Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lesley's List

My list is a combination of books I just want to read and books I feel I should have read by now. Some are contemporary, and some are classics that I've somehow neglected despite two degrees in literature. Some are by authors whose other works I've already read and enjoyed. (I've never been very good at reading the complete works by any one author.) You may notice a very slight Canadian slant, as I'm a Canadian gal and a lover of contemporary CanLit, but I read a lot of CanLit already, so this is more about branching out from that.

1. Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart
2. Aira, Cesar – Ghosts
3. Aira, Cesar – How I Became A Nun
4. Atkinson, Kate – Behind the Scenes at the Museum
5. Atkinson, Kate – When Where There Be Good News?
6. Austen, Jane – Emma
7. Austen, Jane – Northanger Abby
8. Austen, Jane – Persuasion
9. Austen, Jane – Sense and Sensibility
10. Barnes, Julian – A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters
11. Barthelme, Donald – 60 Stories
12. Barthelme, Donald – Snow White
13. Belano, Roberto – 2666
14. Bellow, Saul – The Adventures of Augie March
15. Bellow, Saul – Herzog
16. Booth, Wayne C. – The Rhetoric of Fiction
17. Borges, Jorge Luis – Collected Fictions
18. Burgess, Anthony – A Clockwork Orange
19. Burroughs, Augusten – Running With Scissors
20. Burroughs, Augusten – A Wolf At The Table
21. Chabon, Michael – The Yiddish Policeman's Reunion
22. Chandler, Raymond – The Big Sleep
23. Chekhov, Anton – Stories
24. Dickens, Charles – A Christmas Carol
25. Dickens, Charles – David Copperfield
26. DeLillo, Don – Underworld
27. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – Crime and Punishment
28. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – Brothers Karamazov
29. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – The Idiot
30. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – Notes from the Underground
31. Easton Ellis, Bret – Less Than Zeron
32. Eco, Umberto - The Name Of The Rose
33. Ellison, Ralph – The Invisible Man
34. Endicott, Marina – Good To A Fault
35. Engel, Marian – Bear
36. Faulkner, William – As I Lay Dying
37. Fitzgerald, F. Scott – Tender Is The Night
38. Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary
39. Forster, E.M. – A Passage to India
40. Forster, E.M. – A Room with a View
41. Franzen, Jonathan – The Corrections
42. Gaitskill, Mary – Bad Behavior
43. Gaitskill, Mary – Don't Cry: Stories
44. Gogol, Nikolai – The Collected Tales
45. Grant, Jessica – Come, Thou Tortoise
46. Grescoe, Taras – Bottomfeeders
47. Haddon, Mark – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
48. Hage, Rawi – Cockroach
49. Hage, Rawi – De Niro's Game
50. Hardy, Thomas – Jude the Obscure
51. Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The Scarlet Letter
52. Heller, Zoe – The Believers
53. Helm, Michael – The Projectionist
54. Helm, Michael – In The Place Of Last Things
55. Hemingway, Ernest – A Moveable Feast
56. Hesse, Herman – Siddharta
57. Ishiguro, Kazuo – The Remains of the Day
58. Johnson, Denis – Tree of Smoke
59. Krauss, Nicole – History of Love
60. Lawrence, D.H. – Lady Chatterly's Love
61. Lawrence, D.H. – Sons and Lovers
62. Lowry, Malcolm – Under the Volcano
63. Lessing, Doris – The Golden Notebook
64. Lethem, Jonathan – The Fortress of Solitude
65. McCarthy, Cormac – Blood Meridian
66. McCarthy, Cormac – The Road
67. Mitchell, Margaret – Gone with the Wind
68. Moore, Lorrie – Like Life
69. Morrison, Toni – Beloved
70. Nabakov, Vladmir – Lolita
71. Nabakov, Vladmir – Pale Fire
72. O'Conner, Flannery – Collected Works
73. O'Hara, Frank – Collected Poems
74. Percy, Walker – The Moviegoer
75. Pullman, Phillip – His Dark Materials Triology
76. Pynchon, Thomas – The Crying Lot of 49
77. Pynchon, Thomas – Gravity's Rainbow
78. Rand, Ayn – Atlas Shrugged
79. Rhys, Jean – Wide Sargasso Sea
80. Roth, Philip – American Pastoral
81. Roth, Philip – Portnoy's Complaint
82. Safran Foer, Jonathan – Everything Is Illuminated
83. Saramago, José – Blindness
84. Saunders, George – The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
85. Saunders, George – Pastoralia
86. Saunders, George – CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
87. Sittenfeld, Curtis – American Wife
88. Smith, Ali – The Accidental
89. Smith, Betty – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
90. Smith, Zadie – White Teeth
91. Spark, Muriel – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
92. Spicer, Jack – My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer
93. Tolstoy, Leo – War and Peace
94. Updike, John – Rabbit, Run
95. Wallace, David Foster – Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
96. Wallace, David Foster – Infinite Jest
97. Waugh, Evelyn – Bridehead Revisited
98. West, Nathaniel – Miss Lonelyhearts
99. Winter, Michael – The Big Why
100. Winter, Michael – The Architects Are Here

3 comments:

brionywilliamson said...

This is a great list!

I really should have put A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters on my list too, I was supposed to read it for uni years ago and I didn't get past the first chapter. Maybe I will make it my 101st book (should there be time)

Jen A said...

I agree, great list! We have a lot of books in common on our lists :)

Mya Barrett said...

Even more awesome reading! I really admire some of these choices, as I just don't think I'd have the stamina to read them.