Book Riot Readers’ Top 50 Favorite Novels

You know I'm a sucker for lists! Awhile back Book Riot asked its readers to vote on their top 3 favorite novels. They complied the list and posted the results. Only one of my votes made the list - The Time Traveler's Wife. The other books I voted for were Richard Wright's Native Son and Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake
  1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (126 votes)
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  4. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  10. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  11. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  12. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  13. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  14. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  15. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  16. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  17. The Stand by Stephen King
  18. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  19. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  20. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  21. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  22. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  23. The Brothers Karamozov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  24. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  25. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  26. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  27. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  28. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  29. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  30. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  31. 1984 by George Orwell
  32. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  33. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  34. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  35. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  36. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  37. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams
  38. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  39. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  40. Ulysses by James Joyce
  41. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  42. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  43. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  44. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  45. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  46. Dune by Frank Herbert
  47. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  48. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  49. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 
  50. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (13 votes)
How many have you read? Go over here and let BookRiot know!  

Also, if you voted, which books did you vote for?


  1. Nice showing!

    I don't know how I missed it, but I totally missed the post where Book Riot asked for favorites so I didn't get to play that part. Boo.

    1. What would you have picked?! ;)

    2. Lamb by Christopher Moore, the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde and....I dunno! This is where the anxiety starts

  2. I hope you read The Book Thief at some point. It was one of the books I voted for and I love it!

    1. Melissa, I really want to! I actually just added it to my TBR after reading this list, though it's been on my radar for awhile.

  3. Ooh what a fun idea. I may have to go through the list as well and do this. I voted for The Secret History, The Sparrow, and The Night Circus I believe. Focused on contemporaries because too difficult to think back to all the books. Sigh.

    1. I really want to pick up The Secret History. It got a lot of votes and I know nothing about it!

  4. I love this list ;) I might have to steal your idea and post how many of the books I've read as well.

  5. Ive read 28 books on the list...Several other titles are waiting for my on my Nook or in my TBR pile. I don't know what it is about making lists of books, but it is very satisfying. I'm not sure what three books I would have nominated for the list, but Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian would be one....

  6. You've done pretty well. I read 1984 in 1983 because, you know, it seemed like the thing to do. I'm pretty sure I read Rebecca but I've seen the movie too many times now and so it's the movie I remember. I'd recommend The Hitchiker's Guide -- fun and there's a lot of modern popular culture that has come out of it, especially among techie types.