I'm going to flounder a little here in my attempts to remember and rank my favourites, but you have to start somewhere, at some time - and the time is now.

1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
2. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
7. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
9. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
10. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
11. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
12. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
13. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
14. The Last Tycoon [unfinished] by F. Scott Fitzgerald
15. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
16. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
17. Candide by Voltaire
18. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
19. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
20. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
21. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
22. The Lord of the Rings [trilogy] by J.R.R. Tolkien
23. Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
24. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
25. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
26. The Iliad by Homer
27. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London
28. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
29. Purgatory by Dante Alighieri

[excludes short stories and non-fiction]

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