Wednesday, 4 July 2007

1001 List of Books: What I've Read

I've decided to keep better track of which of the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die that I've read, plus colour code them for easy reference :-)

Colour coding:

Gold: OMFG! I think this book is brilliant!
Green: A good or very good book, but not making my OMFG list.
Blue: OK. Meh. Whatever. I have nothing against this book.
Brown: I did not like this book.

I've also put in links to my BC entries, where they exist. Some comments are more informative than others :-) Some books will have comments from others too and I'm not necessarily the first.

  1. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  2. Saturday – Ian McEwan
    On Beauty – Zadie Smith
    Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
    Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson
    The Sea – John Banville
    The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
    The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
    The Master – Colm Tóibín
    Vanishing Point – David Markson
    The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd
    Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
    Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
    Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle
    The Colour – Rose Tremain
    Thursbitch – Alan Garner
    The Light of Day – Graham Swift
    What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
  3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon (i feel it is slightly tragic that this floating round in a lift in Hampshire :-/)
    Islands – Dan Sleigh
    Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee
    London Orbital – Iain Sinclair
    Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
    Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
    The Double – José Saramago
    Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  4. Unless – Carol Shields
    Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
    The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor
    That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern
    In the Forest – Edna O’Brien
    Shroud – John Banville
  5. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
    Youth – J.M. Coetzee
    Dead Air – Iain Banks
    Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon
    The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
    Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi
    Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
    Platform – Michael Houellebecq
    Schooling – Heather McGowan
  6. Atonement – Ian McEwan
    The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
    Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini
    The Body Artist – Don DeLillo
    Fury – Salman Rushdie
    At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill
    Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
  7. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
    The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa
    An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma
    The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
    Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare
    White Teeth – Zadie Smith
    The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda
    Under the Skin – Michel Faber
    Ignorance – Milan Kundera
    Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace
    Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy
    City of God – E.L. Doctorow
    How the Dead Live – Will Self
    The Human Stain – Philip Roth
  8. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
    After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
    Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande
    Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
    House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
    Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
    Pastoralia – George Saunders
    Timbuktu – Paul Auster
    The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra
    Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
    As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakuli?
    Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy
    Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb
  9. The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie
    Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
    Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
    Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq
    Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi
  10. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
    Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks
    All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom
    The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon
    Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
  11. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
    Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis
    Another World – Pat Barker
    The Hours – Michael Cunningham
    Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
    Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  12. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy (I liked this one so much, I bought it twice!)
  13. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
    Great Apes – Will Self
  14. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
    Underworld – Don DeLillo
  15. Jack Maggs – Peter Carey (so very nearly gold)
    The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin
    American Pastoral – Philip Roth
    The Untouchable – John Banville
    Silk – Alessandro Baricco
    Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard
    Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker
    Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
    The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
    Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse
    Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
    The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin
  16. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
    The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro
    Morvern Callar – Alan Warner
  17. The Information – Martin Amis
    The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
    Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth
    The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald
    The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  18. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry (fucking depressing at the end though)
    Love’s Work – Gillian Rose
    The End of the Story – Lydia Davis
    Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster
    The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst
    Whatever – Michel Houellebecq
    Land – Park Kyong-ni
    The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
    Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi
    City Sister Silver – Jàchym Topol
    How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman
  19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres (average book, but end was stoopid)
    Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor
    Disappearance – David Dabydeen
    The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm
  20. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
  21. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh (although not *actually* my favorite of Welsh's)
    Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
    Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy
    Operation Shylock – Philip Roth
  22. Complicity – Iain Banks
    On Love – Alain de Botton
    What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe
  23. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth (long!)
