30 June 2007

reading list.

last update: 28 august 2009

Books I've read:

1. 100 Ways America is Screwing Up the World, John Tirman
2. 9-11, Noam Chomsky
3. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
4. The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
5. American Sucker, David Denby
6. America (The Book), Jon Stewart
7. Amnesiascope, Steve Erickson
8. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
9. Angels and Demons, Dan Brown
10. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Lorna Landvik
11. Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver
12. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
13. Ape and Essence, Aldous Huxley
14. A Life Inspired: Tales of Peace Corps Service
15. A Murder is Announced, Agatha Christie
16. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace
17. Atonement, Ian McEwan
18. The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, Dinaw Mengestu
19. The Best American Non-Required Reading 2007, Dave Eggers (ed)
20. The Best American Short Stories 2008, Salman Rushdie (ed)
21. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
22. The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins
23. Bodily Harm, Margaret Atwood
24. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
25. The Bourne Supremacy, Robert Ludlum
26. The Bourne Ultimatum, Robert Ludlum
27. Brainiac, Ken Jennings
28. Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer
29. Candy, Luke Davies
30. Candide, Francis Voltaire
31. A Caribbean Mystery, Agatha Christie
32. Catch 22, Joseph Heller
33. Collapse, Jared Diamond
34. Collateral Damage, Fern Michaels
35. Confessions of an Economic Hitman, John Perkins
36. Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches, Marvin Harris
37. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
38. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon
39. Dead Aid, Dambisa Moyo
40. Death in the AIr, Agatha Christie
41. Deception Point, Dan Brown
42. The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger
43. Diary, Chuck Palahnuik
44. Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
45. Digital Fortress, Dan Brown
46. Dispatches from the Edge, Anderson Cooper
47. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller
48. The Double, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
49. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris
50. Dubliners, James Joyce
51. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
52. Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer
53. The Edible Woman, Margaret Atwood
54. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
55. Emergency Sex, Ken Cain, Heidi Postlewait, & Andrew Thomson
56. The Emperor, Ryszard Kapuscinski
57. The End of Poverty, Jeffrey Sachs
58. Esprit de Battuta, Pamela Watson
59. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Tom Robbins
60. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
61. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S Thompson
62. The Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien
63. Feminism is for Everybody, bell hooks
64. Flavor of the Week, Tucker Shaw
65. The Floating World, Cynthia Kadohata
66. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
67. Franny and Zooey, JD Salinger
68. Globalization and its Discontents, Joseph Stiglitz
69. The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
70. Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
71. Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
72. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
73. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, JK Rowling
74. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling
75. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, JK Rowling
76. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
77. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, JK Rowling
78. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, JK Rowling
79. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling
80. Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky
81. Held at a Distance, Rebecca Haile
82. The Hobbitt, JRR Tolkien
83. Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris
84. Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, & Henry Lincoln
85. Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Laila Lalami
86. The Hospital by the River, Catherine Hamlin
87. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
88. How We Are Hungry, Dave Eggers
89. The Human Stain, Philip Roth
90. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, Tucker Max
91. I Love You, Beth Cooper, Larry Doyle
92. I Married a Communist, Philip Roth
93. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
94. I'm Not Scared, Niccolo Ammaniti
95. Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
96. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
97. An Irish Country Doctor, Patrick Taylor
98. Island, Aldous Huxley
99. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
100. Jarhead, Anthony Swofford
101. Jemima J, Jane Green
102. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
103. The Last King of Scotland, Giles Foden
104. The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Thomas Friedman
105. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
106. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
107. Lord of the Flies, WIlliam Golding
108. Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs
109. Mere Christianity, CS Lewis
110. Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
111. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
112. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
113. The Mirror Crack'd, Agatha Christie
114. Moral Disorder, Margaret Atwood
115. Mortified, David Nadelberg
116. Murder, Jackie Collins
117. Murder on the Links, Agatha Christie
118. My FBI, Louis J Freeh
119. My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk
120. Naked Lunch, William S Burroughs
121. Nemesis, Agatha Christie
122. Netherland, Joseph O'Neill
123. New Moon, Stephenie Meyer
124. No one belongs here more than you, Miranda July
125. Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
126. Northern Lights, Philip Pullman
127. Now They Call Me Infidel, Nonie Darwish
128. The Old Testament
129. On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan
130. Orientalism, Edward Said
131. Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
132. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
133. Persepolis 2, Marjane Satrapi
134. Player Piano, Kurt Vonnegut
135. Playing in the Dark, Toni Morrison
136. The Plot Against America, Philip Roth
137. A Pocket Full of Rye, Agatha Christie
138. Point Counter Point, Aldous Huxley
139. Post Office, Charles Bukowski
140. Primary Colors, Anonymous
141. The Quiet American, Graham Greene
142. A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
143. The Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall
144. Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
145. Red Alert, Peter George
146. The Return of the King, JRR Tolkien
147. The Road to Gandolfo, Robert Ludlum
148. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf
149. Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs
150. The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
151. The Sandman: The Doll's House, Neil Gaiman
152. The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
153. Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih
154. The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins
155. The Sex Lives of Cannibals, J Maarten Troost
156. The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut
157. The Six Unsolved Cipers, Richard Belfield
158. Sleeping Murder, Agatha Christie
159. Sophie's Choice, William Styron
160. A Spy in the House of Love, Anais Nin
161. Straight Talking, Jane Green
162. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein
163. Stripping and Other Stories, Pagan Kennedy
164. The Subtle Knife, Philip Pullman
165. Surfacing, Margaret Atwood
166. Surrender or Starve, Robert Kaplan
167. The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff
168. Tender is the Night, F Scott Fitzgerald
169. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
170. They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky, Benson & Alephonsion Deng, Benjamin Ajak
171. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
172. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
173. Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere, Jan Morris
174. The Two Towers, JRR Tolkien
175. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
176. Uncle John's Bathroom Reader: Triumphant 20th Anniversary
177. Uncle John's Bathroom Reader: Unsinkable 21st Edition
178. Uncle John's Bathroom Reader: Wide World of Odd
179. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackery
180. Vote Mr. Robinson for a Better World, Daniel Antrium
181. Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light, Ivan Klima
182. Walden; or, Life in the Woods, Henry David Thoreau
183. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
184. Welcome to the Monkey House, Kurt Vonnegut
185. What is the What, Dave Eggers
186. When You Are Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris
187. The White Album, Joan Didion
188. The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
189. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, Beverly Tatum
190. Why do Men have Nipples?, Mark Leyner
191. The Wisdom of Whores, Elizabeth Pisiani
192. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
193. The Yacoubian Building, Alaa Al Aswany
194. Zadig and Other Stories, Voltaire
195. Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
196. Faggots, Larry Kramer
197. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
198. The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman
199. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khalid Hosseini
200. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
201. Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich
202. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
203. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
204. Blink, Malcom Gladwell
205. Ender's Game, Orson Card
206. Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
207. Still Life With Woodpecker, Tom Robbins
208. The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Sarah Vowell
209. The Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington
210. The White Man's Burden, William Easterly

