yet another 100 best novels in the world ever

 …mmm… a very personal list by someone with an inordinate interest in the obscure, the wacky and the pretentious… as well as sci-fi and… well, see for yourself…

1.             ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand

2.             THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand

3.             BATTLEFIELD EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard

4.             THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien

5.             TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

6.             1984 by George Orwell

7.             ANTHEM by Ayn Rand

8.             WE THE LIVING by Ayn Rand

9.             MISSION EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard

10.          FEAR by L. Ron Hubbard

11.          ULYSSES by James Joyce

12.          CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller

13.          THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

14.          DUNE by Frank Herbert

15.          THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS by Robert Heinlein

16.          STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert Heinlein

17.          A TOWN LIKE ALICE by Nevil Shute

18.          BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

19.          THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

20.          ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

21.          GRAVITY’S RAINBOW by Thomas Pynchon

22.          THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

23.          SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

24.          GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell

25.          LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding

26.          SHANE by Jack Schaefer

27.          TRUSTEE FROM THE TOOLROOM by Nevil Shute

28.          A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving

29.          THE STAND by Stephen King

30.          THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN by John Fowles

31.          BELOVED by Toni Morrison

32.          THE WORM OUROBOROS by E.R. Eddison

33.          THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

34.          LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

35.          MOONHEART by Charles de Lint

36.          ABSALOM, ABSALOM! by William Faulkner

37.          OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham

38.          WISE BLOOD by Flannery O’Connor

39.          UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry

40.          FIFTH BUSINESS by Robertson Davies

41.          SOMEPLACE TO BE FLYING by Charles de Lint

42.          ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac

43.          HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad

44.          YARROW by Charles de Lint

45.          AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS by H.P. Lovecraft

46.          ONE LONELY NIGHT by Mickey Spillane

47.          MEMORY AND DREAM by Charles de Lint

48.          TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

49.          THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy

50.          TRADER by Charles de Lint

51.          THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams

52.          THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

53.          THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood

54.          BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy

55.          A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess

56.          ON THE BEACH by Nevil Shute

57.          A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce

58.          GREENMANTLE by Charles de Lint

59.          ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card

60.          THE LITTLE COUNTRY by Charles de Lint

61.          THE RECOGNITIONS by William Gaddis

62.          STARSHIP TROOPERS by Robert Heinlein

63.          THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway

64.          THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving

65.          SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury

66.          THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson

67.          AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner

68.          TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller

69.          INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison

70.          THE WOOD WIFE by Terri Windling

71.          THE MAGUS by John Fowles

72.          THE DOOR INTO SUMMER by Robert Heinlein


74.          I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves

75.          THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London

76.          AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS by Flann O’Brien

77.          FARENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury

78.          ARROWSMITH by Sinclair Lewis

79.          WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams

80.          NAKED LUNCH by William S. Burroughs

81.          THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER by Tom Clancy

82.          GUILTY PLEASURES by Laurell K. Hamilton

83.          THE PUPPET MASTERS by Robert Heinlein

84.          IT by Stephen King

85.          V. by Thomas Pynchon

86.          DOUBLE STAR by Robert Heinlein

87.          CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY by Robert Heinlein

88.          BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh

89.          LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner

90.          ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST by Ken Kesey

91.          A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway

92.          THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles

93.          SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION by Ken Kesey

94.          MY ANTONIA by Willa Cather

95.          MULENGRO by Charles de Lint

96.          SUTTREE by Cormac McCarthy

97.          MYTHAGO WOOD by Robert Holdstock

98.          ILLUSIONS by Richard Bach

99.          THE CUNNING MAN by Robertson Davies

100.      THE SATANIC VERSES by Salman Rushdie


  1. February 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Personal indeed. I stopped reading when I saw Ayn Rand occupying the first 2 places.

  2. Valerie
    May 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Nice list!

    Are this books the ones you absolutely prefer?

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