Favourite Novels

Listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name.

Adams, Douglas

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide series

Adams, Richard

  • Watership Down

Anthony, Piers

  • Xanth novels

Atwood, Margaret

  • The Edible Woman
  • The Robber Bride
  • Oryx and Crake
  • The Year of the Flood

Austin, Jane

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Emma
  • Persuasion

Barbery, Muriel

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Bradley, Marion Zimmer

  • The Mists of Avalon

Bronte, Charlotte

  • Jane Eyre

Bronte, Emily

  • Wuthering Heights

Buck, Pearl S.

  • The Good Earth

Burroughs, Edgar Rice

  • A Princess of Mars
  • Pelucidar series

Card, Orson Scott

  • Memory of Earth

Cartland, Barbara

  • Desire of the Heart

Christie, Agatha

  • All of her mysteries

Cushman, Karen

  • Catherine, Called Birdy

Davies, Robertson

  • Fifth Business

Diamant, Anita

  • The Red Tent

Donoghue, Emma

  • Room

Fforde, Jasper

  • Shades of Grey
  • Thursday Next series
  • Nursery Crimes series

Gaskell, Elizabeth

  • Mary Barton
  • Cranford

Gavriel Kay, Guy

  • The Lions of Al-Rassan
  • A Song for Arbonne

Heller, Joseph

  • Catch 22

Jordan, Robert

  • The Wheel of Time series

Kinsella, Sophie

  • The Undomestic Goddess

Le Guin, Ursula K.

  • The Farthest Shore

Lessing, Doris

  • The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five

Levitt, Stephen D, and Stephen J. Dubner

  • Freakonomics

London, Jack

  • The Call of the Wild

MacDonald, George

  • The Princess and the Goblin

Marillier, Juliet

  • Wolfskin
  • Foxmask

Montgomery, Lucy Maud

  • Anne of Green Gables series

McCaffrey, Anne

  • Dragonriders of Pern series

O’Dell, Scott

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins

Pierce, Tamora

  • The Song of the Lioness series

Satrapi, Marjane

  • Persepolis

Spence, Jonathan D.

  • Treason by the Book

Tolkien, J. R. R.

  • The Hobbit

Trease, Geoffrey

  • Cue for Treason

Tyler, Anne

  • The Accidental Tourist

Verne, Jules

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Wells, H. G.

  • The Time Machine


      1. I apologize for taking so long to respond! Yes, it is a wonderful book about the aristocracy in Italy at a time during political upheaval. It was also made into a great movie with Burt Lancaster. I hope you have the time to read it someday.


      1. Based on your list I think you’ll love it. It’s one of my favorites that I read at least once a year. There’s a few on your list that I’ve yet to read and will have to check out too!

    1. Haha of the newer authors here, if you like absurdity Jasper Fforde is great. His dystopian novel, Shades of Grey (not to be confused with 50… ever…) somehow uses absurdity well in a very depressing world

  1. I must say, I’m reading back over your list, making notes. Struck by ‘Call of the Wild’ and brought back to my girlhood. I read and read it. Must read it again, to see if that wild girl is still within.

  2. Yes yes yes to a number of these. I’d add many, but three of my all-time favourites are: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido…and The Great Gatsby. Thanks for liking my post, by the way.

  3. Lily,

    I just read “Smuggler”…very, very nice and afterwards, spotted this page. Seeing your love for good scifi/fantasy I thought I’d recommend my favorite series, the Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons; it comes in two sets of two books:1) Hyperion, 2) The Fall of Hyperion and then 1) Endymion, 2) The Rise of Endymion.

    The first part of Hyperion is a tad hard to get through. At one point you think, “Oh this is just a modern take on the Canterbury tales.” It’s not…get to the end of the Priest’s Tale and the story takes off after that. The second set is even better that then the first.

    After that he wrote the Greek Fantasy: Ilium and Olympos, also very highly recommended.

    I hope you enjoy them if you get a chance to read them.


    john, the Book of Pain

    1. I looked it up on Wikipedia (avoiding the spoilers, of course!) and it looks really interesting! There’s not much new sci-fi I have heard of lately, thank you πŸ™‚


      1. I used to read a lot of scifi/fantasy years ago, but have more or less given up fiction for history/science in the past few years. (There was just nothing new or well written, and I AM SICK OF VAMPIRES!) These books by Dan Simmons are the few I re-read still, they are that good.

        I just noticed…why The Hobbit and not The Lord of the Rings? That is the book I cut my fantasy teeth on!

        1. Exactly, the good authors right now don’t seem to be venturing into sci-fi! Well I found the Hobbit so charming, and it has been a long time since I read the Lord of the Rings. I think I need to read it again before adding it to this list

          1. The thing to look for in LotR is character development: the characters, all of them, grow and change as a result of the story conflict they participate in. Tolkien was so good at this; he understood what made great literature, the fact that it was fantasy came second. Most other modern series (from Narnia on) are long on fantasy situation and heroic wins, but short on character development; the characters often seem the same at the end as when they started. Anyway, such is my not so humble opinion.

            1. If only I wasn’t entering exams, I am really tempted to go back and read it at the moment. Great literature does seem to be much scarcer these days! And you’ve pointed out, with those static characters, something I can be guilty of and that I’m trying to change in my next work in progress

  4. It being Jane Austen’s birthday, thought I’d add the comments that I like P&P and Persuasion best of her works, ran through all of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover novels, think Emily Bronte’s poems and Charlotte’s “Villette” are underrated, and liked Spence’s book on the Taipings as well.

    Oh, and another recommendation for “The Leopard.”

    And did you, an Agatha Christie fan, know she appears as a character in Connie Willis’s latest sci-fi magnum opus, the “Blackout/All Clear” pair of novels? Wiilis loves murder mysteries so much, one of the subplots in “To Say Nothing of the Dog” is how the mysteries in that time travel story resemble a murder mystery.

    1. Wow I don’t know how I missed this comment! I loved Persuasion, I don’t understand why it get so much less attention…

      I really need to read The Leopard, perhaps it will be a birthday present to myself!

      Hey that’s really exciting to know about Christie! I’m glad to hear that there are still tributes to her being made, she really was a master. I almost wish I had read Sherlock Holmes beforehand, since after Christie those stories just didn’t feel convincing

  5. You have great taste in novels. Much like my taste in novels. We are novel-friends. Thank you for visiting my blog, daysofhilda.com – don’t forget to come back for more!

    1. I just tried to remember some that I liked best! I wish I had been listing my reads since I started reading, but then again, computers weren’t so great back then πŸ˜›

      Thanks for visiting!

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