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