February 19, 2019
100 Non-Mainstream Book Recommendations That Are Hidden Treasures

There’s no feeling quite like getting completely captivated by a good book. If you’re an avid reader, it makes sense to always be on the lookout for new book recommendations.

When thinking about books that are truly impactful, it is often not enough to look at lists that discuss the “top books of the 20th century” or the “most critically acclaimed sci-fi novels.” That’s because the books that impact us most aren’t always the ones that are also critically acclaimed, making it necessary to seek out more personal lists if you want to truly expand your horizons.

That said, here is a list of 100 book recommendations that are real treasures, regardless of genre. I tell you a bit about each of them, including how long it takes the average reader to finish them, so you can find your next read.

1. The Rocking-Horse Winner

Author: D.H. Lawrence

Pages: 30

Wordcount: 9,150 words

Genre: Fiction

Publication year: 1926

Time it takes to read: 0 hours and 36 minutes

Get The Rocking-Horse Winner at Amazon.com

2. Lunch Poems

Author: Frank O’Hara

Pages: 76

Wordcount: 23,180 words

Genre: Poetry

Publication year: 1964

Time it takes to read: 1 hour and 32 minutes

Get Lunch Poems at Amazon.com

3. A Coney Island of the Mind

Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Pages: 93

Wordcount: 28,365 words

Genre: Poetry

Publication year: 1958

Time it takes to read: 1 hour and 53 minutes

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4. Exotic Neurotic

Author: Kenneth Jarrett Singleton

Pages: 108

Wordcount: 32,940 words

Genre: Poetry

Publication year: 2016

Time it takes to read: 2 hours and 11 minutes

Get Exotic Neurotic at Amazon.com

5. Howl and Other Poems

Author: Allen Ginsberg

Pages: 57

Wordcount: 17,385 words

Genre: Poetry

Publication year: 1956

Time it takes to read: 1 hour and 9 minutes

Get Howl and Other Poems at Amazon.com

6. A Dog’s Heart

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Pages: 130

Wordcount: 39,650 words

Genre: Satire, Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction

Publication year: 1968

Time it takes to read: 2 hours and 38 minutes

Get A Dog’s Heart at Amazon.com

7. Metrophilias

Author: Brendan Connell

Pages: 132

Wordcount: 40,260 words

Genre: Erotic literature, Fantasy Fiction

Publication year: 2010

Time it takes to read: 2 hours and 41 minutes

Get Metrophilias at Amazon.com

8. The Mezzanine

Author: Nicholson Baker

Pages: 142

Wordcount: 43,310 words

Genre: Novel, Literary fiction

Publication year: 1988

Time it takes to read: 2 hours and 53 minutes

Get The Mezzanine at Amazon.com

9. Squee’s Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors

Author: Jhonen Vasquez

Pages: 144

Wordcount: 43,920 words

Genre: Comics, Graphic novel

Publication year: 1998

Time it takes to read: 2 hours and 55 minutes

Get Squee’s Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors at Amazon.com

10. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Author: Raymond Carver

Pages: 144

Wordcount: 43,920 words

Genre: Short story, Fiction

Publication year: 1981

Time it takes to read: 2 hours and 55 minutes

Get What We Talk About When We Talk About Love at Amazon.com

11. Nutshell

Author: Ian McEwan

Pages: 224

Wordcount: 47,270 words

Genre: Thriller, Psychological Fiction

Publication year: 2016

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 9 minutes

Get Nutshell at Amazon.com

12. I Am the Cheese

Author: Robert Cormier

Pages: 256

Wordcount: 47,995 words

Genre: Children’s literature, Young adult fiction, Crime Fiction

Publication year: 1977

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 11 minutes

Get I Am the Cheese at Amazon.com

13. Can’t Help Falling in Love

Author: Carol Dunitz, David W. Menefee

Pages: 166

Wordcount: 50,630 words

Genre: Romance

Publication year: 2012

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 22 minutes

Get Can’t Help Falling in Love at Amazon.com

14. Ransom

Author: Lois Duncan

Pages: 172

Wordcount: 52,460 words

Genre: Thriller, Children’s literature, Young adult fiction

Publication year: 1966

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 29 minutes

Get Ransom at Amazon.com

15. Blood and Guts in High School

Author: Kathy Acker

Pages: 176

Wordcount: 53,680 words

Genre: Fiction, Experimental literature

Publication year: 1984

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 34 minutes

Get Blood and Guts in High School at Amazon.com

16. Six Memos for the Next Millennium

Author: Italo Calvino

Pages: 176

Wordcount: 53,680 words

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication year: 1988

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 34 minutes

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17. The Children Act

Author: Ian McEwan

Pages: 240

Wordcount: 54,085 words

Genre: Fiction, Legal Story

Publication year: 2014

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 36 minutes

Get The Children Act at Amazon.com

18. Bright Lights, Big City

Author: Jay McInerney

Pages: 182

Wordcount: 55,510 words

Genre: Novel, Fiction, Black comedy

Publication year: 1984

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 42 minutes

Get Bright Lights, Big City at Amazon.com

19. The Death of Bunny Munro

Author: Nick Cave

Pages: 288

Wordcount: 71,050 words

Genre: Black comedy, Philosophical fiction, Absurdist fiction

Publication year: 2009

Time it takes to read: 4 hours and 44 minutes

Get The Death of Bunny Munro at Amazon.com

20. The Little Virtues

Author: Natalia Ginzburg

Pages: 184

Wordcount: 56,120 words

Genre: Fiction

Publication year: 1962

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 44 minutes

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21. High-Rise

Author: J. G. Ballard

Pages: 208

Wordcount: 57,275 words

Genre: Novel, Science Fiction, Thriller

Publication year: 1975

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 49 minutes

Get High-Rise at Amazon.com

22. Leaving Las Vegas

Author: John O’Brien

Pages: 189

Wordcount: 57,645 words

Genre: Literary fiction

Publication year: 1990

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 50 minutes

Get Leaving Las Vegas at Amazon.com

23. I Remember

Author: Joe Brainard

Pages: 192

Wordcount: 58,560 words

Genre: Memoir

Publication year: 1970

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 54 minutes

Get I Remember at Amazon.com

24. The Box Man

Author: Kōbō Abe

Pages: 192

Wordcount: 58,560 words

Genre: Literary fiction

Publication year: 1973

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 54 minutes

Get The Box Man at Amazon.com

25. Voyage in the Dark

Author: Jean Rhys

Pages: 192

Wordcount: 58,560 words

Genre: Fiction

Publication year: 1934

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 54 minutes

Get Voyage in the Dark at Amazon.com

26. The Automat

Author: Cristina Martin

Pages: 198

Wordcount: 60,390 words

Genre: Literary fiction

Publication year: 2012

Time it takes to read: 4 hours and 1 minute

Get The Automat at Amazon.com

27. The Diary Of A Young Girl

Author: Anne Frank

Pages: 283

Wordcount: 86,275 words

Genre: Biography, Autobiography

Publication year: 1947

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 45 minutes

Get The Diary Of A Young Girl at Amazon.com

28. Where Are the Customers’ Yachts?: Or a Good Hard Look at Wall Street

Author: Fred Schwed

Pages: 208

Wordcount: 63,440 words

Genre: Humour

Publication year: 1940

Time it takes to read: 4 hours and 13 minutes

Get Where Are the Customers’ Yachts?: Or a Good Hard Look at Wall Street at Amazon.com

29. Gnomes

Author: Wil Huygen (writer) and Rien Poortvliet (illustrator)

Pages: 212

Wordcount: 64,660 words

Genre: Children’s literature, Speculative fiction, Fantasy Fiction

Publication year: 1976

Time it takes to read: 4 hours and 18 minutes

Get Gnomes at Amazon.com

30. The Haunting of Hill House

Author: Shirley Jackson

Pages: 208

Wordcount: 65,395 words

Genre: Horror fiction, Gothic fiction, Psychological horror, Psychological Fiction

Publication year: 1959

Time it takes to read: 4 hours and 21 minutes

Get The Haunting of Hill House at Amazon.com

31. Black Wings Has My Angel

Author: Elliott Chaze

Pages: 224

Wordcount: 68,320 words

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Crime Fiction, Hardboiled, Noir fiction

