Wednesday, December 12, 2007

100 BOOKS | 100 Books To Read 2008 PRIME

For 2008, along with the literary classics, I am adding more fantasy and science-fiction, some books on Japanese culture, some biographies into my reading list. As always, this is an aspirational list - the key is just to try to read as many as I can.


  1. A Voice From the Attic: Essays on the Art of Reading • Robertson Davies
    [13/11/2007 ~

  2. 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 • Marcel Proust
    [Translated by Carol Clark & Peter Collier]
    [26/11/2007 ~
    Finding Time Again
    [Translated by Ian Paterson]

  3. The Histories • Herodotus
    [24/04/2007 ~

  4. Kristin Lavransdatter • Sigrid Undset
    [Translated by Tiina Nunnally]
    [27/08/2007 ~

  5. The Three Musketeers• Alexandre Dumas
    [Translated by Richard Pevear]

  6. The Book of Disquiet • Fernando Pessoa

  7. The Awakening • Kate Chopin

  8. Good Morning, Midnight • Jean Rhys

  9. After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie • Jean Rhys

  10. Mrs. Dalloway • Virginia Woolf

  11. Orlando • Virginia Woolf

  12. The Napoleon of Notting Hill • G.K. Chesterton

  13. Rebecca • Daphne Du Maurier

  14. Jane Eyre • Charlotte Bronte

  15. The Masterpiece • Emile Zola

  16. The Plague • Albert Camus

  17. The Myth of Sisyphus • Albert Camus

  18. Cheri and The Last of Cheri • Colette

  19. Earthly Paradise • Colette

  20. Temptation of Saint Antony • Gustave Flaubert

  21. Flaubert In Egypt • Gustave Flaubert

  22. Bel-Ami • Guy de Maupassant

  23. Gargantua and Pantagruel • François Rabelais [translated by M. A. Screech]

  24. Don Quixote • Miguel De Cervantes

  25. Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book I) • Robin Hobb

  26. Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy, Book II) • Robin Hobb

  27. Assassin's Quest (The Farseer Trilogy, Book III) • Robin Hobb

  28. The Stress of Her Regard • Tim Powers

  29. A Canticle for Liebowitz • Walter M. Miller Jr.

  30. Riddlemaster Series • Patricia McKillip

  31. Cyteen • C. J. Cherryh

  32. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever • James Tiptree, Jr.

  33. Chronicles of Amber • Roger Zelzany

  34. The Once and Future King • T.H. White

  35. The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain, Book I) • Lloyd Alexander

  36. The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain, Book II) • Lloyd Alexander

  37. The Castle of Llyr (Chronicles of Prydain, Book III) • Lloyd Alexander

  38. Taran Wanderer (Chronicles of Prydain, Book IV) • Lloyd Alexander

  39. The High King (Chronicles of Prydain, Book V) • Lloyd Alexander

  40. Bloodchild and Other Stories • Octavia E. Butler

  41. Slow River • Nicola Griffith

  42. The Art of Peace • Morihei Ueshiba

  43. Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers • Leonard Koren

  44. In Praise of Shadows • Junichiro Tanizaki

  45. The Book of Tea • Kakuzo Okakura

  46. Vermeer In Bosnia: Selected Writings • Lawrence Weschler

  47. Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling With D.H. Lawrence • Geoff Dyer

