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Best Books of All Time (Until Now): Fiction




Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

Valley of the Dolls

Jacqueline Susann

The Shining 

Stephen King

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

J.R.R. Tolkien

A Visit of the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan

Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini


Frank Herbert

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Toni Morrison


George Orwell

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte


Ian McEwan

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

J.K. Rowling

Alice Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

One Hundred Years of Solitude 

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro

Catch - 22

 Joseph Heller


 Mariane Satrapi

Slaughterhouse Five

Kurt Vonnegut

Cutting For Stone

Abraham Verghese

White Teeth

Zadie Smith

Little Women

Louisa May Allcott

Interpreter of Maladies

Thumpa Lahiri

Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe


Vladimir Nabokov

Love Medicine

Louise Erdrich

Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Sedaris


Jeffrey Eugenides

Midnight's Children

Salman Rushdie

East of Eden

John Steinbeck


William Shakespeare

Of Human Bondage

W. Somerset Maugham

The World According to Garp

John Irving

Out of Africa

Isak Dinesen

And Then There Were None

 Agatha Christie

Portnoy's Complaint

Phillip Roth


The Wind - Up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murakami

The Things They Carried

Tim O'Brien


Yaa Gyasi

The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton

The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier and Clay

Michael Chabon


Marilynne Robinson

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway

The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents: A Novel

Julia Alvarez

The Stranger

Albert Camus

The Night Watchman

Louise Erdrich

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

The Three Musketeers

Alexander Dumas

Never Let Me Go 

Kazuo Ishiguro

The Long Goodbye

Raymond Chandler

Go Tell It On the Mountain

James Baldwin

Lonesome Dove

Larry McMurty

The Haunting of Hill House

Shirley Jackson

 A Perfect Spy

John leCarre

Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Bridget Jones's Diary

Helen Fielding

I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith


Min Jin Lee

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

The Sandman Vol. 1

Neil Gaiman

Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Another Country

James Baldwin

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Patricia Highsmith

The Buddha in the Attic

Julie Otsuka

The End of the Affair

Graham Greene

The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War

Michael Shaara

My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante

Doctor Zhivago

Boris Pasternak

The Bluest Eyes

Toni Morrison

The Awakening and Selected Stories

Kate Chopin

The Good Lord Bird

James McBride

The Stand: a Novel

Stephen King

Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Novel

Douglas Adam

Lincoln in the Bardo: a Novel

George Saunders

Little Fires Everywhere: a Novel

Celeste Ng

Moby Dick

Herman Melville

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

William Goldman


Mary Shelley

The Fifth Season

N.K. Jemisin


The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead

The Song of Achilles: a Novel

Madeline Miller

Winesburg Ohio

Sherwood Anderson

The Blind Assassin: a Novel

Margaret Atwood

Winter's Tale

Mark Helprin

Station Eleven

Emily St. John Mandel

David Copperfield

Charles Dickens

Another Brooklyn: a Novel

Jacqueline Woodson

Riders of the Purple Sage

Zane Grey


J.M. Coetzee

Pale Fire

Vladimir Nabokov

Gone Girl: a Novel

Gillian Flynn

Silence of the Lambs

Thomas Harris


Hope Mirrlees

The Round House: a Novel

Louise Erdrich

Parable of the Sower

Octavia Butler

The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Play It As It Lays

Joan Didion

The Namesake: a Novel

Jhumpa Lahiri

Waiting: a Novel

Ha Jin

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Betty Smith

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman

Dandelion Wine: a Novel

Ray Bradbury

Olive Kitteridge

Elizabeth Strout

Normal People: a Novel

Sally Rooney

The Good Soldier

Ford Madox Ford

The Nightingale: a Novel

Kristin Hannah

Waiting to Exhale

Terry McMillan

An American Marriage: a Novel

Tayari Jones

A Song of Ice & Fire (Series)

George R.R. Martin


George Eliot

Bridgerton: The Duke and I 

Julia Quinn

Devil's Club

Georgette Heyer

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

Cormac McCarthy

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Susanna Clarke

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck

The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner

American Pastoral

Philip Roth


Howards End

E.M. Forster

The God of Small Things: a Novel

Arundhati Roy


Philip K. Dick

A Brief History of Seven Killings: a Novel

Marlon James

Life After Life: a Novel

Kate Atkinson

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo

Bastard Out of Carolina: a Novel

Dorothy Allison

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

C.S. Forester

All Creatures Great and Small

James Herriot

The Tale of Genji

Murasaki Shikibu

The Code of the Woosters

P.G. Wodehouse

The Known World

Edward P. Jones

Flight Behavior: a Novel

Barbara Kingsolver

The Overstory: a Novel

Richard Powers

The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin

My Name is Red

Orhan Pamuk

Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: a Novel

Muriel Spark

Sing, Unburied, Sing: a Novel

Jesmyn Ward

True Grit: a Novel

Charles Portis

The Complete Stories

Flannery O'Connor

To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf

Bel Canto

Ann Patchett

Tales of the City: a Novel

Armistead Maupin

Ragtime: a Novel

E.L. Doctorow

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Anne Tyler

Cloud Atlas: a Novel

David Mitchell

My Antonia

Willa Cather

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: the Pox Party

M.T. Anderson

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: the Kingdom on the Waves

M.T. Anderson

Angle of Repose

Wallace Stegner

The Unbearable Lightness of Being: a Novel

Milan Kundera

Cold Mountain: a Novel

Charles Frazier

Endless Love 

Scott Spencer

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

A Fine Balance

Rohinton Mistry

The Posthumous Memoir of Bras Cubas

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

Snow Crash

Neal Stephenson

A Thousand Acres: a Novel

Jane Smiley

Empire Falls

Richard Russo

The Pillars of the Earth

Ken Follett


Colm Toibin

True History of the Kelly Gang: a Novel

Peter Carey

The Death of Vivek Oji: a Novel

Akwaeke Emezi