Books I need to read still from the Art of Fiction List

There are some great books in this list of classic books I HAVEN’T read yet. I own copies of many of them, but reading books takes time, and there are already so many books to read! The books on this list are part of the Art of Fiction reading list on ( ). The shorter 100 Greatest Novels list on the same site includes a subset of these books, and would be easier to finish, for those of us who like finishing book lists, but some of the books on the longer list look more tempting. Now, really, the biggest challenges are staying off the internet long enough to finish a book, and picking which one to read first. What would you recommend I start with?

Henry Adams- Democracy

Kingsley Amis- Lucky Jim

Martin Amis- Money

Margaret Atwood- The Handmaid’s Tale

Julian Barnes- Flaubert’s Parrot

Saul Bellow- The Adventures of Augie March

Saul Bellow- Seize the Day

Saul Bellow- Herzog

Roberto Bolaño- The Savage Detectives

Ray Bradbury- Fahrenheit 451

Hermann Broch- The Sleepwalkers

Edgar Rice Burroughs- A Princess of Mars

Italo Calvino- If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

Italo Calvino- Invisible Cities

Joyce Cary- The Horse’s Mouth

Truman Capote- In Cold Blood

John Cheever- Falconer

Miguel de Cervantes- Don Quixote

Michael Chabon- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Raymond Chandler- The Big Sleep

G.K Chesterton- The Man Who Was Thursday

Joseph Conrad- Lord Jim

Joseph Conrad- Nostromo

Joseph Conrad- The Secret Agent

Joseph Conrad- Under Western Eyes

James Fenimore Cooper- The Last of the Mohicans

Daniel Defoe- Moll Flanders

Don DeLillo- Underworld

Philip K. Dick- Valis

Charles Dickens- Bleak House

Fyodor Dostoevsky- The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoevsky- The Gambler

Fyodor Dostoevsky- The Idiot

Fyodor Dostoevsky- Notes from the Undergound

Lawrence Durrell- Justine

Umberto Eco- The Name of the Rose

George Eliot- The Mill on the Floss

George Eliot- Middlemarch

Ralph Ellison- Invisible Man

Jeffrey Eugenides- Middlesex

William Faulkner- Absalom, Absalom!

William Faulkner- As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner- A Light in August

William Faulkner- The Sound and the Fury

Gustave Flaubert- Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert- Bouvard and Pécuchet

Ian Fleming- From Russia With Love

Ford Maddox Ford- The Good Soldier

E.M. Forster- Howards End

John Fowles- The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Jonathan Franzen- The Corrections

Andre Gide- The Immoralist

Zane Grey- Riders of the Purple Sage

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe- The Sorrows of Young Werther

Günter Grass- The Tin Drum

Graham Greene- Brighton Rock

Graham Greene- The Heart of the Matter

Graham Greene- The Power and the Glory

Thomas Hardy- Jude the Obscure

Thomas Hardy- The Mayor of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy- The Return of the Native

Nathaniel Hawthorne- The House of Seven Gables

Joseph Heller- Catch 22

Ernest Hemingway- For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway- The Nick Adams Stories

Henry James- The Ambassadors

Henry James- Daisy Miller

Henry James- The Golden Bowl

Henry James- The Portrait of a Lady

Henry James- The Spoils of Poynton

Henry James- The Turn of the Screw

Henry James- Washington Square

Henry James- The Wings of the Dove

Jack Kerouac- The Dharma Bums

Ken Kesey- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Rudyard Kipling- Kim

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa- The Leopard

John le Carré- The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Stanislaw Lem- His Master’s Voice

Jonathan Lethem- The Fortress of Solitude

Mario Vargas Llosa- The Feast of the Goat

Mario Vargas Llosa- The Storyteller

Thomas Mann- The Black Swan

Thomas Mann- Buddenbrooks

Thomas Mann- The Magic Mountain

Gabriel Garcia Marquez- Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Cormac McCarthy- All the Pretty Horses

Cormac McCarthy- Blood Meridian

Cormac McCarthy- The Road

Ian McEwan- Atonement

Herman Melville- Billy Budd

Herman Melville- Moby Dick

Haruki Murakami- The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

Robert Musil- The Man Without Qualities

Vladimir Nabokov- Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov- Pale Fire

V.S. Naipaul- A Bend in the River

V.S. Naipaul- Guerrillas

Michael Ondaatje- The English Patient

Walker Percy- The Moviegoer

Sylvia Plath- The Bell Jar

Edgar Allan Poe- The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

Marcel Proust- Remembrance of Things Past

Thomas Pynchon- The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon- Gravity’s Rainbow

François Rabelais- Gargantua and Pantagruel

Marilynne Robinson- Gilead

Marilynne Robinson- Housekeeping

Philip Roth- American Pastoral

Philip Roth- The Human Stain

Salman Rushdie- Midnight’s Children

J.D. Salinger- The Catcher in the Rye

Mary Shelley- Frankenstein

Zadie Smith- White Teeth

Muriel Spark- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

John Steinbeck- The Grapes of Wrath

Stendhal- The Charterhouse of Parma

Stendhal- The Red and the Black

Laurence Sterne- A Sentimental Journey

Laurence Sterne- Tristram Shandy

Donna Tartt- The Secret History

William Thackeray- Vanity Fair

Leo Tolstoy- War and Peace

Ivan Turgenev- Fathers and Sons

Miguel de Unamuno- Three Exemplary Novels

John Updike- Rabbit Run

Kurt Vonnegut- Cat’s Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut- Slaughterhouse Five (Update: Read May 2015)

David Foster- Wallace Infinite Jest

David Foster- Wallace Oblivion

Evelyn Waugh- Brideshead Revisited

Nathanael West- The Day of the Locust

Nathanael West- Miss Lonelyhearts

Edith Wharton- Ethan Frome

Oscar Wilde- The Picture of Dorian Gray

Owen Wister- The Virginian

Virginia Woolf- Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf- To the Lighthouse

Richard Wright- Native Son

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