Posted by: fireweaver | December 2, 2007

the reading list

via a fledgling book club blog and a couple other places, we have a list that appears to be derived from but is significantly less intimidating than the “1001 things you have to read” bit (of which i’ve read a whopping 50). bold what you have read, italicize what you started but couldn’t finish, and strike through what you couldn’t stand, and i’m adding asterisks to things i really have a plan to get to at some point (since most “classics” bore me to death in concept alone).

The Aeneid
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
American Gods
Anansi Boys
Angela’s Ashes : A Memoir
Angels & Demons
Anna Karenina
Atlas Shrugged*
The Blind Assassin
Brave New World*
The Brothers Karamazov
The Canterbury Tales
The Catcher in the Rye*
A Clockwork Orange*
Cloud Atlas*
Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
A Confederacy of Dunces*
The Confusion
The Corrections
The Count of Monte Cristo
Crime and Punishment
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
David Copperfield
Don Quixote
Eats, Shoots & Leaves*
Foucault’s Pendulum*
The Fountainhead*
Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
The God of Small Things
The Grapes of Wrath
Gravity’s Rainbow
Great Expectations
Gulliver’s Travels
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies*
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
The Historian : A Novel*
The Hobbit
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Iliad
In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences
The Inferno*
Jane Eyre (uh, had to read some cliff’s notes version for ‘the eyre affair’…)
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
The Kite Runner
Les Misérables
Life of Pi : A Novel
Love in the Time of Cholera*
Madame Bovary
Mansfield Park
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Mists of Avalon*
Moby Dick
Mrs. Dalloway
The Name of the Rose*
Northanger Abbey
The Odyssey
Oliver Twist
On the Road
The Once and Future King
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Oryx and Crake : A Novel
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Poisonwood Bible : A Novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Pride and Prejudice
The Prince*
Reading Lolita in Tehran : A Memoir in Books*
The Satanic Verses*
The Scarlet Letter
Sense and Sensibility
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Silmarillion
The Sound and the Fury
The Tale of Two Cities

Tess of the D’Urbervilles
The Three Musketeers
The Time Traveler’s Wife
To the Lighthouse
Treasure Island
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Vanity Fair
War and Peace
Watership Down
White Teeth
Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Wuthering Heights
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Inquiry Into Values

and there you have it. i very rarely stop partway through something, any more than i’ll walk out of the theater when the movie’s crappy. though i am all giddy that just as many of the books deemed “significant” in the english-speaking world have been picked to read by yours truly as have been picked for me to read by my prior english teachers. so, how’s everyone else’s lists? feel free to consider yourselves tagged, and let me know what you’ve been reading, too.



  1. If there is no Hitchhiker’s Guide, the list is worthless.

  2. oh, i’m there with ya: there are clearly omissions, and our pal Doug is one of em. *this* list, tho, isn’t proposing to be the end-all-be-all like the “books you must read” list does.

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