SIMPLY FICTIONAL TALES

written by lauren d. h. miertschin

Saturday, November 21, 2009

My Top 100 Favorite Books

I could rearrange this list from week to week. And there are many other books that I've read worthy of making this list. I doubt the top 3 will ever change -- though it is possible.

(Omitted from list: Holy Books, friends books, children’s books)



1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin / Harriett Beecher Stowe


2. Black Boy / Richard Wright


3. Brother’s Karamozov / Fyodor Dostoevsky


4. Corelli’s Mandolin / Louis De Berniers


5. Grapes of Wrath / John Steinbeck


6. The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank / Anne Frank


7. The Catcher in the Rye / J.D. Salinger


8. Les Miserables / Victor Hugo


9. 1984 / George Orwell


10. The Color Purple / Alice Walker


11. Notes from Underground / Fyodor Dostoevsky


12. The Good War / Studs Terkel


13. All Quiet on the Western Front / Erich Maria Remarque


14. Dracula / Bram Stoker


15. Uncle Tom’s Children / Richard Wright


16. Eight Men / Richard Wright


17. Cry, the Beloved Country / Alan Paton


18. Berlin Diaries / Marie Vasilnikoff


19. Anais Nin’s Diaries (all of them) / Anais Nin


20. The Good Earth / Pearl S. Buck


21. To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee


22. Boy / Roald Dahl


23. Native Son / Richard Wright


24. The Island on Bird Street / Uri Orlev


25. Going Solo / Roald Dahl


26. The Screwtape Letters / C.S. Lewis


27. The Winter of our Discontent / John Steinbeck


28. East of Eden / John Steinbeck


29. Memoirs of a Geisha / Arthur Golden


30. Tortilla Flats / John Steinbeck


31. Brave New World / Aldous Huxley


32. The Outsider / Richard Wright


33. The Long Dream / Richard Wright


34. Illusions / Richard Bach


35. Blue Beard / Kurt Vonnegut


36. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café / Fannie Flagg


37. Taras Bulba / Gogol


38. Cat’s Cradle / Kurt Vonnegut


39. Bird by Bird / Anne Lamott


40. Surprised by Joy / C.S. Lewis


41. Me Talk Pretty One Day / David Sedaris


42. Cold Sassy Tree / Olivia Burns


43. Reflections on the Psalms / C.S. Lewis


44. Naked / David Sedaris


45. Franny and Zooey / J.D. Salinger


46. Raise High the Roof Highbeam, Carpenters . . . / J.D. Salinger


47. The Glass Harp / Truman Capote


48. A Grief Observed / C.S. Lewis


49. Til We Have Faces / C.S. Lewis


50. Savage Holiday / Richard Wright


51. A Pen Warmed Up in Hell / Mark Twain


52. If I Forget Thee Jerusalem / William Faulkner


53. The Four Loves / C.S. Lewis


54. Breakfast at Tiffany’s / Truman Capote


55. Of Mice and Men / John Steinbeck


56. The Reader / Bernhard Schlink


57. Lawd Today! / Richard Wright


58. Over to You / Roald Dahl


59. Letters to Children / C.S. Lewis


60. My Uncle Oswald / Roald Dahl


61. Cannery Row / John Steinbeck


62. The Crucible / Arthur Miller


63. The World According to Garp / John Irving


64. Diary of a Madman & Other Stories / Nikolai Gogol


65. Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain


66. Crime and Punishment / Fyodor Dostoevsky


67. Don Quixote / Cervantes


68. Wuthering Heights / Emily Bronte


69. Stones from the River / Ursula Hegi


70. The Tin Drum / Gunter Grass


71. House of the Dead / Fyodor Dostoevsky


72. Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury


73. Candide / Voltaire


74. Robinson Crusoe / Daniel Defoe


75. The Odyssey / Homer


76. Crime and Punishment / Fyodor Dostoevsky


77. Lolita / Vladimir Nabakov


78. A Clockwork Orange / Anthony Burgess


79. A Prayer for Owen Meaney / John Irving


80. The Sorrows of Young Werther / Geothe


81. Mother Night / Kurt Vonnegut


82. Nine Stories / J.D. Salinger


83. The Slave / Isaac Bashevis-Singer


84. Like Water for Chocolate / Laura Esquivel


85. The Aeneid / Virgil


86. The Inferno / Dante


87. The Bell Jar / Sylvia Platt


88. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest / Ken Kesey


89. Midnight Cowboy / James Leo Herlihy


90. At Play in the Fields of the Lord / Peter Matthiessen


91. A Literate Passion Anais / Nin/Henry Miller


92. Angela’s Ashes / Frank McCourt


93. The Long Walk / Slavomir Rawicz


94. Tale of Two Cities / Charles Dickens


95. Johnathan Livingston Seagull / Richard Bach


96. The Underdogs / Mariano Azuela


97. The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald


98. Things Fall Apart / Achebe


99. The Chocolate War / Robert Cormier


100. Anna Karenina / Leo Tolstoy


101. Exodus / Leon Uris (Oops, I just had to sneak one more in : )

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