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Reading Series

Welcome!

I suppose I'm beginning this series to keep track of what I've read - a feat that seems to be increasingly difficult as my capacity to appreciate the magical qualities of the Internet expands. Hence, I've added links where possible to the growing list of fiction (and non-fiction) I've read.

By all means, read on.


Contents

Reading List

Truth is, I've got piles and piles of books that I'd love to read.

Here's a not-so-small list of some of them, separated into Prose, Drama, Poetry and Non-Fiction sections and sorted according to publishing dates.


Key

  • Finished
  • Reading
  • Haven't begun
  • SS - Short Story


Contents

Prose (pre-1800)

  • The Theban Plays - Sophocles
  • The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer (end of 1300s)
  • The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri (1321)
  • The Bible (KJV) (1611)
  • Paradise Lost - John Milton (1667)
  • Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe (1719)
  • Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe (1722)
  • Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift (1726)
  • The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole (1764)
  • The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - William Blake (1793)

Prose (1800s)

  • Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (1811)
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (1813)
  • Mansfield Park - Jane Austen (1814)
  • Waverly - Sir Walter Scott (1814)
  • Emma - Jane Austen (1815)
  • Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen (1817)
  • Persuasion - Jane Austen (1817)
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (1818)
  • The Last Man - Mary Shelley (1826)
  • Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (1838)
  • 'The Fall of the House of Usher' (SS) - Edgar Allen Poe (1839)
  • 'A Descent into the Maelstrom' (SS) - Edgar Allen Poe (1841)
  • 'The Masque of the Red Death' (SS) - Edgar Allen Poe (1842)
  • 'The Pit and the Pendulum' (SS) - Edgar Allen Poe (1842)
  • 'The Tell-Tale Heart' (SS) - Edgar Allen Poe (1843)
  • A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (1843)
  • 'The Purloined Letter' (SS) - Edgar Allen Poe (1844)
  • 'The Premature Burial' (SS) - Edgar Allen Poe (1844)
  • 'The Imp of the Perverse' (SS) - Edgar Allen Poe (1845)
  • Wuthering Heights - Emily Brönte (1847)
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brönte (1847)
  • Dombey and Son - Charles Dickens (1848)
  • The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)
  • David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (1850)
  • Bleak House - Charles Dickens (1853)
  • Villette - Charlotte Brönte (1853)
  • North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)
  • A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (1859)
  • Adam Bede - George Eliot (1859)
  • The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot (1860)
  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (1861)
  • Silas Marner - George Eliot (1861)
  • Notes from Underground - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1864)
  • Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1866)
  • The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1869)
  • War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (1869)
  • Through The Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll (1871)
  • Middlemarch - George Eliot (1871–2)
  • Erewhon - Samuel Butler (1872)
  • Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (1874)
  • Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (1877)
  • Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy (1878)
  • The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James (1881)
  • Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)
  • After London - Richard Jefferies (1885)
  • Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy (1886)
  • The Nether World - George Gissing (1889)
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (1891)
  • The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde (1891)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle (1891)
  • The Yellow Wallpaper (SS) - Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1892)
  • The Jungle Book - Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1894)
  • Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy (1895)
  • The Time Machine - H.G. Wells (1895)
  • The Turn of the Screw (novella) - Henry James (1898)
  • Heart of Darkness (novella) - Joseph Conrad (1899)

Prose (1900s)

  • Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad (1900)
  • Kim - Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1901)
  • The Call of the Wild - Jack London (1903)
  • The Beast in the Jungle - Henry James (novella) (1903)
  • The Way of All Flesh - Samuel Butler (1903)
  • The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale - Joseph Conrad (1907)
  • The Jolly Corner - Henry James (1908)
  • Ann Veronica - H.G. Wells (1909)
  • Tono-Bungay - H.G. Wells (1909)
  • The Sleeper Awakes - H.G. Wells (1910)
  • Howards End - E.M. Forster (1910)
  • Peter and Wendy - J.M. Barrie (1911)
  • Sons and Lovers - D.H. Lawrence (1913)
  • The Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung) (novella) -Franz Kafka (1915)
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce (1916)
  • The Return of the Soldier (novella) - Rebecca West (1918)
  • Writing a War Story (SS) - Edith Wharton (1919)
  • This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920)
  • Women in Love - D.H. Lawrence (1920)
  • Ulysses - James Joyce (1922)
  • We - Yevgeny Zamyatin (1924)
  • A Passage to India - E.M. Forster (1924)
  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  • The Trial (Der Process) - Franz Kafka (1925)
  • Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf (1925)
  • The Castle (Das Schloss) - Franz Kafka (1926)
  • To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf (1927)
  • Point Counter Point - Aldous Huxley (1928)
  • The Well of Loneliness - Radclyffe Hall (1928)
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover - D.H. Lawrence (1928)
  • Vile Bodies - Evelyn Waugh (1930)
  • Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (1932)
  • Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller (1934)
  • Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell (1936)
  • Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (1937)
  • Out of the Silent Planet - C.S. Lewis (1938)
  • Perelandra - C.S. Lewis (1943)
  • That Hideous Strength - C.S. Lewis (1945)
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell (1945)
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell (1949)
  • The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger (1951)
  • The Sentinel (SS) - Arthur C. Clarke (1951)
  • A Sound of Thunder (SS) - Ray Bradbury (1952)
  • Mission of Gravity - Hal Clement (1953)
  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury (1953)
  • Lord of the Flies - William Golding (1954)
  • Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
  • The Death of the Grass - John Christopher (1956)
  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning - Alan Sillitoe (1958)
  • A Separate Peace - John Knowles (1959)
  • The Tin Drum - Günter Grass (1959)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee (1960)
  • Catch-22 - Joseph Heller (1961)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster (1961)
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovisch (novella) - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1962)
  • A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess (1962)
  • Island - Aldous Huxley (1962)
  • The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (1963)
  • The Drowned World - J.G. Ballard (1963)
  • Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut (1963)
  • The City Under Ground - Suzanne Martel (1963)
  • The Burning World - J.G.Ballard (1964)
  • I Never Promised You A Rose Garden - Joanne Greenberg (1964)
  • Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys (1966)
  • Myself A Mandarin - Austin Coates (1968)
  • Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
  • The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison (1970)
  • August 1914 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1972)
  • The Sheep Look Up - John Brunner (1972)
  • Concrete Island - J.G. Ballard (1974)
  • The Dark Tower - C.S. Lewis (1977)
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (1979-1992)
  • This Time of Darkness - H.M. Hoover (1980)
  • Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie (1981)
  • The Colour Purple - Alice Walker (1982)
  • The Woman In Black - Susan Hill (1983)
  • Always Coming Home - Ursula Guin (1985)
  • Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card (1985)
  • The Ruby in the Smoke - Phillip Pullman (1985)
  • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (1985)
  • Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card (1986)
  • The Shadow in the North - Philip Pullman (1986)
  • Anthills of the Savannah - Chinua Achebe (1987)
  • The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie (1988)
  • The Tiger in the Well - Phillip Pullman (1990)
  • Xenocide - Orson Scott Card (1991)
  • American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis (1991)
  • The Giver - Lois Lowry (1993)
  • The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides (1993)
  • The Tin Princess - Phillip Pullman (1994)
  • Northern Lights - Phillip Pullman (1995)
  • Contest - Matthew Reilly (1996)
  • The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell (1996)
  • Cocaine Nights - J.G. Ballard (1996)
  • The Subtle Knife - Phillip Pullman (1997)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling (1997)
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - Jean-Dominique Bauby (1997)
  • Children of God - Mary Doria Russell (1998)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling (1998)
  • Ice Station - Matthew Reilly (1998)
  • Digital Fortress - Dan Brown (1998)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling (1999)
  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower (1999)
  • Temple - Matthew Reilly (1999)

Prose(2000s)

