50 Books at 50!

Today is my 50th birthday and despite being up to my oxters in reading and reviewing for Novellas in November, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of 50 novels that have stayed with me after all these years.

These are not necessarily my favourite books and a few of them probably wouldn’t survive a re-read. Also, I could probably create a list of 50 completely different books, but these novels represent reading experiences that changed my outlook, influenced my future reading, remind me of people who were important to me or books that I quite simply loved.

  1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  2. The Bewitching of Alison Allbright by Alan Davidson
  3. The Eyes of Karen Connors by Lois Duncan
  4. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  5. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  6. Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
  7. London Fields by Martin Amis
  8. The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark
  9. We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
  10. The Music of Chance by Paul Auster
  11. Any Sweet Valley High book by Francine Pascal
  12. Amongst Women by John McGahern
  13. Generation X by Douglas Coupland
  14. The Secret Island by Enid Blyton
  15. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  16. Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
  17. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  18. Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
  19. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  20. The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
  21. We Have Always Lived at the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  22. Number9dream by David Mitchell
  23. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
  24. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  25. Tender by Belinda McKeon
  26. The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe
  27. Emily’s Shoes by Dermot Bolger
  28. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig
  29. Bel Canto by Anne Patchett
  30. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  31. Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
  32. Lamb by Bernard MacLaverty
  33. Falling by Colin Thubron
  34. The Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers
  35. Underworld by Don de Lillo
  36. Light in August by William Faulkner
  37. One by One in the Darkness by Deirdre Madden
  38. The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers
  39. By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart
  40. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  41. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
  42. Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane
  43. Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
  44. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  45. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  46. Alma Cogan by Gordon Burns
  47. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  48. Open City by Teju Cole
  49. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  50. A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving

Are any of your favourites in my 50?


Cathy746books View All →

I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

110 Comments Leave a comment

  1. happy belated birthday cathy!!! i hope you had a wonderful birthday 🎂🎈 as you well know i LOVE Tender, but ive been so eager to read One by One in the Darkness after i heard you talking about it a while ago


  2. Happy Birthday, Cathy!! I hope you were pampered and spoiled properly by your family. 🙂

    What a great list! I have also loved Bel Canto, The Blind Assassin, and Oscar and Lucinda. And I loved Tiger Eyes as a girl but haven’t read it since so I’m not sure I still would. There are a bunch here still on my to-read list!


  3. Happy Belated BDay, Cathy! And what a delectable way to mark the occasion. We have many faves in common but one that really jumped out at me today is The Secret Island….my longtime fave of all her books (which I adored as a girl)…I “played” Secret Island endlessly (but without fellow islanders heheh).


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