Monday, November 19, 2007

While Browsing

I came across a litblog this evening and was actually impressed. The author is presently in Vietnam on holiday and took Proust, Turgenev and Robertson Davies along for reading. A week ago a prospective 100 book to read list for 2008 was posted. I hacked it for here.

Such may inspire me to consider what I want to read next year.

The Histories • Herodotus
[24/04/2007 ~

Kristin Lavransdatter • Sigrid Undset
[Translated by Tiina Nunnally]
[27/08/2007 ~

The Three Musketeers• Alexandre Dumas
[Translated by Richard Pevear]
[16/12/2006 ~

The Book of Disquiet • Fernando Pessoa

The Awakening • Kate Chopin

Good Morning, Midnight • Jean Rhys

After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie • Jean Rhys

Mrs. Dalloway • Virginia Woolf

The Napoleon of Notting Hill • G.K. Chesterton

Rebecca • Daphne Du Maurier

Jane Eyre • Charlotte Bronte

The Masterpiece • Emile Zola

The Plague • Albert Camus

The Myth of Sisyphus • Albert Camus

Cheri and The Last of Cheri • Colette

Earthly Paradise • Colette

Temptation of Saint Antony • Gustave Flaubert

Flaubert In Egypt • Gustave Flaubert

Bel-Ami • Guy de Maupassant

Gargantua and Pantagruel • François Rabelais [translated by M. A. Screech]

Don Quixote • Miguel De Cervantes

Exile's Return: A Literary Odyssey of the 1920s • Malcolm Cowley

Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book I) • Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy, Book II) • Robin Hobb

Assassin's Quest (The Farseer Trilogy, Book III) • Robin Hobb

The Stress of Her Regard • Tim Powers

A Canticle for Liebowitz • Walter M. Miller Jr.

Riddlemaster Series • Patricia McKillip

Cyteen • C. J. Cherryh

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever • James Tiptree, Jr.

Chronicles of Amber • Roger Zelzany

The Once and Future King • T.H. White

The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain, Book I) • Lloyd Alexander

The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain, Book II) • Lloyd Alexander

The Castle of Llyr (Chronicles of Prydain, Book III) • Lloyd Alexander

Taran Wanderer (Chronicles of Prydain, Book IV) • Lloyd Alexander

The High King (Chronicles of Prydain, Book V) • Lloyd Alexander

Bloodchild and Other Stories • Octavia E. Butler

Slow River • Nicola Griffith

Grass • Sheri S. Tepper

The Art of Peace • Morihei Ueshiba

Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers • Leonard Koren

In Praise of Shadows • Junichiro Tanizaki

The Book of Tea • Kakuzo Okakura

Vermeer In Bosnia: Selected Writings • Lawrence Weschler

Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling With D.H. Lawrence • Geoff Dyer

The Last Temptation of Christ • Nikos Kazantzakis

Pashazade [Arabesk Trilogy Book I] • Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Effendi [Arabesk Trilogy Book II] • Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Felaheen [Arabesk Trilogy Book III] • Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Fledgling • Octavia E. Butler

Bloodchild and Other Stories • Octavia E. Butler

The Fortune of War • Patrick O'Brian

The Surgeon's Mate • Patrick O'Brian

The Ionian Mission • Patrick O'Brian

Treason's Harbour • Patrick O'Brian

The Far Side of the World • Patrick O'Brian

The Reverse of the Medal • Patrick O'Brian

Under the Volcano • Malcolm Lowry

Love Medicine • Louise Erdrich

Molloy • Samuel Beckett

Love • Stendhal

The Red and the Black • Stendhal

The Charterhouse of Parma • Stendhal

Walden and Other Writings • Henry David Thoreau

Essential Writings • Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Twelve Caesars • Suetonius

Candide • Voltaire

Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape • Barry Lopez

The Little Prince • Antoine de Saint-Exupery

An Unexpected Light • Jason Elliot

The Carpet Wars • Christopher Kremmer

The Shadow of the Sun • Ryszard Kapuscinski

The Worst Journey in the World • Apsley Cherry-Garrard

The Places in Between • Rory Stewart

A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube • Patrick Leigh Fermor

Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople: From The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates • Patrick Leigh Fermor

A Time to Keep Silence • Patrick Leigh Fermor

The Power and the Glory • Graham Greene

The Heart of the Matter • Graham Greene

The Solace of Open Spaces • Gretel Ehrlich

A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck By Lightning • Gretel Ehrlich

Bleak House • Charles Dickens

With Billie • Julia Blackburn

The Looking Glass Wars • Frank Beddor

The Iliad • Homer

The Prisoner & The Fugitive • Marcel Proust
[Translated by Carol Clark & Peter Collier]

Finding Time Again • Marcel Proust
[Translated by Ian Paterson]

Three Bags Full • Leonie Swann

Praeterita • John Ruskin

The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed • Mary McCarthy

Venice • Jan Morris

Darkmans • Nicola Barker

The Married Man • Edmund White

The Salterton Trilogy • Robertson Davies

The Leopard • Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

River of Gods • Ian McDonald

• Rebecca Solnit

• Jorge Luis Borges

• W. Somerset Maugham

Posted by Dark Orpheus on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 3 comments


For those counting i have finished 20 percent of this list while regarding a good quarter as being sci-fi bullshit.

2 Comments:

Blogger jon faith said...

On the highest note, I'd love to finish Moby Dick, read Toynbee and the Hitler books (Kershaw and Fest)

I may bite the big and become hooked on the Patrick O'Brien books so maybe Hitchens will respect me for that. As to rereading I have thought of following my conlusion of Name of the Rose with a careful rereading of Foucault's Pendulum, Island of the Day Before and Baulodino.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Norman Mailerville said...

Patrick O'Brian? Hmm. My opinion is that he would not fit with the rest of the list, but, everyone, I repeat everyone has an author they turn to for true escape and easy reads. O'Brian must be said authors buttonpusher for true page turning retreat from h'core lit.

I truly love these kinds of list because of the expansion of reading territories for ones love of finding new things to read.

THX....

7:39 PM  

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