  48. The Last Temptation of Christ • Nikos Kazantzakis

  49. Pashazade [Arabesk Trilogy Book I] • Jon Courtenay Grimwood

  50. Effendi [Arabesk Trilogy Book II] • Jon Courtenay Grimwood

  51. Felaheen [Arabesk Trilogy Book III] • Jon Courtenay Grimwood

  52. Fledgling • Octavia E. Butler

  53. Bloodchild and Other Stories • Octavia E. Butler

  54. The Fortune of War • Patrick O'Brian

  55. The Surgeon's Mate • Patrick O'Brian

  56. The Ionian Mission • Patrick O'Brian

  57. Treason's Harbour • Patrick O'Brian

  58. The Far Side of the World • Patrick O'Brian

  59. 三国演义

  60. Under the Volcano • Malcolm Lowry

  61. Love Medicine • Louise Erdrich

  62. Molloy • Samuel Beckett

  63. Love • Stendhal

  64. The Red and the Black • Stendhal

  65. The Charterhouse of Parma • Stendhal

  66. Walden and Other Writings • Henry David Thoreau

  67. Essential Writings • Ralph Waldo Emerson

  68. The Twelve Caesars • Suetonius

  69. Candide • Voltaire

  70. Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape • Barry Lopez

  71. The Little Prince • Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  72. An Unexpected Light • Jason Elliot

  73. The Carpet Wars • Christopher Kremmer

  74. The Shadow of the Sun • Ryszard Kapuscinski

  75. The Worst Journey in the World • Apsley Cherry-Garrard

  76. The Places in Between • Rory Stewart

  77. Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople: From The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates • Patrick Leigh Fermor

  78. A Time to Keep Silence • Patrick Leigh Fermor

  79. The Power and the Glory • Graham Greene

  80. The Heart of the Matter • Graham Greene

  81. The Solace of Open Spaces • Gretel Ehrlich

  82. A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck By Lightning • Gretel Ehrlich

  83. Bleak House • Charles Dickens

  84. With Billie • Julia Blackburn

  85. The Looking Glass Wars • Frank Beddor

  86. The Iliad • Homer

  87. Three Bags Full • Leonie Swann

  88. Praeterita • John Ruskin

  89. The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed • Mary McCarthy

  90. Venice • Jan Morris

  91. Darkmans • Nicola Barker

  92. The Married Man • Edmund White

  93. The Salterton Trilogy • Robertson Davies

  94. The Leopard • Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

  95. River of Gods • Ian McDonald

  96. • Rebecca Solnit

  97. • Jorge Luis Borges

  98. House Rules • Heather Lewis

  99. Ghosts of Spain • Giles Tremlett

  100. Animals in Translation • Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson

7 comments:

Nymeth said...

The Book of Disquiet! That was my favourite book between ages 15 and 18. These days I prefer things that are more...narrative, but it's still a special book for me. There are passages I still know by heart. It's beautifully written and certain parts are really moving/thoughtful/inspiring.

Anyway...what a great list. There are many books in there I want to read. Herodotus' Histories, The Three Musketeers, Jane Eyre, The Amber Chronicles, Don Quixote, The Looking Glass Wars, The Iliad... and so on.

It's so cool to make a list like that. Like you said, it doesn't matter if you don't read them all - it's just nice to have something to aspire to. I'm tempted to make a list of this sort myself.

Dark Orpheus said...

I had actually planned to read The Book of Disquiet 2 years back - but didn't have time. It's back on my list again - let's see if I can make it.

The way you describe it, it only makes me want to read it sooner. :) I hope I do justice to the book.

List-making can be fun. It helps you map out a guideline and there is a sense of satisfaction to be able to progress down a list.

You could try to make a list too - see if you like it. Could be addictive though. As you can see - I have lots of lists!

Myrthe said...

What a great list!
I plan to read Don Quixote as well and I have Rebecca Solnit on my TBR-pile for next year as well.

Dark Orpheus said...

Myrthe Thanks! These 100 Books list always seems ambitious, but I can always just try, yes?

Don Quixote has been shortlisted for 3 years now, and I have yet to be able to finish it. I always start, and then I get distracted. :)

Oh, which Rebecca Solnit do you have? I can't decide which of her books to read - but definitely I want to read one of her books next year. Just can't decide.

mattviews said...

So many books and so many lists! I by the way have read three Maughams on th roll. He's a great travel companion. I also have picked up more of his works that are not found back home.

Chris said...

What a great list! I love that you put this list together each year. I wish I could map out my intentions that well. I almost have this year!

The only book on your list that I had a strong dislike to was Candide, but I was forced to read it by a 10th grade History teacher that I couldn't stand so that could've had something to do with it.

Good luck on it!

somanybooksblog.com said...

Fantastic list! Especially the Emerson ;) Some of them are ones I'd like to read in 2008 as well.

Stefanie