100 fiction books to read in a lifetime

100 books to read

Plenty of folks have lists of the 100 best books of all time, the 100 books you should read, and so on. And beautifully, despite much overlap, they are all different. The glorious subjectivity of art means that no two of these lists should ever be exactly alike. So this is ours, our special snowflake of a list, born out of our passion for books. We kept it to fiction this time. Some of the expected classic novels are there, alongside some more contemporary stories. There is some science fiction, some YA, and above all else, some unforgettable stories.


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By Ray Bradbury
By Sarah Waters
By Charlotte Brontë
By Richard Adams
By William Golding
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
By Lucy Maud Montgomery
By Paulo Coelho
By Alice Walker
By Erich Maria Remarque
By Mary Shelley
By Margaret Atwood
By George Orwell
By Ian McEwan
By Mordecai Richler
By Richard Marsh
By Sylvia Plath
By Lawrence Hill
By Markus Zusak
By Lois Lowry
By Aldous Huxley
By Leo Tolstoy
By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
By Joseph Heller
By E.B. White
By John Wyndham
By David Benioff
By Anthony Burgess
By Fyodor Dostoevsky
By J.M. Coetzee
By Cervantes
By Connie Willis
By Bram Stoker
By Margaret Mitchell
By John Steinbeck
By Charles Dickens
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
By Jonathan Swift
By Charles Bukowski
By Kathryn Stockett
By J.R.R Tolkien
By Suzanne Collins
By Sidney Sheldon
By Ralph Ellison
By Octavia Butler
By Khaled Hosseini
By Victor Hugo
By Yann Martel
By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
By Vladimir Nabokov
By Gabriel Garcia Marquez
By Mikhail Bulgakov
By Art Spiegelman
By George Eliot
By Salman Rushdie
By Herman Melville
By James Joyce
By Virginia Woolf
By Richard Wright
By Kazuo Ishiguro
By Elizabeth Gaskell
By John Steinbeck
By Ernest Hemingway
By Gabriel Garcia Marquez
By Cormac McCarthy
By Stephen King
By Toni Morrison
By George Orwell
By William Faulkner
By Ernest Hemingway
By Shel Silverstein
By Chinua Achebe
By by Audrey Niffenegger
By Franz Kafka
By Henry Miller
By Leo Tolstoy
By Arthur Golden
By Frances Hodgson Burnett

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