The Great Reddit Reading List

This list was compiled from multiple posts in Reddit’s /r/books subreddit, which can be found here, here, and here. Please visit the original posts for further information. Credit goes to the original posters as named in the above links.

Some individual books on this list may also be represented in the series to which they pertain. This is not in error; in most cases, individual books received a high number of votes, as did the series as a whole.

As each entry is reviewed, I will link to the review via the title below.

Reddit’s Favorite Books – Checklist
Compiled from multiple posts on /r/books
Title Author Owned? Read?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams Yes Yes
1984 George Orwell Yes Yes
Dune Frank Herbert Yes Yes
Slaughterhouse 5 Kurt Vonnegut Yes Yes
Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card Yes Yes
Brave New World Aldous Huxley Yes Yes
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Yes Yes
The Bible Yes Yes
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson Yes Yes
Harry Potter (series, 6 books) J.K. Rowling Yes Yes
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein Yes Yes
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! Richard P. Feynman Yes Yes
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes Yes
The Foundation Saga (series, 7 books) Isaac Asimov Yes Yes
Neuromancer William Gibson Yes Yes
Calvin and Hobbes Bill Watterson Yes Yes
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Yes Yes
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Yes Yes
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. Pirsig Yes Yes
Siddhartha Herman Hesse Yes Yes
The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins Yes Yes
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Douglas Hofstadter Yes No
Tao Te Ching Lao Tse Yes Yes
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski Yes No
The Giver Lois Lowry Yes Yes
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky Yes Yes
Animal Farm George Orwell Yes No
A People’s History of the United States Howard Zinn Yes No
The Lord of the Rings (series, 3 books) J.R.R. Tolkien Yes Yes
Ishmael Daniel Quinn Yes Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking Yes No
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov Yes No
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas Yes No
His Dark Materials (series, 3 books) Philip Pullman Yes No
The Stranger Albert Camus Yes Yes
<Various Works> Dr. Seuss Yes Yes
The Road Cormac McCarthy Yes Yes
Lord of the Flies William Golding Yes Yes
The Monster at the End of This Book Jon Stone, Michael Smollin Yes Yes
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson Yes No
A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson Yes Yes
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Phillip K. Dick Yes Yes
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez Yes No
The Art of War Sun Tzu Yes No
How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie Yes No
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes Yes Yes
The Hyperion Cantos Dan Simmons Yes No
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole Yes No
U.S. Dec. of Independence, Constitution, B. of R. Various Yes Yes
Cat’s Cradle Kurt Vonnegut Yes No
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr. Yes Yes
The Odyssey Homer Yes Yes
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Yes Yes
A Song of Ice and Fire (series, 5 books currently) George R. R. Martin Yes No
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Yes Yes
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky Yes Yes
Ringworld Larry Niven Yes Yes
A Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin Yes No
The Art of Deception Kevin Mitnick Yes No
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery Yes No
Freakonomics Stephen Dubner, Steven Levitt Yes No
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein Yes Yes
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan Yes Yes
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad Yes No
The Forever War Joe Haldeman Yes No
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain Yes Yes
Lies My Teacher Told Me James Loewen Yes Yes
Notes from Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky Yes No
Everybody Poops Taro Gomi Yes No
On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin Yes No
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X, Alex Haley Yes Yes
John Dies at the End David Wong Yes Yes
The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx Yes No
Contact Carl Sagan Yes No
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess Yes Yes
The Prince Niccolo Macchiavelli Yes Yes
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand Yes Yes
The Diamond Age Neal Stephenson Yes No
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy Yes No
The Stand Stephen King Yes Yes
The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac Yes No
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien Yes Yes
Moby Dick Herman Melville Yes No
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera Yes No
Why People Believe Weird Things Michael Shermer Yes No
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media Edward Herman, Noam Chomsky Yes No
Asimov’s Guide to the Bible Isaac Asimov Yes No
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway Yes Yes
Collapse Jared Diamond Yes No
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace Yes No
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Yes No
Chaos James Gleick Yes No
American Gods Neil Gaiman Yes Yes
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein Yes No
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon Yes Yes
You Can Choose to be Happy Tom G. Stevens Yes No
The Geography of Nowhere James Howard Kunstler Yes No
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque Yes No
Candide Voltaire Yes Yes
Mein Kampf Adolf Hitler Yes No
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum Yes No
In Defense of Food Michael Pollan Yes No
The Dark Tower (series, 8 books) Stephen King Yes Yes
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk Yes Yes
The Greatest Show on Earth Richard Dawkins Yes No
The Making of a Radical Scott Nearing Yes No
The Turner Diaries Andrew McDonald Yes No
The Scar China Mieville Yes Yes
Steppenwolf Herman Hesse Yes No
Going Rogue Sarah Palin Yes No
120 Days of Sodom Marquis de Sade Yes Yes
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke Yes Yes
Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood Yes Yes
Beyond Good and Evil Friedrich Nietszche Yes No
Gravity’s Rainbow Thomas Pinchon Yes No
Naked Lunch William Burroughs Yes Yes
Childhood’s End Arthur C. Clarke Yes Yes
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck Yes No
The Book of Ler M.A. Foster Yes No
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark Carl Sagan Yes No
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo Yes No
Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson Yes No
Watership Down Richard Adams Yes Yes
Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut Yes Yes
Civilization and Capitalism Fernand Braudel Yes No
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs Chuck Klosterman Yes No
A Fire Upon the Deep Vernor Vinge Yes No
The Saga of Seven Suns (series, 7 books) Kevin J. Anderson Yes No
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis Yes No
The Mote in God’s Eye Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle Yes No
The Chomsky Reader Noam Chomsky Yes No
The Panda’s Thumb Stephen Jay Gould Yes No
Flatland Edwin Abbot Yes No
On the Road Jack Kerouac Yes Yes
The God Delusion Richard Dawkins Yes No
The Classical Style Charles Rosen Yes No
Here Be Dragons Sharon Kay Penman Yes No
An American Life Ronald Reagan Yes No
Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space Carl Sagan Yes No
The Little Schemer Daniel P. Friedman, Matthias Felleisen Yes No
Life in the Woods Henry David Thoreau Yes No
Black Lamb, Grey Falcon Rebecca West Yes No
Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietszche Yes No
Sandman Neil Gaiman Yes No
The Game Neil Strauss Yes No
Good Omens Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman Yes No
Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis Yes Yes
Walden Henry David Thoreau Yes No
The Collapse of Complex Societies Joseph Tainter Yes No
The Cthulhu Mythos (series, varying accountings) H.P. Lovecraft Yes No
The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester Yes Yes
The Pillars of Earth Ken Follett Yes No
The Prince of Nothing R. Scott Bakker Yes No
Perdido Street Station China Mieville Yes Yes
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl Yes No
The Wasteland T.S. Eliot Yes Yes
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Yes Yes
Pi to 5 Million Places Yes No
The Blank Slate Steven Pinker Yes No
The Dispossessed Ursula K. Le Guin Yes Yes
Guts Chuck Pahlaniuk Yes No
Fear and Trembling Søren Kierkegaard Yes No
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey Yes No
Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami Yes No
Ulysses James Joyce Yes No
Macbeth William Shakespeare Yes Yes
Basic Economics Thomas Sowell Yes No
Atheism: The Case Against God George H. Smith Yes No
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood Yes Yes
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway Yes No
Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder Yes No
Women Charles Bukowski Yes No
Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson Yes Yes
We Need to Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver Yes No
How We Die Sherwin B. Nuland Yes No
Philosophical Investigations Ludwig Wittgenstein Yes No
The Singularity is Near Ray Kurzweil Yes No
The Day of the Triffids John Wyndham Yes No
The Long Walk Stephen King as Richard Bachman Yes Yes
Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy Yes No
The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are Alan Watts Yes No
The Wheel of Time (series, 15 books) Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson Yes Yes
The Elegant Universe Brian Green Yes No
A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth Yes No
Book of the New Sun Gene Wolfe Yes No
King Lear William Shakespeare Yes Yes
The Power of Myth Joseph Campbell Yes No
The Voyage of Argo: The Argonautica Apollonius of Rhodes Yes No
The Baroque Cycle Neal Stephenson Yes No
Nichomachean Ethics Aristotle Yes No
Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela Yes No
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell Yes No
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov Yes No
The Chrysalids John Wyndham Yes No
The Occult Colin Wilson Yes No
Cosmos Carl Sagan Yes No
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand Yes No
Hamlet William Shakespeare Yes Yes
The Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell Yes No
The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss No No
Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card No No
The Fault in Our Stars John Green No No
The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut No No
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway No No
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown No Yes
The Way of Kings Brandon Sanderson Yes Yes
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro No No
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky No No
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway No No
East of Eden John Steinbeck No No
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens No No
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien No No
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson Yes No
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner No No
Alive Piers Paul Read No No
The Chronicles of Narnia (series, 7 books) C.S. Lewis No Yes
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami No No
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle No Yes
The Dresden Files (series, 15 books currently) Jim Butcher No No
The Shining Stephen King No Yes
The Wise Man’s Fear Patrick Rothfuss No No
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls No Yes
The Martian Andy Weir No No
The Lies of Locke Lamora Scott Lynch Yes No
No Country for Old Men Cormac McCarthy No No
Neverwhere Neil Gaiman No No
The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon No No
Ready Player One Ernest Cline No No
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde No Yes
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner No No
Fifty Shades of Grey E.L. James No No
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin No No
The Time Traveller’s Wife Audrey Niffeneger No No
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson No No
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman No No
11/22/63 Stephen King No Yes
Great Expectations Charles Dickens No No
Looking for Alaska John Green No No
The Man in the High Castle Phillip K. Dick No No
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco No No
Children of the Mind Orson Scott Card No No
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell No No
The Once and Future King T.H. White No Yes
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez No No
The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett No No
Anathem Neil Gaiman No No
The Book Thief Markus Zusak No No
Salem’s Lot Stephen King No Yes
Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami No No
The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon Yes Yes
Wanted Patricia Potter No No
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy No No
A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving No No
1Q84 Haruki Murakami No No
Stardust Neil Gaiman No No
All the Pretty Horses Cormac McCarthy No No
The Night Angel Trilogy Brent Weeks Yes No
Night Elie Weisel No No
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen No No
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini No Yes
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler Italo Calvino No No
Under the Dome Stephen King No Yes
Old Man’s War John Scalzi No Yes
The Trial Franz Kafka No No