My Favorite Books (and Authors) of All Time

Here’s my list of favorite books and authors of all time. If an author has written more than one of my favorite books of all time, I’m combining all their works into one notation. This list will contain both novels, novellas and short stories because short work frequently punches above it’s weight and I want to feature them.

This list is entirely subjective, and I am more than willing to admit that some of the books on here are qualitatively worse than others not on the list. I am using Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time books as a standard for my judging: I like reading WoT, so everything I like more than that goes on this list. I’m keeping this list mainly Fantasy genre lit for the sake of comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges.

  1. Patricia McKillip- Riddle-Master, Cygnet, and her standalones
  2. Angelica Gorodescher- Kalpa Imperial, Trafalgar
  3. Madeline Miller- Circe
  4. Lois McMaster Bujold- Vorkosigan and the World of the Five Gods
  5. Barry Hughart- The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox
  6. Scott Hawkins- The Library at Mount Char
  7. Guy Gavriel Kay- Tigana, Lions of Al-Rassan
  8. Max Gladstone- Craft Sequence
  9. Garth Nix- Old Kingdom Series
  10. Terry Pratchett- Discworld, Good Omens
  11. N. K. Jemisen- Moonblood, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
  12. Tolkien
  13. Frank Herbert- Dune
  14. Ben Aaronovitch- Peter Grant series/Rivers of London
  15. Brandon Sanderson- Cosmere (No Wheel of Time)
  16. J. K. Rowling- Harry Potter (also Cormoran Strike, but that’s Mystery)
  17. Jane Fonda- Jade City
  18. Susanna Clarke- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell
  19. George Saunders- Lincoln in the Bardo
  20. Amberlough
  21. Jim Butcher- Dresden Files, Codex Alera
  22. Annihilation
  23. Jacqueline Carey- Kushiel’s Legacy, Miranda and Caliban
  24. Mark Lawrence- The Book of the Ancestor
  25. Robert Jackson Bennett- The Cities of XYZ
  26. Elizabeth Bear- Eternal Sky Trilogy
  27. G. Willow Wilson- Alif the Unseen
  28. Aliette de Bodard- Obsidian and Blood trilogy, Dominion of the Fallen
  29. Bradley Beaulieu- Song of the Shattered Sands, Lays of Anyuskaya Trilogy
  30. Robin McKinley- Sunshine, The Blue Sword
  31. Brian McClellan- Powder Mage, Gods of Blood and Powder, War Cry
  32. Naomi Novik- Uprooted, Temeraire
  33. Diana Wynne Jones- The Magids, Derkholm
  34. Seth Dickenson- The Traitor Baru Cormorant
  35. Nicky Drayden- Prey of Gods
  36. Mary Robinette Kowal- Ghost Talkers, Glamourist Histories
  37. Drew Hayes- The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant
  38. Sam Sykes- Seven Blades in Black
  39. Ken Liu- The Paper Menagerie and the Dandelion Dynasty
  40. Senlin Ascends
  41. Lies of Locke Lamora
  42. Tamora Pierce- Circle of Magic, Tortall
  43. Jhereg
  44. Gail Carriger- Soulless
  45. Ursula K. LeGuin- Earthsea
  46. Myke Cole
  47. Kathren Arden- The Bear and the Nightingale
  48. S. A. Chakraborty- The City of Brass
  49. Django Wexler- Shadow Campaigns
  50. Mythago Wood
  51. Nnedi Okorafor
  52. George. R. R. Martin- A Game of Thrones
  53. William Shakespeare
  54. Robert Jordan- Wheel of Time