kazuo Ishiguro – Never let me go (2005) (9)

red4. Julian Barnes – The Sense of an Ending (2011) (8)

red5. Jim Crace – Harvest (2013) (8)

star6. Anthony Doerr – All the Light we Cannot See (2015) (4)

star7. Kate Atkinson – A God in Ruins (2015) (3)

star7. Hanya Yanagihara – A Little Life (2015) (3)

star7. Paul Beatty – The Sellout (2016) (3)

red8. Ali Smith – How to be Both (2014) (2)

blue8. Nathan Filer – The Shock of the Fall (2013) (2)

Recent Prize Winner Top 15 All Times

Novels older than ten years (year indicated in red) get no more additions. An new active entry is put into the “Free Choice” section.

6746212blue1. Cormac McCarthy – The Road (2007) (36)

green2. Emma Donoghue – Room (2010) (23)

red3. Julian Barnes – The Sense of an Ending (2011) (16)

green4. Kazuo Ishiguro – Never let me go (2005) (13)

green5. Jim Crace – Harvest (2013) (11)

red6. Ali Smith – How to be Both (2014) (7)

red7. Richard Flanagan – The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2014)  (5)

green7. Nathan Filer – The Shock of the Fall (2013) (5)

star8. Anthony Doerr – All the Light we Cannot See (2015) (4)

star9. Kate Atkinson – A God in Ruins (2015) (3)

star9. Hanya Yanagihara – A Little Life (2015) (3)

star9. Paul Beatty – The Sellout (2016) (3)

red10. Alison Moore – The Lighthouse (2012) (1)

red10. Hillary Mantell – Wolf Hall (1)

star10. Ruth Ozeki – A Tale For The Time Being (2013) (1)

star10. Marlon James – A Brief History of Seven Killings (1)

red10. Junot Díaz – The Brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao (1)

star10. John Banville – The Sea (2005) (1)

 

Free Choice Top 10 2017

This list contains all the novels not being part of the previous lists (modern classic, recent prize winner and pre-modern). Outdated prize winners will be put in this category.

23378877203blue1. Jonathan Safran Foer – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (13)

blue1. Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner (13)

red3. Yann Martel – Life of Pi (8)

green4. J.M. Coetzee – Waiting for the Barbarians (6)

green5. George Orwell – Animal Farm [½] (5)

green6. Joanne Greenberg – I never promised you a rose garden (4)

red7. Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns (3)

red7. Ian McEwan – The Cement Garden (3)

green7. Ernest Hemmingway – The Old Man and the Sea (3)

green7. J.M. Coetzee – Disgrace (3)

star7. John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men [½] (3)

Free Choice Top 15 All Times

233788 green1. Jonathan Safran Foer – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (23)

red2. Yann Martel – Life of Pi (21)

blue3. Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner (20)

blue4. Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns (8)

green4. J.M. Coetzee – Waiting for the Barbarians (8)

red6. Ian McEwan – The Cement Garden (7)

6. greenGeorge Orwell – Animal Farm (7)

blue7. Ernest Hemmingway – The Old Man and the Sea (6)

green8. Joanne Greenberg – I never promised you a rose garden (5)

red9. Brian Moore – Lies of Silence (4)

red9. J.M. Coetzee – The Childhood of Jesus (4)

green9. J.M. Coetzee – Disgrace (4)

red9. Ira Levin – The Boys from Brazil (4)

red9. Kathryn Stockett – The Help (4)

green10. James Baldwin – If Beale Street Could Talk (3)

green10. Virginia Woolf – To the Lighthouse (3)

star10. John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men (3)

red10. Ian McEwan – Atonement (3)

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