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

What are your top books of all time?

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