05 October 2015

77 Favorite Novels +1

My plan was to identify my 100 favorite novels, but I stalled out at 77. I can think of other novels I've read, and enjoyed, but they don't qualify as "favorites." These aren't the greatest novels ever written -- though I think a handful should be on that list -- they're the ones I've enjoyed the most and most frequently returned to. I'm still on my first read of The Wake. I've read The Once and Future King at least 20 times. New addition: Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd. And if I had to pick just one --

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian; Sherman Alexie
The Age of Innocence; Edith Wharton
Always Coming Home; Ursula LeGuin
The Anna Papers; Ellen Gilchrist
Another Roadside Attraction; Tom Robbins
Beloved; Toni Morrison
Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
By the Highway Home; Mary Stoltz
Ceremony; Leslie Marmon Silko
The Changeling; Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Child of Fortune; Norman Spinrad
Cold Comfort Farm; Stella Gibbons
Cold Mountain; Ian Frazier
The Crock of Gold; James Stephens
The Dharma Bums; Jack Kerouac
The Dispossessed; Ursula LeGuin
Driftless: David Rhodes
The English Patient; Michael Ondaatje
Far from the Madding Crowd: Thomas Hardy
Fear of Flying; Erica Jong
The Fifth Sacred Thing; Starhawk
Gone to Soldiers; Marge Piercy
The Great Bay; Dale Pendell
The Handyman; Carolyn See
Hannah Coulter; Wendell Berry
Hardball; Sara Paretsky
The Heartsong of Charging Elk; James Welch
High Fidelity; Nick Hornby
The Highest Tide; Jim Lynch
Howard’s End; E.M. Forster
I, Claudius; Robert Graves
Island of the Blue Dolphins; Scott O’Dell
In the Name of the Rose; Italo Calvino
Jane Eyre; Charlotte Bronte
Jubilee; Margaret Walker
Lavinia; Ursula LeGuin
Let The Great World Spin; Column McCann
Lincoln; Gore Vidal
The Living; Annie Dillard
The Lord of the Rings; J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lacunae; Barbara Kingsolver
Little, Big; John Crowley
Little Women; Louisa May Alcott
The Last Unicorn; Peter Beagle
Lolly Willows; Sylvia Townes Warner
Mary Poppins; P.L. Travers
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane; Kate DiCamillo
The Mists of Avalon; Marion Zimmer Bradley
Martin Marten; Brian Doyle
The Melendy Family; Elizabeth Enright
Middlemarch; George Elliot
Midwinter of the Spirit; Phil Rickman
My Antonia; Willa Cather
On Beauty; Zadie Smith
Outlande; Diana Gabaldon
The Once & Future King; T.H. White
The Owl Service; Alan Garner
Persuasion; Jane Austen
The Portrait of a Lady; Henry James
Possession; A.S. Byatt
Ragtime; E.L. Doctorow
Rascal; Sterling North
Riddley Walker; Russell Hoban
The Round House; Louise Erdrich
The Sea Lady; Margaret Drabble
The Sea Road; Margaret Elphinstone
The Secret Garden; Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Shipping News; Annie Proulx
Snow Falling on Cedars; David Guterson
Sophie’s Choice; William Styron
Stuart Little; E.B. White
Summer of Love; Lisa Mason
Ten Days in the Hills; Jane Smiley
Tell Me How Long This Train’s Been Gone; James Baldwin
To the Lighthouse; Virginia Woolf
Voices; Ursula LeGuin
The Wake; Paul Kingsnorth
The Wind in the Willows; Kenneth Grahame