Publication year: 1953

Time it takes to read: 4 hours and 33 minutes

Get Black Wings Has My Angel at Amazon.com

32. Goodbye to Berlin

Author: Christopher Isherwood

Pages: 224

Wordcount: 68,320 words

Genre: Novel, Fiction

Publication year: 1939

Time it takes to read: 4 hours and 33 minutes

Get Goodbye to Berlin at Amazon.com

33. The World Inside

Author: Robert Silverberg

Pages: 256

Wordcount: 68,295 words

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction

Publication year: 1971

Time it takes to read: 4 hours and 33 minutes

Get The World Inside at Amazon.com

34. Atom Heart John Beloved

Author: Luke Hartwell

Pages: 230

Wordcount: 70,150 words

Genre: Gay Fiction

Publication year: 2012

Time it takes to read: 4 hours and 40 minutes

Get Atom Heart John Beloved at Amazon.com

35. Fiskadoro

Author: Denis Johnson

Pages: 240

Wordcount: 73,200 words

Genre: Allegory, Fantasy Fiction

Publication year: 1985

Time it takes to read: 4 hours and 52 minutes

Get Fiskadoro at Amazon.com

36. The End of the Story

Author: Lydia Davis

Pages: 240

Wordcount: 73,200 words

Genre: Romance novel, Psychological Fiction

Publication year: 1995

Time it takes to read: 4 hours and 52 minutes

Get The End of the Story at Amazon.com

37. Passing as Elias

Author: Kate Bloomfield

Pages: 242

Wordcount: 73,810 words

Genre: Queer

Publication year: 2012

Time it takes to read: 4 hours and 55 minutes

Get Passing as Elias at Amazon.com

38. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Author: Horace McCoy

Pages: 250

Wordcount: 76,250 words

Genre: Mystery

Publication year: 1948

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 5 minutes

Get Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye at Amazon.com

39. Cold Hand in Mine: Strange Stories

Author: Robert Aickman

Pages: 252

Wordcount: 76,860 words

Genre: Horror fiction

Publication year: 1975

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 7 minutes

Get Cold Hand in Mine: Strange Stories at Amazon.com

40. Summer of Fear

Author: Lois Duncan

Pages: 256

Wordcount: 78,080 words

Genre: Horror fiction, Young adult fiction

Publication year: 1976

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 12 minutes

Get Summer of Fear at Amazon.com

41. The Erasers

Author: Alain Robbe-Grillet

Pages: 256

Wordcount: 78,080 words

Genre: Fiction, Mystery

Publication year: 1953

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 12 minutes

Get The Erasers at Amazon.com

42. The Ragazzi

Author: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pages: 256

Wordcount: 78,080 words

Genre: Fiction

Publication year: 1955

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 12 minutes

Get The Ragazzi at Amazon.com

43. The Bell Jar

Author: Sylvia Plath

Pages: 288

Wordcount: 87,840 words

Genre: Novel, Autobiography, Roman à clef, Psychological Fiction, Autobiographical novel, Fictional Autobiography

