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. Annihilation
  24. Jacqueline Carey- Kushiel’s Legacy, Miranda and Caliban
  25. Mark Lawrence- The Book of the Ancestor
  26. Robert Jackson Bennett- The Cities of XYZ
  27. Elizabeth Bear- Eternal Sky Trilogy
  28. G. Willow Wilson- Alif the Unseen
  29. Aliette de Bodard- Obsidian and Blood trilogy, Dominion of the Fallen
  30. Bradley Beaulieu- Song of the Shattered Sands, Lays of Anyuskaya Trilogy
  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, Undeath and Taxes
  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