Not that there's anything wrong with dragons or magic
  1. The Ripley novels by Patricia Highsmith
    "He remembered that right after that, he had stolen a loaf of bread from a delicatessen counter and had taken it home and devoured it, feeling that the world owed a loaf of bread to him, and more."
  2. The Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante
    "She was explaining to me that I had won nothing, that in the world there is nothing to win, that her life was full of varied and foolish adventures as much as mine, and that time simply slipped away without any meaning, and it was good just to see each other every so often to hear the mad sound of the brain of one echo in the mad sound of the brain of the other."
  3. The Zuckerman novels by Philip Roth
    "And as he spoke, I was thinking, 'the kind of stories that people turn life into, the kind of lives people turn stories into.'"
  4. The Rabbit novels by John Updike
    "How can you respect the world when you see it's being run by a bunch of kids turned old?"
  5. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
    "All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last."
  6. The Jeeves novels by P. G. Wodehouse
    "I'm not absolutely certain of the facts, but I rather fancy it's Shakespeare who says that it's always just when a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with the bit of lead piping."
  7. The Pooh books by A. A. Milne
    (Debatable as these are kind of magic) "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day."
  8. The Glass family stories by J. D. Salinger
    "The connection was so bad, and I couldn’t talk at all during most of the call. How terrible it is when you say I love you and the person at the other end shouts back ‘What?'"
  9. The Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    "A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones."
  10. The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett
    Suggested by @janetanne
  11. Patrick melrose novels by Edward st. Auburn
    Suggested by @Wilson
  12. Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Good read for children and adults.
    Suggested by @evanp
  13. The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell
    Awesome series that works in multiple ways; more than just a long story in split across four books.
    Suggested by @evanp
  14. Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
    Fun weird writing about stiff, complicated Victorians. Great books.
    Suggested by @evanp