Monday, December 18, 2006

100 Books To Read 2007


  1. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette Judith Thurman

  2. Kristin Lavransdatter Sigrid Undset

  3. The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas

  4. Twenty Years After Alexandre Dumas

  5. The Vicomte De Bragelonne Alexandre Dumas

  6. Louise De La Valliere Alexandre Dumas

  7. The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas

  8. The Crusades Through Arab Eyes Amin Maalouf

  9. God's Terrorists: The Wahhabi Cult and Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad Charles Allen

  10. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Annie Dillard

  11. Earthly Paradise Colette

  12. Cheri and The Last of Cheri Colette

  13. Emma Jane Austen

  14. Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman

  15. The Cornish Trilogy Robertson Davis

  16. Zeno's Conscience Italo Svevo

  17. The Immoralist Andre Gide

  18. My Name Is Red Orhan Pamuk

  19. The Gaze Elif Shafak

  20. The Bastard of Istanbul Elif Shafak

  21. Portrait of a Turkish Family Irfan Orga

  22. By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept Elizabeth Smart

  23. Against Interpretation And Other Essays Susan Sontag

  24. The Ruby In Her Navel Barry Unsworth

  25. Beware of Pity Stefan Zweig

  26. The Garden of Departed Cats Bilge Karasu

  27. Stranger On A Train Jenny Diski

  28. Skating to Antarctica Jenny Diski

  29. Tournament of Shadows:
    The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Asia
    Karl Meyer & Shareen Brysac

  30. One Thousand Roads To Mecca Edited by Michael Wolfe

  31. Mysteries Knut Hamsun

  32. Running in the Family Michael Ondaatje

  33. House Rules Heather Lewis

  34. A Match To The Heart Gretel Ehrlich

  35. This Cold Heaven : Seven Seasons in Greenland Gretel Ehrlich

  36. After: Poems Jane Hirshfield

  37. Nine Gates: Essays Jane Hirshfield

  38. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon

  39. The Twelve Caesars Suetonius

  40. Candide Voltaire

  41. Out Of Africa Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen

  42. The World: Travels 1950-2000 Jan Morris

  43. The Leopard Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

  44. The Winter King Bernard Cornwell

  45. The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco

  46. Freedom from Fear: And Other Writings Aung San Suu Kyi

  47. A Plea For Eros Siri Hustvedt

  48. The Power and the Glory / The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene

  49. Orient Express / The Comedians Graham Greene

  50. The Complete Works Michel De Montaigne

  51. Walden and Other Writings Henry David Thoreau

  52. Essential Writings Ralph Waldo Emerson

  53. 三国演义 [English Translation: Romance of the Three Kingdoms]

  54. Tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Fritz Leiber

  55. Journal of a Solitude May Sarton

  56. Ten Thousand Miles Without A Cloud Sun Shuyun

  57. Arabian Sands Wilfred Thesiger

  58. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

  59. Fathers And Sons Ivan Turgenev

  60. Oblomov Ivan Goncharov

  61. Love Stendhal

  62. The Red and the Black Stendhal

  63. The Charterhouse of Parma Stendhal

  64. Tigers in Red Weather Ruth Padel

  65. Color Victoria Finlay

  66. The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

  67. In Patagonia Bruce Chatwin

  68. My Wars Are Laid Away In Books:
    The Life of Emily Dickinson
    Alfred Habegger

  69. The Late Mattia Pascal Luigi Pirandello

  70. Molloy Samuel Beckett

  71. The Mauritius Command Patrick O'Brian

  72. A Life In Letters Anton Chekhov

  73. In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust
    Swann's Way
    In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower
    The Guermantes Way
    Sodom and Gomorrah
    The Prisoner & The Fugitive
    Finding Time Again

  74. The Collected Stories Katherine Mansfield

  75. The Enchanted Wanderer & Selected Tales Nikolai Leskov

  76. The Plague Albert Camus

  77. The Color Purple Alice Walker

  78. Love Medicine Louise Erdich

  79. Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdian

  80. The Art of Eating M. F. K. Fisher

  81. Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation Noel Riley Fitch

  82. The Ice Museum Joanna Kavenna

  83. The Southern Gates of Arabia Freya Stark

  84. A Pelican In the Wilderness: Hermits, Solitaries and Recluses Isabel Colegate

  85. Eugene Onegin Alexander Pushkin

  86. Red: Passion and Patience In the Desert Terry Tempest Williams

  87. Travels With A Tangerine Tim Mackintosh-Smith

  88. Les Liaisons Dangereuses Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

  89. The Idiot Fyodor Dostoevsky

  90. Don Quixote Miguel De Cervantes

  91. How To Read A book: The Classic Guide To Intelligent Reading
    Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren

  92. The Paris Review Interviews Volume 1

  93. The Reader Ali Smith

  94. Phaedrus Plato

  95. Duino Elegies and the Sonnets of Orpheus Rainer Maria Rilke

  96. Pere Goriot Honore de Balzac

  97. Temptation of Saint Antony / Flaubert In Egypt Gustave Flaubert

  98. Bel-Ami Guy de Maupassant

  99. The Essential YogaSutra: Ancient Wisdom For Your Yoga
    Geshe Michael Roach & Christie McNally

  100. 射 雕 英 雄 传 金 庸

5 comments:

iliana said...

I loved reading your list. There are some books on it that I'd like to read one day. I can't say for sure when as I'm pretty bad about sticking to a list but who knows.

Dark Orpheus said...

Hi Iliana, thanks -- I was trying for variety, but for 2007 I think I'll just stick more to the books I already have at home, unread.

And I know exactly what you mean about sticking to a list. My 2006 list, I only managed to finish 42.5 out of 100.

Imani said...

I always admire people who make reading lists, even if they only manage to finish half. I inevitably stray from any list unless it's required and may jeopardize my school standing. I've read "The Immoralist" which was really good and am on "My Name is Red" right now, and I've got my eye on that "Twelve Caesars".

Dark Orpheus said...

I find list of books to read fun. And I enjoy looking at other people's list too. But I guess list are a way of aspiring to a goal too.

Do tell how you like "My Name Is Red" - I keep getting interrupted everytime I read it.

Imani said...

Ahh, I have too really. I was distracted by another novel, and with all the Christmas fuss I haven't made it past page 50, I'm sure. I plan to bunker down during Christmas and make some real progress--it's for an online bookclub so I have a deadline.