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* - up until March 2013, some twenty-two years' worth of reading! In no particular order:

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley;

  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald;

  3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt;

  4. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster;

  5. Atonement by Ian McEwan**;

  6. The Things They Carried by Tim O' Brien;

  7. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski;

  8. The Road by Cormac McCarthy;

  9. Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet;

  10. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro;

  11. American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis.

** - I really can't decide what I like best of McEwan's, especially given that I've read all of his output, (and that I've never done that before).  I also adore The Cement Garden, The Innocent and Enduring Love, but am loathe to pick a favourite.  I'm also yet to read Sweet Tooth, despite buying it upon initial release in August 2012.

I suppose I should follow this up with a top children's/young adult listing also, which would look something like:

  1. Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman;

  2. Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillippa Pearce;

  3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon;

  4. ???

  5. TBC



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Mar. 9th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
I have to say that I have only read Frankenstein from that list.

I guess I will throw down my list...
I'm assuming this is only fiction, so I will omit any non-fiction.

1. Brothers Karamazov ~ Dostoevsky

2. The Castle ~ Kafka

3. War and Peace ~ Tolstoy

4. Viy (short story) ~ Gogol

5. The Interrogation ~ J M G Le Clézio

6. All Quiet on the Western Front ~ Erich Maria Remarque

7. One Hundred Years of Solitude ~ Gabriel García Márquez

8. Lolita ~ Nabokov
Mar. 10th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
We really should try hard to read one book from each other's list in the next 12 months. I don't know what's stopped me from progressing with The Interrogation though, so I shall redouble my efforts. I think I might have been intending to leave it as a holiday read or something.

I've also started, then put down, Kafka's The Trial and Nabokov's Lolita at least twice each. It's sometimes like a boulder rolling along a flat and down a slope: I have to get past a "critical mass" in terms of pages or chapters to get hooked with books.
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