200+ Novels

The 200+ Best Novels I Have Read.

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

List updated: 3 July 2017


11 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.

  5. Great list – we have very similar tastes and preferences. You list three authors in your top 25 that I hadn’t heard of – Elena Ferrante, Clarice Lispector and Karl Ove Knausgaard – so thanks for the recommendation, I’ll add them to my (very long) reading list!
    I’m surprised at some that didn’t make it into your top 200. Can I recommend: Joyce’s “Ulysses” (#1 in my list and regularly cited as one of the greatest ever; some tough passages later in the book, but it’s not as hard as many suggest, and it’s genuinely rewarding if you research each chapter – including the corresponding section of The Odyssey – before you read it); #3 Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” (the grandfather of modern fiction, hugely entertaining and ultimately deeply moving, plus brilliant metafiction 100s of years ahead of its time); #11 “Catcher in the Rye” (much more highly regarded in the rest of the world than in the US!); #17 Dickens’ “David Copperfield” (arguably his best); #18 Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” (almost unknown outside the US, which is a great shame); #20 “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”; #24 Huxley’s “Brave New World”; #25 Kafka’s “The Trial”.

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