Of all the books I’ve read, these are the ones that stuck with me. If you’re looking for something to read, I hope you check them out.
I specialized in literary criticism in college, and I’ve written essays about compelling themes and stylistic choices in some of these books. You’ll find those essays linked beneath the titles.
(*) Complex writing style
(L) Long book – 800+ pages
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Wool by Hugh Howey
The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Note: You need to read the other books in this series to fully appreciate this one.
The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
(especially The Hero of Ages)
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (*)
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (L)
Roots by Alex Haley (L)
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino (*)
How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman
On Writing by Stephen King