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100 top novels — 13

New addition: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (#45), by Junot Díaz

1 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
2 Beloved – Toni Morrison
3 To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
4 Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
5 Molloy – Samuel Beckett
6 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
7 Underworld – Don DeLillo
8 Middle Passage – Charles Johnson
9 White Noise – Don DeLillo
10 Middlemarch – George Eliot

11 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
12 Suttree – Cormac McCarthy
13 Housekeeping – Marilyn Robinson
14 Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
15 The Brother’s Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
16 The Plague – Albert Camus
17 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
18 Darkness at Noon – Arthur Koestler
19 Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
20 The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

21 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
22 Native Son – Richard Wright
23 All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
24 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
25 On the Road – Jack Kerouac
26 The Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
27 Ceremony – Leslie Marmon Silko
28 Wolf – Jim Harrison
29 Narcissus and Goldmund – Herman Hesse
30 The Master and Marguerita – Mikhail Bulgakov

31 Blindness – Jose Saramago
32 A House for Mr. Biswas – V. S. Naipaul
33 Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
34 The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi)- Herman Hesse
35 The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
36 Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
37 The Intuitionist – Colson Whitehead
38 The Bone People – Keri Hulme
39 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
40 The Tin Drum – Gunter Grass

41 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
42 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Alexander Solzhenitzen
43 Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
44 Motherless Brooklyn – Jonathan Lethem
45 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Díaz
46 1984 – George Orwell
47 The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Lethem
48 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
49 The Uncomfortable Dead: (what’s missing is missing) – Paco Ignacio Taibo II & Subcommandante Marcos
50 Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

51 Mao II – Don DeLillo
52 Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
53 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
54 The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
55 Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
56 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
57 As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
58 The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
59 A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
60 Neuromancer – William Gibson

61 For Whom the Bell Tolls – Earnest Hemingway
62 Generation X – Douglass Copeland
63 Brave New World – Aldus Huxley
64 The Chosen – Chaim Potok
65 Doomsday Book – Connie Willis
66 Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
67 Fall on Your Knees – Ann-Marie MacDonald
68 Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
69 The Dog of the South – Charles Portis
70 All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy

71 Dr. Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
72 The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
73 Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
74 Gorky Park – Martin Cruz Smith
75 White Teeth – Zadie Smith
76 The Stone Canal – Ken MacLeod
77 Schizmatrix – Bruce Sterling
78 The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. LeGuin
79 The Loved One – Evelyn Waugh
80 The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka

81 The Fall – Albert Camus
82 Vineland – Thomas Pynchon
83 Straight Man – Richard Russo
84 A Small Death in Lisbon – Robert Wilson
85 Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
86 Kindred – Octavia Butler
87 The Road – Cormac McCarthy
88 The Palace of Dreams – Ismail Kadare
89 The Street – Ann Petry
90 The Feast of Love – Charles Baxter

91 Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
92 Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
93 The Old Man and the Sea – Earnest Hemingway
94 The Star Fraction – Ken MacLeod
95 He, She, and It – Marge Piercy
96 The Dispossessed – Ursula K. LeGuin
97 The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
98 The Parable of the Sower – Octavia Butler

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2 Comments

  1. Dr. Skippy says:

    How many have you read more than once? Did you change the order on subsequent readings?

  2. halshop says:

    I’ve read a fairly high percentage of the top ten more than once. After that, not so much. Haven’t changed the order after a reading, yet. I think changes are more likely lower down the list after reconsideration.

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