Publication year: 1963

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 51 minutes

Get The Bell Jar at Amazon.com

44. American Purgatorio

Author: John Haskell

Pages: 264

Wordcount: 80,520 words

Genre: Suspense, Psychological Fiction

Publication year: 2005

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 22 minutes

Get American Purgatorio at Amazon.com

45. The Guilty Are Afraid

Author: James Hadley Chase

Pages: 268

Wordcount: 81,740 words

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Publication year: 1957

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 26 minutes

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46. Platform

Author: Michel Houellebecq

Pages: 272

Wordcount: 82,960 words

Genre: Humour, Fiction

Publication year: 2001

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 31 minutes

Get Platform at Amazon.com

47. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

Author: Chuck Klosterman

Pages: 272

Wordcount: 82,960 words

Genre: Humour

Publication year: 2003

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 31 minutes

Get Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto at Amazon.com

48. Thank You for Smoking

Author: Christopher Buckley

Pages: 272

Wordcount: 82,960 words

Genre: Novel, Fiction, Satire

Publication year: 1994

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 31 minutes

Get Thank You for Smoking at Amazon.com

49. Stoner

Author: John Williams

Pages: 288

Wordcount: 84,825 words

Genre: Psychological Fiction, Domestic Fiction

Publication year: 1965

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 39 minutes

Get Stoner at Amazon.com

50. Saving Nathaniel

Author: Jillian Brookes-Ward

Pages: 284

Wordcount: 86,620 words

Genre: Contemporary romance

Publication year: 2010

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 46 minutes

Get Saving Nathaniel at Amazon.com

51. Darkness at Noon

Author: Arthur Koestler

Pages: 288

Wordcount: 87,840 words

Genre: Novel, Dystopian Fiction

Publication year: 1940

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 51 minutes

Get Darkness at Noon at Amazon.com

52. The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman

Author: Bruce Robinson

Pages: 288

Wordcount: 87,840 words

Genre: Bildungsroman, Domestic Fiction

Publication year: 1997

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 51 minutes

Get The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman at Amazon.com

53. The Sleeper Awakes

Author: H.G. Wells

Pages: 288

Wordcount: 87,840 words

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction

Publication year: 1899

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 51 minutes

Get The Sleeper Awakes at Amazon.com

54. The White Hotel

Author: D.M. Thomas

Pages: 288

Wordcount: 87,840 words

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Publication year: 1981

Time it takes to read: 5 hours and 51 minutes

Get The White Hotel at Amazon.com

55. 1984

Author: George Orwell

Pages: 328

Wordcount: 92,510 words

Genre: Science Fiction, Social science fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Political fiction

Publication year: 1949

Time it takes to read: 6 hours and 10 minutes

Get 1984 at Amazon.com

56. Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty

Author: Tim Sandlin

Pages: 296

Wordcount: 90,280 words

Genre: Humour, Humorous Fiction

Publication year: 2007

Time it takes to read: 6 hours and 1 minute

Get Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty at Amazon.com

57. A Calf for Venus

Author: Norah Lofts

Pages: 300

Wordcount: 91,500 words

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication year: 1949

Time it takes to read: 6 hours and 6 minutes

Get A Calf for Venus at Amazon.com

58. Clay

Author: David Almond

Pages: 304

Wordcount: 92,720 words

Genre: Horror fiction, Children’s literature, Fantasy Fiction

Publication year: 2005

Time it takes to read: 6 hours and 10 minutes

Get Clay at Amazon.com

59. Wizard of the Pigeons

Author: Megan Lindholm

Pages: 304

Wordcount: 92,720 words

Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Urban fantasy, Occult Fiction

Publication year: 1986

Time it takes to read: 6 hours and 10 minutes

Get Wizard of the Pigeons at Amazon.com

60. The Snow Child

Author: Eowyn Ivey

Pages: 389

Wordcount: 94,395 words

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication year: 2011

Time it takes to read: 6 hours and 17 minutes

Get The Snow Child at Amazon.com

61. The Underground Railroad

Author: Colson Whitehead

Pages: 336

Wordcount: 94,250 words

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication year: 2016

Time it takes to read: 6 hours and 17 minutes

Get The Underground Railroad at Amazon.com

62. The Minds of Billy Milligan

Author: Daniel Keyes

Pages: 448

Wordcount: 136,640 words

Genre: Biography, True crime

Publication year: 1981

Time it takes to read: 9 hours and 6 minutes

Get The Minds of Billy Milligan at Amazon.com

63. City at the Edge of Time

Author: Janet Morris

Pages: 312

Wordcount: 95,160 words

Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Metaphysical fiction

Publication year: 1988

Time it takes to read: 6 hours and 20 minutes

Get City at the Edge of Time at Amazon.com

64. The Groves of Academe

Author: Mary McCarthy

Pages: 312

Wordcount: 95,160 words

Genre: Novel, Political fiction

Publication year: 1952

Time it takes to read: 6 hours and 20 minutes

Get The Groves of Academe at Amazon.com

65. Judas Pig

Author: Horace Silver

Pages: 318

Wordcount: 96,990 words

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Publication year: 2003

Time it takes to read: 6 hours and 27 minutes

Get Judas Pig at Amazon.com

66. You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself

Author: David McRaney

Pages: 320

Wordcount: 97,600 words

Genre: Humour, Self-help

Publication year: 2013

Time it takes to read: 6 hours and 30 minutes

Get You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself at Amazon.com

67. The Legend of Devil’s Creek

Author: D.C. Alexander

Pages: 328

Wordcount: 100,040 words

Genre: Mystery

Publication year: 2012

Time it takes to read: 6 hours and 40 minutes

Get The Legend of Devil’s Creek at Amazon.com

68. Cocaine Nights

Author: J. G. Ballard

Pages: 336

Wordcount: 102,480 words

Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery

Publication year: 1996

Time it takes to read: 6 hours and 49 minutes

Get Cocaine Nights at Amazon.com

69. An Earthly Knight

Author: Janet McNaughton

Pages: 352

Wordcount: 107,360 words

Genre: Fairy tale, Fantasy Fiction

Publication year: 2003

Time it takes to read: 7 hours and 9 minutes

Get An Earthly Knight at Amazon.com

70. Shadows of Krandom

Author: David B. Floyd Jr.

