Thursday, December 29, 2011

501 Must-Read Books

List taken from Emma Beare's 501 Must-Read Books. Because I have too much time on my hands.

Chapter 1: Children's Fiction
Chapter 2: Classic Fiction
Chapter 3: History
Chapter 4: Memoirs
Chapter 5: Modern Fiction
Chapter 6: Science Fiction
Chapter 7: Thrillers
Chapter 8: Travel Writing

Children's Fiction

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen
Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi (Lorenzini)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, Alan Garner
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Children's and Household Tales, Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Emil and the Detectives, Erich Kastner
Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
The Complete Nonsense Books, Edward Lear
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren

Dr. Dolittle, Hugh Lofting
At the Back of the North Wind, George MacDonald
Nobody's Boy, Hector Malot
Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

Five Children and It, E. Nesbit
Tom's Midnight Garden, Philippa Pearce
The War of the Buttons, Louis Pergaud
Fairy Tales, Charles Perrault
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
Northern Lights (The Golden Compass), Philip Pullman

Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome
Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, Mordecai Richler
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling

The King of the Golden River, John Ruskin
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Human Comedy, William Saroyan
The Misfortunes of Sophie, Comtesse de Ségur
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Dr. Seuss

Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
The Golem, Isaac Bashevis Singer
Heidi, Johanna Spyri
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien (the first one)
Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers
Charlotte's Web, E.B. White
The Sword in the Stone, T.H. White

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Oscar Wilde

Classic Fiction

The Epic of Gilgamesh, Anonymous
The Thousand and One Nights, Anonymous
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
Old Goriot, Honoré de Balzac
Vathek, William Beckford
Lady Audley's Secret, Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan
The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
The Collected Stories, Anton Chekhov
The Man Who Was Thursday, G.K. Chesterton
Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Coxcomb, John Cleland
The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
The Christmas Books, Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Tom Jones, Henry Fielding
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
Howard's End, E.M. Forster
North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell
The Sorrows of Young Werther, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Vicar of Wakefield, Oliver Goldsmith
The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
King Solomon's Mines, H. Rider Haggard
Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
The Iliad, Homer
Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
Kim, Rudyard Kipling
Bliss and Other Stories, Katherine Mansfield
Utopia, Sir Thomas More
Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, Edgar Allan Poe
In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust
A Sicilian Romance, Anne Radcliffe
Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady, Samuel Richardson
Waverley, Sir Walter Scott
Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley
The Red and the Black, Stendahl
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula, Bram Stoker
Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy (started - twice!)
Barchester Towers, Anthony Trollope
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Candide, or Optimism, Voltaire
The Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole
The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
La Bête humaine, Émile Zola


London: The Biography, Peter Ackroyd
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, John Lee Anderson
The Hour of Our Death, Philippe Ariès
The Fall of Berlin, 1945, Anthony Beevor
The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, Fernand Braudel
The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century, John Brewer
Frozen Desire: An Enquiry Into the Meaning of Money, James Buchan
Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives, Alan Bullock
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Jacob Burckhardt
Daily Life in Ancient Rome, Jerome Carcopino
The Accursed Kings, Maurice Druon
The Age of Cathedrals, Georges Duby
The Stripping of the Altars, Eamon Duffy
The Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age, Modris Eksteins
The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon
Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, Niall Ferguson
Millennium, Felipe Fernández-Armesto
Pagans and Christians, Robin Lane Fox
The End of History and the Last Man, Francis Fukuyama
The Naked Heart, Peter Gay
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon
The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy, Martin Gilbert
The Cheese and the Worms, Carlo Ginzburg
God's First Love, Friedrich Heer
The Histories, Herodotus
Hiroshima, John Hersey
The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding, Robert Hughes
Pandaemonium, Humphrey Jennings
A History of Warfare, John Keegan
A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies, Bartolomé de Las Casas
Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence
Islam in History, Bernard Lewis
Chinese Shadows, Simon Leys
The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, Amin Maalouf
The Defeat of the Spanish Armada, Garrett Mattingly
The Story of English, Robert McCrum
The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, Maria Rosa Menocal
The Women's History of the World, Rosalind Miles
Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire, Jan & James Morris
Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade, Henri Pirenne
Parallel Lives, Plutarch
Flesh in the Age of Reason: The Modern Foundations of Body and Soul, Roy Porter
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, Simon Schama
Leviathan and the Air-Pump, Steven Shapin & Simon Schaffer
The Decline of the West, Oswald Spengler
The Trial of Socrates, Isador Stone
The Annals of Imperial Rome, Tacitus
The Origins of the Second World War, A.J.P. Taylor
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, Barbara W. Tuchman
A People's History of the United States, 1492 to Present, Howard Zinn


