Monday, February 17, 2014

My Top Novels of All-Time

Keeping my recent string of long lists going (also check out my top 90 albums of 2013, my 63 favorite TV shows of all time, and my 90 favorite movies of all time).

60. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
59. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
58. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow
57. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
56. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
55. Ulysses, James Joyce
54. The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald
53. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
52. Zeitoun, Dave Eggers
51. Charlotte's Web, E.B. White
50. Pet Cemetary, Stephen King
49. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
48. The Castle, Franz Kafka
47. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
46. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
45. Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
43. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
42. Native Son, Richard Wright
41. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
40. Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
39. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
38. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
37. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
36. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
35. Great Apes, Will Self
34. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
33. The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
32. Animal Farm, George Orwell
31. Night Shift, Stephen King
30. Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut
29. The House of the Spirits, Isabelle Allende
28. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
27. This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald
26. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
25. 1984, George Orwell
24. Fehrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
23. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
22. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
21. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
20. The Kandy-Colored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, Tom Wolfe
19. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
18. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
17. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
16. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
15. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
14. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
13. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
12. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
11. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
10. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
09. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
08. Welcome to the Monkey House, Kurt Vonnegut
07. Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
06. The Collected Stories and Poems of, Edgar Allan Poe
05. For Kings and Planets, Ethan Canin
04. The Stand, Stephen King
03. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
02. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
01. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald


  1. Not sure why Poe is listed, since yours is a list of novels. Also, Bradbury's novel is Fahrenheit 451, exactly as the spelling of Fahrenheit should be. Wolfe's The Kandy-Colored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby is NOT a novel, but a collection of essays, so it shouldn't be on the list, and it's a bit misleading to characterise In Cold Blood as fiction, when you know it's 'faction', a novelisation of factual history. A shame the list is so white-male-author dominated, as it reads a lot like a senior high school/undergraduate first year list of reading, but still, there's great names/novels on your list.