Pages: 162

Wordcount: 49,410 words

Genre: Fantasy

Publication year: 2009

Time it takes to read: 3 hours and 17 minutes

Get Shadows of Krandom at Amazon.com

71. Christopher and His Kind

Author: Christopher Isherwood

Pages: 352

Wordcount: 107,360 words

Genre: Biography, Autobiography

Publication year: 1976

Time it takes to read: 7 hours and 9 minutes

Get Christopher and His Kind at Amazon.com

72. Growth of the Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun

Pages: 352

Wordcount: 107,360 words

Genre: Fiction

Publication year: 1917

Time it takes to read: 7 hours and 9 minutes

Get Growth of the Soil at Amazon.com

73. Reverb

Author: J. Cafesin

Pages: 352

Wordcount: 107,360 words

Genre: Romance novel, Psychological Fiction, Contemporary romance, Romantic Suspense

Publication year: 2010

Time it takes to read: 7 hours and 9 minutes

Get Reverb at Amazon.com

74. Ashes of Heroes

Author: Gabriel Archer, Jack Canaan

Pages: 360

Wordcount: 109,800 words

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Publication year: 2012

Time it takes to read: 7 hours and 19 minutes

Get Ashes of Heroes at Amazon.com

75. Fobbit

Author: David Abrams

Pages: 372

Wordcount: 113,460 words

Genre: Fiction, War story

Publication year: 2012

Time it takes to read: 7 hours and 33 minutes

Get Fobbit at Amazon.com

76. Swamplandia!

Author: Karen Russell

Pages: 400

Wordcount: 114,115 words

Genre: Magical Realism, Bildungsroman, Southern Gothic

Publication year: 2011

Time it takes to read: 7 hours and 36 minutes

Get Swamplandia! at Amazon.com

77. Diary of a Drug Fiend

Author: Aleister Crowley

Pages: 380

Wordcount: 115,900 words

Genre: Novel, Psychological Fiction, Occult Fiction

Publication year: 1922

Time it takes to read: 7 hours and 43 minutes

Get Diary of a Drug Fiend at Amazon.com

78. Faggots

Author: Larry Kramer

Pages: 384

Wordcount: 117,120 words

Genre: Fiction, Romance novel, Gay literature

Publication year: 1978

Time it takes to read: 7 hours and 48 minutes

Get Faggots at Amazon.com

79. Shadow Castle

Author: Marian Cockrell

Pages: 200

Wordcount: 61,000 words

Genre: Fiction

Publication year: 1945

Time it takes to read: 4 hours and 4 minutes

Get Shadow Castle at Amazon.com

80. A Confederacy of Dunces

Author: John Kennedy Toole

Pages: 405

Wordcount: 123,525 words

Genre: Humour, Tragicomedy, Comedy, Humorous Fiction

Publication year: 1980

Time it takes to read: 8 hours and 14 minutes

Get A Confederacy of Dunces at Amazon.com

81. Myra Breckinridge

Author: Gore Vidal

Pages: 417

Wordcount: 127,185 words

Genre: Novel, Satire, Science Fiction

Publication year: 1968

Time it takes to read: 8 hours and 28 minutes

Get Myra Breckinridge at Amazon.com

82. Woman on the Edge of Time

Author: Marge Piercy

Pages: 432

Wordcount: 130,210 words

Genre: Science Fiction, Utopian fiction

Publication year: 1976

Time it takes to read: 8 hours and 40 minutes

Get Woman on the Edge of Time at Amazon.com

83. The Monk

Author: Matthew Lewis

Pages: 432

Wordcount: 133,690 words

Genre: Gothic fiction, Horror fiction

Publication year: 1796

Time it takes to read: 8 hours and 54 minutes

Get The Monk at Amazon.com

84. The Perennial Wanderer: An American in the World

Author: Steven D. Orr

Pages: 440

Wordcount: 134,200 words

Genre: Autobiography

Publication year: 2002

Time it takes to read: 8 hours and 56 minutes

Get The Perennial Wanderer: An American in the World at Amazon.com

85. Geek Love

Author: Katherine Dunn

Pages: 368

Wordcount: 134,415 words

Genre: Novel, Fiction

Publication year: 1989

Time it takes to read: 8 hours and 57 minutes

Get Geek Love at Amazon.com

86. A Million Little Pieces

Author: James Frey

Pages: 448

Wordcount: 136,640 words

Genre: Memoir, Biography, Autobiography, Fiction, Misery literature

Publication year: 2003

Time it takes to read: 9 hours and 6 minutes

Get A Million Little Pieces at Amazon.com

87. Paragon Lost

Author: Dave Duncan

Pages: 448

Wordcount: 136,640 words

Genre: Fantasy Fiction, High fantasy

Publication year: 2002

