1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

2) The Nine Tailors, Dorothy L. Sayers

3) Reaper’s Gale, Steven Erikson

4) The Secret Adversary, Agatha Christie

5) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Brontë

6) Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, Ashlee Vance

7) Instructions, Neil Gaiman

8) Clariel, Garth Nix

9) Coraline, Neil Gaiman

10) White Cat, Holly Black

11) 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Charles C. Mann

12) 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, Charles C. Mann

13) The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914, Barbara Tuchman

14) The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin

15) Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson

16) Travel Light, Naomi Mitchison

17) Zero History, William Gibson

18) Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler

19) Less Than Angels, Barbara Pym

20) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling

21) Maigret Loses his Temper, Georges Simenon (trans. Robert Eglesfield)

22) The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O, Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

23) A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick

24) Caliban’s War, James S.A. Corey

25) Daniel Deronda, George Eliot

26) The Devourers, Indra Das

27) King’s Shield, Sherwood Smith

28) A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles

29) Memento Mori, Muriel Spark

30) Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor

31) A Little Lumpen Novelita, Roberto Bolaño (trans. Natasha Wimmer)

32) The Last Days of New Paris, China Miéville

33) To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

34) Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovitch

35) Abadonn’s Gate, James S. A. Corey

36) Officers and Gentlemen, Evelyn Waugh

37) Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi

38) Binti, Nnedi Okorafor

39) The Spy Who Loved Me, Ian Fleming

40) Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson

41) The Fat Years, Chan Koochung (trans. Michael S. Duke)

42) The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, Thomas Babington Macaulay

43) Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

44) The Sorrows of Young Werther, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

45) The Guns of August, Barbara W. Tuchman

46) Roman Elegies, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

47) Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl

48) At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft

49) My Name Is a Knife, Alix Hawley

50) The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin

51) The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker

52) Blood Song, Anthony Ryan

53) The Enchanted April, Elizabeth von Arnim

54) The Spring of the Ram, Dorothy Dunnett


1) The Years, Virginia Woolf

2) The Great Passage, Shion Miura (trans. Juliet Winters Carpenter)

3) The White Book, Han Kang (trans. Deborah Smith)

4) The Tanners, Robert Walser (trans. Susan Bernofsky)

5) Notes of a Journey from Cornhill to Grand Cairo, William Makepeace Thackeray

6) Sunrise in the West, Edith Pargeter

7) Break of Day, Colette (trans. Enid McLeod)

8) Death and the Penguin, Andrey Kurkov (trans. George Bird)

9) Limber, Angela Pelster

10) Beasts of No Nation, Uzodinma Iweala

11) The Man in the Wooden Hat, Jane Gardam

12) Fräulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther, Elizabeth von Arnim

13) Parable of the Talents, Octavia E. Butler

14) Orlando, Virginia Woolf

15) The Ghosts of Birds, Eliot Weinberger

16) Maigret and the Madwoman, Georges Simenon (trans. Eileen Ellenbogen)

17) Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Julia Strachey

18) After the Hatching Oven, David Alexander

19) Kolia, Perrine Leblanc (trans. David Scott Hamilton)

20) Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams

21) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., Samantha Irby

22) The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II, Svetlana Alexievich (trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)

23) Memento Mori, Muriel Spark

24) In a Summer Season, Elizabeth Taylor

25) The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, E. T. A. Hoffman (trans. Anthea Bell)

26) Biographical Essays, Lytton Strachey

27) The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu (trans. Royall Tyler)

28) Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, Hilary Mantel

29) Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide, Charles Foster

30) Moments of Reprieve, Primo Levi (trans. Ruth Feldman)

31) As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams, “Lady Sarashina” (trans. Ivan Morris)

32) My Uncle Napoleon, Iraj Pezeshkzad (trans. Dick Davis)

33) Maigret and the Bum, Georges Simenon (trans. Jean Stewart)

34) Home, Marilynne Robinson

35) Travel Light, Naomi Mitchison

36) Where I Was From, Joan Didion

37) Collected Poems, Arthur Rimbaud (trans. Martin Sorrell)

38) The Moment and Other Essays, Virginia Woolf

39) The Adventures of Philip, William Makepeace Thackeray

40) Once and Forever: The Tales of Kenji Miyazawa (trans. John Bester)

41) The Arrival, Shaun Tan

42) The Travelling Cat Chronicles, Hiro Arikawa (trans. Philip Gabriel)

43) A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare