List of Novels

I grew up on science fiction and fantasy and have not strayed far even as an adult. During high school and college, when most classic novels are forced upon unsuspecting teens, I escaped relatively unscathed through a combination of weak public schools and being just smart enough to fake it.

Therefore with the power of the public library at hand, I have decided to journey through those novels considered the best – most for the first time.

The list I am using is a compilation of multiple lists that can be found on the internet. The higher a novel appears in someone’s arbitrary list of ‘best novels’ the higher it is rated for this compilation.

* denotes novels I am very familiar with and may not revisit here

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Catch-22
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy *
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Anna Karenina
  • Animal Farm
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Lolita
  • War and Peace [revisit]
  • Moby Dick
  • The Lord of the Rings *
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • 1984 *
  • Lord of the Flies
  • The Stranger
  • Life of Pi
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Remembrance of Things Past [revisit]
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • On the Road
  • His Dark Materials *
  • Brave New World *
  • Les Miserables
  • Don Quixote (Part 1)
  • Jane Eyre
  • Slaughterhouse Five
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Heart of Darkness
  • Gone with the Wind
  • David Copperfield
  • Tess of the D’Ubervilles
  • The Color Purple
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
  • The Old Man and the Sea
  • Beloved
  • Little Women
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The Kite Runner
  • The Road
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Chronicle of Narnia *
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Emma
  • Atonement
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Harry Potter *
  • Madame Bovary
  • Midnight’s Children
  • The Hobbit *
  • The Little Prince
  • The Bell Jar
  • The Fountainhead
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Invisible Man
  • The Leopard
  • The Sound and the Fury
  • The Three Musketeers
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The Master and the Margarita
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Ender’s Game *
  • Dune *
  • Rebecca
  • Ulysses
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Middlemarch
  • The Good Earth

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