Books I Plan to Read (under constant construction)

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  • Agatha Christie - Death on the Nile
  • Alan Hollinghurst - The Line of Beauty
  • Alasdair Gray - Lanark
  • Albert Camus - The Myth of Sisyphus
  • Albert Camus - The Plague
  • Aldous Huxley - The Doors of Perception; Heaven and Hell
  • Aldous Huxley - Island
  • Allen Ginsberg - Selected Poems 1947-1995
  • Ambrose Bierce - The Devil’s Dictionary
  • Amélie Nothomb - The Character of Rain
  • Amin Maalouf - The First Century After Beatrice
  • Anaïs Nin - Delta of Venus
  • Anaïs Nin - Henry and June
  • André Gide - The Counterfeiters
  • André Gide - Journals 1889-1949
  • Angela Carter - The Magic Toyshop
  • Anne Brontë - Agnes Grey
  • Anne Brontë - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Anthony Trollope - The Way We Live Now
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince, Letter to a Hostage
  • Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged
  • Ayn Rand - The Fountainhead
  • Bernard Mac Laverty - Cal
  • Bertrand Russell - History of Western Philosophy
  • Bertrand Russell - Human Knowledge
  • Bertrand Russell - Why I am not a Christian
  • Bohumil Hrabal - Closely Observed Trains
  • Bohumil Hrabal - I Served the King of England
  • Bram Stoker - Dracula
  • Bret Easton Ellis - American Psycho
  • Brian Friel - Translations
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón - The Shadow of the Wind
  • Charles Bukowski - Ham on Rye
  • Charles Dickens - Bleak House
  • Charles Dickens - Christmas Books
  • Charles Dickens - Hard Times
  • Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist
  • Charles Dickens - Our Mutual Friend
  • Charles Maturin - Melmoth the Wanderer
  • Charlotte Brontë - Villette
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman - The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings
  • Christopher Marlowe - Dido, Queen of Carthage
  • Christopher Marlowe - Doctor Faustus
  • Christopher Marlowe - Edward the Second
  • Christopher Marlowe - The Jew of Malta
  • Christopher Marlowe - The Massacre at Paris
  • Christopher Marlowe - Tamburlaine the Great
  • DBC Pierre - Lights Out in Wonderland
  • D. H. Lawrence - Lady Chatterley's Lover
  • D. H. Lawrence - The Rainbow
  • D. H. Lawrence - Women in Love
  • Daphne du Maurier - Castle Dor
  • Daphne du Maurier - The Flight of the Falcon
  • Daphne du Maurier - The House on the Strand
  • Daphne du Maurier - Mary Anne
  • Daphne du Maurier - The Scapegoat
  • David Drew - The Lost Chronicles of the Maya Kings
  • David Hume - An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
  • David Lodge - Changing Places
  • David Mitchell - Black Swan Green
  • David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas
  • David Mitchell - Number9dream
  • David Simon - Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
  • David Foster Wallace - The Broom of the System
  • Don DeLillo - Falling Man
  • Don DeLillo - Libra
  • Don Delillo - The Suicide Run
  • Don DeLillo - Underworld
  • Donna Tartt - The Little Friend
  • Dylan Thomas - Collected Stories
  • E. M. Forster - Maurice
  • Edith Wharton - The Age of Innocence
  • Edith Wharton - Ethan Frome
  • Edith Wharton - The House of Mirth
  • Edmund White - Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel
  • Elias Canetti - Auto-da-Fe
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Aurora Leigh
  • Elizabeth Gaskell - Wives and Daughters
  • Emily Dickinson - The Complete Poems
  • Evelyn Waugh - The Complete Short Stories
  • Evelyn Waugh - The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh
  • Evelyn Waugh - The Loved One
  • Evelyn Waugh - The Sword of Honour Trilogy
  • Erskine Childers - The Riddle of the Sands
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Last Tycoon
  • Flann O'Brien - The Third Policeman
  • Ford Madox Ford - The Good Soldier
  • Frank Kermode - Romantic Image
  • Franz Kafka - Complete Short Stories
  • Franz Kafka - America
  • Friedrich Nietzsche - The Birth of Tragedy
  • Friedrich Nietzsche - Thus Spake Zarathustra
  • Friedrich Nietzsche - Twilight of the Idols
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • George Eliot - Adam Bede
  • George Eliot - Daniel Deronda
  • George Eliot - Middlemarch
  • George Orwell - Down and Out in Paris and London
  • Georges Perec - Life A User’s Manual
  • Georges Perec - Species of Spaces and Other Pieces
  • Gertrude Stein - The Autobiography of Alice B.Toklas
  • Günter Grass - Too Far Afield
  • Gustave Flaubert - Sentimental Education
  • Guy de Maupassant - The Best Short Stories
  • H. G. Wells - The War of the Worlds
  • H. Rider Haggard - She
  • Henrik Ibsen - Peer Gynt
  • Henrik Ibsen - Rosmersholm
  • Henry James - The Ambassadors
  • Henry James - The American
  • Henry James - The Bostonians
  • Henry James - Daisy Miller And Other Stories
  • Henry James - Ghost Stories of Henry James
  • Henry James - The Golden Bowl
  • Henry James - The Lesson of the Master
  • Hermann Hesse - The Glass Bead Game
  • Hermann Hesse - Narcissus and Goldmund
  • Hermione Lee - Virginia Woolf
  • Homer - The Iliad
  • Homer - The Odyssey
  • Horace Walpole - The Castle of Otranto
  • Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
  • Hunter S. Thompson - The Great Shark Hunt
  • Hunter S. Thompson - Hell’s Angels
  • Hunter S. Thompson - Kingdom of Fear
  • Hunter S. Thompson - The Rum Diary
  • Ian McEwan - Amsterdam
  • Ian McEwan - Black Dogs
  • Ian McEwan - The Child in Time
  • Ian McEwan - On Chesil Beach
  • Ian McEwan - Saturday
  • Immanuel Kant - Critique of Judgement
  • Iris Murdoch - The Book and the Brotherhood
  • Iris Murdoch - A Fairly Honourable Defeat
  • Iris Murdoch - The Italian Girl
  • Iris Murdoch - The Philosopher’s Pupil
  • Iris Murdoch - The Sovereignty of Good
  • Iris Murdoch - A Word Child
  • Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting
  • Italo Calvino - Our Ancestors
  • Italo Calvino - The Path to the Spiders’ Nest
  • Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev - Fathers and Sons
  • J. G. Ballard - Crash
  • J. G. Ballard - Empire of the Sun
  • J. G. Ballard - Kingdom Come
  • J. G. Ballard - Rushing to Paradise
  • J. G. Ballard - The Voices of Time
  • J. G. Farrell - Troubles
  • Jack London - Martin Eden
  • Jacques Derrida - Writing and Difference
  • James Baldwin - Giovanni’s Room
  • James Joyce - Finnegans Wake
  • Jamie O'Neill - At Swim, Two Boys
  • Jane Austen - Emma
  • Jane Austen - Persuasion
  • Jann Wenner & Corey Seymour - Gonzo
  • Jean Genet - Prisoner of Love
  • Jean-Paul Sartre - Being and Nothingness
  • Jean-Paul Sartre - Iron in the Soul
  • Jean-Paul Sartre - What is Literature?
  • Jean-Paul Sartre - Words
  • Jeanette Winterson - The Stone Gods
  • Jeanette Winterson - Written on the Body
  • Jeffrey Eugenides - Middlesex
  • Jessica Mitford - Hons and Rebels
  • Joanne Harris - Five Quarters of the Orange
  • John Berendt - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • John Fletcher - About Beckett: the Playwright and the Work
  • John Fowles - The Magus
  • John Le Carré - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  • John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces
  • John Steinbeck - East of Eden
  • John Webster - A Cure for a Cuckold
  • John Webster - The Devil's Law-Case
  • John Webster - The Duchess of Malfi
  • John Webster - The White Devil
  • Jorge Luis Borges - The Aleph
  • Jorge Luis Borges - Labyrinths
  • Joris-Karl Huysmans - Là-Bas
  • Jose Saramago - Blindness
  • Joseph Conrad - Selected Short Stories
  • Joseph Conrad - The Shadow-Line
  • Joseph Conrad - Victory
  • Joseph Heller - Closing Time
  • Joseph Heller - Something Happened
  • Jules Verne - 20,000 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Julian Barnes - Flaubert’s Parrot
  • Julian Barnes - A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters
  • Katherine Mansfield - The Collected Stories
  • Kazuo Ishiguro - The Unconsoled
  • Kazuo Ishiguro - When We Were Orphans
  • Ken Kesey - Demon Box
  • Ken Kesey - Sometimes a Great Notion
  • Kevin Brockmeier - The Brief History of the Dead
  • Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner
  • Kiran Desai - The Inheritance of Loss
  • Kurt Vonnegut - Breakfast of Champions
  • Kurt Vonnegut - God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
  • Knut Hamsun - Mysteries
  • Louis-Ferdinand Céline - Journey to the End of the Night
  • Luigi Pirandello - Henry IV
  • Luigi Pirandello - Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • Luigi Pirandello - So It Is (If You Think So)
  • Marcel Proust - Remembrance of Things Past
  • Margaret Atwood - Alias Grace
  • Margaret Atwood - Dancing Girls
  • Margaret Atwood - The Door
  • Margaret Atwood - Lady Oracle
  • Margaret Atwood - Life Before Man
  • Margaret Atwood - Moral Disorder
  • Margaret Atwood - Oryx and Crake
  • Margaret Atwood - Payback
  • Margaret Atwood - The Penelopiad
  • Margaret Atwood - Surfacing
  • Marguerite Yourcenar - Memoirs of Hadrian
  • Martin Amis - Money
  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon - Lady Audley’s Secret
  • Michael Arlen - The Green Hat
  • Michael Ondaatje - The Cinnamon Peeler
  • Michael Ondaatje - The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
  • Milan Kundera - The Joke
  • Muriel Spark - The Comforters
  • Nancy Mitford - The Blessing
  • Nancy Mitford - Love in a Cold Climate
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne - The House of the Seven Gables
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter
  • Nathanael West - The Day of the Locust
  • Nicole Krauss - Man Walks into a Room
  • Nikolai Gogol - Dead Souls
  • Nikolai Gogol - The Diary of a Madman, The Government Inspector and Selected Stories
  • Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
  • O. Henry - 100 Selected Stories
  • Paul Auster - The Brooklyn Follies
  • Paul Auster - In the Country of Last Things
  • Paul Auster - Mr Vertigo
  • Paul Auster - Oracle Night
  • Paul Auster - Timbuktu
  • Paul Auster - Travels in Scriptorium
  • Peter Weiss - Marat/Sade
  • Philip K. Dick - Ubik
  • Pierre Boulle - The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Plato - Republic
  • René Descartes - A Discourse on the Method
  • Robert M. Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Salman Rushdie - Fury
  • Salman Rushdie - Midnight’s Children
  • Samuel Beckett - Company
  • Samuel Beckett - How It Is
  • Samuel Beckett - Ill Seen Ill Said
  • Samuel Beckett - Selected Poems 1930-1989
  • Samuel Beckett - Stirring Still
  • Samuel Beckett - Watt
  • Samuel Beckett - Worstward Ho
  • Sheridan Le Fanu - In a Glass Darkly
  • Simone De Beauvoir - She Came to Stay
  • Søren Kierkegaard - Either/Or Part I
  • Søren Kierkegaard - Either/Or Part II
  • Søren Kierkegaard - Papers and Journals: A Selections
  • Stendhal - The Red and the Black
  • Stephen Fry - The Liar
  • Stephen Fry - Making History
  • Stephen Hawking - Black Holes and Baby Universes
  • Stéphane Mallarmé - Collected Poems and Other Verse
  • T. S. Eliot - The Confidential Clerk
  • T. S. Eliot - The Elder Statesman
  • T. S. Eliot - The Family Reunion
  • T. S. Eliot - Murder in the Cathedral
  • Tennessee Williams - Collected Stories
  • Ted Hughes - Poetry in the Making
  • Ted Hughes - Collected Poems
  • Theodore Dreiser - Sister Carrie
  • Thomas Bernhard - The Loser
  • Thomas Hardy - Jude the Obscure
  • Thomas Harris - The Silence of the Lambs
  • Thomas Keneally - Schindler’s Ark
  • Thomas Mann - Death in Venice and Other Stories
  • Thomas Mann - The Magic Mountain
  • Thomas Pynchon - Against the Day
  • Thomas Pynchon - Gravity’s Rainbow
  • Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner
  • Tom Wolfe - The Bonfire of the Vanities
  • Tom Wolfe - The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
  • Toni Morrison - The Bluest Eye
  • Truman Capote - The Complete Stories
  • Truman Capote - In Cold Blood
  • Victor Hugo - Les Miserables
  • Virginia Woolf - Between the Acts
  • Virginia Woolf - Carlyle's House and Other Sketches
  • Virginia Woolf - A Haunted House: The Complete Shorter Fiction
  • Virginia Woolf - Three Guineas
  • Virginia Woolf - A Writer’s Diary
  • Virginia Woolf - The Years
  • Vladimir Nabokov - Bend Sinister
  • Vladimir Nabokov - Collected Stories
  • Vladimir Nabokov - The Enchanter
  • Vladimir Nabokov - Invitation to a Beheading
  • Vladimir Nabokov - The Gift
  • Vladimir Nabokov - King, Queen, Knave
  • Vladimir Nabokov - Speak, Memory
  • W. B. Yeats - Calvary
  • W. B. Yeats - The Cat and the Moon
  • W. B. Yeats - Deirdre
  • W. B. Yeats - The Death of Cuchulain
  • W. B. Yeats - On Baile's Strand
  • W. B. Yeats - The Only Jealousy of Emer
  • W. B. Yeats - Purgatory
  • W. B. Yeats - The Resurrection
  • W. B. Yeats - The Words upon the Window-Pane
  • W. Somerset Maugham - The Magician
  • W. Somerset Maugham - Razor’s Edge
  • Will Self - How the Dead Live
  • William Beckford - Vathek
  • William S. Burroughs - The Burroughs File
  • William S. Burroughs - Interzone
  • William S. Burroughs - Last Words
  • William S. Burroughs - Letters 1945-59
  • William S. Burroughs - Nova Express
  • William S. Burroughs - The Place of Dead Roads
  • William S. Burroughs & Jack Kerouac - And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
  • William Faulkner - Absalom, Absalom!
  • William Golding - Fire Down Bellow
  • William Golding - The Inheritors
  • William Golding - Pincher Martin
  • William Golding - The Pyramid
  • William Styron - Darkness Visible
  • William Styron - Sophie’s Choice
  • William Styron - The Suicide Run
  • William Trevor - The Story of Lucy Gault
  • Yann Martel - Life of Pi
Author Comments: 

The list consists only of the books I actually own...

The Catcher in the Rye is just as great as everyone says it is.

I agree - I actually finished reading it some 5-6 days ago. I have to admit that I was awfully skeptical at first - I was actually quite convinced it was overrated, but having read it, I most definitely agree.

My ratings:
Daphne Du Maurier - Rebecca = 5*
Thomas Hardy - Far from the Madding Crowd = 5*
Thomas Hardy - Jude the Obscure = 5*
All are favourites of mine and highly recommended.

My ratings:
American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis = 2.5
Short Stories, Franz Kafka = 4.5 (Favs: A Hunger Artist, The Great Wall of China, In the Penal Colony, The City Coat of Arms, The Burrow)
Short Stories, Guy de Maupassant = 4 (Favs: Ball of Fat, The Necklace, The Horla (1887 version), Doctor Heraclius Gloss)

I rather agree with your rating of Kafka's short stories, though I've read only a few so far... he has such unique ideas and the way of expressing them.

I have to say I've been kind of skeptical about starting to read American Psycho... what did you particularly dislike/like about it?

I read it in high school. I didn't like the blabla about fashion and other stuffs. Very (too much?) detailed. I guess this is for showing that the main character is superficial, but I find it boring. What I liked is the action, the suspence. I don't remember how much it was gory, but I remember that I took a break because it was too much visual. One particular scene, with a rat and cheese, is still in my mind after those years.

ooh I love Aldous Huxley. Start there!

I adore Huxley too :). I'm currently trying to read as many of his works as possible - so far, I've only read six books. Which one is your favourite?

Brave New World.

Six is an impressive number! They're sort of hard to find; other than BNW, there isn't much choice in the library. Which do you suggest I start with?

My two cents about the list:

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is better if you don’t know the ending, if you don’t know, than never read reviews before go through it.

I “like” The Fall by Camus, but it’s not my style of book in overall, too pessimist.

I don’t agree with everything in The Devil’s Dictionary, but some parts worth the read.

The Character of Rain is really not the best Amélie Nothomb novel if you didn’t read anything else, her earlier works are the better ones. I suggest Fear and Trembling (very Kafka style) and The Stranger Next Door.

I found Maurice ok, but it doesn’t make me feel anything...

She by Haggard was totally my style.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was interesting, but it would have been better if it was a true story like I was thinking it was.

I didn’t like Little Women, too much "mommy is right"...

I love Gogol, even more than the little Dostoievsky I’ve read, but it’s probably just me.

The Bonfire of the Vanities was fun, even is the book is huge, I read it very fastly.

Everybody I know prefer The Hunchback of Notre-Dame over Les Misérables...

I’ve read a lot of Vladimir Nabokov short stories, but only really like one, La Veneziana. It’s about someone that try to enter in a painting, very special.