The 15 Best Novels I’ve Personally Ever Read

The only stipulation I used was that I had to have finished the book to include it:

1)      Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
2)      The Road – Cormac McCarthy
3)      Candide – Voltaire
4)      The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
5)      Ishmael – Daniel Quinn
6)      The Greenlanders – Jane Smiley
7)      Night – Elie Wiesel
8)      The Four Fingers of Death – Rick Moody
9)      Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
10)   1984 – George Orwell
11)   White Teeth – Zadie Smith
12)   The Crying Lot of 49 – Thomas Pynchon
13)   The Rum Diary – Hunter S. Thompson
14)   House of Leaves – Mark Danielewski
15)   The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

Honorable Mentions (because it’s my list and I can):

Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy, Absurdistan – Gary Shteyngart, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers, We – Yevgeny Zamyatan, The Savage Detectives – Roberto Bolano, Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay – Michael Chabon, The Human Stain – Philip Roth, Then We Came to the End – Joshua Ferris, The Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut, Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palahniuk, Wieland – Charles Brockden Brown, Less than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis, The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway, The Broom of the System – David Foster Wallace, Angels – Denis Johnson

Next up will be my 10 favorite short story collections.

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7 thoughts on “The 15 Best Novels I’ve Personally Ever Read

  1. Well, I’m only missing 5 off the main list and 6 off the honorable mentions.

    • joemowens says:

      I’m honestly surprised there are any titles on the list you haven’t both purchased and read! Keep in mind, lots of kick ass books would be on here/ will be on here once I finish them!

      • No matter how many “must reads” you read, there are always others. That’s a good thing though.

        As of yet, I havent gotten to:

        5) Ishmael – Daniel Quinn
        6) The Greenlanders – Jane Smiley
        8) The Four Fingers of Death – Rick Moody
        11) White Teeth – Zadie Smith
        14) House of Leaves – Mark Danielewski

        or

        Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers, We – Yevgeny Zamyatan, The Savage Detectives – Roberto Bolano, Wieland – Charles Brockden Brown, The Broom of the System – David Foster Wallace, Angels – Denis Johnson

        Whoops. That’s 7 off the honorable mentions, not 6.

  2. joemowens says:

    I highly recommend the 5 from the main list and would definitely put the ones from HM on your “to-read some time in the future” list lol!

    • Some of them already are. I’ll have to remember to check back next time I need ideas for books to get. For the moment I’m pretty stacked up on stuff I need to read. So many good books, so little time.

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