I do like a good book list here on World’s Strongest Librarian. When the Modern Library put out their list of the best 100 novels, I was ready to knock it all out in a year. Then I started reading some of them and thought…blah. Count my skinny butt out.
This was a big step forward for me. I used to let these lists enslave me and I really cared about books I “should” have read. I’m not that guy anymore. My English degree is years in the past and I’m just a guy who loves to read and talk books.
So this list of my top 10 novels of all time is simply that: me talking about the 10 books that I have either loved the most or that have had the most influence over me as a reader or a writer or all of the above.
In no particular order.
1. Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
2. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
3. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
4. Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
5. 1984 by George Orwell (my review)
6. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
8. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
9. The Lord of The Rings series by J.R. R. Tolkien
10. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
That’s it! I suspect these selections will never change for me.
Feel free to pitch in with your own selections. There’s no judgment here. Pinning down why we like what we like, or why we respond to the things that we do is a slippery business.