Books I want to read:
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Andrew Bostom, The Legacy of Jihad
Benjamin Barber, Jihad vs. McWorld
Charles Portis, True Grit
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Dennett, Breaking the Spell
Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
DH Lawrence, Lady Chatterly's Lover
Don DeLillo, Underworld; White Noise
Eugene Burdick, The Ugly American; Fail-Safe
Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
Firoozeh Dumas, Funny in Farsi
Gary Shteyngart, Absurdistan
Herman Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund
Ian Buruma, Occidentalism
Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Jacqueline Susann, Valley of the Dolls
James Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
James Jones, From Here to Eternity
James Joyce, Ulysses
John Burnett, Where Soldiers Fear to Tread
John Milton, Paradise Lost
Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated
Julian Rubinstein, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion
Lewis Nordan, Wolf Whistle
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
Martin van Creveld, The Transformation of War
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Neil Strauss, The Game
Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead
Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
Robert Baer, See No Evil; Blow the House Down
Robert Graves, I, Claudius
Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men
Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Rory Stewart, The Places in Between
Sarah Vowell, Take the Cannoli
Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Susan Seligsan, Stacked
Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
Thomas Homer-Dixon, The Upside of Down
Tim Harford, The Undercover Economist
Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
W Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage


Anonymous said...


I have Dostoyevsky's The Idiot (@Dad's), The Brothers Karamazov (Mom's), Crime and Punishment (Moms). I also recommend his short stories especially Notes from the Underground (I have it in Tampa now) so I can give it to you later. I have Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Mom's), Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Dad's), and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man (Moms). Help yourself to these books since I stole many of yours. Mein Kampf can be yours once I finish it.

Lindsay said...

You should read Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy. I think you'd find it an excellent story as well as a curious indictment of organized religion (and yes it is marketed as young adult but that's total nonsense). I also think you might enjoy, for sheer pleasure, Susanna Clarke's "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell."
What's your Ethiopian address going to be? I like writing letters, it is a lost art.


Will said...

argh i totally told her to read the pullman books ages ago and she didn't put them on the list (these are the ones i was AGAIN referring to in my facebook message).

are you going to send them to her lindsay or am i??

Will said...

i will be sending the following books during the next two years (with adequate spacing in between) as they are some of my favourites:

All Quiet on the Western Front
Guns, Germs and Steel
Paradise Lost
Heart of Darkness
The Thing's They Carried
His Dark Materials (?)

The rest are not on your list and will come in time...

Dan said...

Hey, I'll send Jarhead and a few more once I've had a look round Galloway and Porter...

Claire said...

I found a good deal on eBay for all of the Lord of the Rings. When they arrive, I'll ask for mailing instructions.

greeneyedcait said...

i'll send running with scissors....and maybe a harry potter book...lol

Anonymous said...

The Post Office said that you can send up to 4 pounds to Ethiopia in a Priority Envelope for only $11USD. This is way less than the $10USD for up to a pound using a padded envelope.

Will said...

also sending said orientalism... on the way!

Candace said...

Hey Jess!

This is Can, I have been in America for only 1 day and I am prepping your package today. I am sending Ulysses to you because it will take you all three years in the big E to read and understand it. You're pretty smart, you might make it in 2 1/2 years. LOVE YOU!

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