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#1 Old Testament
#2 New Testament (Various Authors)
#3 Crime and Punishment
#4 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
#5 Iliad
#6 Odyssey
#7 The History of the Peloponnesian War
#8 Meditations
#9 The Divine Comedy
#10 The Prince
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“How to Read a Book” Reading List

Rank Items
#1 Old Testament
#2 New Testament (Various Authors)
#3 Crime and Punishment
#4 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
#5 Iliad
#6 Odyssey
#7 The History of the Peloponnesian War
#8 Meditations
#9 The Divine Comedy
#10 The Prince
#11 Don Quixote
#12 Two Treatises of Government (John Locke)
#13 A Modest Proposal (Jonathan Swift)
#14 Candide
#15 The Federalist Papers
#16 Pride and Prejudice
#17 Emma
#18 The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
#19 Civil Disobedience
#20 Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
#21 The Brothers Karamazov
#22 The Varieties of Religious Experience
#23 Dubliners
#24 Aeschylus
#25 Sophocles
#26 Herodotus — The Histories
#27 Summa Theologica (Thomas Aquinas)
#28 The Discourses (Machiavelli)
#29 Euripides
#30 Medical Writings (Hippocrates)
#31 Aristophanes
#32 PLATO Complete Works by Plato
#33 Aristotle Complete Works
#34 The Essential Epicurus (Epicurus)
#35 Elements (Euclid)
#36 Archimedes
#37 Treatise on Conic Sections (Apollonius of Perga)
#38 Works of Cicero (Cicero)
#39 On the Nature of Things
#40 History of Rome (Livy)
#41 Complete Works of Ovid (OVID NASO)
#42 Parallel Lives (Plutarch)
#43 Plutarch–Moralia
#44 Histories (Tacitus)
#45 Annals
#46 The Agricola (Tacitus)
#47 Introduction to Arithmetic (Nicomachus of Gerasa)
#48 Discourses (Epictetus)
#49 Encheiridion (Epictetus)
#50 Almagest (Ptolemy)
#51 Lucian–Satires
#52 Galen Natural Faculties
#53 Plotinus’ Enneads
#54 Das Nibelungenlied
#55 Njál’s Saga
#56 The New Life
#57 Leonardo Da Vinci–Notebooks
#58 Praise of Folly
#59 Copernicus Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
#60 Utopia
#61 Table Talk (Martin Luther)
#62 Three Treatises (Martin Luther)
#63 Gargantua and Pantagruel
#64 Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
#65 The Essays of Michel De Montaigne
#66 On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies (William Gilbert)
#67 Prothalamion (Edmund Spenser)
#68 The Faerie Queene
#69 Francis Bacon (Essays)
#70 Advancement of Learning
#71 Novum Organum (Francis Bacon)
#72 The New Atlantis (Francis Bacon)
#73 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
#74 Starry Messenger
#75 Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
#76 On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals
#77 The Circulation of the Blood (William Harvey)
#78 On the Generation of Animals (William Harvey)
#79 Leviathan
#80 Rules for the Direction of the Mind (René Descartes)
#81 Discourse on the Method
#82 Geometry (René Descartes)
#83 Meditations on First Philosophy
#84 Complete Works of John Milton (John Milton)
#85 Collected Works of Molière (Molière)
#86 The Provincial Letters (Blaise Pascal)
#87 Pensees (Blaise Pascal)
#88 Scientific Treatises (Blaise Pascal)
#89 Treatise on Light (Christiaan Huygens)
#90 Ethics
#91 A Letter Concerning Toleration (John Locke)
#92 An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
#93 Thoughts Concerning Education (John Locke)
#94 Tragedies by Jean Baptiste Racine (Jean Baptiste Racine)
#95 The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy by Isaac
#96 Opticks (Sir Isaac Newton)
#97 Discourse on Metaphysics (Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz)
#98 New Essays Concerning Human Understanding (Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz)
#99 Monadology (Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz)
#100 Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)
#101 A Tale of a Tub
#102 Journal to Stella (Jonathan Swift)
#103 Gulliver’s Travels
#104 The Way of the World (William Congreve)
#105 Berkeley Principles of Human Knowledge
#106 Essay on Criticism (Alexander Pope)
#107 The Rape of the Lock
#108 Essay on Man
#109 Persian Letters (Montesquieu)
#110 Montesquieu Spirit of Laws
#111 Letters Concerning the English Nation
#112 Philosophical Dictionary
#113 Joseph Andrews
#114 Tom Jones (Henry Fielding)
#115 The Vanity of Human Wishes (Samuel Johnson)
#116 Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary (Samuel Johnson)
#117 Rasselas
#118 The Lives of the English Poets (Samuel Johnson)
#119 A Treatise of Human Nature (David Hume)
#120 Essays Moral and Political (David Hume)
#121 An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (David Hume)
#122 Discourse on Inequality (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
#123 On the Political Economy (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
#124 Emile – Or, on Education (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
#125 The Social Contract
#126 Tristram Shandy
#127 A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy
#128 Theory of Moral Sentiments (Adam Smith)
#129 The Wealth of Nations (Adam Smith)
#130 Critique of Pure Reason
