3 Essential Books You Should Read From Every Major Genre

So this is pretty neat – it’s a list of 3 books that you should read from every major genre. Go read the full article, as it provides the reasoning behind each choice. But if you want to cheat and just see the choices, here they are:


Science Fiction

  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  • Perdido Street Station by China Mieville


  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis


  • Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
  • Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
  • All the Beautiful Sinners by Stephen Graham Jones

Young Adult

  • Harry Potter (entire series) by J.K. Rowling
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (entire series) by Lemony Snicket
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Short Story Collections

  • Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
  • Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders

Literary Fiction

  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

I’ve read a few, a few are on my reading list, and I’ve never even heard of an embarrassingly large number of them. How about you?

Do you agree with these suggestions? Do you have suggestions of your own?