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TBR List

 

'War and Peace'- Leo Tolstoy

'Schindler's List'- Thomas Keneally

'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest'- Steig Larsson

'A Tale of Two Cities'- Charles Dickens

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them' (Original Screen play)- J.K Rowling

'Christine'- Stephen King

'The Pilot's Wife'- Anita Shreve

'Queen Camilia'- Sue Townsend

'Three Men in a Boat'- Jerome K. Jerome

'Dracula'-Bram Stoker

'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man'- James Joyce

'Ulysses'-James Joyce

'The Thirty-Nine Steps'- John Buchan

'The Collective'- Stephen King

'Duma Key'- Stephen King

'Just After Sunset'- Stephen King

'The Godfather'- Mario Puzo

'The Knife of Never Letting go- Patrick Ness

'The Girl On the Train'- Paula Hawkins

'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell'- Susanna Clarke

'Affinity'- Sarah Waters

'The Wasp Factory'.- Iain Banks

'Master and Commander'- Patrick O'Brien

 

Books I want to Re-Read List

 

The 'Dark Tower' Series- Stephen King

'The Stand'- Stephen King

'The Shining'- Stephen King

The 'Harry Potter' Series- J.K Rowling

'The Passage'- Justin Cronin

'His Dark Materials' Trilogy- Philip Pullman

'Never Let Me Go'- Kazuo Ishiguro

'The Elegance of the Hedgehog'- Muriel Barbery

'The Art of Racing in the Rain'- Garth Stein

'Three Things About Elsie'-  Joanna Cannon

'The Hunger Games' Trilogy- Suzanne Collins

'The Hole'- Guy Burt

'The Rapture' -Liz Jensen

'The Road'- Cormac McCarthy

'Wuthering Heights'- Emily Bronte

'Far from the Madding Crowd'- Thomas Hardy

'Oliver Twist'-Charles Dickens

'Memoirs of a Geisha'- Arthur Golden

 

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1001 books to Read before you Die Challenge 

 

Titles I have read, are highlighted in red:


Pre-1700

1001. Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus
1000. Metamorphoses – Ovid
999. Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton
998. Aithiopika – Heliodorus
997. The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius
996. The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
995. Gargantua and Pantagruel – François Rabelais
994. Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly
993. The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe
992. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
991. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
990. The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette
989. Oroonoko – Aphra Behn



1700s
988. A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift
987. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
986. Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood
985. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
984. Roxana – Daniel Defoe
983. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
982. A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
981. Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
980. Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift
979. Pamela – Samuel Richardson
978. Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
977. Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett
976. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
975. Fanny Hill – John Cleland
974. Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett
973. Amelia – Henry Fielding
972. The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox
971. Candide – Voltaire
970. Rasselas – Samuel Johnson
969. Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
968. Rameau’s Nephew – Denis Diderot
967. Émile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
966. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
965. The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
964. Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
963. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
962. The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie
961. Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
960. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
959. Evelina – Fanny Burney
958. Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
957. Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
956. Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
955. Cecilia – Fanny Burney
954. The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade
953. Vathek – William Beckford
952. Justine – Marquis de Sade
951. The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin
950. The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano
949. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
948. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
947. The Monk – M.G. Lewis
946. Camilla – Fanny Burney
945. Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot
944. The Nun – Denis Diderot
943. Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin

1800s
942. Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth
941. Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
940. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
939. The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth
938. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
937. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
936. Emma – Jane Austen
935. Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
934. Ormond – Maria Edgeworth
933. Persuasion – Jane Austen
932. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
931. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
930. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
929. The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott
928. Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Robert Maturin
927. The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin
926. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg
925. Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
924. The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
923. The Red and the Black – Stendhal
922. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
921. Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac
920. Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
919. The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
918. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
917. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
916. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
915. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
914. Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol
913. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
912. Lost Illusions – Honoré de Balzac
911. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
910. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
909. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
908. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
907. La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas
906. The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
905. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
904. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
903. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë
902. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë 
901. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë
900. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
899. Shirley – Charlotte Brontë
898. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
897. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
896. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
895. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
894. The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne
893. Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
892. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
891. Villette – Charlotte Brontë
890. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
889. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
888. Hard Times – Charles Dickens
887. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
886. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
885. Adam Bede – George Eliot
884. Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov
883. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
882. Max Havelaar – Multatuli
881. The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne
880. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
879. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
878. Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope
877. On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev
876. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
875. Silas Marner – George Eliot
874. Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
873. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
872. The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley
871. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
870. Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
869. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
868. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
867. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
866. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
865. The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
864. Thérèse Raquin – Émile Zola
863. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
862. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
861. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
860. Maldoror – Comte de Lautréaumont
859. Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
858. Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
857. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
856. He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope
855. King Lear of the Steppes – Ivan Turgenev
854. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
853. Middlemarch – George Eliot
852. Spring Torrents – Ivan Turgenev
851. Erewhon – Samuel Butler
850. The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky
849. In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
848. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
847. The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov
846. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
845. The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert
844. The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy
843. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
842. Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev
841. Drunkard – Émile Zola
840. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
839. Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
838. The Red Room – August Strindberg
837. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
836. Nana – Émile Zola
835. Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
834. Bouvard and Pécuchet – Gustave Flaubert
833. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
832. The House by the Medlar Tree – Giovanni Verga
831. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
830. A Woman’s Life – Guy de Maupassant
829. The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
828. Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans
827. Marius the Epicurean – Walter Pater
826. Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant
825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
824. Germinal – Émile Zola
823. King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
822. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
821. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
820. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson 
819. She – H. Rider Haggard
818. The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy
817. The People of Hemsö – August Strindberg
816. Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés
815. Pierre and Jean – Guy de Maupassant
814. The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson
813. Hunger – Knut Hamsun
812. By the Open Sea – August Strindberg
811. La Bête Humaine – Émile Zola
810. The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy
809. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
808. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
807. Gösta Berling’s Saga – Selma Lagerlöf
806. New Grub Street – George Gissing
805. News from Nowhere – William Morris
804. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
803. Diary of a Nobody – George & Weedon Grossmith
802. Born in Exile – George Gissing
801. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
800. The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross
799. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
798. Effi Briest – Theodore Fontane
797. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
796. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
795. Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz
794. Dracula – Bram Stoker
793. Fruits of the Earth – André Gide
792. What Maisie Knew – Henry James
791. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
790. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
789. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
788. The Awakening – Kate Chopin
787. The Stechlin – Theodore Fontane
786. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. – Somerville and Ross

