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
  • 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

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 (Owned)

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

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

Dead Babies – Martin Amis

The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme

Amateurs – Donald Barthelme

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 – Peter Handke

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
  • Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
  • 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
  • The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Pierre and Jean – Guy de Maupassant
  • Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant
  • A Woman’s Life – Guy de Maupassant
  • Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés
  • She – H. Rider Haggard
  • King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
  • 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
  • Bouvard and Pécuchet – Gustave Flaubert
  • The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert
  • Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
  • Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  • Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
  • The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov
  • In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Erewhon – Samuel Butler
  • Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • Maldoror – Comte de Lautréaumont
  • The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  • The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  • 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
  • North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • 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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