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101 Great Books Series: Part 5 by Umair Mirxa

The fifth part of our series leads us right to the end of the 20th century. It is the time of The Silmarillion and Suttree, of The Pillars of the Earth and The Eye of the World. The Golden Compass, Neverwhere, A Game of Thrones, and the first Harry Potter book were all released during this era. 

Click here for the first part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 2100 BCE to 1871 CE 

  1. Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson – 1977
  2. The Shining – Stephen King – 1977
  3. The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien – 1977
  4. The Sword of Shannara – Terry Brooks – 1977
  5. The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough – 1977
  6. Eye of the Needle – Ken Follett – 1978
  7. Requiem for a Dream – Hubert Selby Jr. – 1978
  8. The Far Pavilions – M.M. Kaye – 1978
  9. The Stand – Stephen King – 1978
  10. The World According to Garp – John Irving – 1978
  11. If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler – Italo Calvino – 1979
  12. Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer – 1979
  13. Kindred – Octavia E. Butler – 1979
  14. Suttree – Cormac McCarthy – 1979
  15. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer – 1979
  16. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – 1979
  17. The Matarese Circle – Robert Ludlum – 1979
  18. The Neverending Story – Michael Ende – 1979
  19. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole – 1980
  20. The Bourne Identity – Robert Ludlum – 1980
  21. The Key to Rebecca – Ken Follett – 1980
  22. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco – 1980
  23. Follow the River – James Alexander Thom – 1981
  24. Schindler’s List – Thomas Keneally – 1982
  25. The Color Purple – Alice Walker – 1982

Click here for the second part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 1872 to 1916 

  1. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende – 1982
  2. The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley – 1982
  3. The Color of Magic – Terry Pratchett – 1983
  4. The Last Boleyn – Karen Harper – 1983
  5. The Witches – Roald Dahl – 1983
  6. Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard – 1984
  7. Jitterbug Perfume – Tom Robbins – 1984
  8. The Black Company – Glen Cook – 1984
  9. The Sicilian – Mario Puzo – 1984
  10. The Summer Tree – Guy Gavriel Kay – 1984
  11. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera – 1984
  12. Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy – 1985
  13. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez – 1985
  14. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer – Patrick Süskind – 1985
  15. The Cider House Rules – John Irving – 1985
  16. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood – 1985
  17. White Noise – Don DeLillo – 1985
  18. Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones – 1986
  19. It – Stephen King – 1986
  20. Crossing to Safety – Wallace Stegner – 1987
  21. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami – 1987
  22. The Shell Seekers – Rosamunde Pilcher – 1987
  23. Weaveworld – Clive Barker – 1987
  24. Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood – 1988
  25. Dead Poets Society – N.H. Kleinbaum – 1988

Click here for the third part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 1917 to 1952 

  1. Matilda – Roald Dahl – 1988
  2. Samarkand – Amin Maalouf – 1988
  3. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho – 1988
  4. The Dragonbone Chair – Tad Williams – 1988
  5. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving – 1989
  6. The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett – 1989
  7. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett – 1990
  8. Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton – 1990
  9. The Eye of the World – Robert Jordan – 1990
  10. Tigana – Guy Gavriel Kay – 1990
  11. A Thousand Acres – Jane Smiley – 1991
  12. Imajica – Clive Barker – 1991
  13. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon – 1991
  14. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China – Jung Chang – 1991
  15. All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy – 1992
  16. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje – 1992
  17. The Secret History – Donna Tartt – 1992
  18. When Nietzsche Wept – Irvin D. Yalom – 1992
  19. Nobody’s Fool – Richard Russo – 1993
  20. The Club Dumas – Arturo Pérez-Reverte – 1993
  21. The Giver – Lois Lowry – 1993
  22. The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski – 1993
  23. Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson – 1994
  24. Stones from the River – Ursula Hegi – 1994
  25. The Samurai’s Garden – Gail Tsukiyama – 1994

 Click here for the fourth part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 1953 to 1976 

  1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami – 1994
  2. Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech – 1994
  3. Wizard’s First Rule – Terry Goodkind – 1994
  4. Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb – 1995
  5. Sabriel – Garth Nix – 1995
  6. The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman – 1995
  7. The Oath – Frank E. Peretti – 1995
  8. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink – 1995
  9. Where the Heart Is – Billie Letts – 1995
  10. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin – 1996
  11. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk – 1996
  12. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace – 1996
  13. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman – 1996
  14. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine – 1997
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling – 1997
  16. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden – 1997
  17. Underworld – Don DeLillo – 1997
  18. I Know This Much Is True – Wally Lamb – 1998
  19. King Leopold’s Ghost – Adam Hochschile – 1998
  20. Stardust – Neil Gaiman – 1998
  21. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver – 1998
  22. Gardens of the Moon – Steven Erikson – 1999
  23. Girl with a Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier – 1999
  24. In the Heart of the Sea – Nathaniel Philbrick – 1999
  25. Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson – 1999
  26. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky – 1999

Click here for the sixth part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 2000 to 2017

 

What do you think? Did I miss books you would add to the list and/or are there books you feel do not belong in such exalted company? Let me know in the comments section below.


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