Check out The Top Ten, a site where famous authors list their favourite books. My favourite entry so far on this site is David Mitchell's top ten list, quickly jotting down a list as "first instincts can be 'truer' than lengthy deliberation":
1. The Duel by Anton Chekhov (1891). David wrote: a novella, I know, but I would save it from a burning house before everything else I've ever read.
2. 1984 by George Orwell (1948).
3. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1899).
4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811).
5. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1966).
6. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930).
7. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (1749).
8. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (1964).
9. W, or The Memory of Childhood by Georges Perec (1975).
10. The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (1943–48).
Wild Card: Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner (1926).
My top ten? It's on the right. Instead, here's a list of books I am most looking forward to reading:
1. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
2. Ulysses by James Joyce
3. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
4. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
5. Chronicles, Vol. 1 by Bob Dylan
6. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
8. Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
9. The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
10. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
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