Have I Read: NPR’s Top 100 Fantasy & Sci-Fi

I saw this list and thought it would be interesting to mark off the books that I’ve read, ones that I want to read eventually, and books that I own! I feel like I may make this a new series on my blog – reading lists that are “must reads” or “top 100 best whatever’s” and show which ones I’ve actually read and what I haven’t read! If there are any lists like this that you think I should look at, leave me a comment down below!

Also, can someone please tell me why Terry Goodkind is on this list?????

  • Bold titles are books I have read
  • Italic and underlined titles are books that I would like to read eventually but don’t own
  • A single asterisk (*) denotes books/series I’m currently reading
  • Double asterisks (**) denotes books I own and plan to read

  1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien*
  2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  4. The Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert
  5. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
  6. 1984 by George Orwell
  7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  8. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
  9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  10. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  11. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  12. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan*
  13. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  14. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  15. Watchmen by Alan Moore
  16. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  17. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  18. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss**
  19. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  20. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  21. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  22. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  23. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
  24. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  25. The Stand by Stephen King
  26. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  27. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  28. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  29. The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman
  30. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  31. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
  32. Watership Down by Richard Adams*
  33. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey**
  34. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
  35. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
  36. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  37. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  38. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  39. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  40. The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny
  41. The Belgariad by David Eddings**
  42. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  43. Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson*
  44. Ringworld by Larry Niven
  45. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin**
  46. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien**
  47. The Once and Future King by T.H. White**
  48. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  49. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
  50. Contact by Carl Sagan
  51. The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons
  52. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  53. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stehenson
  54. World War Z by Max Brooks
  55. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle**
  56. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
  57. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
  58. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
  59. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
  60. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
  61. The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
  62. The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
  63. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  64. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke**
  65. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  66. The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
  67. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks
  68. The Conan the Barbarian series by Robert E. Howard and Mark Schultz
  69. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb*
  70. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  71. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson*
  72. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  73. The Legend of Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore**
  74. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  75. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  76. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
  77. The Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey**
  78. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  79. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  80. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  81. Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson**
  82. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  83. The Culture series by Ian Banks
  84. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
  85. Anathem by Neal Stephenson
  86. The Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher
  87. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
  88. The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
  89. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  90. The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock
  91. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  92. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
  93. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
  94. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
  95. The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
  96. Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
  97. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  98. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
  99. The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony
  100. The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis


How many of these books have you read? Are there any other lists you would like to see? Let’s chat!

16 Comments on “Have I Read: NPR’s Top 100 Fantasy & Sci-Fi

    • I’ve heard of it, I just don’t understand how it made this list as it’s been stated quite a few times that not only did this author take ideas from others, he’s also not a very nice person.


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