In no particular order, here are 100 works of fiction or memoir I really enjoyed reading.  The rules:  I’ve only included books I think I would still enjoy if I read them now, and only one book from each author.

I’ve put an asterisk next to the authors from whom it was hard to allow just one book.

There are actually 101 books here.  That is because I broke my second rule for Diana Wynne Jones.  And I’ve included Plato’s Republic because it reads like a utopian novel.


Kristen Bakis, Lives of the Monster Dogs

Franny Bilingsley, The Folk Keeper

Kevin Crossley-Holland, Axe Age, Wolf Age

Bernard Evslin, The Green Hero

Phillipa Pearce, Tom’s Midnight Garden

*E. Nesbit, The Treasure Seekers

Constance Savery, The Reb and the Redcoats

*Diana Wynne Jones, The Lives of Christopher Chant

Diana Wynne Jones, The Homeward Bounders

*Tim Wynne-Jones, The Boy in the Burning House

Mrs Molesworth, The Tapestry Room

Kenneth Graham, The Wind in the Willows

Robin Hobb, Assassin’s Apprentice

Howard Pyle, Robin Hood

*Elizabeth Wein, The Winter Prince

*Elizabeth Knox, Dreamhunter

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Plato, The Republic

Robert Louis Stevenson, David Balfour

J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

Peter Moore, Blind Sighted

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Susan Juby, Alice, I Think

Lynne Reid Banks, My Darling Villain

Lewis Caroll, Through the Looking Glass

Rupert Thompson, The Insult

*Geoff Ryman, Air

Lois Bujold, Komar

Cherry Wilder, The Luck of Brin’s Five

Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Greensleeves

*Haruki Murakami, Dance, Dance, Dance

Yves Meynard, The Book of Knights

Karen Joy Fowler, Sarah Canary

Molly Gloss, Wild Life

Kelly Link, Magic for Beginners

Lydia Davis, Almost No Memory

Joanna Rose, Little Miss Strange

Jane Gardam, Bilgewater

James Hilton, Goodbye Mister Chips

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

*L. Frank Baum, The Land of Oz

Andrew Crumey, Pfitz

*Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Eleanor Arnason, A Woman of the Iron People

Suzy McKee Charnas, Motherlines

*Eric Christian Haugaard, Leif the Unlucky

Edward Carey, Observatory Mansions

Glyn Thomas, A Few Selected Exits

Robert Graves, Goodbye to All That

Katharine Butler Hathaway, The Little Locksmith

T.H. White, The Goshawk

J.M. Synge, The Aran Islands

August Strindberg, The People of Hemsö

Geraldine Harris, A Prince of the Godborn

Jill Paton Walsh, Unleaving

Matt Ruff, Set This House in Order

Richard Grant, Kaspian Lost

*John Crowley, Engine Summer

C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace

Abby Bardi, The Book of Fred

Kyoko Mori, Shizuko’s Daughter

*Rosemary Sutcliff, The Shield Ring

Emma Bull, The War for the Oaks

Holly Black, Tithe

Will Shetterly, Dogland

Peter Haug, Borderliners

*Patrice Kindl, Lost in the Labyrinth

Astrid Lindgren, Bill Bergson: Master Detective

Susan Price, The Sterkarm Handshake

*Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now

Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

*Kage Baker, The Graveyard Game (but read them in order!)

John Wright, The Golden Age

Kate Atkinson, Emotionally Weird

Hugh Gallagher, Teeth

Robert Irwin, Exquisite Corpse

*Iris Murdoch, Under the Net

An Na, A Step from Heaven

Baroness Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel

*Tove Jansson, Moominland Midwinter

Janusz Korczac, King Matt the First

Ernest Callenbach, Ecotopia

Maureen F. McHugh, Nekropolis

Mary Renault, The King Must Die

*Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia (but read them in order, and avoid the paperbacks with their spoiler-y cover art)

Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans

Sara Nickerson, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

Betsy James, Long Night Dance

Tobias Wolff, The Night in Question

L.M. Boston, The Children of Green Knowe

Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Susan Cooper, Over Sea, Under Stone

Joan Aiken, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

*Selma Lägerlof, Marbäcka


One Response to “100 Most Enjoyed Reads”

  1. Suzan Says:

    Hiya trapunto! I just have to check out people who touch on my blog – and I must say I have enjoyed yours immensely. But then – we are weavers and there is always that weird connection at the very least. Interesting read list. I havent read many of the same books – just the obvious like Through the Looking Glass, to Kill a Mockingbird, Huck Finn, and, of course, Catcher in the Rye. I’d like to find the Aran Islands book because I just know that must be a mysterious and wonderful place (places?). And I’m also going to look into the Moominland read (have decided that the Finns are very strange). Let’s keep in contact, shall we?

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