  • The Human Stain - Philip Roth (2000)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling (2000)
  • The Wind Singer - William Nicholson (2000)
  • The Thief Lord - Cornelia Funke (2000)
  • Angels and Demons - Dan Brown (2000)
  • The Amber Spyglass - Phillip Pullman (2000)
  • Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz (2000)
  • The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood (2000)
  • Slaves of the Mastery - William Nicholson (2001)
  • Deception Point - Dan Brown (2001)
  • Point Blanc - Anthony Horowitz (2001)
  • The Life of Pie - Yann Martel (2001)
  • Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman (2001)
  • Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)
  • Firesong - William Nicholson (2002)
  • Skeleton Key - Anthony Horowitz (2002)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling (2003)
  • Mister Monday - Garth Nix (2003)
  • Scarecrow - Matthew Reilly (2003)
  • Inkheart - Cornelia Funke (2003)
  • Eragon - Christopher Paolini (2003)
  • Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (2003)
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom (2003)
  • The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau (2003)
  • Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood (2003)
  • Grim Tuesday - Garth Nix (2004)
  • Eagle Strike - Anthony Horowitz (2004)
  • Scorpia - Anthony Horowitz (2004)
  • Wolf Brother - Michelle Paver (2004)
  • No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy (2005)
  • Drowned Wednesday - Garth Nix (2005)
  • Arc Angel - Anthony Horowitz (2005)
  • Raven's Gate - Anthony Horowitz (2005)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling (2005)
  • Seven Ancient Wonders - Matthew Reilly (2005)
  • Spirit Walker - Michelle Paver (2005)
  • Eldest - Christopher Paolini (2005)
  • Brisingr - Christopher Paolini (2005)
  • Sir Thursday - Garth Nix (2006)
  • Evil Star - Anthony Horowitz (2006)
  • Soul Eater - Michelle Paver (2006)
  • The Road - Cormac McCarthy (2006)
  • Inkspell - Cornelia Funke (2006)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling (2007)
  • Outcast - Michelle Paver (2007)
  • Lady Friday - Garth Nix (2007)
  • Snakehead - Anthony Horowitz (2007)
  • Nightrise - Anthony Horowitz (2007)
  • The Six Sacred Stones - Matthew Reilly (2007)
  • City of Bones - Cassandra Clare (2007)
  • City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare (2008)
  • Oath Breaker - Michelle Paver (2008)
  • Necropolis - Anthony Horowitz (2008)
  • Inkdeath - Cornelia Funke (2008)
  • The Host - Stephanie Meyer (2008)
  • The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (2008)
  • World Made By Hand - James Howard Kunstler (2008)
  • City of Glass - Cassandra Clare (2009)
  • Crocodile Tears - Anthony Horowitz (2009)
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan (2009)
  • Ghost Hunter - Michelle Paver (2009)
  • The Maze Runner - James Dashner (2009)
  • Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins (2009)
  • Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins (2010)
  • The Scorch Trials - James Dashner (2010)
  • Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare (2010)
  • Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare (2011)
  • Inheritance - Christopher Paolini (2011)
  • City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare (2011)
  • The Death Cure - James Dashner (2011)
  • Open Minds - Susan Kaye Quinn (2011)
  • Delirium - Lauren Oliver (2011)
  • Divergent - Veronica Roth (2011)
  • Insurgent - Veronica Roth (2012)
  • Allegiant - Veronica Roth (2012)
  • City of Lost Souls - Cassandra Clare (2012)
  • Closed Hearts - Susan Kaye Quinn (2012)
  • Free Souls - Susan Kaye Quinn (2012)
  • The Kill Order - James Dashner (2012)
  • Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn (2012)
  • Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare (2013)
  • The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt (2013)
  • City of Heavenly Fire - Cassandra Clare (2014)
  • Lady Midnight - Cassandra Clare (2016)
  • Dark Matter - Blake Crouch (2016)

Drama

  • Everyman - Anonymous (c. 1510)
  • Doctor Faustus - Christopher Marlowe (1588)
  • Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare (1588-1593)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare (1595/96)
  • The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare (1596/1599)
  • Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare (1598/1599)
  • Hamlet - William Shakespeare (1599)
  • As You Like It - William Shakespeare (1599)
  • Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare (1599)
  • Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare (1601)
  • Othello - William Shakespeare (1603)
  • Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare (1603/1604)
  • King Lear - William Shakespeare (1605-1606)
  • Coriolanus - William Shakespeare (1605/1608)
  • Macbeth - William Shakespeare (1606)
  • Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare (1607)
  • Cymbeline - William Shakespeare (1611)
  • The Winter's Tale - William Shakespeare (1611)
  • The White Devil - John Webster (1612)
  • The Duchess of Malfi - John Webster (1612-13)
  • Widower's House - George Bernard Shaw (1892)
  • The Cenci - Percy Bysshe Shaw (1819)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde (1895)
  • Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw (1913)
  • Gas Light (US - Angel Street) - Patrick Hamilton (1938)
  • Long Day's Journey into Night - Eugene O'Neill (1941; premiered 1956)
  • The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams (1944)
  • An Inspector Calls - J.B. Priestley (1945)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams (1947)
  • Death of A Salesman - Arthur Miller (1949)
  • The Crucible - Arthur Miller (1953)
  • Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett (1953)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Tennessee Williams (1955)
  • Educating Rita - Willy Russell (1980)
  • Normal Heart - Larry Kramer (1985)
  • Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes - Tony Kushner(1993)

Poetry

  • Sonnet 2 - William Shakespeare (1609)
  • Composed Upon Westminister Bridge - William Wordsworth (1802)
  • I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud - William Wordsworth (1807)
  • The Mask of Anarchy - Percy Bysshe Shelley (1819)
  • The Raven - Edgar Allen Poe (1845)
  • The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock - T.S. Eliot (1915)
  • In Flanders Fields - John McCrae (1915)
  • Heredity - Thomas Hardy (1917)
  • The Waste Land - T.S. Eliot (1922)
  • Mad Girl's Love Song - Sylvia Plath (1951)
  • The Pact - Sharon Olds (1984)

Non-Fiction

Literature and Literary Theory Sociology Gender Theory + Sexuality
  • The History of Sexuality - Michel Foucault (1976)
  • Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity(1990) - Judith Butler
Other
  • The Communist Manifesto (1848)
  • Daedalus (Science and the Future) - J. B. S. Haldane (1924)
  • The Perennial Philosophy - Aldous Huxley (1945)
  • Mere Christianity - C.S.Lewis (1952)
  • Discipline and Punish - Michael Foucault (1975)
  • Hong Kong Murders - Kate Whitehead (2001)
  • Laughter - An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic - Henri Bergson (2002)
  • Gweilo - Martin Booth (2005)