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October 2009
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A List of 100 Fiction Books You Should Read

A couple of years ago, I was looking for a list of good fiction to read. So, I did a search using Google. It returned a list of “100 Best Novels” from the Random House website. I then used this list to purchase several of these novels, books such as 1984, Catcher in the Rye, and Portnoy’s Complaint.  They were memorable reads, and books I recommend. Recently, I purchased a few more novels from this list—The Invisible Man by Ellison, The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck, and Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway. From what I have read in book reviews, these books will also be entertaining reads.  

Here is a partial list of 25 best novels gleaned from Random House’s list of 100 Best Novels:

  1. Ulysses by James Joyce
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man by James Joyce
  4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  6. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  7. Catch-22
  8. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
  9. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  11. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
  12. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  13. 1984 by George Orwell
  14. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  15. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  16. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  17. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  18. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  19. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  20. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  21. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  22. The Sun also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  23. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  24. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
  25. Animal Farm by George Orwell

I recommend that you read as many books you can from this list. You will improve your writing not only by writing each day but by reading good fiction. Reading these books will improve your vocabulary, writing style, and show you how to write fiction. You can learn how to compose setting, plot, develop characters, create conflict, and use literary devices to write fiction and other types of creative writing. I recommend that you read them all. Make it a lifelong goal.

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