Paula, Isabel Allende
Journal Intime, Henri Frédéric Amiel
Brief Lives, John Aubrey
Confessions, St. Augustine of Hippo
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, Simone de Beauvoir
My Left Foot, Christy Brown
The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, Benvenuto Cellini
The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus, Cyril Connolly
Boy: Tales of Childhood, Roald Dahl
My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell
An Angel at My Table, Janet Frame
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
The Journals of Andre Gide, 1889-1949, Andre Gide
Poetry and Truth: From My Own Life, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments, Edmund Gosse
Ways of Escape, Graham Greene
Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin
84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff
Pentimento, Lillian Hellman
Childhood, Youth and Exile, Alexander Herzen
The Diary of Alice James, Alice James
Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Carl Gustav Jung
The Diaries of Franz Kafka, Franz Kafka
The Story of My Life, Helen Keller
The Book of Margery Kempe, Margery Kempe
I Will Bear Witness, 1933-1941: A Diary of the Nazi Years, Victor Klemperer
In the Castle of My Skin, George Lamming
A Grief Observed, C.S. Lewis
The Towers of Trebizond, Rose Macaulay
Journal, Katherine Mansfield
The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton
The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir, Paul Monette
My Place, Sally Morgan
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited, Vladimir Nabokov
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, Azar Nafisi
Memoirs, Pablo Neruda
Portrait of a Marriage: Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, Nigel Nicolson
Running in the Family, Michael Ondaatje
Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell
Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Samuel Pepys
Letters, Pliny the Younger
Confessions, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Words, Jean-Paul Sartre
Journal of a Solitude, May Sarton
Walden, or Life in the Woods, Henry David Thoreau
De Profundis, Oscar Wilde
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, Jeannette Winterson
Autobiographies, W.B. Yeats

