Saturday, September 26, 2009

Aimee's List

For my 100 list, I'm not really going for anything specific - this is a list of books I've had recommended to me NUMEROUS times, and then others that have been gathering dust on my TBR list, and then a few new ones that I'm looking forward to.

This is my semi-final list - it may change a little as I iron out the kinks, or maybe it'll stay pretty much the same.

I'm open to recommendations on books, particularly if you spot something by an author and you think I should swap it for another book of theirs, or a similar but superior (in your opinion) author.

Of course, I'll be attempting to review each and every one of them on my blog:
My Fluttering Heart.

eeek! This is a little scary - I have commitment issues on the best of days :)

*takes deep breath* So, here goes....

1. The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighiere
2. The Island of the Day Before - Umberto Eco
3. The Goose Girl - Shannon Hale
4. Children of Dune - Frank Herbert
5. The Lord of the Rings - by J. R. R. Tolkien
6. The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
7. Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
8. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
9. In the Woods - Tana French
10. The Wrong Grave - Kelly Link
11. The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
12. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
13. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
14. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
15. The Sweet Far Thing - Libba Bray
16. Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
17. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
18. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
19. The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter
20. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
21. The Monsters of Templeton - Lauren Groff
22. The Crimson Petal and the White - Michael Faber
21. Tender Morsels - Margo Lanagan
22. Shogun - James Clavell
23. The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
24. The Devil and Miss Prym - Paulo Coehlo
25. The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis
26. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
27. The Children's Book - A.S. Byatt
28. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
29. The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick
30. The Once and Future King - T.H. White
31. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
32. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint- Exupery
33. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
34. The Stand - Stephen King
35. Cross-Stitch (Outlander in the U.S.) - Diana Gabaldon
36. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

37. Arabian Nights - Anonymous
38. Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger
39. The Boat - Nam Le
40. The Meaning of Night - Michael Cox
41. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
42. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
43. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
44. The Lady and the Unicorn - Tracey Chevalier
45. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
46. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
47. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
48. World Without End - Ken Follett
49. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay- Michael Chabon
50. Memoirs of Cleopatra – Margaret George
51. Antony and Cleopatra - Colleen McCullough
52. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
53. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
54. V - Thomas Pynchon
55. Lady Chatterley's Lover - D.H. Lawrence
56. Katherine - Anya Seton
57. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
58. The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
59. The Good Earth - Pearl S Buck
60. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Dai Sijie
61. The Leopard - Guiseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa

62. Possession - A.S. Byatt
63. Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
64. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
65. Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
66. Wildwood Dancing - Juliet Marillier
67. The Magician - Raymond E. Feist
68. The Gormenghast Novels - Mervyn Peake
69. An Instance of the Fingerpost - Iain Pears
70. Paradise Regained - John Milton
71. A Suitable Boy: A Novel - Vikram Seth
72. A Fraction of a Whole - Steve Toltz
73. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
74. The Pirate's Daughter - Margaret Cezair - Thompson
75. Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales - Angela Carter
76. The Evil Seed - Joanne Harris
77. Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl
78. The China Lover - Ian Buruma
79. Alchemy - Maureen Duffy
80. The Seance - John Harwood
81. Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin
82. The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
83. The Looking Glass Wars - Frank Bedder
84. Un-Lun-Dun - China Mieville
85. The Dawn Stag - Jules Watson
86. The Last Witchfinder - James Morrow
87. The Conjuror's Bird - Martin Davies
88. The Dawn Stag - Jules Watson
89. Angel Time - Anne Rice
90. The Ask and The Answer - Patrick Ness
91. Idoru - William Gibson
92. City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

93. Of Bees and Mist, by Erick Setiawan
94. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
95. Random Magic, by Sasha Soren
96. Isis, by Douglas Clegg
97. Cybele's Secret, by Juliet Marillier
98. Ice, by Sarah Beth Durst
99. How to Catch and Keep a Vampire, by Diana Laurence
100. TBA

So do you have any recommendations for numbers 94-100? If so, I'd love to hear them! I haven't read hardly anything in the way of mysteries, sci fi, or adult fantasy, so I'd appreciate those suggestions most of all :)


Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

Perhaps you could provide the type of novels you want to read or the nature of your best novels, then we can make suggestions. Also, it would be difficult if one does not know the types of books you have already read, which in turn would be difficult to give. Cyclic difficulty, huh? Well, as a reader of African writers I would suggest 'Half of a Yellow Sun' and 'Purple Hibiscus' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe. You can also check the 'Famished Road' by Ben Okri, it won the Man Booker Prize.

Aimee said...

Aaaah yes, I see what you mean. I figured people would just look at my list and suggest similar things like they've done on other posts and if I'd read them I'd just tell them so, but specifying it does seem the most sensible idea! I've edited the post down the bottom to specify genres I haven't read much on and am hoping to add to the list.

I have read Half of a Yellow Sun and loved it - so I think I shall put Purple Hibiscus on there...and I'll look into Ben Okri. Thanks for your advice and recommendations!

Sherrie said...

I have read several of your books listed, but I also have lots of your books listed on my list. I just finished a book, A Circle of Souls - Preetham Grandhi that was very good. It's a psychological thriller mystery. City of Bones - Cassandra Clare is another mystery. Have a great day!


Briony said...

Great list!

I would recommend Idoru by William Gibson as a great sci-fi book. It's set in Japan in the not-so-distant future.

If you haven't yet ready any I would also recommend ANY Terry Pratchett book from the Discworld series. They're all great.

As for mysteries, the only person I can think of right now is Sherlock Holmes...I'll get back to you!!

Linda said...

Great list. I see that we share a few. I'm about to start Lolita.