I've decided to record this list at this stage in my life, so I can look back and compare profitably in say, ten years.
(in alphabetical order)
1. Martin Amis
2. Jorge Luis Borges
3. James Joyce
4. Orhan Pamuk
5. J. R. R. Tolkien
But in terms of top five books, that's a slightly different list:
1. The Lord of the Rings
3. The Anatomy of Melancholy (Robert Burton)
4. The Dream of the Red Chamber <<红楼梦>> (Cao Xueqin 曹雪芹)
5. The Black Book (Orhan Pamuk)
As I was saying to someone, Shakespeare isn't here because that'd be like putting 'The English Language' on the list. No point comparing the celestial with the merely mortal.