1. Roland Barthes, by Roland Barthes

2. American Pastoral, by Philip Roth

3. Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi

4. To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf

5. The Mystery Guest, by Grégoire Bouillier

6. The Mezzanine, by Nicholson Baker

7. Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert

8. My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist, by Mark Leyner

9. How Should a Person Be?, by Sheila Heti

10. Tracks, by Louise Erdrich

11.  My Dog Tulip, by J.R. Ackerley

12. A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore

13.  Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels

14.  Ghosts, by César Aira

15. Nightwood, by Djuna Barnes

16. Memories of My Melancholy Whores, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

17. The Optimist’s Daughter, by Eudora Welty

18. The Fortress of Solitude, by Jonathan Lethem

19. The Stand-In, by David Helwig

20. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

21. The Obituary, by Gail Scott

22. The Pure and the Impure, by Collette

23. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

24. Scandal, by Shusako Endo

25. Monoceros, by Suzette Mayr

26.  Kornél Esti, by Dezsö Kosztolányi

27. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote

28. The Seamstress and the Wind, by César Aira

29. Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzucchelli

30. Cakes and Ale, by W. Somerset Maugham

31. The Verificationist, by Donald Antrim

32. The Film Club, by David Gilmour

33. The Chairs Are Where the People Go, by Misha Glouberman with Sheila Heti

34. The House Without Windows and Eepersip’s Life There, by Barbara Newhall Follet

35. A Sleep and a Forgetting, by William Dean Howells

36. The Thing About Life is that One Day You’ll Be Dead, by David Shields

37. Not Becoming My Mother, by Ruth Reichl

38. Let’s Talk About Love, by Carl Wilson

39. The Odious Child, by Carolyn Black

40. Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart

41. The Lovers, by Maguerite Duras

42. Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, by Danielle Evans

43.  Shoplifting From American Apparel, by Tao Lin

44. Chilly Scenes of Winter, by Ann Beattie

45. Van Gogh’s Bad Cafe, by Frederic Tuten

46. Pitch Dark, by Renata Adler

47. The Tiny Wife, by Andrew Kaufman

48. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers

49. The Cows, by Lydia Davis

50. A Moment in the Sun, by John Sayles