Best Novels Of All Time – Let’s Make A List


Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov

Okay, best novels of all time, however you think of the word “best” and “novels.”

I’ll start with my favorites, and I’ll come back and add to this list every time I think of another of the best books that I have read.

  • Animal Farm
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
  • Blood Meridian
  • Don Quixote
  • Catch 22
  • The Game of Thrones series
  • Candide
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Angry Clam (not really a novel, but oh well)
  • Infinite Jest
  • The Road
  • Darkness At Noon
  • Lolita
  • Pnin
  • Pale Fire
  • The Satanic Verses
  • Midnight’s Children
  • The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
  • Invisible Man
  • Lord Of The Flies
  • Miss Lonelyhearts
  • All The King’s Men (I think this was on D2’s lawyer book list)
  • At The Mountains of Madness
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Magic Mountain

And that is where I’ll leave off for today with the brainstorming session.

Over to you. Best novels? Best books of all time?

Dunce One


4 thoughts on “Best Novels Of All Time – Let’s Make A List

  1. I offer my ringing endorsement to Catch 22, Lolita, and A Clockwork Orange. I concur with The Angry Clam, whatever it is. And speaking of maybe-not-novels-that-also-should-have-counted, you forgot Miller’s Death of a Salesman (“a man is not a piece of fruit!!!).

    I offer the following, in no particular order.

    I Capture the Castle- Dodie Smith
    The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping, and the Novel- Alain de Botton
    On Love- Alain de Botton
    On Chesil Beach- Ian McEwan
    Catch Me if You Can- Frank W. Abagnale
    Franny and Zooey- J.D. Salinger
    How I Became a Famous Novelist- Steve Hely
    Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief- Bill Mason
    The Moonflower Vine- Jetta Carleton
    Waterland- Graham Swift
    The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger
    The Time Traveler’s Wife- Audrey Niffenegger
    The Secret History- Donna Tartt
    The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Wicked- Gregory Maguire
    Lucky Jim- Kingsley Amis
    The Adults- Alison Espach

  2. Oh so many! Classics and contemporaries all mixed together, in no particular order…

    Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
    John Carter of Mars series – Edgar Rice Burroughs
    Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
    The Stand – Stephen King
    Dark Tower series – Stephen King

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