My Top (not quite) 100 Books

I’ve been thinking about making this list for a while now, but I didn’t think I could actually pick 100 books. Well, I was right, I couldn’t make 100, but I was close.

While assessing all the books I’ve read, I was glad to know that I’ve actually read more than 100 books.  Unfortunately, I haven’t met 100 that I love.  In a way that’s a good thing because it just means that there’s still room on my list, as I’m sure there are tons of great books I still haven’t read.

In no particular order, here is my top (not quite) 100 books of all time (so far):

  1. Daytripper – Gabriel Ba / Fabio Moon (graphic novel)
  2. A Room with a View – E.M. Forster
  3. The Book Thief – Marcus Zusak
  4. The Sandman:  The Dream Hunters – Neil Gaiman (graphic novel)
  5. A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway (non-fiction / memoir)
  6. Griffin and Sabine Trilogy – Nick Bantock
  7. Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret? – Judy Blume
  8. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt (non-fiction / biography)
  9. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  10. American Psycho – Brett Easton Ellis
  11. The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux
  12. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  13. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke
  14. A Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  15. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  16. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  17. The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkein
  18. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkein
  19. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  20. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  21. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  22. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  23. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  24. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  25. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  26. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
  27. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
  28. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  29. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
  30. Skippy Dies – Paul Murray
  31. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell
  32. The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner (non-fiction / travel)
  33. The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
  34. 2666 – Roberto Bolano
  35. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  36. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  37. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  38. Einstein’s Dreams – Alan Lightman
  39. The Oxford Murders – Guillermo Martinez
  40. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  41. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  42. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  43. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  44. Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
  45. Slapstick – Kurt Vonnegut
  46. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  47. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  48. The Winter of Our Discontent – John Steinbeck
  49. The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  50. Perfume – Patrick Suskind
  51. The Prestige – Christopher Priest
  52. My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk
  53. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  54. Eats Shoots and Leaves – Lynn Truss (non-fiction / grammar)
  55. Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond (non-fiction / society)
  56. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  57. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
  59. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  60. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  61. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  62. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  63. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
  64. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  65. Bringing Up Bebe – Pamela Druckerman (non-fiction / parenting / society)
  66. The Sweet Life in Paris – David Lebovitz (non-fiction / travel / cooking)
  67. A Song of Ice and Fire Series – George R.R. Martin
  68. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  69. Room – Emma Donoghue
  70. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
  71. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  72. Freakonomics – Stephen Dubner / Steven Levitt (non-fiction / economics / society)
  73. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  74. The Reader – Bernard Schlink
  75. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
  76. Death Be Not Proud – John Gunthar
  77. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  78. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  79. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  80. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
  81. The Non-Existent Knight – Italo Calvino
  82. The Cloven Viscount – Italo Calvino
  83. Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
  84. Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke
  85. The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
  86. The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson
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15 thoughts on “My Top (not quite) 100 Books

  1. Great list! I chuckled a little because two of your books are two of the only three books I’ve ever DNF’d in my life (In Cold Blood and Wolf Hall).

    I was excited to see Eats, Shoots and Leaves on your list–I don’t see it mentioned often and I love it, too. I also enjoyed Talk to the Hand by Truss.

  2. This is a great list at 86. Many there that could be part of my own top 100 if I ever come up with one (Pamuk, Austen, Roy, Garcia Marquez). Considering your taste, perhaps some of the following can help fill the remaining 14: Dekada 70 by Lualhati Bautista, Feast and Famine by Rosario Lucero (UP Press), The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin, The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels, and Upside Down by Eduardo Galeano. I assure its worth the try. Happy New Year! 🙂

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