a_theistmonk (a_theistmonk) wrote,
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The 11 greatest novels I've ever read* (or those I find good enough to re-read annually)

* - up until March 2013, some twenty-two years' worth of reading! In no particular order:

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley;

  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald;

  3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt;

  4. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster;

  5. Atonement by Ian McEwan**;

  6. The Things They Carried by Tim O' Brien;

  7. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski;

  8. The Road by Cormac McCarthy;

  9. Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet;

  10. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro;

  11. American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis.

** - I really can't decide what I like best of McEwan's, especially given that I've read all of his output, (and that I've never done that before).  I also adore The Cement Garden, The Innocent and Enduring Love, but am loathe to pick a favourite.  I'm also yet to read Sweet Tooth, despite buying it upon initial release in August 2012.

I suppose I should follow this up with a top children's/young adult listing also, which would look something like:

  1. Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman;

  2. Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillippa Pearce;

  3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon;

  4. ???

  5. TBC

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