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    1. CIRCE (#1 New York Times bestseller)
    Madeline Miller
    In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to t

    2. Good Omens
    Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    From two delightful imaginations comes a comic masterpiece in which the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, the hound of the devil chases sticks, and the end of the world is subject to M

    3. Sapiens
    Yuval Noah Harari
    New York Times BestsellerFrom a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and

    4. Dune
    Frank Herbert
    Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story

    5. Pet Sematary
    Stephen King
    Soon to be a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures starring John Lithgow, Jason Clarke, and Amy Seimetz!Stephen King’s #1 New York Times bestseller Pet Sematary<

    6. Educated
    Tara Westover
    Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sle

    7. American Gods
    Neil Gaiman
    Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident.Fl

    8. Fahrenheit 451
    Ray Bradbury
    Sixty years after its publication, Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 stands as a classic of world literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Today its message has grown m

    9. The Handmaid's Tale
    Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin
    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are

    10. Blood Meridian
    Cormac McCarthy
    "The fulfilled renown of Moby-Dick and of As I Lay Dying is augmented by Blood Meridian, since Cormac McCarthy is the worthy disciple both of Melville and Faulkner," writes esteemed literary scholar H

    11. The Name of the Wind
    Patrick Rothfuss
    Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of

    12. 1984
    George Orwell
    In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory st

    13. East of Eden
    John Steinbeck
    In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden “the first book,” and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas

    14. Brave New World
    Aldous Huxley
    Brave New World is a dystopian novel written in 1931 by English author Aldous Huxley, and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State of genetically modified citizens and an intelligenc

    15. Armada
    Ernest Cline
    Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming

    16. The Outsider
    Stephen King
    An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.An e

    17. Slaughterhouse-Five
    Kurt Vonnegut
    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-sc

    18. Flowers for Algernon
    David Rogers, Daniel Keyes

    19. The Stand
    Stephen King
    Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published.

    20. The Lies of Locke Lamora
    Scott Lynch
    They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wr

    21. It
    Stephen King
    Soon to be a major motion picture—Stephen King’s terrifying, classic #1 New York Times bestseller, “a landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times)—about seven adults who return t

    22. The Song of Achilles
    Madeline Miller
    Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed princ

    23. The Way of Kings
    Brandon Sanderson
    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.Rosh

    24. Infinite Jest
    David Foster Wallace
    A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America. Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to

    25. All the Light We Cannot See
    Anthony Doerr
    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list<b

    26. A Game of Thrones
    George R. R. Martin
    HBO’s hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R R Martin’s internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A GAME OF THRONES is the firs

    27. The Three-Body Problem
    Cixin Liu
    1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China's Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind. <br

    28. The Hate U Give
    Angie Thomas
    Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when

    29. I'll Be Gone in the Dark
    Michelle McNamara
    A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer—the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade—from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died t

    30. The Fifth Season
    N. K. Jemisin
    Original cover edition here THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.Three te

    31. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
    Gail Honeyman
    Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and b

    32. The Road
    Joe Penhall, Cormac McCarthy

    33. Annihilation
    Jeff VanderMeer
    Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization.The first expedition returned with reports of a pris

    34. Little Fires Everywhere
    Celeste Ng
    In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go o

    35. Sharp Objects
    Gillian Flynn
    FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRLFresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must

    36. Oathbringer
    Brandon Sanderson
    Alternate Cover Edition can be found here. The eagerly awaited sequel to the #1 New

    37. Artemis
    Andy Weir
    The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.Jazz Bashara is a criminal.Well, sort of

    38. The Haunting of Hill House
    Shirley Jackson
    Luke Sanderson, inheritor of the mysterious Hill House, invites a supernatural investigator and several guests interested in the paranormal to his eighty-year-old mansion in the hopes that they can ex

    39. The Hobbit
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his

    40. Catch-22
    Joseph Heller
    Presents the contemporary classic depicting the struggles of a U.S. airman attempting to survive the lunacy and depravity of a World War II base.

    41. One Hundred Years of Solitude
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)The brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the

    42. Kafka On The Shore
    Haruki Murakami
    Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy.The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction,

    43. War and Peace
    Leo Tolstoy
    War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count

    44. Mistborn
    Brandon Sanderson
    Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fail

    45. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
    Stuart Turton
    At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed. Again. She's been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day

    46. Leviathan Wakes
    James S. A. Corey
    The first novel in James S. A. Corey's SF New York Times bestselling Expanse series. Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars

    47. Dark Matter
    Blake Crouch
    From the author of the bestselling WAYWARD PINES trilogy, a brilliantly mind-bending science-fiction thriller in which an ordinary man is kidnapped, knocked unconscious—and awakens in a world inexp

    48. We Have Always Lived in the Castle
    Shirley Jackson
    Based on the bestselling novel by Shirley Jackson. Produced on Broadway, this gripping play spins out a tale of suspense and mystery which will hold audiences enthralled right up to the final, shockin

    49. Becoming
    Michelle Obama
    An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the

    50. Neverwhere
    Neil Gaiman
    Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the ci

    51. Pride and Prejudice
    Jane Austen

    52. Authority
    Jeff VanderMeer
    The bone-chilling, hair-raising second installment of the Southern Reach TrilogyAfter thirty years, the only human engagement with Area X--a seemingly malevolent landscape surrounde

    53. The Secret History
    Donna Tartt
    Storytelling in the grand manner, The Secret History is a debut remarkable for its hypnotic erudition and acute psychological suspense, and for the richness of its emotions, ideas, and language. These

    54. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
    Becky Chambers
    Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space op

