Top 100ish Favorite Books

So I talk a lot about film and television on this blog, but I read just as much as I watch (and I watch a LOT). I’m probably going to start blogging more about the books I read, as there’s only so much film and such that I can talk about, and because I just like talking about books.

Anyway, this list is a 100ish or so books, mostly novels. There’s only around 70 entries below, but I grouped the series together. I really didn’t feel like ranking all of them – I mean, what’s the real difference between 41 and 44? – but I did pull out and rank the top 12 for your reading convenience.

Top 12
1. Straight Man – Richard Russo
2. Harry Potter Series (Favorite is Deathly Hallows) – JK Rowling
3. The Summer Guest – Justin Cronin
4. Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
5. John Rain Series (Favorite is The Detachment) – Barry Eisler
6. The Beach – Alex Garland
7. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
8. The Stand – Stephen King
9. The Martian – Andy Weir
10. Nobody’s Fool – Richard Russo
11. Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon
12. Atticus Kodiak Series (Favorite is Patriot Acts) – Greg Rucka

The Entire List – in Alphabetical Order
11/22/63 – Stephen King
A Backpack, a Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka – Lev Golinkin
A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore
A Good Year – Peter Mayle
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
A Year in Provence – Peter Maybe
About a Boy – Nick Hornby
Adventures in the Screen Trade – William Goldman
Alas, Babylon – Pat Frank
Argo – Antonio Mendez
Army of the Republic – Stuart Archer Cohen
Atticus Kodiak Series (Favorite is Patriot Acts) – Greg Rucka
Bar None – Tim Lebbon
The Beach – Alex Garland
Blackout/All Clear (Favorite is All Clear) – Connie Willis
Bridge of Sighs – Richard Russo
Charlie Wilson’s War – George Crile
The Dark is Rising Series (Favorite is The Dark is Rising) – Susan Cooper
Dies the Fire Series (Favorite is Dies the Fire) – SM Stirling
Doc – Mary Doria Russell
Doomsday Book – Connie Willis
Empire Falls – Richard Russo
Eragon Series (Favorite is Eragon) – Christopher Paolini
Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
The Firm – John Grisham
The Ghost – Robert Harris
Go Go Girls of the Apocalypse – Victor Gischler
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Greg Mortenson – Three Cups of Tea
Harry Potter Series (Favorite is Deathly Hallows) – JK Rowling
High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
His Dark Materials (Favorite is The Amber Spyglass) – Philip Pullman
Hunger Games Series (Favorite is Mockingjay) – Suzanne Collins
Independent Ed – Edward Burns
John Rain Series (Favorite is The Detachment) – Barry Eisler
Lamb – Christopher Moore
The Martian – Andy Weir
Mary and O’Neal – Justin Cronin
Nobody’s Fool – Richard Russo
Paper Towns – John Green
Passage Series (Favorite is City of Mirrors) – Justin Cronin
Peace Like a River – Leif Enger
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
The Pilgrimage – Paulo Coelho
Queen and Country Series (Favorite is A Gentleman’s Game) – Greg Rucka
The Rainmaker – John Grisham
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
Resurrection Day – Brendan DuBois
The Rum Diary – Hunter S. Thompson
Run – Blake Crouch
Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
The Season of Passage – Christopher Pike
Secondhand Souls – Christopher Moore
See No Evil – Robert Baer
Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
Sideways Trilogy (Favorite is Vertical) – Rex Pickett
Small Town Odds – Jason Headley
Sparrow/Children of God (Favorite is The Sparrow) – Mary Doria Russell
The Stand – Stephen King
Straight Man – Richard Russo
The Summer Guest – Justin Cronin
The Testament – John Grisham
Timeline – Michael Crichton
Turtles All the Way Down – John Green
Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
Where is Joe Merchant? – Jimmy Buffett
Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon
Word War Z – Max Brooks
Worldwar Series (Favorite is In the Balance) – Harry Turtledove