    The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
  24. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
    The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd
    The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
    The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald
  25. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
    Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Özdamar
    The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch
    A Heart So White – Javier Marias
    Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
    Indigo – Marina Warner
  26. The Crow Road – Iain Banks
    Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
    Jazz – Toni Morrison
    The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  27. Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg (got a bit weird in the end)
    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
  28. Wild Swans – Jung Chang
  29. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis (*nasty*)
    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
    Vineland – Thomas Pynchon
    Vertigo – W.G. Sebald
    Stone Junction – Jim Dodge
  30. The Music of Chance – Paul Auster
    The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
    A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham
    Like Life – Lorrie Moore
  31. Possession – A.S. Byatt
    The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi
    The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle
    A Disaffection – James Kelman
    Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson
  32. Moon Palace – Paul Auster
    Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow
    Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
    The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai
  33. The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker
    The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway
    The History of the Siege of Lisbon – José Saramago
  34. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel (I liked the movie better :-O)
  35. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
    London Fields – Martin Amis
    The Book of Evidence – John Banville
    Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
    Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
    The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White
    Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson
  36. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
    The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst
  37. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
    Libra – Don DeLillo
  38. The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks
    Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga
    The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
    Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
  39. The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble
    The Afternoon of a Writer – Peter Handke
    The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy
    The Passion – Jeanette Winterson
    The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind
    The Child in Time – Ian McEwan
    Cigarettes – Harry Mathews
  40. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe (bit of a non-event for me)
    The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
    World’s End – T. Coraghessan Boyle
    Enigma of Arrival – V.S. Naipaul
    The Taebek Mountains – Jo Jung-rae
  41. 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
    An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
    Extinction – Thomas Bernhard
    Foe – J.M. Coetzee
    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
  42. The Cider House Rules – John Irving (book is way better than the movie)
    A Maggot – John Fowles
    Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
    Contact – Carl Sagan
  43. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
    Perfume – Patrick Süskind
    Old Masters – Thomas Bernhard
    White Noise – Don DeLillo
    Queer – William Burroughs
    Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd
    Legend – David Gemmell
    Dictionary of the Khazars – Milorad Pavic
  44. The Bus Conductor Hines – James Kelman
    The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – José Saramago
    The Lover – Marguerite Duras
  45. Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
  46. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
    Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter
  47. 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
  48. Shame – Salman Rushdie
    Worstward Ho – Samuel Beckett
    Fools of Fortune – William Trevor
    La Brava – Elmore Leonard
    Waterland – Graham Swift
    The Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee
    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
  49. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
    Wittgenstein’s Nephew – Thomas Bernhard
    A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro
    Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally Not going to read
  50. 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
    The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan
    July’s People – Nadine Gordimer
    Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tsypkin
    Broken April – Ismail Kadare
    Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee
  51. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
    Rites of Passage – William Golding
    Rituals – Cees Nooteboom
    Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
    City Primeval – Elmore Leonard
  52. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
    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 Safety Net – Heinrich Böll
    If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
  53. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
    The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  54. The World According to Garp – John Irving (probably only gold cos of sentimental value)
    Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
    The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
    The Singapore Grip – J.G. Farrell
    Yes – Thomas Bernhard
  55. The Virgin in the Garden – A.S. Byatt
    In the Heart of the Country – J.M. Coetzee
  56. The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter (a really interesting read. the story is very original. I've never read anything quite like it before...)
    Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin
  57. The Shining – Stephen King
    Dispatches – Michael Herr
    Petals of Blood – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  58. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison (not sure I really 'got' this one :-O)
    The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector
    The Left-Handed Woman – Peter Handke
    Ratner’s Star – Don DeLillo
    The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  59. Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice (it'd probably go up to green, if you consider books 2 and 3 as well)
    Cutter and Bone – Newton Thornburg
    Amateurs – Donald Barthelme
    Patterns of Childhood – Christa Wolf
    Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel García Márquez
    W, or the Memory of childhood – Georges Perec
    A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell
    Grimus – Salman Rushdie
    The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme
    Fateless – Imre Kertész
    Willard and His Bowling Trophies – Richard Brautigan
    High Rise – J.G. Ballard
    Humboldt’s Gift – Saul Bellow
    Dead Babies – Martin Amis
    Correction – Thomas Bernhard
    Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
    The Fan Man – William Kotzwinkle
    Dusklands – J.M. Coetzee
    The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll
  60. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré
    Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
    Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
    A Question of Power – Bessie Head
    The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell
    The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino
  61. Crash – J.G. Ballard
    The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene
    Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
    The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
    Sula – Toni Morrison
    Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino
    The Breast – Philip Roth
    The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
    G – John Berger
  62. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood (really good, but it went *weird* at the end!)
    House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson
    In A Free State – V.S. Naipaul
    The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow
  63. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson (they're not *sensible* people, but it's good fun ;-)
    Group Portrait With Lady – Heinrich Böll
    The Wild Boys – William Burroughs
    Rabbit Redux – John Updike
    The Sea of Fertility – Yukio Mishima
    The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark
    The Ogre – Michael Tournier
    The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
    Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick – Peter Handke
  64. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
    Mercier et Camier – Samuel Beckett
    Troubles – J.G. Farrell
    Jahrestage – Uwe Johnson
    The Atrocity Exhibition – J.G. Ballard
    Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado
    Pricksongs and Descants – Robert Coover
    Blind Man With a Pistol – Chester Hines
    Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  65. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
    The Green Man – Kingsley Amis
    Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  66. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
    Ada – Vladimir Nabokov
    Them – Joyce Carol Oates
    A Void/Avoid – Georges Perec
    Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen
    Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal
    The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch
    Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen
    Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
    The First Circle – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
    2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  67. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
    Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry
    The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz
    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
  68. 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
    The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
    Things – Georges Perec
    The River Between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
    August is a Wicked Month – Edna O’Brien
    God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
    Everything That Rises Must Converge – 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
    Herzog – Saul Bellow
    V. – Thomas Pynchon
    Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
    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
  69. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (this *could* probably be green, but i didn't really connect with it)
    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  70. The Collector – John Fowles (the fact I did it in school probably made me appreciate it more than I would otherwise have)
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
    A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
    Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
    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
    Franny and Zooey – 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
  71. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
    The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor
    How It Is – Samuel Beckett
    Our Ancestors – Italo Calvino
    The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien
  72. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    Rabbit, Run – John Updike
    Promise at Dawn – Romain Gary
    Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee
    Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse
    Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
  73. The Tin Drum – Günter Grass
    Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes
    Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow
    Memento Mori – Muriel Spark
    Billiards at Half-Past Nine – Heinrich Böll
  74. 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
  75. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham
    Blue Noon – Georges Bataille
    Homo Faber – Max Frisch
  76. On the Road – Jack Kerouac (interesting that the book was written cts-ly on a typewriter, but I could only disapprove of the main character's actions)
    Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov
    Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
    The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber
    Justine – Lawrence Durrell
    Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
    The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon
    The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary
    Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
    The Floating Opera – John Barth
  77. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
    Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
    A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen
    The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett
    The Quiet American – Graham Greene
    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
  78. The Story of O – Pauline Réage (i didin't hate it, but I was a bit wtf...)
    A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia
  79. Lord of the Flies – William Golding (brutal stuff!)
    Under the Net – Iris Murdoch
    The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley
    The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler
    The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett
    Watt – Samuel Beckett
    Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
    Junkie – William Burroughs
    The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
    Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
  80. 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
    Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett
  81. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
  82. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
    The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq
  83. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
    The Rebel – Albert Camus
    Molloy – Samuel Beckett
    The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
    The Abbot C – Georges Bataille
    The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz
    The Third Man – Graham Greene
    The 13 Clocks – James Thurber
    Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake
    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
  84. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
    All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani
    Disobedience – Alberto Moravia
    Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot
    The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
    Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
    Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann
    The Victim – Saul Bellow
    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
  85. The Plague – Albert Camus (bleak!)
    Back – Henry Green
    Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
    The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andri?
  86. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  87. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  88. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  89. The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford (luvverly)
    Loving – Henry Green
    Arcanum 17 – André Breton
    Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi
    The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham
    Transit – Anna Seghers
    Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges
    Dangling Man – Saul Bellow
  90. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (I have friends who *love* this book. I've never been fussed...)
    Caught – Henry Green
    The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse
    Embers – Sandor Marai
    Go Down, Moses – 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
    Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf
    The Hamlet – William Faulkner
    Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler
    For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
    Native Son – Richard Wright
    The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
    The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati
    Party Going – Henry Green
    The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
    Finnegans Wake – James Joyce
    At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien
    Coming Up for Air – George Orwell
    Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood
    Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller
    Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys
    The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
    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
    Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
    U.S.A. – John Dos Passos
    Murphy – Samuel Beckett
    Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
    Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  91. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Years – Virginia Woolf
    In Parenthesis – David Jones
    The Revenge for Love – Wyndham Lewis
    Out of Africa – Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen)
    To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
    Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner
    Eyeless in Gaza – Aldous Huxley
    The Thinking Reed – Rebecca West
  92. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (many many pages!! but pretty readable :-)
    Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
    Wild Harbour – Ian MacPherson
    Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
    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
    England Made Me – Graham Greene
    Burmese Days – George Orwell
    The Nine Tailors – 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
    A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
    Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  93. Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse (beautifully absurd)
    Call it Sleep – Henry Roth
    Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West
    Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers
    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
  94. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  95. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
    To the North – Elizabeth Bowen
    The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett
    The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth
    The Waves – Virginia Woolf
    The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett
    Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham
    The Apes of God – Wyndham Lewis
    Her Privates We – Frederic Manning
  96. Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh
    The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
    Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico
    Passing – Nella Larsen
  97. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
    Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
    Living – Henry Green
    The Time of Indifference – Alberto Moravia
  98. 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
  99. Orlando – Virginia Woolf (i probably didn't get it all...)
  100. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence (not as scandalous as I was hoping for)
  101. The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall
    The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis
    Quartet – Jean Rhys
    Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
    Quicksand – Nella Larsen
    Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford
    Nadja – André Breton
    Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
    Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust
    To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
    Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson
    Amerika – Franz Kafka
    The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
    Blindness – Henry Green
    The Castle – Franz Kafka
    The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hašek
    The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence
    One, None and a Hundred Thousand – Luigi Pirandello
  102. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie (not my favorite, but I understand why this is here)
    The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein
    Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos
    Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  103. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (not fussed really)
    The Counterfeiters – André Gide
    The Trial – Franz Kafka
    The Artamonov Business – Maxim Gorky
    The Professor’s House – Willa Cather
    Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville
    The Green Hat – Michael Arlen
    The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
    We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
  104. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster (a bit depressing)
    The Devil in the Flesh – Raymond Radiguet
    Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo
    Cane – Jean Toomer
    Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley
    Amok – Stefan Zweig
  105. The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield
  106. The Enormous Room – E.E. Cummings (almost gold!)
    Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf
  107. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
    The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton
    Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair
    The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus
    Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence
    Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis
    Ulysses – James Joyce
    The Fox – D.H. Lawrence
    Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley
  108. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton (read it cos I'd seen the movie)
    Main Street – Sinclair Lewis
    Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
    Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
    Tarr – Wyndham Lewis
    The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West
    The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad
    Summer – Edith Wharton
    Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsen
    Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
    Under Fire – Henri Barbusse
    Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke
    The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
    The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf
    Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham
    The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence
  109. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan (Buchan does good adventure)
    Kokoro – Natsume Soseki
    Locus Solus – Raymond Roussel
    Rosshalde – Herman Hesse
    Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell
    Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
  110. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann (how can such a short book be made into such a mindlessly boring movie??)
    The Charwoman’s Daughter – James Stephens
    Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
    Fantômas – Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
  111. Howards End – E.M. Forster
    Impressions of Africa – Raymond Roussel
    Three Lives – Gertrude Stein
    Martin Eden – Jack London
    Strait is the Gate – André Gide
    Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells
    The Inferno – Henri Barbusse
  112. A Room With a View – E.M. Forster
    The Iron Heel – Jack London
    The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett
    The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson
    Mother – Maxim Gorky
    The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
    The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
    Young Törless – Robert Musil
    The Forsyte Sage – John Galsworthy
    The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
    Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann
  113. Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster
    Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
    Hadrian the Seventh – Frederick Rolfe
    The Golden Bowl – Henry James
    The Ambassadors – Henry James
    The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers
    The Immoralist – André Gide
    The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  114. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  115. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann
    Kim – Rudyard Kipling
    Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
    Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
    Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. – Somerville and Ross
    The Stechlin – Theodore Fontane
    The Awakening – Kate Chopin
    The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  116. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
    The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
  117. What Maisie Knew – Henry James
    Fruits of the Earth – André Gide
  118. Dracula – Bram Stoker (a bit, you know, gothic :-)
    Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz
    The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
    The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
    Effi Briest – Theodore Fontane
    Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
    The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross
  119. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Born in Exile – George Gissing
  120. Diary of a Nobody – George & Weedon Grossmith
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    News from Nowhere – William Morris
