100 favorite books

Just to be clear–these aren’t my candidates for the absolute best books of all time. They’re the ones *I* like best.

1. Nabokov, Vladimir. Pnin.
2. Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.
3. Forster, E.M. Howards End.
4. Conrad, Joseph. The Secret Agent.
5. Greene, Graham. The Quiet American.
6. Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day.
7. Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises.
8. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.
9. Heller, Joseph. Catch-22.
10. McMurtry, Larry. Lonesome Dove.
11. Brooks, Max. World War Z.
12. Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility.
13. Cather, Willa. The Professor’s House.
14. Hemingway, Ernest. A Moveable Feast.
15. Forester, C.S. Beat to Quarters.
16. Forester, C.S. Ship of the Line.
17. Forester, C.S. Flying Colours.
18. du Maurier, Daphne. Rebecca.
19. Willeford, Charles. The Pick-Up.
20. Delillo, Don. White Noise.
21. Greene, Graham. The Power and the Glory.
22. Roth, Philip. The Plot Against America.
23. Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying.
24. Greene, Graham. Monsignor Quixote.
25. Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita.
26. Russo, Richard. Nobody’s Fool.
27. Waugh, Evelyn. A Handful of Dust.
28. Murdoch, Iris. Under the Net.
29. Waugh, Evelyn. Brideshead Revisited.
30. Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
31. Amis, Kingsley. Lucky Jim.
32. Forester, C.S. Hornblower and the “Hotspur”
33. Faulkner, William. Light in August.
34. Austen, Jane. Mansfield Park.
35. Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man.
36. Greene, Graham. The Comedians.
37. Collins, Wilkie. The Moonstone.
38. Yates, Richard. Revolutionary Road.
39. Austen, Jane. Persuasion.
40. Greene, Graham. The Human Factor.
41. Hardy, Thomas. The Mayor of Casterbridge.
42. Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey.
43. Porter, Katharine Anne Ship of Fools.
44. James, Henry. The Portrait of a Lady.
45. Hemingway, Ernest. The Garden of Eden
46. Millhauser, Steven. Edwin Mullhouse.
47. James, Henry. The Golden Bowl.
48. Greene, Graham. The Captain and the Enemy.
49. O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried.
50. Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote.
51. Waugh, Evelyn. Scoop.
52. Millhauser, Steven. Martin Dressler.
53. Roth, Philip. Portnoy’s Complaint.
54. Faulkner, William. The Reivers.
55. Smiley, Jane. Moo.
56. Steinbeck, John.The Grapes of Wrath.
57. Faulkner, William. Absalom, Absalom!
58. Wharton, Edith. The House of Mirth.
59. Bennett, Arnold. Old Wives Tale.
60. Helprin, Mark. A Soldier of the Great War.
61. Koestler, Arthur. Darkness at Noon.
62. Nabokov, Vladimir. Pale Fire.
63. Styron, William. Sophie’s Choice.
64. Vonnegut, Kurt. Bluebeard.
65. Bowen, Elizabeth. The Heat of the Day.
66. Fielding, Henry. Tom Jones.
67. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tender Is the Night.
68. Greene, Graham. Our Man in Havana.
69. du Maurier, Daphne. The Scapegoat.
70. Miller, Henry. Tropic of Cancer.
71. Toole, John Kennedy. A Confederacy of Dunces.
72. Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms.
73. Ford, Ford Madox. The Good Soldier.
74. Greene, Graham. The Third Man.
75. Green, Henry. Loving.
76. Nabokov, Vladimir. Ada.
77. Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
78. Greene, Graham. Travels with My Aunt.
79. James, Henry. The Wings of the Dove.
80. Styron, William. Darkness Visible.
81. Roth, Philip. The Human Stain.
82. James, Henry. The Ambassadors.
83. Willeford, Charles. Cockfighter.
84. Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
85. Christie, Agatha. The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
86.  Collins, Wilkie. The Woman in White.
87. Hammett, Dashiell. The Thin Man.
88. Hardy, Thomas. Jude the Obscure.
89. Woolf, Virginia. Orlando.
90.  Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections.
91. Agee, James. A Death in the Family.
92. Chandler, Raymond. Farewell, My Lovely.
93. Sayers, Dorothy. Gaudy Night.
94. Steinbeck, John. The Short Reign of Pippin IV.
95. Steinbeck, John. East of Eden.
96. Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway
97. Waugh, Evelyn. Vile Bodies.
98. Ford, Richard. Independence Day.
99. James, Henry. The American.
100. Jasper Fforde. The Eyre Affair.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy on April 15, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Just wondering…are these ranked from 1 as your most favorite to 100 as your least favorite of the 100?


  2. Posted by Sandy on April 15, 2009 at 3:47 am

    And have you ever heard of Good Reads?


  3. Posted by academama on April 15, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    yes, they are ranked in order of preference. #1 is my favorite, although to a certain degree, that is disingenuous because my favorite is so mood-dependent that any of the top 10 or so might be my favorite, depending on the day.

    I am on goodreads! I am “academama” there.


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