MLA Top 100 Novels List

By Meg's Bookstore

By Meg's Bookstore

I have long had a goal of reading my way through the MLA Top 100 Novels.  Please join me in doing so here, and do not hesitate to reach out and let me know what you think of the books that you are reading!  I will post my favorites on my website at www.meghanhollis.org.

Ulysses (Gabler Edition) (Vintage Books)

James Joyce

$22.00 $19.80

One of my favorite reads on this list! An English professor who specializes in Joyce recommended this version. If you enjoy this one, check out my epic reads list.

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

$17.00 $15.64

Another favorite read. I first read this in high school, but have re-read multiple times as an adult. I always find something new. If you enjoy this one, check out my high school reads revisited list.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce

$5.00 $4.60

This is another great Joyce novel. If you like postmodern works, you will love this. If you like this one, check out my postmodern lit reads list.

Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov

$16.00 $14.72

I LOVE Nabokov. This is the one novel that most people have read. If you enjoy this one, check out my Nabokov must-reads list.

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

$15.99 $14.71

Another high school read that I have re-read as an adult. If you like this, try my high school reads revisited list or my dystopian favorites list.

The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner

$15.00 $13.80

This one is on my TBR list

Catch-22

Joseph Heller

$18.00 $16.56

This one is on my TBR list

Darkness at Noon

Arthur Koestler

$17.00 $15.64

This one is on my TBR list

Sons and Lovers

D. H. Lawrence

$5.99

This one is on my TBR list

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck

$18.00 $16.56

This one is on my TBR list

Under the Volcano

Malcolm Lowry

$16.99 $15.63

This one is on my TBR list

The Way of All Flesh

Samuel Butler

$17.00

This one is on my TBR list

1984

George Orwell

$9.99 $9.19

This is another great high school read that I have revisited as an adult. If you like this one, check out both my high school reads revisited and dystopian favorites lists!

To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf

$14.99 $13.79

Virginia Woolf is one of my favorite authors! I loved this book, and I hope you do too. If you like this one, check out my Fabulous Books by Women List!

An American Tragedy

Theodore Dreiser

$9.95 $9.15

This one is on my TBR list

Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Carson McCullers

$15.99 $14.71

This one is on my TBR list

Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut

$18.80 $17.30

Another great dystopian novel. If you like this one, check out my dystopian favorites list.

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

$16.00 $14.72

This one is on my TBR list

Native Son

Richard Wright

$18.99 $17.47

This one is on my TBR list

Henderson the Rain King

Saul Bellow

$18.00 $16.56

This one is on my TBR list

Appointment in Samarra: (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

John O'Hara and Neil Gower

$16.00 $14.72

This one is on my TBR list

The 42nd Parallel

John Dos Passos

$16.98 $15.62

This one is on my TBR list (1 of 3 volumes in the USA trilogy)

1919: Volume Two of the U.S.A. Trilogy

John Dos Passos

$16.98 $15.62

This one is on my TBR list (2 of 3 volumes in the USA trilogy)

The Big Money: Volume Three of the U.S.A. Trilogy

John Dos Passos

$16.98 $15.62

This one is on my TBR list (3 of 3 volumes in the USA trilogy

Winesburg, Ohio

Sherwood Anderson

$10.63

Excellent work that connects the lives of the residents of Winesburg, Ohio through a series of short stories. Great for when you need quick reads to squeeze in between other activities or if you want to explore a place! Travel to another world in a book.

A Passage to India

E. M. Forster

$15.99 $14.71

This one is on my TBR list. I loved this author's other book - Howards End.

The Wings of the Dove

Henry James

$13.00 $11.96

This one is on my TBR list.

The Ambassadors

Henry James

$11.00 $10.12

This one is on my TBR list

Tender is the Night

F. Scott Fitzgerald

$14.99

This one is on my TBR list. I love his other books, so I am excited to read this one.

Studs Lonigan

James T. Farrell

$25.00

This one is on my TBR list.

The Good Soldier

Ford Madox Ford

$14.00 $12.88

This one is on my TBR list.

