Reading list

One of the loftier goals on my list of 101 things involves reading every unread book currently on my shelf. Since I have a wee bit of a book buying problem, this means I’ll need to read the following list of 182 books this year. Let’s see how far I get. Which one should I read next?

FICTION

  1. No Longer at Ease – Chinua Achebe
  2. Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  3. 80 Fairy Tales – Hans Christian Andersen
  4. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  5. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  6. Persuasian – Jane Austen
  7. Breathe of Life – Faith Baldwin
  8. To Jerusalem and Back – Saul Bellow
  9. Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow
  10. Mr. Sammler’s Planet – Saul Bellow
  11. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  12. Naked Lunch – William S. Burroughs
  13. The Stranger – Albert Camus
  14. The Dogs Bark – Truman Capote
  15. Music for Chameleons – Truman Capote
  16. The Old, Old Story – Rosa Nouchette Carey
  17. O Pioneers – Willa Cather
  18. Don Quijote de La Mancha – Miguel de Cervantes
  19. Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
  20. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
  21. Three Great Tales – Joseph Conrad
  22. The Bravo – James Fenimore Cooper
  23. The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  24. La Hoja Roja – Miguel Delibes
  25. Death and the Maiden – Ariel Dorfman
  26. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  27. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Magnificent Obsession – Lloyd C. Douglas
  29. Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
  30. The Black Book – Lawrence Durrell
  31. The Waste Land and Other Poems – T.S. Eliot
  32. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  33. The Neverending Story – Michael Ende
  34. Light in August – William Faulkner
  35. Sanctuary with Requiem for a Nun – William Faulkner
  36. Go Down Moses – William Faulkner
  37. Three Famous Short Novels – William Faulkner
  38. Intruder in the Dust – William Faulkner
  39. Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
  40. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
  41. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  42. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  43. Howard’s End – E.M. Forester
  44. A Passage to India – E.M. Forester
  45. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  46. Green Dolphin Street – Elizabeth Goudge
  47. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  48. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  49. If the War Goes on… – Herman Hesse
  50. The Turn of the Screw and other Short Novels – Henry James
  51. What Maisie Knew – Henry James
  52. The Golden Bowl – Henry James
  53. The American – Henry James
  54. Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  55. The Spoils of Poynton and Other Stories – Henry James
  56. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  57. Dubliners – James Joyce
  58. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  59. Selected Stories – Franz Kafka
  60. Zorba the Greek – Nikos Kazantzakis
  61. Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey
  62. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  63. Cockpit – Jerzy Kosinski
  64. Passion Play – Jerzy Kosinski
  65. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
  66. The Ugly American – William J. Lederer & Eugene Burdick
  67. The Call of the Wild/White Fang – Jack London
  68. The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli
  69. Mandragola – Niccolo Machiavelli
  70. Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann
  71. Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann
  72. The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe
  73. The Voice of the Pack – Edison Marshall
  74. The Works of Maupassant – Guy de Maupssant
  75. Billy Budd & Typee – Herman Melville
  76. Paradise Lost and Selected Poetry and Prose – John Milton
  77. Human Destiny – Lecomte du Nouy
  78. Crossing the Border – Joyce Carol Oates
  79. The Cornerstone – Zoe Oldenbourg
  80. Haunted – Chuck Palahniuk
  81. Rant – Chuck Palahniuk
  82. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  83. Roughly Speaking – Louise Randall Pierson
  84. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  85. Ariel – Sylvia Plath
  86. The Trial and Death of Socrates – Plato
  87. Ten Great Mysteries – Edgar Allen Poe
  88. Swan’s Way – Marcel Proust
  89. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  90. No Exit and Three Other Plays – Jean-Paul Sarte
  91. The Tempest – William Shakespeare
  92. Arms and the Man – George Bernard Shaw
  93. Not Peace but a Sword – Vincent Sheean
  94. Vindication – Frances Sherwood
  95. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  96. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  97. In America – Susan Sontag
  98. The Complete Plays of Sophocles – Sophocles
  99. The Sun is my Undoing – Marguerite Steen
  100. Walden and Civil Disobedience – Henry David Thoreau
  101. The Hobbit – J.R.R Tolkien
  102. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  103. First Love and Other Stories – Ivan Turgenev
  104. Pudd’nhead Wilson – Mark Twain
  105. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  106. The Gilded Age – Mark Twain & Charles Dudley Warner
  107. Couples – John Updike
  108. A Journey of Poems – Various
  109. A Treasury of American Literature – Various
  110. Fiction of the Fifties – Various
  111. Folklore and Fable – Various
  112. Great Short Stories of the World – Various
  113. Holy Bible – Various
  114. Short Story Masterpieces – Various
  115. Modern American Dramas – Various
  116. Modern Satiric Stories – Various
  117. Women & Fiction 2 – Various 
  118. My First Two Thousand Years – George Sylvester Viereck & Paul Eldridge
  119. The Atlas – William T. Vollman
  120. Welcome to the Monkey House – Kurt Vonnegut
  121. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace  
  122. The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh – Evelyn Waugh
  123. Best Stories of H.G. Wells – H.G. Wells
  124. The Happy Prince – Oscar Wilde
  125. Mary and Maria & Matilda – Mary Wollenstonecraft & Mary Shelley 
  126. Selected Poetry – William Wordsworth
  127. The Royal Game and Other Stories – Stefan Zweig

