The 100 Best Books I’ve Read

When I say that these are the “best” books I’ve read, I don’t mean that they are the most aesthetically pleasing or the most difficult to read.  Some of them are purely entertaining and others are more literary.  What I mean by this list is that they touched me and I liked them.  I suppose I should try to articulate that more clearly, but I won’t. This list includes fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books.

  1. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  2. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  3. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  6. Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman
  7. Little Big Man by Thomas Berger
  8. Corelli’s Mandolin by George de Bernieres
  9. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
  10. March by Geraldine Brooks
  11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  12. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  13. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  14. Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
  15. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  16. The Green Years by A. J. Cronin
  17. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  18. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  19. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
  20. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  21. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  22. Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire
  23. Middlemarch by George Eliot (Three posts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
  24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  25. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  26. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
  27. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  28. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  29. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
  30. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  31. Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
  32. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  33. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  34. Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh
  35. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  36. Tess of the D’urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  37. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  38. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  39. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  40. A Modern Instance by William Dean Howells
  41. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  42. Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos
  43. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
  44. View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
  45. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  46. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  47. Quicksand by Nella Larsen
  48. Understanding the Borderline Mother by Christine Ann Lawson
  49. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  50. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  51. Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai
  52. Christy by Catherine Marshall
  53. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  54. Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon
  55. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  56. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  57. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  58. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  59. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  60. Liars and Saints by Maile Meloy
  61. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  62. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  63. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  64. Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
  65. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
  66. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
  67. The Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue by Edna O’Brien
  68. Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein
  69. Goodbye, I Love You by Carol Lynn Pearson
  70. A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer
  71. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  72. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  73. The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubenstein
  74. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan
  75. Holes by Louis Sachar
  76. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  77. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  78. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  79. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  80. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  81. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  82. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  83. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  84. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  85. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  86. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
  87. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
  88. Follow the River by James Alexander Thom
  89. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  90. The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
  91. Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
  92. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  93. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  94. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  95. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  96. Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple
  97. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  98. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  99. The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf
  100. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
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