5* Novel List

My Five-Star Novel List
(A Work In Progress)

I appreciate many of the classics, a few of them I love, but as you’ll see from my favorites, this is not a classics list. I’ve been a voracious reader for years, and surely have forgotten many that belong on this page. If you’d like, leave some of your all-time favorites in comments.


A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
American Tabloid by James Ellroy
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Hawaii by James Michener
Harry Potter, the Series by J. K. Rowling
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
LA Confidential by James Ellroy
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
My Dark Places by James Ellroy
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
One-Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garćia Márquez
ShoGun, The Saga, James Clavell  (listed chronologically below)
Shogun – Japan 1600
Tai-Pan – Hong Kong 1841
Gai-Jin – Japan 1862
King Rat – Japanese POW Camp, Singapore 1945
Noble House – Hong Kong
(excepting Whirlwind – Iran 1979, is on my To Read List)
Stones From The River by Ursula Hegi
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
The Amazing Life of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggert by M. Glenn Taylor
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The Haj by Leon Uris
The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré
Watership Down by Richard Adams
1984 by George Orwell