The idea is that I’m going to read these books in the order that I wrote them down, which is quite random, and already I’ve broken this rule. Anyway, I’ve read some of these before (*) but they’re deserving of a re-read, and others just sound interesting because of their author, title, film or celebrity.
- *A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess (Watched the film afterwards. Rather more disturbing than the book)
- The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides (The book I wish I’d written)
- Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey (I started it but lost interest. Will get back to it)
- The Satanic Verses – Salmon Rushdie (Started this but totally lost the plot – literally. Will try again later)
- The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe (Totally dug this)
*Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez– To be re-read
- Less than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis (The Catcher in the Rye of the 80s)
- Beijing Confidential – Jan Wong (June 08)
- On the Road – Jack Kerouac
- The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – Jose Saramango
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
- *The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
- If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller – Italo Calvino
- Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
- *Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep – Philip K Dick
- The Electric Koolaid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
- Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges
- Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (I don’t remember a thing about it and I read it last year – need to re read)
- The Tin Drum – Gunter Grass
- Lolita – Vladimir Nobokov (I hope the rest of the book is better than the first pargraph)
- The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzakis
- The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
- The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz
- In Sicily – Elio Vittorini
- For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
- *Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
- *They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy
- *Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
- Moby Dick – Herman Melville
- *Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
- *To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
- Life of Pi – Yann Martel
- The Prophet – Kalil Gibran
- The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
- The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
- The Nun – Denis Diderot
- Faust – Johann Wolfgang Von Guethe
- No Logo – Naomi Klein (July 08)
- The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein
- Dry, A Memoir – Augustin Burroughs. And so begins my love affair with Burroughs.
Running with Scissors – Augustin Burroughs –just arrived from Amazon
- The Millennium trilogy – reading the first one now – finished. Seriously though, what drivel. Don’t know if I’ll get to the second one but it’s on the shelf.
- Status Anxiety – Alain de Botton – love love love! Deep and not a wanker.
- Hollywood Ending (aka John Belushi is Dead – in the US) – Kathy Charles. Happened to start talking to a friend of the authors as JJ and I were dining at Tiamo on Lygon Street. Ran into Readings and bought their last copy. Yay! Freaking awesome. Review is here.
- *Madame Bouverie – Gustav Flaubert – I’ve got a story idea and this is research.
- Just Kids – Patty Smith – Ahhhh
- Neon Angel – Cherie Currie
- Transformer (Lou Reed) Brilliant
- *A bunch of Agatha Christie books
Red – Belinda Missen– fun holiday read
- The Trial – Kafka
- Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
- L’Etranger (The Stranger) – Albert Camus – I’ve read this in French and English and it continues to blow my mind.
- Notes from the Underground – Feodor Dostoevsky
- The Death of Ivan Ilvich – Leo Tolstoy
- As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
- On Beauty – Zadie Smith
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – re-read
- The Museum of Modern Love – Hanya Yanagihara
- My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh – currently reading
- The Communist Manifesto – re-read
- Freedom from our Addictions – Russel Brand – Ugh – how to make he 12 steps interesting – YOU CAN’T RUSSELL
- The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin
- The Restorer – Michael Sala
- The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman– Gah The Girls – Emma Cline– I enjoy a good cult book The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood– loved it.
- A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
- The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith (actually JK Rowling)
- The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai
- The Sense of an ending – Julian Barnes
- The Eight – Katherine Neville
- A Season in Hell – The Life of Rimbaud – Jean-Marie Carre
- The Post Birthday World – Lionel Shriver
- The Things We Wish Were True – Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert– LOVED IT The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz– Should be on every reading list The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins– Ugh – Page turner but still ugh The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt– YES Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood– Haaaaa the best!
- Requiem for a Dream – Hubert Selby Jr. – not right now
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck – Mark Manson– pretty sure I’m already there – read it it; you’ll give even fewer fucks.
- Verlain’s Rimbaud – D.J. Carlile
White Teeth – Zadie Smith– she write alright, this one!
- The Wind Up Bird Chronicle – Murakami – cannot keep reading it. Just as annoying as Lolita but not as well written