One title on his list:
Treasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonRead about another book on Colfer's list.
This is always on any list I compile. Scary, funny, and loaded with the kind of unforgettable characters that make all writers want to try harder. This novel has featured on best-of compilations for more than 100 years.
Treasure Island also appears on John Mullan's list of ten of the best pirates in fiction and among Philip Pullman's six best books.