To Read

Other books that I would love to read in the not-too-distant future:

A stack of books

  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

If there is a great novel you really think I should add to this list, do add a comment to this page. (See my Books Read page to see a list of all the novels that I’ve already read.)

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brad
    Nov 01, 2014 @ 02:31:26

    You may have read Surfaced, but A Handmaid’s Tale is a must-read. East of Eden may be my favorite book of all time.

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  2. Mike
    Oct 20, 2014 @ 22:59:37

    As a comment, I’ll reorder and classify your list following my own preferences and biases:

    First, the “must-read” titles in priority order:

    Middlemarch by George Eliot
    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford
    Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    Second, some quite good reading but not high priority:

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
    A Death in the Family by James Agee
    Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
    Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis
    Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

    And of course, the entertainments for when you need to rest the gray cells:

    The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks

    I have read A Dance To the Music of Time a couple of times and suggest reading the complete text without undue delays between books, so Hearing Secret Harmonies by Anthony Powell should receive high priority. Then you can start to reread Powell.

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  3. Amy Wilson Sheldon
    May 25, 2014 @ 16:22:07

    Hi there. I’ve been poking around your blog a bit; good stuff. (After seeing Cathy’s comments, it must be via her blog that I’ve found yours!) I definitely concur with The Handmaid’s Tale — a must-read!

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  4. Cathy746books
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 15:49:51

    As I Lay Dying is one of my all time favourites ( I love Faulkner) and Time’s Arrow is a great read, Amis when he was at his finest I think.

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    • novelreading
      Apr 14, 2014 @ 15:53:41

      Thanks Cathy – I’m always interested in getting other people’s book recommendations. I’ve had both of the books you mention sat unread on the shelf for far too long… Oh, for more reading time!

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      • Cathy746books
        Apr 14, 2014 @ 15:54:33

        Oh I know the feeling too well! I’d also love to re-read so many books, both of these being some of them, but i just don’t have time for that at all.

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