200+ Novels

The 200+ Best Novels I Have Read.

  1. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  2. In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust
  3. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  4. Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner
  5. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  6. Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
  7. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  8. Beloved, Toni Morrison
  9. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
  10. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  11. The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector
  12. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
  13. Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
  14. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
  15. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  16. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
  17. Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov
  18. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  19. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  20. Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar
  21. My Struggle, Book 1, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  22. My Struggle, Book 2, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  23. The Days of Abandonment, Elena Ferrante
  24. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  25. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
  26. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
  27. The Man Who Loved Children, Christina Stead
  28. The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles
  29. Ada, or Ardor, Vladimir Nabokov
  30. Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner
  31. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  32. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  33. The Waves, Virginia Woolf
  34. The Story of the Lost Child, Elena Ferrante
  35. Light in August, William Faulkner
  36. The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  37. Howards End, E.M. Forster
  38. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  39. Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino
  40. Resurrection, Leo Tolstoy
  41. Go Tell It on a Mountain, James Baldwin
  42. The Friendly Persuasion, Jessamyn West
  43. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  44. My Ántonia, Willa Cather
  45. The Kreutzer Sonata, Leo Tolstoy
  46. The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
  47. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  48. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
  49. Between the Acts, Virginia Woolf
  50. Alexis, Marguerite Yourcenar
  51. Independent People, Halldór Laxness
  52. The Story of a New Name, Elena Ferrante
  53. The Leopard, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  54. The Blue Flower, Penelope Fitzgerald
  55. Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger
  56. Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
  57. Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenev
  58. A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
  59. Evidence of Things Unseen, Marianne Wiggins
  60. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
  61. Cane, Jean Toomer
  62. Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
  63. O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  64. 1984, George Orwell
  65. I, Claudius, Robert Graves
  66. Lila, Marilynne Robinson
  67. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  68. The Museum of Innocence, Orhan Pamuk
  69. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
  70. Orlando, Virginia Woolf
  71. Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald
  72. Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively
  73. May We Be Forgiven, A.M. Homes
  74. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  75. A Mercy, Toni Morrison
  76. The Charterhouse of Parma, Stendhal
  77. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  78. Confessions of a Mask, Mishima Yukio
  79. Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell
  80. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  81. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
  82. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
  83. 2666, Roberto Bolaño
  84. Sula, Toni Morrison
  85. My Struggle, Book 4, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  86. All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
  87. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields
  88. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  89. On Love, Alain de Botton
  90. Snow Country, Kawabata Yasunari
  91. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  92. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  93. This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  94. Cousin Bette, Honoré de Balzac
  95. Emma, Jane Austen
  96. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
  97. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
  98. Home, Marilynne Robinson
  99. Tinkers, Paul Harding
  100. Coup de Grâce, Marguerite Yourcenar
  101. Native Son, Richard Wright
  102. Atonement, Ian McEwan
  103. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
  104. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  105. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  106. The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
  107. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
  108. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
  109. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
  110. Sophie’s Choice, William Styron
  111. The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides
  112. A Room with a View, E.M. Forster
  113. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  114. If on a winter’s night a traveler, Italo Calvino
  115. The Awakening, Kate Chopin
  116. Appointment in Samarra, John O’Hara
  117. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
  118. The Makioka Sisters, Tanizaki Jun’ichiro
  119. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
  120. Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
  121. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
  122. Henderson the Rain King, Saul Bellow
  123. The Chaneysville Incident, David Bradley
  124. Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, May Sarton
  125. The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene
  126. The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson
  127. Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson
  128. Transparent Things, Vladimir Nabokov
  129. Mating, Norman Rush
  130. Austerlitz, W.G. Sebald
  131. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante
  132. The Wallcreeper, Nell Zink
  133. The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
  134. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney
  135. A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
  136. All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
  137. Saturday, Ian McEwan
  138. My Name Is Red, Orhan Pamuk
  139. The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides
  140. The Patrick Melrose Novels, Edward St. Aubyn
  141. Light Years, James Salter
  142. To Siberia, Per Petterson
  143. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Márquez
  144. The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope
  145. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  146. The Black Sheep, Honoré de Balzac
  147. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  148. On Beauty, Zadie Smith
  149. Cloudsplitter, Russell Banks
  150. Troubling Love, Elena Ferrante
  151. Hunger, Knut Hamsun
  152. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
  153. What Is the What, Dave Eggers
  154. The Joke, Milan Kundera
  155. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
  156. Silence, Endo Shusaku
  157. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz
  158. The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  159. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
  160. Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart
  161. Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
  162. The End of the Story, Lydia Davis
  163. The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
  164. Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart
  165. Jazz, Toni Morrison
  166. The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  167. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
  168. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
  169. Jacob’s Room, Virginia Woolf
  170. Le Père Goriot, Honoré de Balzac
  171. Loving, Henry Green
  172. Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
  173. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Murakami Haruki
  174. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  175. Comedy in a Minor Key, Hans Keilson
  176. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
  177. Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel
  178. The Diary of a Mad Old Man, Tanizaki Jun’ichiro
  179. The Voyage Out, Virginia Woolf
  180. Eugénie Grandet, Honoré de Balzac
  181. Adam Bede, George Eliot
  182. A Sentimental Education, Gustave Flaubert
  183. Herzog, Saul Bellow
  184. The Association of Small Bombs,
  185. Summer, Edith Wharton
  186. Out, Natsuo Kirino
  187. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  188. Thousand Cranes, Yasunari Kawabata
  189. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Gary Shteyngart
  190. The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot
  191. Mislaid, Nell Zink
  192. Life & Times of Michael K, J.M. Coetzee
  193. The Sellout, Paul Beatty
  194. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  195. The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
  196. The Housekeeper and the Professor, Yoko Ogawa
  197. We Need to Talk about Kevin, Lionel Shriver
  198. The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
  199. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
  200. Some Prefer Nettles, Junichiro Tanizaki
  201. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  202. Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison
  203. More Die of Heartbreak, Saul Bellow
  204. The Course of Love, Alain de Botton

List updated: 20 December 2016

10 thoughts on “200+ Novels

  1. i’m happy to see the road, freedom, and what is the what in your list alongside, of course, many of the great classics.

    and although I’ve only read a quarter or so of these, i peruse this list, and immediate novels i think of that aren’t here are les miserables and dickens (though i’ve never read him so i shouldn’t be talking). considerations off the beaten path from my reading experience would also include brothers by yu hua (appreciated rather than liked for this one) and the deptford trilogy by robertson davies…

    Silence has been on my bookshelf for *ages* from a used bookstore in carrboro— you know the place— and i’m inspired to begin it now. i don’t know that i cared much for madame bovary, though– let me know why you liked or appreciated it.

  2. This list… All of my favorites are on here. Wharton and Fitzgerald and Morrison and Franzen and DFW and….my god it’s good to know there are other people out there who love these books.

  3. I just discovered this blog and you and I seem to have a lot of shared interests in literature. You’ve encouraged me to read Absalom, Absalom again, the first time I read it was a monumentally overwhelming, shattering experience. There are few who can move me like Faulkner. Have you ever read Don DeLillo’s Underworld? I think you should give it a shot, it’s incredible. Anyway, I look forward to checking out a lot of the books on your lists as I’m sure I’ll find some new favourites!

  4. I tried reading ” Midnight Children” by Salman Rushdie but it bored me after a few pages. Its like stretching an extremely flexible elastic. However, these other options seem fascinating.

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