Wanderer's Personal Canon

My Favorite Novels

Now that I have completed my Quest to Read the 100 Greatest Novels of All Time, it is time for me to update my Personal Canon.


I can’t bring myself to call something that is personal to me, a “canon”. It’s contradictory. I know I should just accept the idiomatic meaning, but I can’t. It’s me – it isn’t you, so let’s just move on.

And call this my Personal Favorites – the most compelling novels I’ve read, novels that inspire exalted thought, poignant emotion, or both. 

My Favorite novels (in order, beginning with most favored). My threshold is 4 ½ or 5 Stars. I’ll add to this list when I read new works meeting that threshold.





  1. Well, you did it...sort of. I like to think of my canon as my standard of literature, works that matter to me. But, yes, it is obviously very personal. Hence, "personal favorites" does the job.

    Ones we share: In Cold Blood, P&P, AK, Little Women, Jane Eyre, Tale of Two Cities, Gone With the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Lord of the Flies. I still need to read: Little Prince, David Copperfield, Les Miz, Atlas Shrugged, and Bleak House! I have a feeling many of those will end up on my PC, too.

    1. I'm pretty sure you'll like all of those, except perhaps The Little Prince...but if I had to recommend one for you...I'd say Bleak House, the only Dickens novel written from a Female narrator's point of view. Thanks for checking out my list.

    2. I know, I need to stop being intimidated by these big books.

      I've tried reading The Little Price to my kids, and all of us were perplexed. So I quit. I mean to return to it, at least by myself.


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