The best of the last hundred

Marie Le Conte
1 min readSep 2, 2023

In 2019, I started a Google Doc in which I decided to put every book I read. I have, since then, read exactly 100 books. Here were my 15 favourites, in no particular order:

Embers — Sandor Marai

Isolde — Irina Odoyevsteva

A Heart So White — Javier Marias

The Interestings — Meg Wolitzer

Slow Days, Fast Company — Eve Babitz

Fleishman Is In Trouble — Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Before My Time — Niccolo Tucci

Fabulous Nobodies — Lee Tulloch

I Served The King Of England — Bohumil Hrabal

Ablutions — Patrick DeWitt

Casanova: A Study In Self Portraiture — Stefan Zweig

Priestdaddy — Patricia Lockwood

Vagabonds! — Eloghosa Osunde

Under The Frog — Tibor Fischer

The Raptures — Jan Carson


(Note: I did not include a few classics I only recently got round to reading — The Master And Margarita; The Secret History; etc — as everyone knows they are good already)



Marie Le Conte

The Sunday Sport once called me a 'less-than-original sex person'.