Animal Farm

George Orwell

$9.99 $9.19

Animal Farm was an early favorite of mine. I read it at a fairly young age, again in high school, and I return to it frequently as an adult. I really enjoy this one. If you like this one, check out my High School Reads Revisited and Dystopian Favorites lists.

The Golden Bowl (Revised)

Henry James

$13.00 $11.96

This one is on my TBR list.

Sister Carrie

Theodore Dreiser

$7.00 $6.44

This one is on my TBR list.

A Handful of Dust

Evelyn Waugh

$16.98 $15.62

This one is on my TBR list

As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

$14.95 $13.75

A great Faulkner! I really enjoyed this Southern Gothic. If you like this, check out my Southern Gothics reading list.

All the King's Men (Harvest)

Robert Penn Warren

$16.99 $15.63

This one is on my TBR list.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Thornton Wilder

$14.99 $13.79

Another great book. I love the characters, and it is a great way to travel to a different place when stuck on the sofa.

Howards End

E. M. Forster

$6.00 $5.52

I read this book shortly after returning from a trip to England. I really enjoyed the character development and the portrayal of English society. Loved this one!

Go Tell It on the Mountain

James Baldwin

$15.00 $13.80

This one is on my TBR list.

The Heart of the Matter: (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Deluxe)

Graham Greene

$18.00 $16.56

This one is on my TBR list

Lord of the Flies

William Golding

$11.00 $10.12

One of my favorite reads from my school days. I have re-read a few times as an adult and really enjoyed it. If you like this one, check out my High School Reads Revisited list.

Deliverance

James Dickey

$17.00 $15.64

This one is on my TBR list.

A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

Anthony Powell

$24.00 $21.60

This one is on my TBR list (Books 1-3 of 12 in a series)

A Dance to the Music of Time: Second Movement

Anthony Powell

$22.50 $20.25

This one is on my TBR list (Books 4-6 of 12 in a series)

A Dance to the Music of Time: Third Movement

Anthony Powell

$24.00 $21.60

This one is on my TBR list (Books 7-9 of 12 in a series)

A Dance to the Music of Time: Fourth Movement

Anthony Powell

$24.00 $21.60

This one is on my TBR list (Books 10-12 of 12 in a series)

Point Counter Point

Aldous Huxley

$15.95 $14.67

This one is on my TBR list.

The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway

$17.00 $15.64

Another favorite. Travel from Paris to Spain with Hemingway. Great for a trip around the world from the comfort of your sofa!

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

Joseph Conrad

$10.95 $10.07

This one is on my TBR list.

Nostromo

Joseph Conrad

$14.99

This one is on my TBR list.

The Rainbow

D. H. Lawrence

$11.00 $10.12

This one is on my TBR list.

Women in Love

D. H. Lawrence

$9.00 $8.28

This one is on my TBR list.

Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller

$17.00 $15.64

This one is on my TBR list.

Portnoy's Complaint

Philip Roth

$16.95 $15.59

This one is on my TBR list.

Pale Fire

Vladimir Nabokov

$16.00 $14.72

Nabokov's beautiful, lyrical prose morphs into poetic form in this wonderful volume. Nabokov is one of my favorite authors, and I think this is a wonderful piece to add to any collection. If you like this, check out my Nabokov must-reads and my Great Russian Authors lists.

Light in August

William Faulkner

$15.95 $14.67

This one is on my TBR list.

On the Road: (penguin Orange Collection)

Jack Kerouac

$18.00 $16.56

Jack Kerouac's masterpiece from the Beat era is a great read. If you like this, check out Bukowski or Howl.

The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett

$15.00 $13.80

This one is on my TBR list.

Parade's End

Ford Madox Ford

$6.99 $6.43

This one is on my TBR list.

The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton

$11.00 $10.12

This one is on my TBR list.

Zuleika Dobson

Max Beerbohm

$15.45

This one is on my TBR list.

The Moviegoer

Walker Percy

$17.00 $15.64

This one is on my TBR list.

Death Comes for the Archbishop

Willa Cather

$15.00 $13.80

This one is on my TBR list.