Modern Fiction

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Jorge Amado
Le Grand Meaulnes, Alain-Fournier
Take a Girl Like You, Kingsley Amis
Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson
Surfacing, Margaret Atwood
The New York Trilogy, Paul Auster
Tales of Odessa, Isaak Babel
Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin
The Sweet Hereafter, Russell Banks
The Regeneration Trilogy, Pat Barker
Herzog, Saul Bellow
Ficciones, Jorge Luis Borges
Nadja, André Breton
The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
Naked Lunch, William Burroughs
Possession, A.S. Byatt
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, Italo Calvino
The Stranger, Albert Camus
Auto-da-Fé, Elias Canetti
Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey
The Kingdom of This World, Alejo Carpentier
The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter
What We Talk about When We Talk about Love, Raymond Carver
The Horse's Mouth, Joyce Cary
Journey to the End of Night, Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Soldiers of Salamis, Javier Cercas
The Stories of John Cheever, John Cheever
Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
Chéri, Colette
Victory, Joseph Conrad
A House and Its Head, Ivy Compton-Burnett
Fifth Business, Robertson Davies
Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernières
Underworld, Don DeLillo
Seven Gothic Tales, Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)
Berlin Alexanderplatz, Alfred Döblin
Once Were Warriors, Alan Duff
Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
The Lover, Marguerite Duras
The Alexandria Quartet, Lawrence Durrell
The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
The Neverending Story, Michael Ende
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
The Wars, Timothy Findley
The Good Soldier, Ford Maddox Ford
Independence Day, Richard Ford
A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
The Blue Flower, Penelope Fitzgerald
From the Fifteen District, Mavis Gallant
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
Our Lady of the Flowers, Jean Genet
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
July's People, Nadine Gordimer
FerdyDurke, Witold Gombrowicz
The Tin Drum, Günter Grass
Hunger, Knut Hamsun
The Blind Owl, Sadegh Hedayat
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
The Glass Bead Game, Hermann Hesse
Lost Horizon, James Hilton
A High Wind in Jamaica, Richard Hughes
The World According to Garp, John Irving
The Berlin Stories, Christopher Isherwood
The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
Ulysses, James Joyce
The File on H, Ismail Kadare
The Trial, Franz Kafka
It, Stephen King
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
The Leopard, Giuseppe di Lampedusa
The Diviners, Margaret Laurence
Women in Love, D.H. Lawrence
The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
The Periodic Table, Primo Levi
Changing Places, David Lodge
Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas, Machado de Assis
The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk; Palace of Desire; Sugar Street, Naguib Mahfouz
The Executioner's Song, Norman Mailer
God's Grace, Bernard Malamud
An Imaginary Life, David Malouf
The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann
Embers, Sándor Márai
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Cakes and Ale, W. Somerset Maugham
The Group, Mary McCarthy
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
Enduring Love, Ian McEwan
The Sea of Fertility, Yukio Mishima
A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
Cold Heaven, Brian Moore
Beloved, Toni Morrison
The Progress of Love, Alice Munro
The Sea, the Sea, Iris Murdoch
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
A House for Mr. Biswas, V.S. Naipaul
The Third Policeman, Flann O'Brian
A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O'Connor
The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
Where the Jackals Howl, Amos Oz
The Messiah of Stockholm, Cynthia Ozick
Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
Mr. Weston's Good Wine, T.F. Powys
The Nephew, James Purdy
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
Barney's Version, Mordecai Richler
Hadrian the Seventh, Frederick Rolfe
The Radetzky March, Joseph Roth
The Human Stain, Philip Roth
The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
Pedro Páramo, Juan Rulfo
Bonjour Tristesse, Françoise Sagan
The Complete Short Stories, Saki
Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
Staying On, Paul Scott
Austerlitz, W.G. Sebald
Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby, Jr.
Unless, Carol Shields
The Magician of Lublin, Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Engineer of Human Souls, Josef Škvorecký
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
The Man Who Loved Children, Christina Stead
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Sophie's Choice, William Styron
Perfume, Patrick Süskind
The Confession of Zeno, Italo Svevo
Pereira Declares, Antonio Tabucchi
The White Hotel, D.M. Thomas
The Master, Colm Tóibín
Felicia's Journey, William Trevor
The Palm-Wine Drinkard, Amos Tutuola
The Accidental Tourist, Anne Tyler
Couples, John Updike
The Time of the Hero, Mario Vargas Llosa
In Praise of Older Women: The Amorous Recollections of A. V., Stephen Vizinczey
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
Voss, Patrick White
Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar

Science Fiction

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
Hothouse, Brian Aldiss
Brain Wave, Poul Anderson
I, Robot, Isaac Asimov
The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
The Crystal World, J.G. Ballard
The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
Who Goes There, John W. Campbell
The Invention of Morel, Adolfo Bioy Casares
Planet of the Apes, Pierre Boulle
The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
The Sheep Look Up, John Brunner
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
Erewhon, Samuel Butler
Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino
2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, James De Mille
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Philip K. Dick
To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip José Farmer
Neuromancer, William Gibson
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heilein
Dune, Frank Herbert
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Two Planets, Kurd Lasswitz
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
Solaris, Stanislaw Lem
Shikasta, Doris Lessing
The Stepford Wives, Ira Levin
Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis
I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
Dwellers in the Mirage, Abraham Merritt
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter Miller, Jr.
Ringworld, Larry Niven
Time Traders, Andre Norton
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Edgar Allan Poe
The Inverted World, Christopher Priest
City, Clifford D. Simak
Donovan's Brain, Curt Siodmak
Lest Darkness Fall, L. Sprague de Camp
Last and First Men, Olaf Stapledon
More than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
Slan, A.E. van Vogt
Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Jules Verne
Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade, Kurt Vonnegut
The Island of Dr. Moreau, H.G. Wells
Islandia, Austin Tappan Wright
The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham


More Work for the Undertaker, Margery Allingham
Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly, John Franklin Bardin
Trent's Last Case, E.C. Bentley
Trial and Error, Anthony Berkeley
The Poisoned Chocolates Case, Anthony Berkeley
The Beast Must Die, Nicholas Blake
Psycho, Robert Bloch
Double Indemnity, James M. Cain
Thus Was Adonis Murdered, Sarah Caudwell
Farewell, My Lovely, Raymond Chandler
No Orchids for Miss Blandish, James Hadley Chase
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins

Unnatural Exposure, Patricia Cornwell
The Moving Toyshop, Edmund Crispin
In the Last Analysis, Amanda Cross
Rose at Ten, Marco Denevi
Vendetta, Michael Dibdin
The Glass-Sided Ants' Nest, Peter Dickinson
He Who Whispers, John Dickson Carr
The Big Clock, Kenneth Fearing
Blood Sport, Dick Francis
Quiet as a Nun, Lady Antonia Fraser
The Sunday Woman, Carlo Fruttero
Death in the Wrong Room, Anthony Gilbert (Lucy Beatrice Malleson)
Red Harvest, Dashiell Hammett
Suicide Excepted, Cyril Hare
Bones and Silence, Reginald Hill
A Rage in Harlem, Chester Himes
Smilla's Sense of Snow, Peter Høeg
Malice Aforethought, Francis Iles
Hamlet, Revenge!, Michael Innes
The Murder Room, P.D. James
The Sleeping-Car Murders, Sébastien Japrisot
Death of My Aunt, C.H.B. Kitchin
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, John le Carré
The Mystery of the Yellow Room, Gaston Leroux
The Last Detective, Peter Lovesey
Final Curtain, Ngaio Marsh
An Oxford Tragedy, J.C. Masterman
The Steam Pig, James McClure
The Seven Per Cent Solution, Nicholas Meyer
How Like an Angel, Margaret Millar
The Red House Mystery, A.A. Milne
A Red Death, Walter Mosley
Deadlock, Sara Paretsky
Dover One, Joyce Porter
The Chinese Orange Mystery, Ellery Queen
The Man in the Net, Patrick Quentin
A Judgement in Stone, Ruth Rendell
Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers
The Engagement, Georges Simenon
The Laughing Policeman, Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö
The Red Box, Rex Stout
The Man Who Killed Himself, Julian Symons
A Pin to See the Peepshow, F. Tennyson Jesse
The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey
Above the Dark Circus, Sir Hugh Walpole
Born Victim, Hillary Waugh
The Bride Wore Black, Cornell Woolrich

Travel Writing

The Travels of Ibn Battutah, Ibn Battutah
The Scorpion-Fish, Nicholas Bouvier
The Road to Oxiana, Robert Byron
In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin
The Voyage of the Beagle, Charles Darwin
My Journey to Lhasa: The Classic Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City, Alexandra David-Neel
On the Narrow Road to the Deep North: A Journey into Lost Japan, Lesley Downer
The Traveller's Tree: A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands, Patrick Leigh Fermor
Seven Years in Tibet, Heinrich Harrer
Kon Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft, Thor Heyerdahl
The Purple Land, W.H. Hudson
The Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole, Roland Huntford
Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East, Pico Iyer
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, Samuel Johnson & James Boswell
Eothen: Traces of Travel Brought Home from the East, A.W. Kinglake
The Seasick Whale, Emphraim Kishon
A Rose for Winter, Laurie Lee
Golden Earth: Travels in Burma, Norman Lewis
The Cruise of the Snark, Jack London
Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez
Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black Sea, Claudio Magris
The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen
Destinations: Essays from Rolling Stone, Jan Morris
Never Cry Wolf, Farley Mowat
Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey, V.S. Naipaul
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, Eric Newby
Roads to Santiago: A Modern-Day Pilgrimage Through Spain, Cees Nooteboom
La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West, Francis Parkman
Into the Heart of Borneo, Raymond O'Hanlon
The Travels, Marco Polo
Dead Man's Chest: Travels after Robert Louis Stevenson, Nicholas Rankin
Sailing Alone Around the World, Joshua Slocum
Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, J.H. Speke
Travels with Charley: In Search of America, John Steinbeck
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Valley of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels, Freya Stark
The Great Railway Bazaar, Paul Theroux
Tschiffely's Ride: Southern Cross to Pole Star, A.F. Tschiffely
A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain
On Fiji Islands, Ronald Wright

Thursday, December 15, 2011