#131 Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals
#132 Critique of Practical Reason (Immanuel Kant)
#133 The Science of Right (Immanuel Kant)
#134 Critique of Judgment (Kant)
#135 Perpetual Peace (Immanuel Kant)
#136 The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
#137 Autobiography (Edward Gibbon)
#138 The Journals of James Boswell
#139 The Life of Samuel Johnson
#140 Elements of Chemistry (Antoine Laurent Lavoisier)
#141 An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (Jeremy Bentham)
#142 Theory of Fictions (Jeremy Bentham)
#143 Poetry and Truth (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)
#144 Analytical Theory of Heat (Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier)
#145 The Phenomenology of Spirit (Georg Hegel)
#146 Elements of the Philosophy of Right (Hegel)
#147 Hegel Philosophy of History
#148 William Wordsworth: Collected Poems
#149 The Complete Poems (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
#150 Biographia Literaria (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
#151 On War (Carl Von Clausewitz)
#152 The Red and the Black
#153 The Charterhouse of Parma
#154 On Love
#155 Don Juan
#156 Studies in Pessimism (Arthur Schopenhauer)
#157 Chemical History of a Candle (Michael Faraday)
#158 Experimental Researches in Electricity (Michael Faraday)
#159 Principles of Geology
#160 The Course of Positive Philosophy
#161 Père Goriot
#162 Eugenie Grandet
#163 Representative Men
#164 Essays
#165 Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson
#166 Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville
#167 A System of Logic (John Stuart Mill)
#168 Considerations of Representative Governement (John Stuart Mills)
#169 Utilitarianism (John Stuart Mill)
#170 The Subjection of Women
#171 Autobiography of John Stuart Mill (John Stuart Mill)
#172 The Pickwick Papers
#173 David Copperfield
#174 Hard Times
#175 Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine (Claude Bernard)
#176 Capital- Karl Marx
#177 Adam Bede
#178 Middlemarch
#179 Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
#180 Billy Budd – Herman Melville (1891)
#181 The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
#182 Madame Bovary
#183 Three Tales (Gustave Flaubert)
#184 Plays, Henrik Ibsen
#185 War and Peace
#186 Anna Karenina
#187 What Is Art? (L.N. Tolstoy)
#188 Twenty-Three Tales (Leo Tolstoy)
#189 The Mysterious Stranger
#190 The Principles of Psychology (William James)
#191 Pragmatism
#192 Essays in Radical Empiricism (William James)
#193 The American
#194 The Ambassadors
#195 Beyond Good and Evil
#196 On the Genealogy of Morals
#197 The Will to Power
#198 Science and Hypothesis (Henri Poincaré)
#199 Science and Method (Jules Henri Poincaré)
#200 The Interpretation of Dreams
#201 Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud)
#202 Civilization and Its Discontents
#203 New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud)
#204 Bernard Shaw’s Plays (George Bernard Shaw)
#205 Origin and Development of the Quantum Theory (Max Planck)
#206 Where Is Science Going? (Max Planck)
#207 Scientific Autobiography (Max Planck)
#208 Time and Free Will (Henri Bergson)
#209 Matter and Memory (Henri Bergson)
#210 Creative Evolution (Henri Bergson)
#211 The Two Sources of Morality and Religion (Henri Bergson)
#212 How We Think
#213 Democracy and Education
#214 Experience and Nature (John Dewey)
#215 Logic: The Theory of Inquiry (John Dewey)
#216 An Introduction to Mathematics (Alfred North Whitehead)
#217 Science and the Modern World (Alfred North Whitehead)
#218 The Aims of Education and Other Essays (Alfred North Whitehead)
#219 Adventures of Ideas (Alfred North Whitehead)
#220 The Life of Reason (George Santayana)
#221 Skepticism and Animal Faith (George Santayana)
#222 Persons and Places (George Santayana)
#223 The State and Revolution (Vladimir Lenin)
#224 Remembrance of Things Past
#225 The Problems of Philosophy
#226 The Analysis of Mind (Bertrand Russell)
#227 An Inquiry Into Meaning and Truth (Bertrand Russell)
#228 Human Knowledge, Its Scope and Limits (Bertrand Russell)
#229 The Magic Mountain (Thomas Mann)
#230 Joseph and His Brothers (Thomas Mann)
#231 The Meaning of Relativity (Albert Einstein)
#232 On the Method of Theoretical Physics (Albert Einstein)
#233 The Evolution of Physics (Albert Einstein)
#234 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
#235 Art and Scholasticism (Jacques Maritain)
#236 The Degrees of Knowledge (Jacques Maritain)
#237 The Rights of Man and Natural Law (Jacques Maritain)
#238 True Humanism (Jacques Maritain)
#239 The Trial (Franz Kafka)
#240 The Castle (Franz Kafka)
#241 A STUDY OF HISTORY by Arnold J. Toynbee
#242 Civilization on Trial (Arnold J. Toynbee)
#243 Nausea (Jean-Paul Sartre)
#244 No Exit (Jean-Paul Sartre)
#245 Being and Nothingness
#246 The First Circle
#247 The Cancer Ward
#248 Faust
#249 The Origin of Species (Charles Darwin)
#250 The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin
#251 Autobiography (Charles Darwin)
#252 Communist Manifesto
#253 Thus Spoke Zarathustra
#254 Ulysses

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