1900s

785. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
784. Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
783. Kim – Rudyard Kipling
782. Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann
781. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
780. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
779. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
778. The Immoralist – André Gide
777. The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers
776. The Ambassadors – Henry James
775. The Golden Bowl – Henry James
774. Hadrian the Seventh – Frederick Rolfe
773. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
772. Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster
771. Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann
770. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
769. The Forsyte Sage – John Galsworthy
768. Young Törless – Robert Musil
767. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
766. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
765. Mother – Maxim Gorky
764. The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson
763. The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett
762. The Iron Heel – Jack London
761. A Room With a View – E.M. Forster
760. The Inferno – Henri Barbusse
759. Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells
758. Strait is the Gate – André Gide
757. Martin Eden – Jack London
756. Three Lives – Gertrude Stein
755. Impressions of Africa – Raymond Roussel
754. Howards End – E.M. Forster
753. Fantômas – Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
752. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
751. The Charwoman’s Daughter – James Stephens
750. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann
749. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
748. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell
747. Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
746. Rosshalde – Herman Hesse
745. Locus Solus – Raymond Roussel
744. Kokoro – Natsume Soseki
743. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan
742. The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence
741. Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham
740. The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf
739. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
738. Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke
737. Under Fire – Henri Barbusse
736. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
735. Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton
734. Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsen
733. Summer – Edith Wharton
732. The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad
731. The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West
730. Tarr – Wyndham Lewis
729. Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
728. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
727. Main Street – Sinclair Lewis
726. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
725. Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley
724. The Fox – D.H. Lawrence
723. Ulysses – James Joyce
722. Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis
721. Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence
720. The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus
719. Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair
718. The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton
717. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
716. Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf
715. The Enormous Room – E.E. Cummings
714. The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield
713. Amok – Stefan Zweig
712. Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley
711. Cane – Jean Toomer
710. Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo
709. The Devil in the Flesh – Raymond Radiguet
708. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
707. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
706. The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
705. The Green Hat – Michael Arlen
704. Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville
703. The Professor’s House – Willa Cather
702. The Artamonov Business – Maxim Gorky
701. The Trial – Franz Kafka
700. The Counterfeiters – André Gide
699. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
698. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
697. Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos
696. The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein
695. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
694. One, None and a Hundred Thousand – Luigi Pirandello
693. The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence
692. The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hašek
691. The Castle – Franz Kafka
690. Blindness – Henry Green
689. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
688. Amerika – Franz Kafka
687. Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson
686. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
685. Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust
684. Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
683. Nadja – André Breton
682. Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford
681. Quicksand – Nella Larsen
680. Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
679. Quartet – Jean Rhys
678. The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis
677. The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall
676. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
675. Orlando – Virginia Woolf
674. Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille
673. Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
672. Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau
671. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
670. Harriet Hume – Rebecca West
669. The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen
668. Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred Döblin
667. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
666. The Time of Indifference – Alberto Moravia
665. Living – Henry Green
664. Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
663. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
662. Passing – Nella Larsen
661. Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico
660. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
659. Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh
658. Her Privates We – Frederic Manning
657. The Apes of God – Wyndham Lewis
656. Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham
655. The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett
654. The Waves – Virginia Woolf
653. The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth
652. The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett
651. To the North – Elizabeth Bowen
650. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
649. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
648. Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline
647. A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) – Lewis Grassic Gibbon
646. The Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
645. A Day Off – Storm Jameson
644. Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain
643. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein
642. Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers
641. Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West
640. Call it Sleep – Henry Roth
639. Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
638. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
637. A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
636. Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
635. The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain
634. Novel With Cocaine – M. Ageyev
633. Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht
632. The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers
631. Burmese Days – George Orwell
630. England Made Me – Graham Greene
629. The House in Paris – Elizabeth Bowen
628. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy
627. The Last of Mr. Norris – Christopher Isherwood
626. Auto-da-Fé – Elias Canetti
625. Independent People – Halldór Laxness
624. Nightwood – Djuna Barnes
623. At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
622. Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
621. Wild Harbour – Ian MacPherson
620. Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
619. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
618. The Thinking Reed – Rebecca West
617. Eyeless in Gaza – Aldous Huxley
616. Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner
615. To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
614. Out of Africa – Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen)
613. The Revenge for Love – Wyndham Lewis
612. In Parenthesis – David Jones
611. The Years – Virginia Woolf
610. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
609. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
608. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
607. Murphy – Samuel Beckett
606. U.S.A. – John Dos Passos
605. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
604. Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler
603. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
602. Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
601. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson
600. After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvie Townsend Warner
599. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
598. Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys
597. Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller
596. Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood
595. Coming Up for Air – George Orwell
594. At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien
593. Finnegans Wake – James Joyce
592. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
591. Party Going – Henry Green
590. The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati
589. The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
588. Native Son – Richard Wright
587. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
586. Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler
585. The Hamlet – William Faulkner
584. Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf
583. Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton
582. The Living and the Dead – Patrick White
581. The Poor Mouth – Flann O’Brien
580. Conversations in Sicily – Elio Vittorini
579. The Outsider – Albert Camus
578. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
577. Embers – Sandor Marai
576. The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse
575. Caught – Henry Green
574. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
573. Dangling Man – Saul Bellow
572. Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges
571. Transit – Anna Seghers
570. The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham
569. Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi
568. Arcanum 17 – André Breton
567. Loving – Henry Green
566. The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford
565. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
564. Animal Farm – George Orwell
563. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
562. The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andric
561. Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
560. Back – Henry Green
559. The Plague – Albert Camus
558. The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino
557. Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
556. If This Is a Man – Primo Levi
555. Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau
554. The Victim – Saul Bellow
553. Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann
552. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
551. The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
550. Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot
549. Disobedience – Alberto Moravia
548. All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani
547. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
546. The Man With the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren
545. Kingdom of This World – Alejo Carpentier
544. The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen
543. The Case of Comrade Tulayev – Victor Serge
542. Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford
541. The Garden Where the Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk
540. The Moon and the Bonfires – Cesare Pavese
539. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
538. The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing
537. Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake
536. The 13 Clocks – James Thurber
535. The Third Man – Graham Greene
534. The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz
533. The Abbot C – Georges Bataille
532. The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
531. Molloy – Samuel Beckett
530. The Rebel – Albert Camus
529. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
528. The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq
527. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
526. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
525. Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett
524. Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar
523. The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson
522. Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor
521. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
520. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
519. The Judge and His Hangman – Friedrich Dürrenmatt
518. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
517. Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
516. The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
515. Junkie – William Burroughs
514. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
513. Watt – Samuel Beckett
512. The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett
511. The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler
510. The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley
509. Under the Net – Iris Murdoch
508. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
507. A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia
506. The Story of O – Pauline Réage
505. Self Condemned – Wyndham Lewis
504. I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch
503. Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
502. The Ragazzi – Pier Paulo Pasolini
501. The Recognitions – William Gaddis
500. The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzákis
499. The Quiet American – Graham Greene
498. The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett
497. A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen
496. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
495. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
494. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
493. The Floating Opera – John Barth
492. Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
491. The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary
490. The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon
489. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
488. Justine – Lawrence Durrell
487. The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber
486. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
485. Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov
484. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
483. Homo Faber – Max Frisch
482. Blue Noon – Georges Bataille
481. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham
480. Voss – Patrick White
479. Jealousy – Alain Robbe-Grillet
478. The Bell – Iris Murdoch
477. The Once and Future King – T.H. White
476. The End of the Road – John Barth
475. Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan
474. Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico
473. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe
472. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
471. The Bitter Glass – Eilís Dillon
470. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
469. Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring – Kenzaburo Oe
468. The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
467. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
466. Billiards at Half-Past Nine – Heinrich Böll
465. Memento Mori – Muriel Spark
464. Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow
463. Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes
462. The Tin Drum – Günter Grass
461. Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
460. Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse
459. Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee
458. Promise at Dawn – Romain Gary
457. Rabbit, Run – John Updike
456. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
455. The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien
454. Our Ancestors – Italo Calvino
453. How It Is – Samuel Beckett
452. The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor
451. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
450. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
449. Cat and Mouse – Günter Grass
448. Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
447. Faces in the Water – Janet Frame
446. A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch
445. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
444. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein
443. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani
442. Girl With Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien
441. Labyrinths – Jorg Luis Borges
440. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
439. The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard
438. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
437. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
436. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
435. The Collector – John Fowles
434. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
433. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
432. Inside Mr. Enderby – Anthony Burgess
431. The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark
430. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré
429. Manon des Sources – Marcel Pagnol
428. The Graduate – Charles Webb
427. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
426. V. – Thomas Pynchon
425. Herzog – Saul Bellow
424. The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein – Marguerite Duras
423. Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe
422. Albert Angelo – B.S. Johnson
421. Come Back, Dr. Caligari – Donald Bartholme
420. Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey
419. The Passion According to G.H. – Clarice Lispector
418. Everything That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor
417. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
416. August is a Wicked Month – Edna O’Brien
415. The River Between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
414. Things – Georges Perec
413. The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
412. Giles Goat-Boy – John Barth
411. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
410. The Vice-Consul – Marguerite Duras
409. The Magus – John Fowles
408. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
407. Trawl – B.S. Johnson
406. The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West
405. A Man Asleep – Georges Perec
404. The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien
403. No Laughing Matter – Angus Wilson
402. The Joke – Milan Kundera
401. Pilgrimage – Dorothy Richardson
400. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
399. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
398. The Cubs and Other Stories – Mario Vargas Llosa
397. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
396. Chocky – John Wyndham
395. The Quest for Christa T. – Christa Wolf
394. A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines
393. In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan
392. The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz
391. Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry
390. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
389. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
388. The First Circle – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
387. Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
386. Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen
385. The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch
384. Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal
383. Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen
382. A Void/Avoid – Georges Perec
381. Them – Joyce Carol Oates
380. Ada – Vladimir Nabokov
379. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
378. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
377. The Green Man – Kingsley Amis
376. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
375. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
374. Blind Man With a Pistol – Chester Hines
373. Pricksongs and Descants – Robert Coover
372. Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado
371. The Atrocity Exhibition – J.G. Ballard
370. Jahrestage – Uwe Johnson
369. Troubles – J.G. Farrell
368. Mercier et Camier – Samuel Beckett
367. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
366. Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick – Peter Handke
365. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
364. The Ogre – Michael Tournier
363. The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark
362. The Sea of Fertility – Yukio Mishima
361. Rabbit Redux – John Updike
360. The Wild Boys – William Burroughs
359. Group Portrait With Lady – Heinrich Böll
358. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
357. The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow
356. In A Free State – V.S. Naipaul
355. House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson
354. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood
353. G – John Berger
352. The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
351. The Breast – Philip Roth
350. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino
349. Sula – Toni Morrison
348. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
347. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
346. The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene
345. Crash – J.G. Ballard
344. The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino
343. The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell
342. A Question of Power – Bessie Head
341. Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
340. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
339. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré
338. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll
337. Dusklands – J.M. Coetzee
336. The Fan Man – William Kotzwinkle
335. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
334. Correction – Thomas Bernhard
333. Dead Babies – Martin Amis
332. Humboldt’s Gift – Saul Bellow
331. High Rise – J.G. Ballard
330. Willard and His Bowling Trophies – Richard Brautigan
329. Fateless – Imre Kertész
328. The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme
327. Grimus – Salman Rushdie
326. A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell
325. W, or the Memory of childhood – Georges Perec
324. Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel García Márquez
323. Patterns of Childhood – Christa Wolf
322. Amateurs – Donald Barthelme
321. Cutter and Bone – Newton Thornburg
320. Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice
319. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
318. Ratner’s Star – Don DeLillo
317. The Left-Handed Woman – Peter Handke
316. The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector
315. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
314. Petals of Blood – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
313. Dispatches – Michael Herr