From Here to Eternity: The Complete Uncensored Edition

James Jones

$20.00 $18.00

This one is on my TBR list.

The Wapshot Chronicle

John Cheever

$16.95 $15.59

This one is on my TBR list.

The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

$16.99 $15.63

One of my favorite books from the High School Reads list. People either love or hate this one. If you like this one, check out my High School Reads Revisited list!

A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess

$15.95 $14.67

This one is on my TBR list.

Of Human Bondage

W. Somerset Maugham

$5.95 $5.47

This one is on my TBR list.

Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad

$8.99

This one is on my TBR list.

Main Street

Sinclair Lewis

$5.95 $5.47

This one is on my TBR list.

The House of Mirth

Edith Wharton

$11.00 $10.12

This one is on my TBR list.

Justine

Lawrence Durrell and Robert Ryan

$18.00 $16.56

The first book of the Alexandria Quartet. This one is on my TBR list.

Balthazar

Lawrence Durrell

$16.00 $14.72

The second book of the Alexandria Quartet. This one is on my TBR list.

Mountolive

Lawrence Durrell

$17.00 $15.64

The third book of the Alexandria Quartet. This one is on my TBR list.

Clea

Lawrence Durrell

$16.00 $14.72

The fourth book of the Alexandria Quartet. This one is on my TBR list.

A High Wind in Jamaica

Richard Hughes

$15.95 $14.67

This one is on my TBR list.

A House for Mr. Biswas

V S Naipaul

$16.95 $15.59

This one is on my TBR list.

A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemingway

$17.00 $15.64

An amazing read from one of my favorite authors. Travel in time and to Europe to experience World War I through the lens of an ambulance driver.

Scoop

Evelyn Waugh

$15.99 $14.71

This one is on my TBR list.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark

$14.99 $13.79

This one is on my TBR list.

Finnegans Wake

James Joyce

$25.00 $22.50

This one is on my TBR list. Pro tip: I have been told this one is easier if you listen to it read by an Irish reader while reading it.

Kim

Rudyard Kipling

$8.00

This one is on my TBR list.

A Room with a View

E. M. Forster

$5.00 $4.60

This one is on my TBR list.

Brideshead Revisited

Evelyn Waugh

$16.99 $15.63

This one is on my TBR list.

The Adventures of Augie March

Saul Bellow

$18.00 $16.56

This one is on my TBR list.

Angle of Repose

Wallace Stegner

$17.00 $15.64

This one is on my TBR list.

A Bend in the River

V S Naipaul

$16.95 $15.59

This one is on my TBR list.

The Death of the Heart

Elizabeth Bowen

$17.00 $15.64

This one is on my TBR list.

Lord Jim

Joseph Conrad

$6.95 $6.39

This one is on my TBR list.

Ragtime

E. L. Doctorow

$18.00 $16.56

This one is on my TBR list.

The Old Wives' Tale

Arnold Bennett

$19.00

This one is on my TBR list.

The Call of the Wild

Jack London

$6.50

A wonderful classic from my younger years! I look forward to rereading this one as an adult! It is on my TBR list.

Loving

Henry Green

$14.00 $12.88

This one is on my TBR list.

Midnight's Children

Salman Rushdie

$18.00 $16.56

This one is on my TBR list.

Tobacco Road (Revised)

Erskine Caldwell

$19.95 $18.35

This one is on my TBR list.

Ironweed

William Kennedy

$17.00 $15.64

This one is on my TBR list.

The Magus

John Fowles

$8.99 $8.27

This one is on my TBR list.

Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys

$14.95 $13.75

This one is on my TBR list.

Under the Net

Iris Murdoch

$16.00 $14.72

This one is on my TBR list.

Sophie's Choice

William Styron

$16.95 $15.59

This one is on my TBR list.

The Sheltering Sky

Paul Bowles

$14.99

This one is on my TBR list.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

James M Cain

$15.00 $13.80

This one is on my TBR list.

The Ginger Man

J P Donleavy

$16.00 $14.72

This one is on my TBR list.

The Magnificent Ambersons

Booth Tarkington

$18.00 $16.56

This one is on my TBR list.