Time it takes to read: 9 hours and 6 minutes

Get Paragon Lost at Amazon.com

88. Stranger in a Strange Land

Author: Robert A. Heinlein

Pages: 438

Wordcount: 142,390 words

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication year: 1961

Time it takes to read: 9 hours and 29 minutes

Get Stranger in a Strange Land at Amazon.com

89. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Author: Carl Sagan

Pages: 457

Wordcount: 151,235 words

Genre: Science

Publication year: 1995

Time it takes to read: 10 hours and 4 minutes

Get The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark at Amazon.com

90. Porno

Author: Irvine Welsh

Pages: 496

Wordcount: 151,280 words

Genre: Novel, Fiction

Publication year: 2002

Time it takes to read: 10 hours and 5 minutes

Get Porno at Amazon.com

91. The Physiology of Taste: Or, Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy

Author: Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Pages: 504

Wordcount: 153,720 words

Genre: Cookbook

Publication year: 1825

Time it takes to read: 10 hours and 14 minutes

Get The Physiology of Taste: Or, Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy at Amazon.com

92. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Author: Robert M. Pirsig

Pages: 540

Wordcount: 164,700 words

Genre: Travel literature, Philosophical fiction, Autobiographical novel

Publication year: 1974

Time it takes to read: 10 hours and 58 minutes

Get Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance at Amazon.com

93. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Author: David Mitchell

Pages: 492

Wordcount: 165,155 words

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication year: 2010

Time it takes to read: 11 hours

Get The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet at Amazon.com

94. Das Boot

Author: Lothar-Günther Buchheim

Pages: 576

Wordcount: 175,680 words

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication year: 1973

Time it takes to read: 11 hours and 42 minutes

Get Das Boot at Amazon.com

95. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

Author: Andrew Solomon

Pages: 688

Wordcount: 209,840 words

Genre: Autobiography, Memoir

Publication year: 2001

Time it takes to read: 13 hours and 59 minutes

Get The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression at Amazon.com

96. The Motion Of Light In Water: Sex And Science Fiction Writing In The East Village

Author: Samuel R. Delany

Pages: 584

Wordcount: 178,120 words

Genre: Biography, Autobiography

Publication year: 1988

Time it takes to read: 11 hours and 52 minutes

Get The Motion Of Light In Water: Sex And Science Fiction Writing In The East Village at Amazon.com

97. The Secret History

Author: Donna Tartt

Pages: 576

Wordcount: 192,705 words

Genre: Novel, Psychological Fiction

Publication year: 1992

Time it takes to read: 12 hours and 50 minutes

Get The Secret History at Amazon.com

98. The Bonfire of the Vanities

Author: Tom Wolfe

Pages: 704

Wordcount: 214,720 words

Genre: Novel, Fiction, Social criticism, Legal Story

Publication year: 1987

Time it takes to read: 14 hours and 18 minutes

Get The Bonfire of the Vanities at Amazon.com

99. Tree of Smoke

Author: Denis Johnson

Pages: 720

Wordcount: 219,600 words

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, War story

Publication year: 2007

Time it takes to read: 14 hours and 38 minutes

Get Tree of Smoke at Amazon.com

100. The Tin Drum

Author: Günter Grass

Pages: 592

Wordcount: 221,415 words

Genre: Novel, Magical Realism, Historical Fiction, Bildungsroman, Political fiction

Publication year: 1959

Time it takes to read: 14 hours and 45 minutes

Get The Tin Drum at Amazon.com

Grand Total: 617 hours and 48 minutes (25 days, 17 hours, 48 minutes)

I hope this list of 100 book recommendations will help you the next time you’re looking for a book to keep you hooked until the very last page! Have you spotted your favorite book on this list? Think I missed something? Let me know!

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