312. The Shining – Stephen King
311. Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin
310. The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter
309. In the Heart of the Country – J.M. Coetzee
308. The Virgin in the Garden – A.S. Byatt
307. Yes – Thomas Bernhard
306. The Singapore Grip – J.G. Farrell
305. The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
304. Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
303. The World According to Garp – John Irving
302. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
301. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
300. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
299. The Safety Net – Heinrich Böll
298. Burger’s Daughter - Nadine Gordimer
297. A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul
296. Shikasta – Doris Lessing
295. Smiley’s People – John Le Carré
294. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera
293. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
292. City Primeval – Elmore Leonard
291. Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
290. Rituals – Cees Nooteboom
289. Rites of Passage – William Golding
288. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
287. Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee
286. Broken April – Ismail Kadare
285. Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tsypkin
284. July’s People – Nadine Gordimer
283. The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan
282. Lanark: A Life in Four Books – Alasdair Gray
281. Rabbit is Rich – John Updike
280. The Names – Don DeLillo
279. Concrete – Thomas Bernhard
278. On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin
277. The Newton Letter – John Banville
276. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
275. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
274. A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro
273. Wittgenstein’s Nephew – Thomas Bernhard
272. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
271. A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White
270. If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi
269. The Sorrow of Belgium – Hugo Claus
268. The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek
267. The Diary of Jane Somers – Doris Lessing
266. The Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee
265. Waterland – Graham Swift
264. La Brava – Elmore Leonard
263. Fools of Fortune – William Trevor
262. Worstward Ho – Samuel Beckett
261. Shame – Salman Rushdie
260. Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis
259. Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes
258. Neuromancer – William Gibson
257. Blood and Guts in High School – Kathy Acker
256. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
255. Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter
254. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
253. Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
252. The Lover – Marguerite Duras
251. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – José Saramago
250. The Bus Conductor Hines – James Kelman
249. Dictionary of the Khazars – Milorad Pavi?
248. Legend – David Gemmell
247. Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd
246. Queer – William Burroughs
245. White Noise – Don DeLillo
244. Old Masters – Thomas Bernhard
243. Perfume – Patrick Süskind
242. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
241. Contact – Carl Sagan
240. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
239. A Maggot – John Fowles
238. The Cider House Rules – John Irving
237. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
236. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
235. The Parable of the Blind – Gert Hofmann
234. Reasons to Live – Amy Hempel
233. The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levi
232. Foe – J.M. Coetzee
231. Extinction – Thomas Bernhard
230. An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
229. Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt
228. The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis
227. Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons
226. Marya – Joyce Carol Oates
225. Matigari – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
224. Anagrams – Lorrie Moore
223. The Taebek Mountains – Jo Jung-rae
222. Beloved – Toni Morrison
221. Enigma of Arrival – V.S. Naipaul
220. World’s End – T. Coraghessan Boyle
219. The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
218. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
217. Cigarettes – Harry Mathews
216. The Child in Time – Ian McEwan
215. The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind
214. The Passion – Jeanette Winterson
213. The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy
212. The Afternoon of a Writer – Peter Handke
211. The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble
210. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
209. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
208. Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga
207. The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks
206. Libra – Don DeLillo
205. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
204. The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst
203. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
202. Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson
201. The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White
200. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
199. Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
198. The Book of Evidence – John Banville
197. London Fields – Martin Amis
196. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
195. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
194. The History of the Siege of Lisbon – José Saramago
193. The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway
192. The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker
191. The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai
190. Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
189. Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow
188. Moon Palace – Paul Auster
187. Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson
186. A Disaffection – James Kelman
185. The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle
184. The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi
183. Possession – A.S. Byatt
182. Like Life – Lorrie Moore
181. A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham
180. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
179. The Music of Chance – Paul Auster
178. Stone Junction – Jim Dodge
177. Vertigo – W.G. Sebald
176. Vineland – Thomas Pynchon
175. Amongst Women – John McGahern
174. Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard
173. Wise Children – Angela Carter
172. Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres
171. Downriver – Iain Sinclair
170. Regeneration – Pat Barker
169. Typical – Padgett Powell
168. Mao II – Don DeLillo
167. Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis
166. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
165. Wild Swans – Jung Chang
164. Arcadia – Jim Crace
163. Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud
162. Black Dogs – Ian McEwan
161. Asphodel – H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
160. The Heather Blazing – Colm Tóibín
159. Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates
158. The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe
157. Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg
156. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
155. Jazz – Toni Morrison
154. Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
153. The Crow Road – Iain Banks
152. Indigo – Marina Warner
151. Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
150. A Heart So White – Javier Marias
149. The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch
148. Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Özdamar
147. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
146. The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald
145. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
144. The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd
143. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
142. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
141. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
140. What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe
139. On Love – Alain de Botton
138. Complicity – Iain Banks
137. Operation Shylock – Philip Roth
136. Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy
135. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
134. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
133. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
132. The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm
131. Disappearance – David Dabydeen
130. Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor
129. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
128. How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman
127. City Sister Silver – Jàchym Topol
126. Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi
125. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
124. The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee
123. Land – Park Kyong-ni
122. Whatever – Michel Houellebecq
121. The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst
120. Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster
119. The End of the Story – Lydia Davis
118. Love’s Work – Gillian Rose
117. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
116. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
115. The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald
114. Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth
113. The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
112. The Information – Martin Amis
111. Morvern Callar – Alan Warner
110. The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro
109. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
108. The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin
107. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
106. Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse
105. The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
104. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
103. Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker
102. Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard
101. Silk – Alessandro Baricco
100. The Untouchable – John Banville
99. American Pastoral – Philip Roth
98. The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin
97. Jack Maggs – Peter Carey
96. Underworld – Don DeLillo
95. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
94. Great Apes – Will Self
93. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
92. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
91. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
90. Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
89. The Hours – Michael Cunningham
88. Another World – Pat Barker
87. Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis
86. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
85. Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
84. The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon
83. All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom
82. Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks
81. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
80. Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi
79. Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq
78. Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
77. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
76. The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie
75. Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb
74. Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy
73. As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakulic
72. Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
71. The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra
70. Timbuktu – Paul Auster

