360º of Books – Here’s the List!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 360° of Books campaign. We made it! 360+ of you have told us your favorite books. Over 240 individual book titles were nominated as favorites. Looking for something to do over Winter Break? Well, start reading some of these UWGB favorites!

For a quick look, here are the Top 20 Favorite Books:

The Top 20 range from classic books you read in school (To Kill A Mockingbird), childrens’ & parents’ favorites (Good Night Moon), to more recent contemporary books (Harry Potter, The Hunger Games), and even “hot off the shelf” (Fifty Shades of Grey). Publication dates of the Top 20 run from 1813 to 2011.

On the full list of books, we noticed author trends. Many authors had more than one book nominated–as an example, George Orwell had two books in the Top 20. Here’s a list of authors that had more than one book nominated. In parentheses is the number of books:

(4) John Green
(4) John Steinbeck
(3) Neil Gaiman
(3) Jodi Picoult
(3) Philip Roth
(3) David Sedaris
(3) Dr. Seuss
(3) William Shakespeare
(2) Willa Cather
(2) Jeffrey Eugenides
(2) Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(2) Cormac McCarthy
(2) Stephenie Meyer
(2) Toni Morrison
(2) Barack Obama
(2) George Orwell
(2) Ayn Rand
(2) J.D. Salinger
(2) Nicholas Sparks
(2) J.R.R. Tolkien
(2) Mark Twain
(2) Kurt Vonnegut
(2) David Foster Wallce

A couple of other interesting notes about the authors: two are sisters: Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre) and Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights), and two are brother and sister: David Sedaris (Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day) and Amy Sedaris (I Like You).

Want to know more? Here’s the full list of books that were nominated for 360° of Books:


Full List of Books (alphabetical order)

2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

After the Dancing Days – Margaret I. Rostkowski

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

All My Friends are Dead – Avery Monsen & Jory John

All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

American Pastoral – Philip Roth

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Animal Farm – George Orwell

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver

Around the World in 80 Days – Jules Verne

Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

Atonement – Ian McEwan

The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama

The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X


Beauty – Robin McKinley

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Beloved – Toni Morrison

Berserk – Kentaro Miura

Better Not Get Wet, Jesse Bear – Nancy White Carlstrom

Bhagavad Gita

The Bible

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

Bitten – Kelly Armstrong

Blankets – Craig Thompson

The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Boxcar Children – Gertrude C. Warner

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut

Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson

A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown


Candide – Voltaire

The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Seuss

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – Bill Martin, Jr. & John Archambault

A Child Called It – Dave Pelzer

The Children of Sanchez – Oscar Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

The Cider House Rules – John Irving

Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

The Coldest Winter Ever – Sister Souljah

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain

Consider the Lobster – David Foster Wallace

The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas


Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick

Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance – Barack Obama

The Dresden Files – Jim Butcher

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim – David Sedaris

Dune – Frank Herbert


East of Eden – John Steinbeck

Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine

Elsewhere – Gabrielle Zevin

Enders Game – Orson Scott Card

Eragon – Christopher Paolini

Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer


Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser

The Fault in our Stars – John Green

Faust – Goethe

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson

Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

Fifty Shades of Grey – E L James

Fountainhead – Ayn Rand

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Franny & Zooey – J.D. Salinger


A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

The Giver – Lois Lowry

The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls

The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins

God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

Gomorrah – Roberto Saviano

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown

The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss


Harry Potter  series – J.K. Rowling

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Hildilid’s Night – Chelie Duran Ryan

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

His Dark Materials triology – Philip Putnam

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

Holes – Louis Sachar

Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris

Homeland – R.A. Salvatore

The Host – Stephenie Meyer

House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros

House Rules – Jodi Picoult

Human Stain – Philip Roth

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Hush, Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

I Like You – Amy Sedaris

Identical – Ellen Hopkins

Ill Fares the Land – Tony Judt

The Incredible Journey – Sheila Burnford

Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin – Erik Larson

The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai

Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer


Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

John Donne’s poetry

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke

Journey to the West


The Kama Sutra

The Keys of the Kingdom – A.J. Cronin

Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City – Kirsten Miller

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini


Left to Tell – Immaculee Ilibaziga

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Lewis Barnavelt Series – John Bellairs

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Life on the Color Line – Gregory H. Williams

A Light in the Attic – Shel Silverstein

The Little Engine That Could

Looking for Alaska – John Green

The Lord of the Flies – William Golding

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love You Forever – Robert Munsch


Maniac Magee – Jerry Spinelli

Martin & Malcolm & America – James H. Cone

Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris

The Maze Runner – James Dashner

Message in a Bottle – Nicholas Sparks

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

A Million Little Pieces – James Frey

My Antonia – Willa Cather

My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

Monkeewrench – P.J. Tracy

A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway


Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

The Namesake – Juhmpa Lahiri

Netherland – Joseph O’Neill

Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich

Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult

The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks


Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Dr. Seuss

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Optimist’s Daughter – Eudora Welty

The Origin of Species – Charles Darwin

Othello – William Shakespeare


A Painted House – John Grisham

Paper Towns – John Green

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

La Peste (The Plague) – Albert Camus

A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Playing for Keeps – multiple book titles

The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg

PostSecret books – Frank Warren

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Prince – Machiavelli

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

The Prophet – Khalil Gibran

Puddle Duck – Louis Ross




Rain Fall – Barry Eisler

Rayuela – Julio Cortazar

The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

Running with Scissors – Augusten Burroughs


The Sandman – Neil Gaiman

Saving June – Hannah Harrington

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Life of Lobsters – Trevor Corson

See, I Told You So – Rush Limbaugh

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work – Matthew B. Crawford

The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx

Siddhartha – Herman Hesse

Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

Smashed: The Story of a Drunken Girlhood – Koren Zailckas

Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson

The Southern Vampire Mysteries (aka The True Blood series) – Charlaine Harris

The Starman – James Robinson

Still Alice – Lisa Genova

The Story of My Life – Helen Keller

Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A, Heinlein

Stuff White People Like – Christian Lander

Swamplandia! – Karen Russell


The Tao of Wu – the RZA

Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

The Thornbirds – Colleen McCullough

Three Comrades – Erich Maria Remarque

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Travels with Charley: In Search of America – John Steinbeck

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

Tree of Smoke – Denis Johnson

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War and Survival – Louise Murphy

The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle – Clamp

Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

The Twenty-One Balloons – William Pene du Bois

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer


The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand

Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes


The Vampire Diaries series – L.J. Smith

The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides


Walden – Henry David Thoreau

A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson

Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan

Wind, Sand, and Stars – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The World is Round – Gertrude Stein

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte






Z for Zacharia – Robert C. O’Brient

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig

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