I’m Reading

The scholar only knows how dear these silent, yet eloquent, companions of pure thoughts and innocent hours become in the season of adversity.  When all that is worldly turns to dross around us, these only retain their steady value.  ~Washington Irving

I absolutely, positively adore reading.

Many times in my posts, and many, many more times in my life, much of what I say or do, what jokes and comments I make, and opinions I have are either directly from, or have been related to something I’ve read! I believe, like Oscar Wilde, that “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.

I finished my reading list for the Spring (and umm… deleted it… sorry!), but I discovered the Top 100 books of all time, and found out that I hadn’t read them all. So here’s my updated list! {Books I’ve read are crossed out}


Books to Read

Not all of these books are first-timers for me, several of them are worn and battered, but still need to be taken down and worn a bit more!

1984 by George Orwell

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

A Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Aeneid by Virgil

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Doblin

Blindness by Jose Saramago

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

The Book of Job

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor M Dostoyevsky

Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Castle by Franz Kafka

Children of Gebelawi by Naguib Mahfouz

Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges

Complete Poems by Giacomo Leopardi

The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka

The Complete Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor M Dostoyevsky

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy

Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

The Devil to Pay in the Backlands by Joao Guimaraes Rosa

Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Xun

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Essays by Michel de Montaigne

Fairy Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Andersen

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais


The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Gypsy Ballads by Federico Garcia Lorca

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

History by Elsa Morante

Hunger by Knut Hamsun

The Idiot by Fyodor M Dostoyevsky

The Iliad by Homer

Independent People by Halldor K Laxness

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Jacques the Fatalist and His Master by Denis Diderot

Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine

King Lear by William Shakespeare

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann


The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil

The Mathnawi by Jalal ad-din Rumi

Medea by Euripides

Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar

Metamorphoses by Ovid

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Njaals Saga

Nostromo by Joseph Conrad

The Odyssey by Homer

Oedipus the King Sophocles

Old Goriot by Honore de Balzac

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Orchard by Sheikh Musharrif ud-din Sadi

Othello by William Shakespeare

Juan Rulfo by Pedro Paramo Juan Rulfo

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Poems by Paul Celan

The Possessed by Fyodor M Dostoyevsky

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Ramayana by Valmiki

The Recognition of Sakuntala by Kalidasa

The Red and the Black by Stendhal

Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust

Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih

Selected Stories by Anton P Chekhov

Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata

The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Tale of Genji by Shikibu Murasaki

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Thousand and One Nights

The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

The Trial by Franz Kafka

Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett

Ulysses by James Joyce

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

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