2000s

69. Pastoralia – George Saunders
68. Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
67. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
66. Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
65. Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande
64. After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
63. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
62. The Human Stain – Philip Roth
61. How the Dead Live – Will Self
60. City of God – E.L. Doctorow
59. Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy
58. Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace
57. Ignorance – Milan Kundera
56. Under the Skin – Michel Faber
55. The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda
54. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
53. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare
52. The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
51. An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma
50. The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa
49. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
48. Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
47. At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill
46. Fury – Salman Rushdie
45. The Body Artist – Don DeLillo
44. Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini
43. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
42. Atonement – Ian McEwan
41. Schooling – Heather McGowan
40. Platform – Michael Houellebecq
39. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
38. Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi
37. The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
36. Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon
35. Dead Air – Iain Banks
34. Youth – J.M. Coetzee
33. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
32. Shroud – John Banville
31. In the Forest – Edna O’Brien
30. That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern
29. The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor
28. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
27. Unless – Carol Shields
26. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
25. The Double – José Saramago
24. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
23. Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
22. London Orbital – Iain Sinclair
21. Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee
20. Islands – Dan Sleigh
19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
18. What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
17. The Light of Day – Graham Swift
16. Thursbitch – Alan Garner
15. The Colour – Rose Tremain
14. Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle
13. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
12. Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
11. The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd
10. Vanishing Point – David Markson
9. The Master – Colm Tóibín
8. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
7. The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
6. The Sea – John Banville
5. Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson
4. Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
3. On Beauty – Zadie Smith
2. Saturday – Ian McEwan
1. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

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Wish List

 

'Map of Days'- Ransom Riggs

'Picnic at Hanging Rock'- Joan Lindsay

'Midnight's Children'- Salman Rushdie

'The Dry'- Jane Harper

'The Lido'- Libby Page

'CIrce'- Madeline Miller

'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine'- Gail Honeyman

'The Butcher's Hook' -Janet Ellis

'Transcription'- Kate Atkinson

'Big Sky'- Kate Atkinson

 

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January

 

'The Wasp Factory'- Iain Banks **** 1/2

 

'Master and Commander'-Patrick O'Brien ***

 

 

 

 

February

 

'The Passage'- Justin Cronin (Started in January) **** 1/2

 

'White Teeth'- Zadie Smith ***

 

'Testimony'Anita Shreve ***

 

 

 

March

 

'The Knife of Never Letting Go'- Patrick Ness (Started in February) ****

 

'The Diving -Bell and The Butterfly'- Jean-Dominique Bauby ****

 

'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine'- Gail Honeyman (DNF)

 

'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'- J.K. Rowling ****

 

'The Twelve'- Justin Cronin ***

 

April

 

(Started in March) 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest'- Stieg Larsson ***

 

'I Let You Go'- Claire Mackintosh ****

 

'Never Say Spy'- Diane Henders (Currently Reading)

 

 

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:hny:I hope we all have a great reading year.

