Your top 10 novels

Don’t over-think it, just go with the first 10 novels that spring to mind that you love. Here’s mine:

A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami
Quartet in Autumn - Barbara Pym
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Breasts and Eggs - Mieko Kawakami
One Hundred Years of Sulitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

What’s yours?


One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
Small Things Like These - Claire Keegan
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Rabbit Redux - John Updike
Burial Rites - Hannah Kent
The Dispossessed - Ursula K Le Guin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
Rings of Saturn - WG Sebald

Probably forgotten loads but pretty happy with that list off the top of my head.


I only have 14 five star ratings for fiction on goodreads and four of them are Vonnegut so…

Kurt Vonnegut - Mother Night

Arthur C Clarke - Rendezvous with Rama

Cormac McCarthy - The Road

Sylvia Plath - The Belljar

Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea

Richard Yates - Revolutionary Road

Graham Greene - Our Man in Havana

Haruki Murakami - Hard Boiled Wonderland…

George Orwell - 1984

Susanna Clarke - Piranesi

I absolutely fucking hated 100 Years of Solitude :joy:


It takes a lot for me to read a book as my attention span will usually go, these books gripped me from the off and throughout and I’ve read most of them more than once and love them.

J.D. Salinger - The Catcher In The Rye.
Iain Banks - The Wasp Factory.
Rupert Thomson - Divided Kingdom.
Alan Moore - Watchmen.
Brett Easton Ellis - American Psycho.
Douglas Adams - The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy.
Norman Mailer - The Fight.
Stephen King - The Stand.
William Burroughs - Junky.
Sue Townsend - The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole.


I ordered my Goodreads list by star rating so here are the first 10 with 5 stars on that list. I’m guessing it’s in the order I added into Goodreads

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Blindness - Saramago
Love in the Time of Cholera - Garcia Marquez
Number9dream - Mitchell
Catch 22 - Heller
Shogun - Clavell
The Old Man and the Sea - Hemingway
Kafka on the Shore - Murakami
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Kundera
An Artist of the Floating World - Ishiguro
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing - McBride

Could do with more female authors in there, closest would be The Secret History just outside this list.


Cat’s Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
Deadeye Dick - Kurt Vonnegut
Timequake - Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
The Underground Man - Mick Jackson
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
L’ècume des jours - Boris Vian
à rebours - Joris-Karl Huysmans
The Magician’s Nephew - C.S. Lewis

Maybe Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro should be in there… and if we’re allowed an epic narrative poem then Aniara - Harry Martinson ought to be there or thereabouts too


Off the top of my head

Wise Children - Angela Carter
Orlando - Virginia Woolf
Our Man in Havana - Graham Greene
The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Doktor Glas - Hjalmar Söderberg
The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
A Perfect Spy - John Le Carre
All Quiet on the Orient Express - Magnus Mills

Could have picked one of several Graham Greene novels though.

Probably should have gone for Gulliver’s Travels, not sure instead of who though.


Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Trout fishing in America - Richard Brautigan
Jazz - Toni Morrison
Periodic Table - Primo Levi
Junky - Burroughs
By Grand Central station I sat down and wept - Elizabeth Smart
So the wind won’t blow it all away - Brautigan (again)
Ulysses - Joyce (yep)
Pale Fire - Nabakov
The Castle - Kafka

Probably too white and male a list but I guess I was making my way through THE CANON at a formative time in my life.


Need to read this. I loved Sombrero Fallout and So The Wind Won’t Blow it Away

Going for the top of my head, not overthinking it thing (and one per author so it don’t fuck up)

Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
Death in Her Hands by Otessa Moshfegh
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon
The Trial by Franz Kafka

That was quite tough actually. Would probably change totally if I did it, say, tomorrow or this afternoon


The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper
Sherlock Homes: A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle
Tietam Brown - Mick Foley
The Exorcist - William Blatty
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami
The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury
Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
Mort - Terry Pratchett
Interesting Times - Terry Pratchett

(Had to stop myself from making my list just Pratchett novels as he is my favourite author).


A bit of a classics wanker list, but there we are. In rough order:

  1. Emily Brontë - Wuthering Heights
  2. F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
  3. Richard Yates - Revolutionary Road
  4. Herman Melville - Moby Dick
  5. Tolstoy - War & Peace
  6. Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master & Margarita
  7. John Steinbeck - Of Mice & Men
  8. Albert Camus - The Plague
  9. Hunter S Thompson - Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
  10. Jerome K Jerome - Three Men In A Boat


Great book.


I’m totally clueless about books - pretty much reliant on my partner and my Dad. I tend to find an author I like and just read all of their books, sometimes back to back. Should delve a bit deeper - did try Goodreads but I never got in the habit of looking at it like I do with things like Letterboxd

Just scanning our bookshelf now…

Philip Roth - American Pastoral
John Updike - whole Rabbit series
Magnus Mills - The Restraint of Beasts
Edward St Aubin - whole Patrick Melrose series
Studs Terkel - Working…
José Saramago - The Double
David Vann - Legend of a Suicide
Brett Easton Ellis - American Psycho
John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
Tim O’Brien - The Things They Carried


I really need to read this!


It’s so good. So funny. He’s a classic example of someone who I liked one book by (this one) and went through everything. All Quiet on the Orient Express also brilliant.

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Bran Stoker’s - Dracula
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse 5
Joseph Heller - Catch 22
Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master and Margarita
Haruki Murikami - The Wind Up Bird Chronicle
Cormac McCarthy - All The Pretty Horses
Cormac McCarthy - The Crossing
Franz Kafka - The Castle
Fyodor Dostoevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Haruki Murikami - Kafka on the Shore


Mary Gentle - Ash
Robertson Davies - What’s Bred In The Bone
Jonathan Carroll- From The Teeth Of Angels
Iain Banks - The Crow Road
David Mitchell - The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob de Zoet
Anthony Burgess - Earthly Powers
Stefan Zweig - Beware Of Pity
Jo Walton - Among Others
Vladimir Nabokov - Pale Fire
Jim Dodge - Stone Junction

at least half of these would be different if I did it again at three o’clock


Yeah I’ve read a few of his others and Orient Express made my list