According to me.
  1. Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
  2. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (and the other Neopolitan novels)
    What are you waiting for? Read these stat!
  3. Swamplandia! By Karen Russell
  4. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
    You should also read Freedom. New Franzen this fall can't wait.
  5. Matilda
  6. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
    Tenth grade English! Also Jacob's Room and To the Lighthouse
  7. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  8. Blood Meridien by Cormac McCarthy
  9. All of George Saunders
  10. The Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance)
    Alex Garland (Ex Machina) is adapting and directing the movies (!!!)
  11. All of Alice Munro
  12. Alice in Wonderland & Peter Pan
    Sure you know the movies but have you read the books? They're so strange and even better.
  13. reading and rereading all of the Harry Potters was one of my most enjoyable reading experiences of all time.
  14. Heat by Bill Buford
  15. Lydia Davis' stories
  16. War and Peace
    Pretentious? Maybe. But a favorite.
  17. My Kitchen in France by Julia Child
  18. Pride and Prejudice
  19. Slouching Towards Bethlehem
    Double duh