Tuesday, May 13, 2008

1001 Books you must read before you die

A long list of books, with many titles where I've said "I must read that some day". I read a lot more when I was a kid, before I got into this whole computer racket, and started focusing on more non-fiction. I've only read 50 or so from the list. At this rate, I'll never get more than 15% or so.

I wonder how much you can tell about a person from their reading list? Here are the ones I read, I may have missed one or two though:

Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
The Information – Martin Amis
Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis
London Fields – Martin Amis
The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis
Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
High Rise – J.G. Ballard
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Tin Drum – Günter Grass
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Foundation – Isaac Asimov
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Castle – Franz Kafka
The Trial – Franz Kafka
A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth
Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus

HT to Jason Kottke.

1 comment:

Jim McKeeth said...

You can plug your book list into Library Thing and see what other people have a similar reading list as you. That would be one way to see what you can tell about someone based on their reading list.