    55. Never Let Me Go
    Kazuo Ishiguro
    In one of the most acclaimed and strange novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England. Narrated by K

    56. The Count of Monte Cristo
    Alexandre Dumas pere
    The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the classic books of all time. Join Alexander Dumas as he weaves his wonderful story of The Count of Monte Cristo. Originally published in 1844, The Count of Monte

    57. The Shining
    Stephen King
    With an excerpt from the sequel, Doctor Sleep.Terrible events occur at an isolated hotel in the off season, when a small boy with psychic powers struggles to hold his own aga

    58. Red Rising
    Pierce Brown
    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable

    59. Fear
    Bob Woodward
    With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House an

    60. Crazy Rich Asians
    Kevin Kwan
    When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she mig

    61. Station Eleven
    Emily St John Mandel
    An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group

    62. A Man Called Ove
    Fredrik Backman
    A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he

    63. The Terror
    Dan Simmons
    The men on board Her Britannic Majesty's Ships Terror and Erebus had every expectation of triumph. They were part of Sir John Franklin's 1845 expedition - as scientifically advanced an e

    64. Bird Box
    Josh Malerman
    Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years a

    65. Norse Mythology
    Neil Gaiman
    Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantas

    66. Lolita
    Vladimir Nabokov
    Humbert Humbert - scholar, aesthete and romantic - has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady's gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing

    67. 'Salem's Lot
    Stephen King
    Upon its initial publication in 1975, 'Salem’s Lot' was recognized as a landmark work. The novel has sold millions of copies in various editions, but it wasn’t until Centipede Press published a specia

    68. The Woman in the Window
    A. J. Finn
    "The Woman in the Window is the most riveting thriller I’ve read since Gone Girl. A. J. Finn is a bold new talent with the touch of a master."— New York Times Bestselling Au

    69. Rebecca
    Daphne du Maurier
    Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal o

    70. Children of Blood and Bone
    Tomi Adeyemi
    Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir. They killed my

    71. Pachinko
    Min Jin Lee
    A victorian epic transplanted to Japan, following a Korean family of immigrants through eight decades and four generations.Yeongdo, Korea 1911.In a small fishing village on the

    72. The Well of Ascension
    Brandon Sanderson
    Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an em

    73. Jane Eyre
    Charlotte Brontë
    Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Roch

    74. Animal Farm
    George Orwell, General Press
    George Orwell's timeless and timely allegorical novel—a scathing satire on a downtrodden society’s blind march towards totalitarianism.“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equ

    75. The Obelisk Gate
    N. K. Jemisin
    THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME.The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring – madman, world-crusher, sav

    76. The Fellowship of the Ring
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    The first volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGSOne Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them<br

    77. Norwegian Wood
    Haruki Murakami
    When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student da

    78. A Clockwork Orange
    Anthony Burgess
    A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the cent

    79. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Douglas Adams
    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Gu

    80. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
    Philip K. Dick
    It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill.Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment--find them and then..."retire" the

    81. The Last Wish
    Andrzej Sapkowski
    Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded killer. His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking

    82. Tales of King Arthur
    Henry Gilbert

    83. Hyperion
    Dan Simmons
    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who ha

    84. The Stone Sky
    N. K. Jemisin
    THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME.The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.Ess

    85. The Man in the High Castle
    Philip K. Dick
    In The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick's alternate history classic, the United States lost World War II and was subsequently divided between the Germans in the east and the Japanese in t

    86. The Bell Jar
    Sylvia Plath
    I was supposed to be having the time of my life.When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream

    87. Picture of Dorian Gray
    Oscar Wilde
    This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition™ includes a glossary and reader’s notes to help the modern reader contend with Wilde’s many allusions and his complex approach to the human condition.

    88. The Master and Margarita
    Mikhail Bulgakov
    Suppressed in the Soviet Union for twenty-six years, Mikhail Bulgakov’s masterpiece is an ironic parable of power and its corruption, good and evil, and human frailty and the strength of love. Featuri

    89. Borne
    Jeff VanderMeer
    In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a woman named Rachel, who makes her living as a scavenger, finds a creature she names “Borne” entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic, despotic bear. Mord on

    90. Shogun
    James Clavell
    This is James Clavell's tour-de-force; an epic saga of one Pilot-Major John Blackthorne, and his integration into the struggles and strife of feudal Japan. Both entertaining and incisive, SHOGUN is a

    91. The Pillars of the Earth
    Ken Follett
    View our Ken Follett feature page.Learn more about "The Pillars of the Earth" miniseries on Starz. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, this historical epic--a twelfth-century tale o

    92. The Dark Forest
    Cixin Liu
    This is the second novel in the "Remembrance of Earth’s Past" near-future trilogy. Written by the China's multiple-award-winning science fiction author, Cixin Liu. In Dark Forest, E

    93. The Wise Man's Fear
    Patrick Rothfuss
    DAY TWO: THE WISE MAN’S FEAR“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.” My name is Kvothe. You may have h

    94. Gardens Of The Moon
    Steven Erikson
    Bled dry by interminable warfare, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, the vast, sprawling Malazan empire simmers with discontent. Even its imperial

    95. Night Circus
    Erin Morgenstern
    "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLERThe circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an u

    96. Gone Girl
    Gillian Flynn
    On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful

    97. A Clash of Kings
    George R. R. Martin
    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who hold sway over an age of enforced peace are dead, victims of royal treachery. Now

    98. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    J.K. Rowling
    The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt

    99. The Goldfinch
    Donna Tartt
    It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend.

    100. All Quiet on the Western Front
    Erich Maria Remarque