100 Best Books Challenge

So, whilst having a brief (OK, not so brief) run around over at Bloglovin (thanks for the recommendation J Lenni Dorner), I came across this Challenge.

My initial reaction was that I’ll almost certainly be updating this list forever as people remind me of books I’ve loved, but not rated, over at Goodreads. But, a person’s got to start somewhere, so here’s my best shot. The first 30 or so were relatively easy to choose, as they all got a perfect 5/5 rating on Goodreads. But what do do about those that I’ve rated 4/5? There are way too many to fit into the remaining 70ish spaces, so how to decide on those which will make the cut?

  1. The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
  2. To Say Nothing of the Dog – Connie Willis
  3. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War – Max Brooks
  4. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  5. The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
  6. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things – Jon McGregor
  7. Notes from an Exhibition – Patrick Gale
  8. Regeneration – Pat Barker
  9. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  10. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie
  11. The Moon’s A Balloon – David Niven
  12. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  13. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  14. True History of the Kelly Gang – Peter Carey
  15. Atonement – Ian McEwen
  16. Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling
  17. Lake Wobegon Days – Garrison Kiellor (audio version)
  18. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  19. Flight Behaviour – Barbara Kingsolver
  20. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
  21. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  22. IQ84 – Haruki Murakami
  23. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  24. J – Howard Jacobson
  25. Days of Grace: A Memoir – Arthur Ashe
  26. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  27. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  28. The Skeleton Cupboard: stories from a clinical psychologist – Tanya Byron
  29. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  30. Being Mortal: Medicine and what matters in the end – Atul Gawande
  31. The Secret History – Donna Tart
  32. This Thing of Darkness – Harry Thompson
  33. Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness – Alexandra Fuller
  34. After You’d Gone – Maggie O’Farrell
  35. The Great Gatsby – Scott F Fitzgerald
  36. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  37. The Shadow of the Winds – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  38. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  39. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  40. The Matisse Stories – A S Byatt
  41. In the Psychiatrist’s Chair – Anthony Clare
  42. Monstrous Regiment – Terry Pratchett
  43. The Raj Quartet – Paul Scott
  44. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  45. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
  46. Chesapeake – James Mitchene
  47. His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman
  48. Harry Potter series – J K Rowling
  49. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  50. Pere Goriot – Honore de Balzac
  51. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
  52. Winnie the Pooh – A A Milne
  53. My Antonia – Willa Cather
  54. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – Jean-Dominique Bauby
  55. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  56. Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel
  57. Love’s Executioner and other tales of psychotherapy – Irwin D Yalom
  58. The Hare with Amber Eyes: A family’s century of art and loss – Edmund de Waal
  59. Blame My Brain: the amazing teenage brain revealed – Nicola Morgan
  60. Client Centred Therapy: its current practice, implications & theory – Carl R Rogers
  61. Therapeutic Journal Writing: An Introduction for Professionals – Kate Thompson
  62. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell
  63. The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
  64. Slade House – David Mitchell
  65. History of the Rain – Niall Williams
  66. Red Storm Rising – Tom Clancy
  67. The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management – Isa Lee Wolf
  68. A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James
  69. Basic Freud – Michael Kahn
  70. Race, Culture and Counselling – Colin Lago
  71. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke
  72. The Drifters – James A Mitchener
  73. The Garden of Evening Mists – Eng Tan Twan
  74. Waiting for Sunrise – William Boyd
  75. Strange Weather in Tokyo – Hiromi Kawakami
  76. Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture – Douglas Copeland
  77. My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout
  78. The Fisherman – Chigoze Obioma
  79. The Complete Guide to Aspergers Syndrome – Tony Attwood
  80. Centennial – James A Mitchener
  81. The Little Friend – Donna Tartt
  82. The Bridge: Dialogues across Cultures – Talia Levine Bar-Yoseph
  83. Rough Music – Patrick Gale
  84. Sane New World: Taming the Mind – Ruby Wax
  85. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  86. Friendly Fire – Patrick Gale
  87. The Leaving of Things – Jay Antani
  88. Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster – Svetlana Alexievich
  89. The Year of the Runaways – Sahota Sunjeev
  90. Gestalt Counselling in Action – Patruska Clarkson
  91. Man with a Blue Scarf: On sitting for a portrait by Lucien Freud – Martin Gayford
  92. Doomsday Book – Connie Willis
  93. Making the Big Leap: Coach yourself to create the life you really want – Suzy Greaves
  94. The Emotionally Absent Mother: A guide to self-healing and getting the love you missed – Jasmin Lee Cori
  95. Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien
  96. How to Be Both – Ali Smith
  97. The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde
  98. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
  99. Behind the Scenes at the Museum – Kate Atkinson
  100. How to Look Good Naked – Gok Wan


I changed it slightly from the list I saw to include non-fiction, as that plays too big a part in my reading to ignore. I also included some favourites from childhood, as well as books on coaching and psychology by including multi-parters such as Harry Potter, His Dark Materials and the Raj Quartet as one selection.

I know it’s generally good manners to link to books, but 100 links …

What do you think of my selection?  I’d especially love to read your suggestions.  And your lists, perhaps you could link to them in the comments?


© Debra Carey 2017

4 thoughts on “100 Best Books Challenge

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  1. I was trying to read yours (on your pretty blog post), but clearly the reading glasses aren’t strong enough. Is that one of those Goodreads thingys that I haven’t figured out yet? If so, I know what I’ll be doing …

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  2. The image came out a bit smaller than I hoped. You could do it from Goodreads, but mine is from Library Thing. It’s basically just a screen-shot.


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