Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Top Ten Nobel Prize Winning Books


"Top Ten Tuesday" is an original feature/weekly meme created on the blog "The Broke and the Bookish". This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at "The Broke and the Bookish". It is now hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl.

Since I am just as fond of them as they are, I jump at the chance to share my lists with them! Have a look at their page, there are lots of other bloggers who share their lists here.

This week's topic is a Freebie.
(We can come up with our own topic or do a past TTT topic that we missed or would like to do again.)

Nobel Prize Winners is so ME. I absolutely love most of those that I've read. Therefore, I will list my favourite ones this week. Whenever I don't know what to put first, I usually do my lists in alphabetical order. These are in chronologica order according to the year the author was awared the prize.

1929 Thomas Mann, Germany
Mann, Thomas "Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family" (German: Buddenbrooks) - 1901

My favourite German author. My favourite German book.
His home town,
Lübeck, is also a wonderful German city.

1938 Pearl S. Buck, USA
Buck, Pearl S. "Peony" - 1948

She was the first Nobel Prize winner I read and "Peony" was the first book. It's so hard to choose my favourite because they are all fantastic

1957 Albert Camus, France/Algeria
Camus, Albert "The Stranger" (aka "The Outsider") (French: L'étranger) - 1942

Albert Camus is one of my favourite writers, certainly my favourite French author but I had no problem picking my favourite.

1958 Boris Pasternak, Russia
Pasternak, Boris "Doctor Zhivago" (Russian: Доктор Живаго = Doktor Živago) - 1957

I have only read this book by Boris Pasternak but, even though I love Russian authors, this is one of my favourite Russian novels.

1961 Ivo Andrić, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Andrić, Ivo "The Bridge on the Drina" (Serbo-Croat: На Дрини Ћуприја or Na Drini Ćuprija) - 1945

This is one of the few Nobel Prize winners who received his award for just the one book. This one. And it is definitely worth it.

1982 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia
García Márquez, Gabriel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (Spanish: Cien años de soledad) - 1967

Not easy to pick my favourite but this was my first book by him.

1988 Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt
Mahfouz, Naguib "Children of Gebelawi" (aka Children of our Alley) (Arabic: اولاد حارتنا Awlād ḥāritnā) - 1959

He was the first Arab speaking recipient of this prestigious prize. I have chosen this novel rather than his Cairo trilogy because it is just one book. But the trilogy is also fantastic.

1993 Toni Morrison, USA

Morrison, Toni "Beloved" - 1987

Another tough one to choose my favourite from. I love all her books but this was my first one. And she also received the Pulitzer Prize for it.

1999 Günter Grass, Germany
Grass, Günter "The Tin Drum" (German: Die Blechtrommel. Danziger Trilogie 1) - 1959

Probably my second favourite German author after Thomas Mann ^^. They both are linked to Lübeck, a wonderful German city.

2006 Orhan Pamuk, Turkey
Pamuk, Orhan "My Name is Red" (Turkish: Benim Adim Kirmizi) - 1998

Probably my favourite author among all the Nobel Prize Winners. And "My Name is Red" is his best book, although the other ones are all pretty fabulous, as well.

I contribute to this page: Read the Nobels and you can find all my blogs about Nobel Prize winning authors and their books here.


  1. Great list! I've been wanting to read some Gabriel García Márquez for ages, time I give his books a try :)

    1. Thanks for that, Lindsey. I think you would really enjoy García Márquez. He is a little on the heavy side but he has something for everyone. The magic realism attracts people who might otherwise not even think about him.

      Happy Reading.

  2. Pamuk's My Name is Red is such an amazing book. I love that one! And I've actually met a Nobel Prize winner: Kip Thorne! Only he won in physics, not literature, although he has written a book: Black Holes and Time Warps, which I took with me when I met him and he actually signed it for me. :)

    1. Thanks, Lark. Orhan Pamuk is one of my favourite authors ever. I have read all of his books and can't wait for the next one.

      And it doesn't matter where someone wins the Nobel Prize. They all have done something outstanding and deserve to be recognized. And a lot of them have written a book about their subject. How did you like the one he gave you?

    2. It's amazing! It made me realize how dumb I am in certain subjects, but it made me feel smart at the same time for actually finishing it.

    3. That's the spirit, Lark. I remember reading Stephen Hawking's book A Brief History of Time or other books about Science. I know some of that will never get into my head but by finishing those books, we know a little bit more than before.

      So, well done!

  3. Perfect topic for this week as the Nobel Prize Awards are right around the corner!

    1. Exactly, Lisa. That's how I got the idea. I never can wait for the day when the newest winner is announced.

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    1. There are so many books in this world, Sarah. We will never be able to read them all. I would love to but maybe paradise is like a library as Jorge Louis Borges always says and we can read them all after our death.

  5. I don't know that I've read any Nobel Prize winning books. I need to look at the books I've read now!

    1. I'm sure there is at least one of the authors that you've read, maybe in school? I mean, almost everyone has read a book by John Steinbeck there, right?

      Have a look at my list, there will be a few.

  6. L'étranger is such a great novel.

    1. I totally agree, Lectrice. It is my favourite book by my favourite French author. I absolutely love Camus.

  7. Great topic! The only one I've read is One Hundred Years of Solitude and I'm sad that I didn't end up enjoying it after all the hype around it. I look forward to trying Doctor Zhivago though :)