Here’s the list of my 100 (+) favorite novels of all time. It’s hard enough to generate the list, deciding what to put on it and what to leave off. Prioritizing it is even harder. So this, for the moment, represents my list of most favorite novels starting from number 1. The list will change as I continue to read and think about what I’ve read.

A (+) after the title of the book, means that book and all of the others in the series. I suppose that’s cheating, but I didn’t want to use up slots for essentially one story.

Leave a comment for any book I’ve left off the list that should be there and any book on the list that shouldn’t, but remember this is a list of novels and not other types of literature.

  1. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  2. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  3. Giants in the Earth by O. E. Rolvaag
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  5. Spangle by Gary Jennings
  6. Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
  7. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  8. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
  9. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  12. Greenmantle by John Buchan
  13. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  14. The Hobbit (+) by J. R. R. Tolkien
  15. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  16. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  17. The Shipping News by E. Annie Prolux
  18. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  19. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
  20. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
  21. The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen by Collins Hemingway
  22. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  23. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  24. Waiting for Robert Capa by Susana Fortes
  25. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  26. Stardust by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
  27. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  28. So Big by Edna Ferber
  29. Lamb by Christopher Moore
  30. Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore
  31. Call of the Wild by Jack London
  32. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  33. Betty Zane (+) by Zane Grey
  34. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  35. The Rescue by Joseph Conrad
  36. The Horsemen by Joseph Kessel
  37. Palace Walk (+) by Naguib Mahfouz
  38. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  39. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  40. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  41. The 39 Steps by John Buchan
  42. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  43. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
  44. Light in August by William Faulkner
  45. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  46. Lolita by Valdimir Nabokov
  47. David Golder by Irene Nemirovsky
  48. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (+) by J. K. Rowling
  49. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  50. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  51. The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  52. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  53. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  54. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  55. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  56. Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
  57. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  58. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  59. The Silver Pigs (+ Marcus Didius Falco Series) by Lindsey Davis
  60. The Blessing Way (+ Leaphorn and Chee Series) by Tony Hillerman
  61. McNally’s Secret (+ McNally Series) by Lawrence Sanders
  62. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  63. Rites of Passage by William Golding
  64. Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse
  65. Fanny Hill by John Cleland
  66. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  67. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  68. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  69. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  70. Train to Pakistan by Kushwant Singh
  71. Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castenada
  72. The Elephant’s Journey by Jose Saramago
  73. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  74. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  75. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (+) by Stieg Larsson
  76. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  77. Martin Eden by Jack London
  78. A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
  79. To Have and To Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  80. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  81. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  82. Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  83. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells
  84. Go Tell It To The Mountain by James Baldwin
  85. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  86. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  87. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  88. 1984 by George Orwell
  89. The Hunger Games (+) by Suzanne Collins
  90. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  91. The Martian by Andy Weir
  92. Dune (+) by Frank Herbert
  93. Foundation (+) by Isaac Asimov
  94. A Fire Upon the Deep (+) by Vernor Vinge
  95. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  96. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  97. Fool by Christopher Moore
  98. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  99. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
  100. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  101. Zorro by Isabel Allende
  102. Herzog by Saul Bellow
  103. The Source by James Mitchner
  104. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
  105. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  106. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  107. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  108. A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel by Marlon James
  109. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana
  110. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  111. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  112. Beloved Toni Morrison
  113. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  114. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  115. South of the Border West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
  116. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  117. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  118. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  119. And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov
  120. One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marques
  121. Ulysses by James Joyce