 

This year, I'm not going to set myself any reading goal (last year's was 30 books). In fact, I've deleting Good Reads because I was reading books for the sake of hitting a score, rather than actually savouring them. 

 

Instead, I want to focus more on re-reading books and also reading books that are chunky, mostly consisting of 600+ pages. So, by the end of this year, I won't have read a large number of books, but hopefully, a large amount of pages. That's why my TRB lists are divided into the new books I have on my shelves and the ones that I would like to re-read this year.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing what books this year will bring!

 

I'm actually starting 2019 with a relatively short book, which is 184 pages, 'The Wasp Factory' by Iain Banks. This looks a bit dark!

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I wish you a great reading year in 2019, Karen :D!!

 

I've only read some of Iain M. Bank's science-fiction novels, and never one of his fiction Iain Banks novels. I hope you like The Wasp Factory :).

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21 minutes ago, Athena said:

I wish you a great reading year in 2019, Karen :D!!

 

I've only read some of Iain M. Bank's science-fiction novels, and never one of his fiction Iain Banks novels. I hope you like The Wasp Factory :).

Thank you, you too!

 

I've never actually read anything by Iain Banks before, so this will be interesting.

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Oh yes, The Wasp Factory is very dark indeed. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Have a great reading year in 2019! :)

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I've just finished 'The Wasp Factory' by Iain Banks and all I can say is wow!

 

This story is told by Frank, a 16 year old boy, who lives on a remote island in Scotland with his father. This is about Frank, his very dysfunctional family and trying to find his brother, who has escaped from a mental institution.

 

What I love about this book is the way in which Iain Banks writes characters. Frank is such a complex character that, although in essence he is an evil person, there are flashes of innocence and sensitivity about him, that you can't help but like him. One moment you feel like he is the only reasoable memeber of his family and then gradually, you realize his true character. Despite that, you feel sorry for Frank and the life that he has grown up in and the next, completely horrified by some of the things he does in the novel. He's not just a bad character, which in turn, makes him all the more believable.

 

I also liked some of the dark humour in this novel. Some of the more disturbing stories of Frank's family history were told in such a way, as to make them funny. I felt guilty for laughing at times, but I couldn't help it!

 

Away from the story itself, I liked how the novel comments on human nature's need for power and to overpower others. This idea is relevant in the areas of gender, politics and society.

 

This novel isn't story driven, but character driven, so the story was a bit slow at times. However, I was not expecting the twist at the end.

 

This might not be for everyone, because it is so dark and at times, really intense. However, I thought this was a brilliant first read for 2019.

 

I would give this 5 starts, but I have to knock a point off, because this book dragged a couple of times.

 

My Rating **** 1/2

 

 

 

 

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On 1/1/2019 at 3:06 PM, bobblybear said:

Oh yes, The Wasp Factory is very dark indeed. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Have a great reading year in 2019! :)

Thank you! I've just finished 'The Wasp Factory' and I thought it was disturbing, but brilliant.

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That's interesting. I've always avoided The Wasp Factory because I'd heard it was unpleasant and dark but I'm actually tempted to give it a go now.

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3 minutes ago, ~Andrea~ said:

That's interesting. I've always avoided The Wasp Factory because I'd heard it was unpleasant and dark but I'm actually tempted to give it a go now.

It is really dark and some scenes are very unpleasant, but I like the way the main character is written.

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I'm glad you liked The Wasp Factory! I enjoyed reading your review :).

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On 1/2/2019 at 8:29 PM, karen.d said:

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Glad you enjoyed The Wasp Factory - I agree with your comments, I thought it was a very clever commentary on human nature. Looking back, I also find it incredible how Banks was able to create such dark scenes through such simple writing. He really had the reader captivated with his character arc and writing.

 

 

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Hi everyone! I've been absent from the board for a while, because I went on holiday to celebrate my birthday. So, I thought I would post an update on how I'm getting on with 'The Passage' bv Justin Cronin.

 

Even though I read this book year ago, on this re-read I only really vaguely remembered what happened in this, so it's like reading a new book. I'm really enjoying this so far, I'm about 514 pages into it and haven't noticed how huge this it, it's so easy it get into the story and very well written.

 

It does have similarities to 'The Stand' by Stephen King, but that's no bad thing, because it's one of my favourite books.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing how this ends :readingtwo:

 

 

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I must get around to re-reading it again. It's been so long ago that I read it, and I hardly remember any of it so it will be like reading it for the first time as well. :D

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On 1/26/2019 at 9:27 PM, karen.d said:

It does have similarities to 'The Stand' by Stephen King, but that's no bad thing, because it's one of my favourite books.

