Sunday, April 22, 2018

100 Best Books

Someone asked me over on FB recently what my favorite book was. (Theirs was Farenheit 451.) This is a question that always sends me into a mild panic, since I don't have -- can't conceive of having -- a favorite book.

Instead, I have about 100 favorite books. And now I intend to list them for you.

These are all books that I have read multiple times, and love passionately. So if you dislike one of them, maybe just keep it to yourself. Though you should feel free to name your own top 10 or 20 in the comments!

(These are in no particular order, btw)

1)      Middlemarch, George Eliot
2)      The Word for World is Forest, Ursula Le Guin
3)      Lathe of Heaven, Ursula Le Guin
4)      The Dispossessed, Ursula Le Guin
5)      Paradise Lost, Ursula Le Guin
6)      Emma, Jane Austen
7)      Persuasion, Jane Austen
8)      Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
9)      Little Men, Louisa May Alcott
10)  Floating Worlds, Cecelia Holland
11)  Great Maria, Cecelia Holland
12)  Until the Sun Falls, Cecelia Holland
13)  Antichrist, Cecelia Holland
14)  Case Histories, Kate Atkins
15)  Life After Life, Kate Atkins
16)  A God in Ruins, Kate Atkins
17)  A Woman of the Iron People, Eleanor Arnason
18)  A Ring of Swords, Eleanor Arnason
19)  Hwarhath Stories, Eleanor Arnason
20)  City of Diamond, Jane Emerson
21)  Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
22)  Miss Pym Disposes, Josephine Tey
23)  The Female Man, Joanna Russ
24)  Fledgling, Octavia Butler
25)  Lilith's Brood, Octavia Butler
26)  Bloodchild, Octavia Butler
27)  In Other Lands, Sarah Rees Brennan
28)  Sunshine, Robin McKinley
29)  China Mountain Zhang, Maureen McHugh
30)  Necropolis, Maureen McHugh
31)  Hild, Nicole Griffith
32)  Kage Baker, The Company Series (all 12 or 13 of them)
33)  Kage Baker, The House of the Stag
34)  Kage Baker, The Empress of Mars
35)  Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
36)  The Awakening, Kate Chopin
37)  The Last of the Wine, Mary Renault
38)  The Friendly Young Ladies, Mary Renault
39)  The Middle Mist, Mary Renault
40)  Lab Girl, Hope Jahren
41)  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
42)  Joy in the Morning, Betty Smith
43)  I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
44)  Life Among the Savages, Shirley Jackson
45)  Raising Demons, Shirley Jackson
46)  We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
47)  Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
48)  Mainstreet, Sinclair Lewis
49)  Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis
50)  A Work of Art, Sinclair Lewis
51)  Howard’s End, E.M. Forester
52)  Nobody’s Fool, Richard Russo
53)  Watership Down, Richard Adams
54)  Moveable Feast. Ernest Hemmingway
55)  Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
56)  Travels with Charlies, John Steinbeck
57)  It Looked Like Forever, Mark Harris
58)  The Southpaw, Mark Harris
59)  Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
60)  Perfect Circle, Sean Stewart
61)  To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis
62)  The Doomsday Book, Connie Willis
63)  Firewatch, Connie Willis
64)  Passage, Connie Willis
65)  World War Z, Max Brooks
66)  Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
67)  Among Others, Jo Walton
68)  The Just City, Jo Walton
69)  Necessity, Jo Walton
70)  Philosopher Kings, Jo Walton
71)  My Real Children, Jo Walton
72)  Are You My Mother? Alison Bechdel
73)  Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
74)  The Truth, Terry Pratchett
75)  Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
76)  Nice Work, David Lodge
77)  The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
78)  Grass, Sheri Tepper
79)  Raising the Stones, Sheri Tepper
80)  Gibbon’s Decline and Fall, Sheri Tepper
81)  The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell
82)  The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
83)  Gaudy Night, Dorothy Sayers
84)  Cider House Rules, John Irving
85)  Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger
86)  Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner
87)  Domestic Pleasures, Beth Gutcheon
88)  Five Fortunes, Beth Gutcheon
89)  The New Girls, Beth Gutcheon
90)  Fair and Tender Ladies, Lee Smith
91)  Saving Grace, Lee Smith
92)  The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, Meg Elison
93)  The Book of Etta, Meg Elison
94)  Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
95)  Spin State, Chris Moriarty
96)  Spin Control, Chris Moriarty
97)  Moving On, Larry McMurtry
98)  Star Beast, Robert Heinlein
99)  Dragon Seed, Pearl S. Buck
100True Grit, Charles Portis


Dame Eleanor Hull said...

With you on Persuasion and Mansfield Park. I don't know anyone else who likes MP! I love how Fanny gets her way by behaving perfectly, far more perfectly than anyone else wants her to.

delagar said...

I love Mansfield Park -- I never can decide if I like that one or Persuasion more.

It's not that I don't like all of Austen's books. I do love them all! But those two are so perfect.