With the help of booksellers and librarians from around the world, we’ve created this collection of 200 iconic HarperCollins titles—beloved books that have inspired, informed, entertained, and endured.

Whether they are prizewinners, runaway bestsellers, groundbreaking nonfiction, or simply a favorite novel, these books have all had a singular influence on our literary culture.

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Michael L. Printz Honor Book from bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett; rich with humor and wisdom. More
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  • The Graveyard Book
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
  • The Boy in the Dress
  • Bridge to Terabithia
Bowles’s landmark literary novel, a classic work of psychological terror. More
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  • Brave New World
  • The Crying of Lot 49
  • American Gods
  • Under the Volcano
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
Newbery Medal winner; humorous and beloved tale of the ups and downs of sisterhood. More
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  • The Butterfly Lion
  • Stuart Little
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • The Graveyard Book
  • Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary. Illustrated by Louis Darling (Cover)
Winner of the 1993 Governor General’s Award (Canada) and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. More
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  • The Shipping News
  • The Hours
  • People of the Book
  • The God of Small Things
  • Blonde
Winner of the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year 2008. More
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  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • The Hours
  • The Shipping News
  • The Corrections
  • The Stone Diaries
The early life story of a man who would become one of Britain’s best-loved literary adventurers. More
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  • Papillon
  • Empire Of The Sun
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • Gorky Park
  • Seven Years in Tibet
Hailed as “the best translation there is of a great, perhaps the greatest, poet” (New York Times Book Review). More
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  • Moby Dick
  • The Once and Future King
  • Our Town
  • Jane Eyre
  • A Christmas Carol
Irving’s beloved coming-of-age tale that ranks among the most cherished of American classics. More
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  • T.C. Boyle
  • Pilgrim
  • Michael Chabon
  • Our Town
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The bestselling and most widely read modern translation of the Bible in the English language. More
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  • The Purpose Driven Life
  • The Beginner’s Bible
  • The 1859 license granted to William Collins and Company, giving it permission to print the Bible.
  • Grace for the Moment
  • Jesus Calling
A multimillion-copy benchmark of adventure/survival nonfiction. More
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  • Love and War in the Apennines
  • Papillon
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • Coming of Age in Samoa
An innovative landmark from “one of the really great cooks of all time” (James Beard). More
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  • The Kitchen Diaries
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
  • Kitchen Confidential
  • Donna Hay
  • Just Kids
The classic utopian science fiction; winner of the Hugo, Locus, and Nebula Awards. More
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  • neil gaiman
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • A Game of Thrones
  • Magician
  • The War of the Worlds
I Can Read! classic that was named a 1958 New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year. More
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  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Goodnight Moon
  • The Carrot Seed
  • Stuart Little
An early landmark of adventure and travel writing, now considered one of America’s first literary classics. More
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  • Moby Dick
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • Nostromo
  • Bleak House
An inspirational phenomenon; one of the bestselling books in history. More
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  • The God of Small Things
  • The Shipping News
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The Corrections
  • The Hours
The Pulitzer Prize–winning novel that examines the troubling complexities of slavery. More
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  • Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Black Boy
  • Native Son
  • The Corrections
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Multimillion-copy bestseller that helped launch a wave of interest in behavioral economics and statistics. More
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  • Flow
  • Good to Great
  • Barbarians at the Gate
  • The Intelligent Investor
  • In Search of Excellence
With more than one million copies sold worldwide, it’s the world’s largest commercially available world atlas in print. More
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  • King James Version Bible (KJV)
  • Mere Christianity
  • What Do People Do All Day?
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
  • The logo and address for J. & J. Harper Publishers
First book in O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, widely regarded as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. More
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  • Sharpe’s Eagle
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • Papillon
  • Moby Dick
  • Love and War in the Apennines
The philosophical classic that inspired millions struggling to find meaning in the modern world. More
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  • Flow
  • Good to Great
  • Freakonomics
  • Barbarians at the Gate
  • I’m OK—You’re OK
The first book by the author of the twentieth-century classics Animal Farm and 1984. More
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  • American Gods
  • Brave New World
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz
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This series celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2014 and has sold more than one million copies. More
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  • Stuart Little
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • A Light in the Attic
  • Amelia Bedilia
An instant classic and winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. More
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  • neil gaiman
  • Brave New World
  • A Game of Thrones
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The War of the Worlds
An American classic called “one of the books of the century” by the New York Public Library. More
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  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Go Set a Watchman
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Golden Notebook
  • The Stone Diaries
First volume in The Lord of the Rings series, which has sold more than 100 million copies. More
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  • The Hobbit
  • A Game of Thrones
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
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  • Divergent
Clancy’s debut novel launched a spectacular career and introduced the world to a new hero, Jack Ryan. More
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  • Sharpe’s Eagle
  • Love and War in the Apennines
  • Gorky Park
  • Papillon
  • Bernard Cornwell
This iconic Dr. Seuss book is one of the bestselling children’s books of all time. More
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  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Michael Bond
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea
  • The Carrot Seed
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein