This is just for fun because some friends and I got into an argument about a best books list.

Put a Y by a name if you’ve seen a movie version. Put an X if you’ve read one of their works. Put 2 Xs by their name if you’ve read more than one of their works. The title in parenthesis is just meant to jog your memory.

Replace the names I’ve chosen with your favorite authors. Put the new names in italics.

The women authors list is in the works.

Dante Alighieri (Inferno) X
Isaac Asimov (I, Robot) XX

Frank L. Baum (Wizard of Oz) YXX
Bill Bryson (Walk in the Woods) XX
John Bunyan (Pilgrim’s Progress) XX

Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game) XX
Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) YXX
Geoffrey Chaucer (Canterbury Tales) X
G. K. Chesterton (The Blue Cross) XX
John Christopher (The White Mountains) YXX

Charles Dickens (Oliver Twist) YXX
Arthur Conan Doyle (The Red-Headed League) YXX
Alexander Dumas (3 Musketeers) YXX

Michael Ende (NeverEnding Story) YX

Neil Gaiman (American Gods) YXX

Nathaniel Hawthorne (Scarlet Letter) XX
Robert Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land) YXX
O. Henry (Gift of the Magi) XX

Walt Kelly (Pluperfect Pogo) XX
Rudyard Kipling (Jungle Book) YXX

C. S. Lewis (Screwtape Letters) YXX
Jack London (Call of the Wild) XX
H. P. Lovecraft (Call of Cthulhu) XX

Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) YXX
Alexander McCall Smith (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) XX
A. A. Milne (Winne the Pooh) YXX
Moliere (Tartuffe) XX

Edgar Allan Poe (Tell Tale Heart) YXX
Howard Pyle (Otto of the Silver Hand) XX

Keith Robertson (Henry Reed, Inc.) XX
Damon Runyon (Little Miss Marker) YXX

Rafael Sabatini (Scaramouche) YXX
Oliver Sacks (Awakenings) XX
Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo: The Ronin) XX
Saki (The Open Window) XX
Dr. Seuss (Green Eggs and Ham) YXX
William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) YXX
George Bernard Shaw (Pygmalion) YXX
John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men) YXX
Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island) YXX

James Thurber (Many Moons) XX
J. R. R. Tolkien (The Hobbit) YXX
Mark Twain (Tom Sawyer) YXX

Jules Verne (Around the World in 80 Days) YXX

Bill Watterson (Scientific Progress Goes “Boink”) XX
H. G. Wells (Time Machine) YXX
Tennessee Williams (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) YXX
Simon Winchester (The Professor and the Madman) X
P. G. Wodehouse (Carry On, Jeeves) YXX
John Wyndham (Midwich Cuckoos) YXX


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