Wednesday, November 9, 2011

All I Wanna Read is You

On Pinterest I found a link to a list of 1001 books you must read before you die. I have no real idea who started the list and whether or not they have any authority in saying what are must reads, but the books that are the list (or what I've read of the list thus far) that I'm familiar with are all pretty amazing books. Anyway, I've decided to go through the list in segments, see what I've read, and then maybe add some more books to my list of "Wanna Reads" (as if I need any more). Finally a simple and fun project that can be quickly/easily accomplished (you'll notice I've offed my other two projects--there's just no time to record everything I'm doing in those two areas!). 


Here is the first 100: 
  1. 2000s
  2. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. Saturday – Ian McEwan One of my fave McEwan novels
  4. On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  5. Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
  6. Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson
  7. The Sea – John Banville
  8. The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
  9. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth Fascinating
  10. The Master – Colm Tóibín
  11. Vanishing Point – David Markson
  12. The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd
  13. Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
  14. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  15. Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  16. The Colour – Rose Tremain
  17. Thursbitch – Alan Garner
  18. The Light of Day – Graham Swift
  19. What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
  20. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon If you know anyone on "The Spectrum", this is a great read.
  21. Islands – Dan Sleigh
  22. Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee
  23. London Orbital – Iain Sinclair
  24. Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
  25. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
  26. The Double – José Saramago
  27. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  28. Unless – Carol Shields
  29. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  30. The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor
  31. That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern
  32. In the Forest – Edna O’Brien
  33. Shroud – John Banville
  34. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  35. Youth – J.M. Coetzee
  36. Dead Air – Iain Banks
  37. Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon
  38. The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
  39. Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi
  40. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
  41. Platform – Michael Houellebecq
  42. Schooling – Heather McGowan
  43. Atonement – Ian McEwan The end made me ball my eyes out
  44. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  45. Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini
  46. The Body Artist – Don DeLillo
  47. Fury – Salman Rushdie
  48. At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill
  49. Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
  50. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  51. The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa
  52. An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma
  53. The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
  54. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare
  55. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  56. The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda
  57. Under the Skin – Michel Faber
  58. Ignorance – Milan Kundera
  59. Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace
  60. Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy
  61. City of God – E.L. Doctorow
  62. How the Dead Live – Will Self
  63. The Human Stain – Philip Roth
  64. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood is my hero, and this book rocks my socks
  65. After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
  66. Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande
  67. Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
  68. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
  69. Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
  70. Pastoralia – George Saunders
  71. 1900s
  72. Timbuktu – Paul Auster
  73. The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra
  74. Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
  75. As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakuli?
  76. Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy
  77. Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb
  78. The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie
  79. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee I loved this book
  80. Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
  81. Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq
  82. Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi
  83. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
  84. Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks
  85. All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom
  86. The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon
  87. Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
  88. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  89. Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis
  90. Another World – Pat Barker
  91. The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  92. Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
  93. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  94. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  95. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  96. Great Apes – Will Self
  97. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
  98. Underworld – Don DeLillo
  99. Jack Maggs – Peter Carey
  100. The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin
  101. American Pastoral – Philip Roth
  102. The Untouchable – John Banville

2 comments:

Susan said...

Well thank you for the reading list. My husband and I love to read. Ironically, I came across your blog. Today I found out that now the town we live in the very last book store is going out of business meaning we have no book stores in town now. So we went to best buys and bought a kindle. It seems a shame and the town just built a brand new library.
Anyway you have a nice page and thanks for the reading list, and letting me visit.
Susan
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Kirsten said...

Thanks for coming by! It's too bad about the bookstore. There's nothing like a good locally run business and it stinks when they can't make it. Good luck with your reading!

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