Book Favorites :: Top 100

Top 100

A few years back, my book club put together its collective Top 100 Books. I remember in that exercise, that I had a hard time selecting just a top 10. Since then, I’ve wondered what my top 100 books would be. I recently sat down to figure it out, and it was much harder than I thought. I ended up removing all non-fiction, and perhaps one day I’ll put out a top non-fiction reads. I left a few in that are technically non-fiction, but they read enough like a novel that I felt I should put them in this list. To put these in any sort of order according to taste would have been nearly impossible. So, here they are in alphabetical order by author’s first name. (If there’s a link, it takes you to my review of the book!)

How many of these have you read? Are any of them also among your favorites?

Title Author
Vinegar Hill A. Manette Ansay
Possession A.S. Byatt
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories Alice Munro
Runaway Alice Munro
Rules of Civility Amor Towles
A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles
House of Sand and Fog Andre Dubus III
Strange Fits of Passion Anita Shreve
Fortune’s Rocks Anita Shreve
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
The Undertaking Audrey Magee
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Reader Bernhard Schlink
Did You Ever Have a Family Bill Clegg
My Name Is Asher Lev Chaim Potok
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Midwives Chris Bohjalian
Little Bee Chris Cleave
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
The Secret History Donna Tartt
Ethan Frome Edith Wharton
The Children Edith Wharton
The Lies That Bind: A Novel Edward Deangelo
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1) Elena Ferrante
The Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbert
Amy and Isabelle Elizabeth Strout
Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout
Wuthering Heights Emily BrontÌÇ
Of Love and Dust Ernest J. Gaines
The Violent Bear It Away Flannery O’Connor
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories Flannery O’Connor
Godric Frederick Buechner
Britt-Marie Was Here Fredrik Backman
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry Fredrik Backman
Year of Wonders Geraldine Brooks
People of the Book Geraldine Brooks
A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Enduring Love Ian McEwan
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Disgrace J.M. Coetzee
The Kept James Scott
The Blue Notebook James A. Levine
Follow the River James Alexander Thom
The Book of Ruth Jane Hamilton
The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
The Virgin Suicides Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Stoner John Williams
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Berendt
The World According to Garp John Irving
Last Night in Twisted River John Irving
A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
East of Eden John Steinbeck
Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom #1) John Updike
Gods in Alabama Joshilyn Jackson
Between, Georgia Joshilyn Jackson
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1) Kent Haruf
Our Souls at Night Kent Haruf
Cane River Lalita Tademy
Fates and Furies Lauren Groff
Saving Grace Lee Smith
Rush Home Road Lori Lansens
Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? Lorrie Moore
The Door Magda SzabÌ
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
Alias Grace Margaret Atwood
The Velveteen Rabbit Margery Williams Bianco
A Spot of Bother Mark Haddon
The Interestings Meg Wolitzer
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Nathaniel Philbrick
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
The Great Santini Pat Conroy
The Prince of Tides Pat Conroy
Midnight Assassin: A Murder in America’s Heartland Patricia L. Bryan
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Suskind
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan
Ava’s Man Rick Bragg
Serena Ron Rash
The Outcast Sadie Jones
Sacred Hearts Sarah Dunant
The Birth of Venus Sarah Dunant
Fingersmith Sarah Waters
The Rapture of Canaan Sheri Reynolds
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Therese Anne Fowler
The Space Between Us Thrity Umrigar
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
The Hour I First Believed Wally Lamb
I Know This Much Is True Wally Lamb
She’s Come Undone Wally Lamb
A Land More Kind Than Home Wiley Cash
Lord of the Flies William Golding


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