1) The Zimmermann Telegram, Barbara W. Tuchman

2) The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, Heinrich Böll (trans. Leila Vennewitz)

3) A Betrayal in Winter, Daniel Abraham

4) Deep Work, Cal Newport

5) Howards End, E. M. Forster

6) Masters of Atlantis, Charles Portis

7) Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

8) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling

9) Updraft, Fran Wilde

10) The Iliad, Homer (trans. Robert Fitzgerald)

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

12) The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

13) The Warden, Anthony Trollope

14) A Strangeness in My Mind, Orhan Pamuk (trans. Eklin Oklap)

15) Dead Man’s Ransom, Ellis Peters

16) Assassin’s Apprentice, Robin Hobb

17) Proxima Centauri, Farel Dalrymple

18) The Warded Man, Peter V. Brett

19) Tower Lord, Anthony Ryan

20) Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear

21) The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders

22) Call Me by Your Name, André Aciman

23) The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison

24) The Break, Katherena Vermette

25) Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

26) Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch

27) The Prisoner of Heaven, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (trans. Lucia Graves)

28) Cibola Burn, James S. A. Corey

29) The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo

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

31) House of Suns, Alastair Reynolds

32) The Conservationist, Nadine Gordimer

33) Passenger to Teheran, Vita Sackville-West

34) Milkman, Anna Burns

35) Queen of Fire, Anthony Ryan

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

37) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

38) The White Lioness, Henning Mankell (trans. Laurie Thompson)

39) Doomsday Book, Connie Willis

40) Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward

41) American War, Omar El Akkad

42) The Family Trade, Charles Stross

43) To Hold the Bridge, Garth Nix

44) Shaman’s Crossing, Robin Hobb

45) The Testaments, Margaret Atwood

46) Woken Furies, Richard K. Morgan

47) John Woman, Walter Mosley

48) Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Olga Tokarczuk (trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones)

49) Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

50) Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor

51) Washington Black, Esi Edugyan

52) Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik

53) Little, Edward Carey

54) Lily and the Octopus, Steven Rowley

55) Musashi, Eiji Yoshikawa (trans. Edwin O. Reischauer)

56) Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata (trans. Ginny Tapley Takemori)


The Good Angel of Death, Andrey Kurkov (trans. Andrew Bromfield)

Idylls of the King, Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Vera, Elizabeth von Arnim

The Tales of Ise, trans. Peter MacMillan

The Dalkey Archive, Flann O’Brien

Passenger to Teheran, Vita Sackville-West

An Empty Room, Mu Xin (trans. Toming Jun Liu)

Ayala’s Angel, Anthony Trollope

Night at the Crossroads. Georges Simenon (trans. Linda Coverdale)

Tales from the Inner City, Shaun Tan

Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively

The Celestial Omnibus and Other Stories, E. M. Forster

Six Records of a Floating Life, Shen Fu (trans. Leonard Pratt and Chiang Su-hui)

The Last Bell, Johannes Urzidil (trans. David Burnett)

Ink in the Blood: a Hospital Diary, Hilary Mantel

Last Friends, Jane Gardam

On Being Ill and Notes from Sick Rooms, Virginia Woolf and Julia Stephen, respectively

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, Svetlana Alexievich (trans. Keith Gessen)

The Last Days of New Paris, China Miéville

Letters of John Keats, ed. Robert Gittings

Vis and Ramin, Fakhraddin Gorgani (trans. Dick Davis)

Madame Maigret’s Friend, Georges Simenon (trans. Howard Curtis)

Toddler-Hunting and Other Stories, Kono Taeko (trans. Lucy North)

The Book of Emma Reyes, trans. Daniel Alarcón

On the Natural History of Destruction, W. G. Sebald (trans. Anthea Bell)

Sam the Sudden, P. G. Wodehouse

The Hole, Hye-Young Pyun (trans. Sora Kim-Russell)

A Shabby Genteel Story, W. M. Thackeray

The Eagle and the Dove, Vita Sackville-West

The Strange Library, Haruki Murakami (trans. Ted Goossen)

The Ways of White Folks, Langston Hughes

Alexandria: A History and a Guide, E. M. Forster

Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom (trans. Laura Watkinson)

The House in Paris, Elizabeth Bowen

A Note of Explanation, Vita Sackville-West

The Seven Madmen, Roberto Arlt (trans. Nick Caistor)

Cécile Is Dead, Georges Simeon (trans. Anthea Bell)

One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each, trans. Peter MacMillan

My Lady Ludlow and Other Stories, Elizabeth Gaskell

Last Night in Nuuk, Niviaq Korneliussen (trans. Anna Halager)

The Revenge of the Non-vegetarian, Upamanyu Chatterjee

Catherine, W. M. Thackeray

Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata (trans. Ginny Tapley Takemori)

The Peregrine, J. A. Baker

The Captain’s Death Bed and Other Essays, Virginia Woolf

The Undying, Anne Boyer

Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit and Other Stories, P. G. Wodehouse