 

That sounds good, The Stand is one of my favourite books too :).

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2 hours ago, Athena said:

 

That sounds good, The Stand is one of my favourite books too :).

It's another book I would like to re-read soon. Well it'll be third time I've read it!

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Hi! I thought I would do some reviews of what I have read recently:

 

'Master and Commander' by Patrick O'Brien

 

This book was recommended to me by a friend who has read all of the books in the series and this, is the first. I thought because I had watched the film version of this novel, that I knew what the story was going to be about, but the book is very different from the adaptation.

 

At first, I found this extremely difficult to get into. After about 100 pages I actually put this book down, because I found the maritime vocabulary, impossible to follow. However, after discussing the book on this board, I decided to pick it back up again and actually, when the character Stephen Maturin, the ship's doctor, comes into the story, I found that, because he was a novice with ships, he was asking questions about the different mechanisms etc of the ship and that helped me to feel that I had some idea of what it was all about.

 

I also found some of the battle scene a little bit static and difficult to visualize.

 

Even though this was a challenging book, I really like the relationship between Stephen and Jack Aubrey, the ship's captain. The writing was very humorous at times and I also liked how some of this book featured places in the Mediterranean that I'm really familiar with.

 

Being the first in the series, I'm sure as the novels progress, I might find this easier to get into. I won't be rushing out to read any more at the moment, I think you need to be in the right mood to read them. However, I may read more of this series in the future.

 

My Rating ***

 

 

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'The Passage' by Justin Cronin

 

I initially read this book in about 2000, so when I decided to re-read it, I couldn't remember much about it. I'm glad I had left it for so long before I read it again, as I was surprised how good this was.

 

The writing is very good, it reminded me very much of 'The Stand' by Stephen King, because of the dark writing, the way in which it builds up in suspense and also plot subject. However, I wouldn't say that this was a copy of 'The Stand', it has it's own identity too.

 

The characters are very believable and complex. I also really liked the fact that the characters weren't simply 'Bad' or 'Good'. All of the characters had different sides to them, which made them all the more believable. One criticism I would make, would be that I did find that the more central characters were better developed than the secondary ones. Actually, in the second section of the novel, I felt that there were too many characters to keep track of. However, as the novel progressed, it became clear which characters I should be paying more attention to.  I was also happy that

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the vampires were not your stereotypical blood sucking beings allergic to garlic, that could be killed by stakes and crosses. I was also really glad that they were not the romantic, shiny vampires either. I really liked the fact Justin Cronin hadn't written them as just 'bad' either. There was a sensitivity, which made you as a reader, actually feel sorry for these beings. 

 

 

 

The pace of the the novel was generally good. I found the first section of the book to be gripping. In fact, I found it very difficult to put the book down. During the second section of the book however, it kind of ground to a halt and I didn't enjoy reading that part as much as the others. However on reflection, I think that the slow build in tension, to the next exciting bit was very clever, because I don't think I would have been able to cope with a fast paced book of 900 plus pages! 

 

Being 900 pages I thought that by the time I was getting to the end,I would be desperate to finish and start something new.. However with this book, I was actually sad when I had finished it. Even though this is a long book, I didn't notice how chunky this book was and I was able to really get into the world that Justin Cronin had created.

 

I really liked this book and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment!

 

My Rating **** 1/2

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Great reviews! I'm glad you enjoyed your re-read of The Passage :). I've added the trilogy to my wishlist (though it's a shame they don't all seem to be available in the same size and with the same cover, from the Dutch webshop. Just with the TV-tie in cover, and I want the normal one. May have to shop around on different sites).

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2 hours ago, Athena said:

Great reviews! I'm glad you enjoyed your re-read of The Passage :). I've added the trilogy to my wishlist (though it's a shame they don't all seem to be available in the same size and with the same cover, from the Dutch webshop. Just with the TV-tie in cover, and I want the normal one. May have to shop around on different sites).

Thank you! Yes I think now they will be selling the TV tie in covers because of the programme. I got my version from a charity shop, so the cover is different. I hope you enjoy reading it!

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Going back a little bit, but, I really need to read The Wasp Factory. It sounds like it's right up my street, but its one of those that has just sat on the wishlist for years.

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1 hour ago, Nollaig said:

Going back a little bit, but, I really need to read The Wasp Factory. It sounds like it's right up my street, but its one of those that has just sat on the wishlist for years.

It's disturbing, but really good! I look forward to hearing what you think of it.

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