Our 100 Favorite Books

Gayle and Nicole just recorded the 100th episode of The Readerly Report podcast! To honor the occasion, we pulled together a list of our 100 favorite books since we started podcasting (or that we’ve discussed on the show). Some of these have gotten a lot of airtime, while others haven’t been discussed much at all. We hope you find some new favorites on this list!

Here are our lists, in no particular order. We’ve separated out the books that made both lists.

Books That Made Both Lists

  1. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  2. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  3. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  4. The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve
  5. The Risen by Ron Rash

Gayle’s Top Books

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
  3. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
  4. Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh
  5. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  6. City of Thieves by David Benioff
  7. Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  8. Days of Awe by Lauren Fox
  9. Every Day by David Levithan
  10. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  11. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  12. Gig by John Bowe and Marisa Bowe
  13. Open by Andre Agassi
  14. Room by Emma Donoghue
  15. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  16. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  17. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  18. Under The Influence by Joyce Maynard
  19. You Know When The Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
  20. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
  21. You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
  22. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
  23. The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
  24. The Last September by Nina de Gramont
  25. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  26. Three Junes by Julia Glass
  27. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  28. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  29. A Friend Of The Family by Lauren Grodstein
  30. Waiting For Eden by Elliot Ackerman
  31. Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins
  32. Early Warning by Jane Smiley
  33. Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny
  34. Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce
  35. The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan
  36. Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb
  37. The Blessings by Elise Juska
  38. Redeployment by Phil Klay
  39. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  40. The Condition by Jennifer Haigh
  41. Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok
  42. Faith by Jennifer Haigh
  43. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  44. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
  45. Cost by Roxana Robinson
  46. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
  47. Little Children by Tom Perrotta
  48. The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

Nicole’s Top Books

  1. The Witch Elm by Tana French
  2. Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
  3. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
  4. Real American by Julie Lythcott-Haims
  5. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
  6. The Futilitarians by Anne Giseleson
  7. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  8. Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
  9. The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwan
  10. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  11. The Mothers by Brit Bennett
  12. A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles
  13. The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn
  14. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  15. American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
  16. Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  17. Between The World And Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates
  18. All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
  19. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
  20. Siracusa by Delia Ephron
  21. A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
  22. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  23. All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead
  24. My (Part-time) Paris Life by Lisa Anselmo
  25. The Travelers by Regina Porter
  26. Black Is The Body by Emily Bernard
  27. Red At The Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
  28. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  29. There, There by Tommy Orange
  30. Bitcoin Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
  31. Fruit Of The Drunken Tree by Ingrid Contreras Rojas
  32. Golden Child by Claire Adam
  33. Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
  34. The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  35. The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton
  36. Good Talk by Mira Jacob
  37. Killing It: An Education by Camas Davis
  38. The Paris Wife by Paula McClain
  39. More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth
  40. The Muse by Jessie Burton
  41. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  42. All Happy Families by Jean McCulloch
  43. The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya
  44. No One Is Coming To Save Us by Stephanie Powell
  45. Devotion by Madeline Stevens
  46. Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
  47. Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee