1001 Books to Read Before You Die

Now really… how can I ignore a challenge like that. Let’s see what we’ve already done shall we?

Anonymous

  • The Thousand and One Nights

Peter Ackroyd

  • The Lambs of London

Aesopus

  • Aesop’s Fables

Apuleius

  • The Golden Ass

Margaret Atwood

  • The Blind Assassin Owned
  • Alias Grace
  • The Robber Bride
  • Cat’s Eye
  • Surfacing
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

Jane Austen

  • Northanger Abbey (Owned)
  • Persuasion
  • Emma
  • Mansfield Park
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Sense and Sensibility

Paul Auster

  • The Book of Illusions
  • Timbuktu
  • The Music of Chance
  • Moon Palace
  • Mr. Vertigo
  • The New York Trilogy

JG Ballard

  • Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard
  • Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
  • Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard

Honoré de Balzac

  • Lost Illusions
  • Le Père Goriot
  • Eugénie Grandet

Iain Banks

  • Dead Air
  • The Player of Games
  • The Crow Road
  • The Wasp Factory
  • Complicity

Russell Banks

  • Cloudsplitter

Alessandro Baricco

  • Silk

John Banville

  • The Sea
  • Shroud

Samuel Beckett

  • Murphy
  • Mercier et Camier
  • How It Is
  • The Unnamable
  • Watt
  • Malone Dies
  • Molloy
  • Worstward Ho

Saul Bellow

  • Herzog
  • Henderson the Rain King
  • Seize the Day
  • The Adventures of Augie March
  • Humboldt’s Gift
  • Dangling Man
  • The Victim

T. Corahessan Boyle

  • Drop City

Emily Brontë

  • Wuthering Heights

Fanny Burney

  • Camilla
  • Cecilia
  • Evelina

William Burroughs

  • Naked Lunch
  • The Wild Boys
  • Junkie

A.S. Byatt

  • Possession

Chariton

  • Chaireas and Kallirhoe

J.M. Coetzee

  • Elizabeth Costello
  • Slow Man
  • Youth
  • Disgrace
  • The Master of Petersburg
  • Foe
  • The Life and Times of Michael K
  • Waiting for the Barbarians
  • In the Heart of the Country
  • Dusklands

Joseph Conrad

  • The Secret Agent
  • Nostromo
  • Heart of Darkness
  • Lord Jim

Daniel Defoe

  • Roxana
  • Moll Flanders
  • Robinson Crusoe

Marquis de Sade

  • Justine
  • The 120 Days of Sodom

Charles Dickens

  • Our Mutual Friend
  • Great Expectations
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Hard Times
  • Bleak House
  • David Copperfield
  • Martin Chuzzlewit
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
  • Oliver Twist

Denis Diderot

  • The Nun
  • Rameau’s Nephew
  • Jacques the Fatalist

E.L. Doctorow

  • City of God – E.L. Doctorow
  • Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow
  • Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
  • The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow

Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Margaret Drabble

  • The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
  • The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble

Maria Edgeworth

  • Ormond – Maria Edgeworth
  • The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth
  • Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth

George Eliot

  • Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
  • Middlemarch – George Eliot
  • Silas Marner – George Eliot
  • The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  • Adam Bede – George Eliot

Henry Fielding

  • Amelia – Henry Fielding
  • Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
  • Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding

Jonathan Safran Foer

  • Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer

E.M. Forster

  • Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster
  • A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
  • Howards End – E.M. Forster
  • A Room With a View – E.M. Forster

Alan Garner

  • Thursbitch – Alan Garner

Graham Greene

  • England Made Me – Graham Greene
  • Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  • The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
  • The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
  • The Quiet American – Graham Greene
  • The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
  • The Third Man – Graham Greene
  • The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Elective Affinities
  • Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther

Mark Haddon

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Dashiell Hammett

  • The Thin Man
  • The Glass Key
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Red Harvest

Thomas Hardy

  • Jude the Obscure
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The Woodlanders
  • Return of the Native
  • The Hand of Ethelberta
  • Far from the Madding Crowd

Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The House of the Seven Gables
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Heliodorus

  • Aithiopika – Heliodorus

Ernest Hemingway

  • To Have and Have Not
  • A Farewell to Arms
  • The Sun Also Rises
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

Siri Hustvedt

  • What I Loved

Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Never Let Me Go
  • An Artist of the Floating World
  • Remains of the Day
  • A Pale View of Hills
  • The Unconsoled

Henry James

  • The Golden Bowl – Henry James
  • The Ambassadors – Henry James
  • The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  • The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  • What Maisie Knew – Henry James

Samuel Johnson

  • Rasselas – Samuel Johnson

Franz Kafka

  • Amerika – Franz Kafka
  • The Castle – Franz Kafka
  • The Trial – Franz Kafka

Barbara Kingsolver

  • The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

D.H. Lawrence

  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
  • The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence
  • Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence
  • The Fox – D.H. Lawrence
  • Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
  • The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence
  • Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence

Harper Lee

  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Peter Manson

  • Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson

David Markson

  • Vanishing Point – David Markson

W. Somerset Maugham

  • Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham

Ian McEwan

  • Atonement – Ian McEwan
  • Saturday – Ian McEwan
  • Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
  • Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
  • The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  • The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan
  • The Child in Time – Ian McEwan

David Mitchell

  • Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Rohinton Mistry

  • Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry

Haruki Murakami

  • Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
  • After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  • Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami

Vladimir Nabokov

  • Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Ada – Vladimir Nabokov

George Orwell

  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
  • Burmese Days – George Orwell
  • Coming Up for Air – George Orwell
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

Ovid

  • Metamorphoses – Ovid

Chuck Palahniuk

  • Choke – Chuck Palahniuk – Owned

Edgar Allen Poe

  • The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe

Thomas Pynchon

  • Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  • Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
  • The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon (owned)
  • V. – Thomas Pynchon
  • Vineland – Thomas Pynchon

Françoise Rabelais

  • Gargantua and Pantagruel – Françoise Rabelais

Samuel Richardson

  • Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
  • Pamela – Samuel Richardson

Philip Roth

  • The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
  • American Pastoral – Philip Roth
  • Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth
  • Operation Shylock – Philip Roth
  • Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  • The Breast – Philip Roth
  • The Human Stain – Philip Roth

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  • Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Émile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Salman Rushdie

  • Fury – Salman Rushdie
  • The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
  • The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
  • Shame – Salman Rushdie
  • Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  • Grimus – Salman Rushdie
  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie

José Saramago

  • The Double – José Saramago

Sir Walter Scott

  • The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott
  • Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
  • Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott

W.G. Sebald

  • Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
  • Vertigo – W.G. Sebald

Iain Sinclair

  • Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
  • London Orbital – Iain Sinclair

Dan Sleigh

  • Islands – Dan Sleigh

Zadie Smith

  • On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  • White Teeth – Zadie Smith

Tobias George Smollett

  • Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
  • Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett
  • Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett

John Steinbeck

  • Cannery Row
  • The Grapes of Wrath 
  • Of Mice and Men

Patrick Süskind

  • Perfume
  • The Pigeon

Graham Swift

  • The Light of Day – Graham Swift

Jonathan Swift

  • A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
  • Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  • A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift

William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

Colm Tóibín

  • The Master – Colm Tóibín

J.R.R. Tolkien

  • The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

Leo Tolstoy

  • The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

Rose Tremain

  • The Colour – Rose Tremain

Anthony Trollope

  • He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope
  • Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
  • Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope

Ivan Turgenev

  • Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev
  • Spring Torrents – Ivan Turgenev
  • King Lear of the Steppes – Ivan Turgenev
  • Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
  • On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev

Jules Verne

  • Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne

Voltaire

  • Candide – Voltaire

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

  • Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut

Alice Walker

  • The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker

Horace Walpole

  • The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole

Sarah Waters

  • Fingersmith – Sarah Waters

Evelyn Waugh

  • A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
  • Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh
  • Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
  • Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

H.G. Wells

  • Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells
  • The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  • The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells (Owned)
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
  • The Time Machine – H.G. Wells (Owned)

Edith Wharton

  • The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
  • The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton
  • The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  • Summer – Edith Wharton
  • Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton
  • Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton

Virginia Woolf

  • Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf
  • The Years – Virginia Woolf
  • The Waves – Virginia Woolf
  • Orlando – Virginia Woolf Owned
  • To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  • Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  • Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf
  • Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
  • The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf

Émile Zola

  • La Bête Humaine
  • Germinal
  • Nana
  • Drunkard
  • Thérèse Raquin

Don DeLillo

  • The Body Artist

Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen

Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon

The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho

Platform – Michael Houellebecq

Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi

The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa

Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini

That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern

Schooling – Heather McGowan

In the Forest – Edna O’Brien

At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill

Unless – Carol Shields

The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor

The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda

How the Dead Live – Will Self

House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski 

Ignorance – Milan Kundera

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace

An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma

Pastoralia – George Saunders

The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra

Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare

Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande

Another World – Pat Barker

Jack Maggs – Peter Carey

The Hours – Michael Cunningham

As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakuli?

Under the Skin – Michel Faber

Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq

All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom

Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb

Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates

Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson – Owned

Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy

Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker

Underworld – Don DeLillo

Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis

The Untouchable – John Banville

Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi

The Ghost Road – Pat Barker

Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse

Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels

The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon

The Information – Martin Amis

The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin
The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

Love’s Work – Gillian Rose

The End of the Story – Lydia Davis

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst

Whatever – Michel Houellebecq

Land – Park Kyong-ni

The Reader – Bernhard Schlink

The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald
The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman

Great Apes – Will Self

Disappearance – David Dabydeen

The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx

Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi

The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

On Love – Alain de Botton

What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe

Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd

The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields

Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Özdamar

The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch

A Heart So White – Javier Marias

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

City Sister Silver – Jàchym Topol

Jazz – Toni Morrison

The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor

Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

Morvern Callar – Alan Warner

Indigo – Marina Warner

Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters

Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh

Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson

Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg

The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe

Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates

The Heather Blazing – Colm Tóibín

Asphodel – H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)

Black Dogs – Ian McEwan

Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud

Arcadia – Jim Crace

Wild Swans – Jung Chang

American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis

Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis

Mao II – Don DeLillo

Typical – Padgett Powell

Regeneration – Pat Barker

Downriver – Iain Sinclair

Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres

Wise Children – Angela Carter

Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard

Amongst Women – John McGahern

Vertigo – W.G. Sebald

Stone Junction – Jim Dodge

The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien

A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham

Like Life – Lorrie Moore

The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi

The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle

A Disaffection – James Kelman

Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson

The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai

The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway

The History of the Siege of Lisbon – José Saramago

Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

London Fields – Martin Amis

The Book of Evidence – John Banville

Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco

The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White

Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson

The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst

Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey

Libra – Don DeLillo

Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga

The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

The Afternoon of a Writer – Peter Handke

The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy

The Passion – Jeanette Winterson

Cigarettes – Harry Mathews

The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe

World’s End – T. Coraghessan Boyle

Enigma of Arrival – V.S. Naipaul

The Taebek Mountains – Jo Jung-rae

Beloved – Toni Morrison

Anagrams – Lorrie Moore

Matigari – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Marya – Joyce Carol Oates

Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons

The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis

Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt

Extinction – Thomas Bernhard

The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levi

Reasons to Live – Amy Hempel

The Parable of the Blind – Gert Hofmann

Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson

The Cider House Rules – John Irving

A Maggot – John Fowles

Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis

Contact – Carl Sagan

Old Masters – Thomas Bernhard

White Noise – Don DeLillo

Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd

Queer – William Burroughs

Legend – David Gemmell

Dictionary of the Khazars – Milorad Pavi?

The Bus Conductor Hines – James Kelman

The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – José Saramago

The Lover – Marguerite Duras

Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter

The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

Blood and Guts in High School – Kathy Acker

Neuromancer – William Gibson

Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes

Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis

Fools of Fortune – William Trevor

La Brava – Elmore Leonard

Waterland – Graham Swift

The Diary of Jane Somers – Doris Lessing

The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek

The Sorrow of Belgium – Hugo Claus

If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi

A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Wittgenstein’s Nephew – Thomas Bernhard

Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally

The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende

The Newton Letter – John Banville

On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin

Concrete – Thomas Bernhard

The Names – Don DeLillo

Rabbit is Rich – John Updike

Lanark: A Life in Four Books – Alasdair Gray

July’s People – Nadine Gordimer

Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tsypkin

Broken April – Ismail Kadare

Rites of Passage – William Golding

Rituals – Cees Nooteboom

Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

City Primeval – Elmore Leonard

The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco (Owned)

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera

Smiley’s People – John Le Carré

Shikasta – Doris Lessing

A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul

Burger’s Daughter – Nadine Gordimer

The World According to Garp – John Irving

Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec

The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch

The Singapore Grip – J.G. Farrell

Yes – Thomas Bernhard

The Virgin in the Garden – A.S. Byatt

The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter

Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin

The Shining – Stephen King (Owned)

Dispatches – Michael Herr

Petals of Blood – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

The Public Burning – Robert Coover

Ratner’s Star – Don DeLillo

The Left-Handed Woman – Peter Handke

Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel García Márquez

Fateless – Imre Kertész

Dead Babies – Martin Amis

The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme

Amateurs – Donald Barthelme

The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector

W, or the Memory of Childhood – Georges Perec

A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell

Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice

Cutter and Bone – Newton Thornburg

Patterns of Childhood – Christa Wolf

 

G – John Berger

Correction – Thomas Bernhard

Group Portrait With Lady – Heinrich Böll
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll
The Safety Net – Heinrich Böll

Willard and His Bowling Trophies – Richard Brautigan

Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino
The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino

The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell

A Question of Power – Bessie Head

The Summer Book – Tove Jansson

House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson

Fear of Flying – Erica Jong

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré

The Fan Man – William Kotzwinkle

The Sea of Fertility – Yukio Mishima

The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch

In A Free State – V.S. Naipaul

The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson

The Ogre – Michael Tournier

Rabbit Redux – John Updike

Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado

The Green Man – Kingsley Amis

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

J.G. Ballard

  • The Atrocity Exhibition
  • Crash – J.G. Ballard
  • High Rise – J.G. Ballard

Toni Morrison

  • The Bluest Eye
  • Sula
  • Song of Solomon

Elizabeth Bowen

  • Eva Trout

Robert Coover

  • Pricksongs and Descants

J. G. Farrell

  • Troubles

John Fowles

  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Peter Handke

  • Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

Chester Hines

  • Blind Man With a Pistol

Uwe Johnson

  • Jahrestage

Joyce Carol Oates

  • Them

A Void/Avoid – Georges Perec

The Godfather – Mario Puzo

Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal

The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch

Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn

  • Cancer Ward – (Owned)
  • The First Circle
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Arthur C. Clarke

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

Philip K. Dick

  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Owned)

The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz

Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry

In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan

A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines

The Quest for Christa T. – Christa Wolf

Chocky – John Wyndham

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe

The Cubs and Other Stories – Mario Vargas Llosa

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

Pilgrimage – Dorothy Richardson

The Joke – Milan Kundera

No Laughing Matter – Angus Wilson

The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien

A Man Asleep – Georges Perec

The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West

Trawl – B.S. Johnson

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

The Magus – John Fowles

The Vice-Consul – Marguerite Duras

Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

Giles Goat-Boy – John Barth

Things – Georges Perec

The River Between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o

August is a Wicked Month – Edna O’Brien

Everything That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor

The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor

The Passion According to G.H. – Clarice Lispector

Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey

Come Back, Dr. Caligari – Donald Bartholme

Albert Angelo – B.S. Johnson

Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe

The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein – Marguerite Duras

The Graduate – Charles Webb

Manon des Sources – Marcel Pagnol

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré

The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark

Inside Mr. Enderby – Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess (Owned)

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (Owned)

The Collector – John Fowles

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard

The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing

Labyrinths – Jorg Luis Borges

Girl With Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani

Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein – Owned

Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch

Faces in the Water – Janet Frame

Solaris – Stanislaw Lem

Cat and Mouse – Günter Grass

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

Our Ancestors – Italo Calvino

The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien

Rabbit, Run – John Updike

Promise at Dawn – Romain Gary

Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee

Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse

The Tin Drum – Günter Grass

Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes

Memento Mori – Muriel Spark

Billiards at Half-Past Nine – Heinrich Böll

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote

The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring – Kenzaburo Oe

A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

The Bitter Glass – Eilís Dillon

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe

Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico

Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan

The End of the Road – John Barth

The Once and Future King – T.H. White

The Bell – Iris Murdoch

Jealousy – Alain Robbe-Grillet

Voss – Patrick White

The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham

Blue Noon – Georges Bataille

Homo Faber – Max Frisch

On the Road – Jack Kerouac (Owned)

Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak

The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber

The 13 Clocks – James Thurber

Justine – Lawrence Durrell

Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin

The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon

The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary

The Floating Opera – John Barth

The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen

The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett

The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzákis

The Recognitions – William Gaddis

The Ragazzi – Pier Paulo Pasolini

Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan

I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch

Self Condemned – Wyndham Lewis

The Story of O – Pauline Réage

A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Under the Net – Iris Murdoch

The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley

The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler (Owned)

Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler (Owned)

The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis

Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin

Casino Royale – Ian Fleming

The Judge and His Hangman – Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor

The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson

Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar

Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham

Foundation – Isaac Asimov (Owned)

The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq

The Rebel – Albert Camus

The Plague – Albert Camus

The Abbot C – Georges Bataille

The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz

Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake – Owned

The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing

I, Robot – Isaac Asimov

The Moon and the Bonfires – Cesare Pavese

The Garden Where the Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk

Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford

The Case of Comrade Tulayev – Victor Serge

The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen

Kingdom of This World – Alejo Carpentier

The Man With the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren

All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani

Disobedience – Alberto Moravia

Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot

Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton

Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann

Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau

If This Is a Man – Primo Levi

Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry

The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino

Back – Henry Green

Loving – Henry Green

Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake – Owned

The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andri?

The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford

Arcanum 17 – André Breton

Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi

The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham

Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham

Transit – Anna Seghers

Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Caught – Henry Green

The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse

Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse

Siddhartha – Herman Hesse (Owned)

Rosshalde – Herman Hesse

Embers – Sandor Marai

Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner

The Hamlet – William Faulkner

Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner

The Outsider – Albert Camus

In Sicily – Elio Vittorini

The Poor Mouth – Flann O’Brien

The Living and the Dead – Patrick White

Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton

Native Son – Richard Wright

The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati

Party Going – Henry Green

Finnegans Wake – James Joyce

Ulysses – James Joyce

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce

At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien

Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood

Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller

Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys

After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvie Townsend Warner

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson

Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler

U.S.A. – John Dos Passos

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

In Parenthesis – David Jones

The Revenge for Love – Wyndham Lewis

Out of Africa – Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen)

Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner

Eyeless in Gaza – Aldous Huxley

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley

Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley

The Thinking Reed – Rebecca West

Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Wild Harbour – Ian MacPherson

At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft

Nightwood – Djuna Barnes

Independent People – Halldór Laxness

Auto-da-Fé – Elias Canetti

The Last of Mr. Norris – Christopher Isherwood

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy

The House in Paris – Elizabeth Bowen

The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers

Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers

Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht

Novel With Cocaine – M. Ageyev

The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain

Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller

F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Tender is the Night
  • The Great Gatsby 

P.G. Wodehouse

  • Thank You, Jeeves

Call it Sleep – Henry Roth

Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein

Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain

A Day Off – Storm Jameson

The Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil

A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) – Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

To the North – Elizabeth Bowen

The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth

The Apes of God – Wyndham Lewis

Her Privates We – Frederic Manning

Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico

Passing – Nella Larsen

Living – Henry Green

The Time of Indifference – Alberto Moravia

All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred Döblin

The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen

Harriet Hume – Rebecca West

The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner

Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau

Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe

Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille

The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall

The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis

Quartet – Jean Rhys

Quicksand – Nella Larsen

Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford

Nadja – André Breton

Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust

Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson

Blindness – Henry Green Owned

The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hašek

One, None and a Hundred Thousand – Luigi Pirandello

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie

The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein

Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos

The Counterfeiters – André Gide

Strait is the Gate – André Gide

The Immoralist – André Gide

The Artamonov Business – Maxim Gorky

The Professor’s House – Willa Cather

Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville

Moby-Dick – Herman Melville

The Green Hat – Michael Arlen

The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann

We – Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Devil in the Flesh – Raymond Radiguet

Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo

Cane – Jean Toomer

Amok – Stefan Zweig

The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield

The Enormous Room – E.E. Cummings

Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair

The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus

Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis

Main Street – Sinclair Lewis

Tarr – Wyndham Lewis

The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West

The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad

Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsen

Under Fire – Henri Barbusse

Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke

The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford

The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan

Kokoro – Natsume Soseki

Locus Solus – Raymond Roussel

Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell

Death in Venice – Thomas Mann

The Charwoman’s Daughter – James Stephens

Fantômas – Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre

Impressions of Africa – Raymond Roussel

Three Lives – Gertrude Stein

Martin Eden – Jack London

The Inferno – Henri Barbusse

The Iron Heel – Jack London

The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett

The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson

Mother – Maxim Gorky

The Jungle – Upton Sinclair

Young Törless – Robert Musil

The Forsyte Sage – John Galsworthy

Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann

Hadrian the Seventh – Frederick Rolfe

The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers

Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann

Kim – Rudyard Kipling

Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser

Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. – Somerville and Ross

The Stechlin – Theodore Fontane

The Awakening – Kate Chopin Started/owned

Fruits of the Earth – André Gide

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz

Effi Briest – Theodore Fontane

The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross

The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Born in Exile – George Gissing

New Grub Street – George Gissing

Diary of a Nobody – George & Weedon Grossmith

News from Nowhere – William Morris

Gösta Berling’s Saga – Selma Lagerlöf

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

By the Open Sea – August Strindberg

The People of Hemsö – August Strindberg

The Red Room – August Strindberg

Hunger – Knut Hamsun

Robert Louis Stevenson

  • The Master of Ballantrae
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 
  • Kidnapped
  • Treasure Island

Guy de Maupassant

  • Pierre and Jean
  • Bel-Ami
  • A Woman’s Life

Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés

H. Rider Haggard

  • She
  • King Solomon’s Mines 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

Marius the Epicurean – Walter Pater

Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans

The House by the Medlar Tree – Giovanni Verga

The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James

Gustave Flaubert

  • Bouvard and Pécuchet
  • The Temptation of Saint Anthony
  • Sentimental Education
  • Madame Bovary

Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace

The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov

In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu

Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu

Erewhon – Samuel Butler

Lewis Carroll

  • Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 

Maldoror – Comte de Lautréaumont

Wilkie Collins

  • The Moonstone
  • The Woman in White

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley

Les Misérables – Victor Hugo

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo

Max Havelaar – Multatuli

Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov

Elizabeth Gaskell

  • North and South
  • Cranford
  • Mary Barton

Walden – Henry David Thoreau

Villette – Charlotte Brontë

Shirley – Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë

Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë

The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol

The Nose – Nikolay Gogol

The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal

The Red and the Black – Stendhal

The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni

Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg

The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin

Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Robert Maturin

Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin

The Monk – M.G. Lewis

The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe

The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano

The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin

Vathek – William Beckford

Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie

A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne

Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne

The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith

The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox

Fanny Hill – John Cleland

Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift

Oroonoko – Aphra Behn

The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan

Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood

The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette

Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly

The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe

Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Well, I can see *this* isn’t going to be high on my priority list. *blech* BORING.

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