Reading List

This is a long list. It’s probably not especially useful to anyone except me, but they say you should make stuff for yourself first, right? It is comprised of recommendations I’ve received, and things that just looked interesting. I’ve read the ones that are crossed off.

  • #GirlBoss – Sophia Amoruxa
  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • 2666 – Robert Balanõ
  • A Bend in the River – VS Naipaul
  • A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
  • A Grain of Wheat – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  • A Hologram for the King – Dave Eggers
  • A Passage to India – EM Forster
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  • A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  • Advice to Writers – Jon Winokur
  • Against Interpretation – Susan Sontag
  • American Genius, A Comedy – Lynne Tillman
  • American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  • An Optimist’s Tour of the Future – Mark Stevenson
  • Angelmaker – Nick Harkaway
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • Annihilation – Jeff Vandermeer
  • As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  • Atonement – Ian McEwan
  • Austerlitz – WG Sebald
  • Babayaga: A Novel – Toby Barlow
  • Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum – Kate Atkinson
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
  • Bleakhouse – Charles Dickens
  • Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blood Child – Octavia Butler
  • Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
  • Bloodland – Alan Glynn
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel
  • Broken Glass – Alain Mabanckou
  • Broken Monsters – Lauren Beukes
  • Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  • Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  • China Safari – Serge Michel and Michel Beuret
  • Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  • Collected Poems – Edna St Vincent Millay
  • Collected Poems – Wislawa Szymborska
  • Country of my Skull – Antjie Krog
  • Crazy Salad & Scribble Scribble – Nora Ephron
  • Cry, The Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  • Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin
  • Disgrace – JM Coetzee
  • Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am? – Gemma Elwyn Harris
  • Dune – Frank Herbert
  • Earthsea series – Ursula K Le Guin
  • East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  • Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
  • Embassytown – China Mieville
  • Empire Falls – Richard Russo
  • Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  • Ernest Hemingway on Writing – Larry W Phillips
  • Essays in Love – Alain de Botton
  • Freado from Fear – Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  • Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
  • Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  • Gun Machine – Warren Ellis
  • Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage – Alice Munro
  • Here Is New York – EB White
  • Hope: A Tragedy – Shalom Auslander
  • How Should a Person Be? – Sheila Heti
  • How to be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
  • How to be Good – Nick Hornby
  • How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty
  • Attempts at an Answer – Sarah Bakewell
  • How to read a book – Mortimer Adler and Charles van Doren
  • How to Write a Sentence – Stanley Fish
  • Howl – Allen Ginsberg
  • I Was Told There’d Be Cake – Sloane Crosley
  • I, Lucifer – Glen Duncan
  • I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
  • I’ll Be You and You Be Me – Ruth Krauss & Maurice Sendak
  • In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  • In One Person – John Irving
  • In Other Worlds – Margaret Atwood
  • Indaba, My Children – Crado Vusamazulu Muthwa
  • Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  • Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  • Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking
  • Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World – Lisa Randall
  • Lagoon – Nnedi Okorafor
  • Letter to My Daughter – Maya Angelou
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
  • Lifting Belly – Gertrude Stein
  • Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
  • Lolita – Vladmir Nabokov
  • London Falling – Paul Cornel
  • Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • Madam Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  • Madd Addam – Margaret Atwood
  • Magic for Beginners – Kelly Link
  • Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  • Middlemarch – George Eliot
  • Middlesex – Jeffery Eugenides
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt
  • Monsters of Men – Patrick Ness
  • Mortals – Norman Rush
  • Motherless Brooklyn – Jonathan Lethem
  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Not That Kind Of Girl – Lena Dunham
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes – Alexandra Horowitz
  • On Photography – Susan Sontag
  • On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King
  • Optimism – Helen Keller
  • Orlando: A Biography – Virginia Woolf
  • Out Stealing Horses – Per Petterson
  • Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Pale Fire – Vladmir Nabokov
  • Paris I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down – Rosecrans Baldwin
  • Pastoralia – George Saunders
  • Perfume – Patrick Suskind
  • Player Piano – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  • Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy
  • Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver
  • Property – Valerie Martin
  • Railsea – China Mieville
  • Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  • Rememberance of Things Past – Marcel Proust
  • Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales – Yoko Ogawa
  • Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Small Island – Andrea Levy
  • So Long a Letter – Mariama Ba
  • Song of Soloman – Toni Morrison
  • Sophie’s World – Jostein Goarder
  • Stonemouth – Iain Banks
  • Stranger Things Happen – Kelly Link
  • Stumbling on Happiness – Daniel Gilbert
  • Sudden Genius: the Path to a Creative Breakthrough – Andrew Robinson
  • Sula – Toni Morrison
  • Swamplandia – Karen Russell
  • Sweet Tooth – Ian McEwan
  • Telegraph Avenue – Michael Chabon
  • Tenth of December – George Saunders
  • The Accidental Universe – Alan Lightman
  • The Adjacent – Christopher Priests
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
  • The Art of Happiness – The Dalai Lama
  • The Ask and the Answer – Patrick Ness
  • The Beautiful and Damned – F Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  • The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
  • The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
  • The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
  • The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
  • The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling
  • The Center of Everything – Laura Moriaty
  • The Childhood of Jesus – JM Coetzee
  • The Collected Poem – Sylvia Plath
  • The Collected Poems – Denise Levertov
  • The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
  • The Complete Claudine- Colette
  • The Complete Stories – Flannery O’Connor
  • The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  • The Cronicles of Narnia – C.S Lewis
  • The Day of the Locust – Nathanael West
  • The Devil in Silver: A Novel – Victor LaValle
  • The Diaries of Maria Mitchell – Maria Mitchell
  • The Dubliners – James Joyce
  • The Dud Avacado – Elaine Dundy
  • The Echo Maker – Richard Powers
  • The Edible Woman – Margaret Atwood
  • The Elements of Style Illustrated – Maria Kalman
  • The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen – Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Fellowship of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  • The Feminine Mystique – Betty Friedan
  • The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Letham
  • The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  • The Giver – Lois Lowry
  • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  • The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  • The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  • The Handmaiden’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
  • The Heart of a Woman – Maya Angelou
  • The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  • The House of Mirth – Edith Warton
  • The Human Stain – Philip Roth
  • The Imaginary – Jean Paul Sartre
  • The Information – James Gleick
  • The Innovators – Walter Isaacson
  • The Investigation – Philippe Caudel
  • The Joys of Motherhood – Buchi Emecheta
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
  • The Known World – Edward P Jones
  • The Last Girlfriend on Earth, and Other Love Stories – Simon Rich
  • The Lexus and the Olive Tree – Thomas L Friedman
  • The Liars’ Club – Mary Carr
  • The Little Friend – Donna Tartt
  • The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  • The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
  • The Mad Scientists’ Daughter – Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • The Magicians – Lev Grossman
  • The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein
  • The Marriage Plot – Jeffery Eugenides
  • The New Life – Orhan Pamuck
  • The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
  • The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  • The Passage – Justin Cronin
  • The Pillow Book – Sei Shonagon
  • The Politics – Aristotle
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker – Dorothy Parker
  • The Prague Cemetery – Umberto Eco
  • The Red House – Mark Haddon
  • The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Return of the King – JRR Tolkien
  • The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  • The Roundhouse – Louise Erdrich
  • The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
  • The Screwtape Letters – CS Lewis
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
  • The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes
  • The Shipping News – Annie Proulx
  • The Sound and The Fury – William Faulkner
  • The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
  • The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff
  • The Tao of Travel – Paul Theroux
  • The Three – Sarah Lotz
  • The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obreht
  • The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Two Towers – JRR Tolkien
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  • The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
  • The Wisdom of Insecurity: A message for an Age of Anxiety – Alan Watts
  • The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • This is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz
  • Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed
  • To Know a Woman – Amos Oz
  • To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  • Train Dreams – Denis Johnson
  • Tree of Smoke – Denis Johnson
  • Twelve – Justin Cronin
  • Twilight of the Superheros – Deborah Eisenberg
  • Ulysses – James Joyce
  • Umbrella – Will Self
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove – Karen Russell
  • Varieties of Disturbance – Lydia Davis
  • Varieties of Scientific Experience – Carl Sagan
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Ways of Seeing – John Berger
  • We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  • White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  • Who Could That Be At This Hour? – Lemony Snicket
  • Wizard of the Crow – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  • Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  • World and Town – Gish Jen
  • Writing that Works – Roman and Raphealson
  • Y: The Last Man, Vol 1 – Unmanned
  • Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood
  • Yes Please – Amy Poehler
  • Z – Therese Anne Fowler
  • Station Eleven – Emily StJohn Mandel
  • Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld
  • The Fever – Megan Abbott
  • Visitation Street – Ivy Pachoda
  • Wolf in White Van – John Darnielle
  • From Hell – Alan Moore
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
  • Lexicon – Max Barry
  • Criminal and Fatale! – Brubaker & Sean Philips
  • Sex Criminals – Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
  • Locke & Key – Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Bone – Jeff Smith