    New Grub Street – George Gissing
    Gösta Berling’s Saga – Selma Lagerlöf
    Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
    The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
    The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy
    La Bête Humaine – Émile Zola
    By the Open Sea – August Strindberg
    Hunger – Knut Hamsun
    The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson
    Pierre and Jean – Guy de Maupassant
    Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés
    The People of Hemsö – August Strindberg
    The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy
    She – H. Rider Haggard
    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  121. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
    Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
    King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
    Germinal – Émile Zola
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
    Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant
    Marius the Epicurean – Walter Pater
    Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans
    The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
    A Woman’s Life – Guy de Maupassant
    Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
    The House by the Medlar Tree – Giovanni Verga
    The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
    Bouvard and Pécuchet – Gustave Flaubert
    Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
    Nana – Émile Zola
    The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
    The Red Room – August Strindberg
    Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
    Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
    Drunkard – Émile Zola
    Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev
    Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
    The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy
    The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert
    Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
    The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov
    Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
    In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
    The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Erewhon – Samuel Butler
    Spring Torrents – Ivan Turgenev
  122. Middlemarch – George Eliot
    Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
    King Lear of the Steppes – Ivan Turgenev
    He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope
    War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
    Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
    Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
    Maldoror – Comte de Lautréaumont
    The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  123. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  124. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (it was fine when I was younger, but since I grew up, 'Little Women" has only pissed me off)
    Thérèse Raquin – Émile Zola
    The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
  125. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
  126. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  127. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  128. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens (my favorite Dickens)
    Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
    Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  129. The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley
    Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
    Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
    Silas Marner – George Eliot
  130. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
    On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev
    Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope
    The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  131. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
    The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Max Havelaar – Multatuli
  132. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
    Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov
    Adam Bede – George Eliot
    Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  133. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
    Hard Times – Charles Dickens
    Walden – Henry David Thoreau
    Bleak House – Charles Dickens
    Villette – Charlotte Brontë
    Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
    Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
    The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne
    The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  134. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
  135. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
    David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
    Shirley – Charlotte Brontë
    Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  136. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë (Brontës aren't normally my thing but I didn't mind thisactually)
  137. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë (thought was very fucking stupid first time I read it, not so bad the second time)
    Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë
  138. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë (Brown on principle! Jane Eyre is a moron!)
  139. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
    The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
    La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas
  140. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
    The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
    Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
    The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
    Lost Illusions – Honoré de Balzac
    A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
    Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol
    The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
    The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
  141. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
    Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
    The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
    Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
    Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
    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
    The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott
    Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott<
  142. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (not really for me...)
  143. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen (love Jane, but feel this is her 'slightest' book. yes, I know it's poking fun at the gothic romance novels)
  144. Persuasion – Jane Austen
    Ormond – Maria Edgeworth
    Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
  145. Emma – Jane Austen
  146. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  147. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth
  148. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
    Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth
    Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin
    The Nun – Denis Diderot
    Camilla – Fanny Burney
    The Monk – M.G. Lewis
    Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  149. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe (need to read 'Northanger Abbey' again now I've read this)
    The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano
    The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin
    Justine – Marquis de Sade
    Vathek – William Beckford
    The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade
    Cecilia – Fanny Burney
    Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  150. Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
    Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Evelina – Fanny Burney
    The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
    The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie
    A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
    Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
    The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
    The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
    Émile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Rameau’s Nephew – Denis Diderot
    Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Rasselas – Samuel Johnson
    Candide – Voltaire
    The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox
    Amelia – Henry Fielding
    Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett
    Fanny Hill – John Cleland
  151. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding (good fun)
    Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett
    Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
    Pamela – Samuel Richardson
    Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot
    Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift
    Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
    A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
    Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
    Roxana – Daniel Defoe
    Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
    Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood
    Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
    A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift
    Oroonoko – Aphra Behn
    The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette
    The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
    Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe
    Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly
    Gargantua and Pantagruel – Françoise Rabelais
    The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
    The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius
    Aithiopika – Heliodorus
    Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton
    Metamorphoses – Ovid
    Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus

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