Monday, January 18, 2016

My 100 Favorite Books

As sad as we all were when David Bowie died last week, I was thrilled to see his list of his 100 Favorite Books, and I thought I'd do one of my own. These aren't in any particular order, but they are all awesome. You should read them. Right now.

  1. Making History by Stephen Fry
  2. Emma by Jane Austen
  3. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  4. I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson
  5. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  6. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  7. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  8. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  9. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  10. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
  11. Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
  12. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
  13. Blindness by José Saramago
  14. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  15. Straight Man by Richard Russo
  16. Making Half Whole by Terry Wolfe Phelan
  17. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  18. Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters by Jean Shepherd
  19. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  20. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  21. Scientific Progress Goes "Boink" by Bill Watterson
  22. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  23. Dirty Work by Larry Brown
  24. Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover
  25. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
  26. The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman
  27. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume 
  28. The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
  29. Jim the Boy by Tony Earley
  30. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
  31. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  32. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  33. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  34. Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer's Search for Wonder in the Natural World by Leigh Ann Henion
  35. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  36. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  37. The Alienist by Caleb Carr
  38. Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate by Helen Prejean
  39. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  40. Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  41. True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  42. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
  43. Naked by David Sedaris
  44. The Plague by Albert Camus
  45. The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds
  46. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  47. A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation by Catherine Allgor
  48. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
  49. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  50. The Floatplane Notebooks by Clyde Edgerton
  51. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  52. Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary
  53. Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle
  54. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  55. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  56. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  57. Jason and Marceline by Jerry Spinelli
  58. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  59. Poachers: Stories by Tom Franklin
  60. It's OK If You Don't Love Me by Norma Klein
  61. Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson
  62. The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten
  63. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
  64. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
  65. The Cheer Leader by Jill McCorkle
  66. The Thin Red Line by James Jones
  67. Love Warps the Mind a Little by John Dufresne 
  68. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  69. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
  70. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
  71. The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
  72. Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk
  73. Jubilee by Margaret Walker
  74. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  75. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
  76. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend: A Novel by Matthew Dicks
  77. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
  78. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pamela Smith Hill (Editor)
  79. Red-Tails in Love: PALE MALE'S STORY--A True Wildlife Drama in Central Park by Marie Winn
  80. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
  81. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  82. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
  83. A House Like a Lotus by Madeleine L'Engle
  84. Karen Kepplewhite is the World's Best Kisser by Eve Bunting
  85. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  86. Holes by Louis Sachar
  87. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  88. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
  89. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
  90. The Natural History of a Yard by Leonard Dubkin
  91. The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois
  92. An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
  93. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  94. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
  95. The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts
  96. Al(exandra) the Great! by Constance C. Greene
  97. Tough-Luck Karen by Johanna Hurwitz 
  98. Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
  99. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  100. Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt


Anonymous said...

Lots of these are book club books. Nice.

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

I did this activity once upon a time, say eight years ago and I had the darndest time because i tried to put them in numerical order, most favorite to just plain old favorite to sort of favorite. I think that was what sunk the project. If I redo I am going to to follow yous lead and just list favorites and not worry about listing the most favorite first. As soon as i published the list I remembered the other books I should have put on the list. The list creation took up a lot of mental space for days on end.

That said, you and I share lots of quirky books on our top 100. A few to mention are: STIFF (ha, what a funny, weird book); TS Elliott's Practical Cats Poems; Ella Minnow Pea (not a top 100 for me, but I like it and I've never seen it on anyone else's list.)