NONFICTION

  1. A Short History of the World – J.M. Roberts
  2. Aaron Burr – James Parton
  3. Abigail Adams – Charles Akers
  4. Century of Struggle – Eleanor Flexner
  5. Country of my Skull – Antjie Krog
  6. Daughter to Napoleon – Constance Wright
  7. Exclusively Presidential Trivia – Anthony Pitch
  8. Feudalism – Joseph Strayer
  9. Gardening From Seed – Martha Stewart
  10. Great Speeches – Abraham Lincoln
  11. Issues in Feminism – Sheila Ruth
  12. John Steinbeck: The Voice of the Land – Keith Ferrell
  13. Learn to Read Music – Harry Baxter & Michael Baxter
  14. Locke’s Two Treatises of Government – Peter Laslett
  15. Male and Female – Margaret Mead
  16. Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  17. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt
  18. Of Woman Born – Adrienne Rich
  19. On Liberty – John Stuart Miller
  20. Parliament of Whores – P.J O’Rourke
  21. Passing By – Jerzy Kosinski
  22. Political Philosophers – Various
  23. Reconciliation – Benazir Bhutto  currently reading
  24. Rules for Radicals – Saul D. Alinsky
  25. Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents – Cormac O’Brien
  26. Seven Women – Judith Nies
  27. Sharon and My Mother-in-Law – Suad Amiry
  28. Stephen A. Douglas – Gerald Capers
  29. Stupid White Men – Michael Moore
  30. The American Transcendentalists – Various
  31. The Art of Life – Dan Eldon
  32. The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama
  33. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X
  34. The Complete Idiots Guide to Gardening – Jane O’Connor & Emma Sweeney
  35. The Elements of Style – William Strunk Jr & E.B White
  36. The Gender Question in Globalization – Tine Davids & Francien Van Driel
  37. The Human Brain It’s Capacities and Functions – Isaac Asimov
  38. The Jacksonian Era – Glyndon VanDeusen
  39. The Republic – Charles A. Beard
  40. The Right to Privacy – Ellen Alderman & Caroline Kennedy
  41. The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvoir
  42. The Seduction of Hillary Rodham – David Brock
  43. The Social Contract and Discourses – Jean Jacques Rousseau
  44. The Strange Career of Jim Crow – C. Vann Woodward
  45. The Strange Tactics of Extremism – Harry & Bonaro Overstreet
  46. The Virtue of Trust – Paul de Jaegher
  47. The War on Choice – Gloria Feldt
  48. The Women’s Movement – Barbara Deckard
  49. The Yoga Bible – Christina Brown
  50. When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris
  51. Women World Leaders – Laura Liswood
  52. Women’s Rights – Nancy McGlen & Karen O’Connor
  53. Writing Women’s Lives – Susan Cahill
  54. Yoga Anatomy – Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews  currently reading
  55. Yoga Mala – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
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5 thoughts on “Reading list

  1. Wow! I’m getting some great book suggestions here from your page! 🙂

    I would suggest starting off with a book of short stories or a light-hearted novel that doesn’t take up too much of your time. It’s best to start small and once you get into the groove, you can move on to heavier reading. 🙂

    All the very best.
    Look forward to reading more of your posts.
    Cheers,
    Tx

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    • Wonderful advice! I’m sort of abiding by it…I’m reading an easy book of short stories alongside the 1,000 page Infinite Jest (which is amazing and I highly recommend you read it if you haven’t)…so at least I can switch off between the two when I need a break?

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      • That’s great! I’m falling into a reading slump again nowadays (I blame the internet completely!) and trying to get out of it. I will pick up a book with half a mind, and two pages later put it down and go do something else. I really admire your diligence on reading the 1000 pages book ! I used to be able to read steadily in my Harry Potter days when I didn’t have a smart phone (grrr) to distract me. 🙂

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        • Seriously, I used to read all the time before I had all this other stuff to distract me. Everything was so much simpler back in my Harry Potter reading days. Actually putting these goals down on paper and telling the whole internet my plans to read has definitely lit a fire under my butt though. Now every time I’m absent-mindedly scrolling through Facebook I start thinking, wait — my book is way more interesting than this.

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          • I agree! Before I started blogging actively, I wasn’t really that excited about my goals either. Now I have a reason to do them – because I am accountable to report about them later. And I am seriously considering removing my social apps or switching off my phone while I read. OR commit to reading at the same time everyday. 🙂

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