100 Favorite Books, 2018

My list of 100 favorite books isn’t even 100. I just managed 80. I could push the digits to a hundred if I add works from the same author. But I don’t like that. I like the challenge of choosing just that one work from my favorite authors. Maybe I’d change my mind and make exceptions, but as of now, there’s none.

I could also add some of my 4-starred books. But I also don’t like that. Sure, some of them are great, but since this is about my favorite books, I’d rather not put something in this list that are “almosts.” So everything in this list, I love for some reason.

Hopefully I could add a few more titles in 2019. This is why I’m putting out this list. Maybe it could help me get back into reading. And also, I love lists.

Gosh, my writing skills are rusty. Let’s go to the list. Happy New Year!

  1. Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman
  2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
  3. A Death in the Family by James Agee
  4. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  5. The Sea by John Banville
  6. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  7. 2666 by Roberto Bolano
  8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  10. Possession by A.S. Byatt
  11. A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
  12. Cathedral by Raymond Carver
  13. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  14. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  15. The Stories of John Cheever
  16. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  17. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  18. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  19. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  20. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
  21. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  22. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
  23. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  24. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  25. Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot
  26. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  27. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
  28. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  29. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
  30. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  31. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  32. Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  33. Tinkers by Paul Harding
  34. Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim
  35. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
  36. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
  37. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  38. The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek
  39. The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  40. Dusk by F. Sionil Jose
  41. Fatelessness by Imre Kertesz
  42. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  43. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  44. Independent People by Halldor Laxness
  45. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  46. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
  47. Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish
  48. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  49. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  50. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  51. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  52. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  53. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  54. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  55. The Land of Green Plums by Herta Muller
  56. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  57. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
  58. A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe
  59. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  60. My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk
  61. The Inverted World by Christopher Priest
  62. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  63. Death at Intervals by Jose Saramago
  64. Tenth of December by George Saunders
  65. Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
  66. Family Life by Akhil Sharma
  67. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  68. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
  69. The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford
  70. Monstress by Lysley Tenorio
  71. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  72. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  73. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  74. Stoner by John Williams
  75. How Fiction Works by James Wood
  76. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  77. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  78. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  79. Twisted by Jessica Zafra
  80. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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