The Original Book list

Here is “my list” that I mention in every blog post that’s even vaguely related to reading novels. I thought I would go ahead and make it public so that you can have some idea of what I’m reading and a list to refer to if you are ever floundering for something to read.

Also, I know that I will devour these one by one like a honey badger devours bees and rattlesnakes, so I want to solicit suggestions for books to add to this list. Please post your favorite books in comments, or post novels you would read if you could only find the time…

  1. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  2. For Esme with Love and Squalor – J D Salinger (also want to reread Franny and Zooey)
  3. Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  4. Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
  5. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce (I read this in high school, but feel compelled to revisit it)
  6. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch – Alexsander Solzhenitsyn
  7. The Remains of the Day – Kasho Ishiguro
  8. The Essential tales of Chekhov – Anton Chekhov
  9. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  10. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (didn’t finish)
  11. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  12. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  13. Candide – Voltaire
  14. Sula – Toni Morrison
  15. A Universal History of Insanity – Jorge Luis Borges
  16. An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
  17. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  18. The Man Who Was Thursday – G K Chesterton
  19. Chronicle of a Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  20. Fear and Trembling – Amelie Nothomb
  21. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote (LOVED, loved In Cold Blood)
  22. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
  23. Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller
  24. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  25. The End of the Affair – Graham Greene (B+)
  26. The Bell – Iris Murdoch
  27. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  28. Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson (A-)
  29. Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
  30. Herzog – Saul Bellow
  31. The Broom of the System – David Foster Wallace
  32. Madam Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  33. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
  34. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  35. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
  36. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  37. Then We Came to the End – Joshua Ferris (B+)
  38. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  39. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison (Loved Beloved and The Bluest Eye)
  40. The Naked and the Dead – Norman Mailer
  41. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
  42. Wise Children – Angela Carter
  43. American Pastoral – Philip Roth
  44. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
  45. American Gods– Neil Gaiman (didn’t finish)
  46. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  47. Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
  48. The World According to Garp – John Irving
  49. The Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst
  50. The Loved One – Evelyn Waugh
  51. Postcards – Annie Proulx (She wrote The Shipping News and a collection of short stories that includes “Brokeback Mountain”)
  52. One of Ours – Willa Cather
  53. Arrowsmith – Sinclair Lewis
  54. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (A+)
  55. In this Our Life – Ellen Glasgow
  56. Dragon’s Teeth – Upton Sinclair
  57. A Fable – William Faulkner (loved As I lay Dying, but hated Absalom, Absalom)
  58. A Death in the Family – James Agee (A+)
  59. The Collected Stories of Katherine Ann Porter
  60. The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford
  61. The Optimist’s Daughter – Eudora Welty
  62. Elbow Room – James Alan McPherson
  63. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  64. The Rabbit Stories – John Updike
  65. The Accidental Tourist – Anne Tyler (B-)
  66. Breathing Lessons – Anne Tyler  (B)
  67. After This – Alice McDermott
  68. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wilde – Junot Diaz
  69. Tinkers – Paul Harding
  70. Jesus’s Son – Denis Johnson
  71. Cities of the Interior
  72. Old School – Tobias Wolff
  73. Sent for You Yesterday – John Edgar Wideman
  74. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  75. The Adventures of Angie March – Saul Bellow
  76. The Bride of the Inn is Fallen – Eudora Welty
  77. The Moviegoer – Walker Percy
  78. Everything that Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Conner (I’m a big fan of her short stories and her 1st novel Wise Blood)
  79. The Last Gentleman – Walker Percy
  80. The Chosen – Chain Potok
  81. A Garden of Earthly Delights – Joyce Carol Oates (liked Expensive People)
  82. Them – Joyce Carol Oates
  83. Mumbo Jumbo – Ishmael Reed
  84. Other People’s Lives – Johanna Kaplan
  85. From Here to Eternity – James Jones
  86. Let the Great World Spin – Column McCann
  87. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  88. Losing Battles – Eudora Welty
  89. Cold Mountain  Charles Frazier (C+)
  90. Peter Pan
  91. The Brothers Karamazov – Dostoyevsky (Crime and Punishment rocked my world)
  92. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin (A+)
  93. Black Boy – Richard Wright (read Native Son in college and liked all but the communist rant at the end)
  94. Annie John – Jamaica Kincaid
  95. An Ideal Husband – Oscar Wilde
  96. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  97. The Beautiful and the Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald (liked The Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise)
  98. The Secret Adversary – Agatha Christie
  99. Proud Man – Katharine Burdekin
  100. Blink – Malcolm Gladwell

The End.

About Natalie Ramm

I read a lot, y'all.
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4 Responses to The Original Book list

  1. Pingback: The Blue Place | Bright Lights, Big-ish City

  2. I always was interested in this topic and still am, thanks for posting .


  3. Cutting for Stone must be on your list


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