Books I read from The Art of Fiction reading list

I feel better now. The other list on the Great Books Guide website (, a 10 year reading list, has a lot more I have read. There is still a lot I haven’t read on this list, too, but I’ve completed 80 (out of well over 200). I also own most of the ones I haven’t read yet, so there is hope, if I stay off the Internet a while and read some books soon. I won’t give you a lot of commentary on this list, just groupings of the ones I liked, hated, and didn’t mind.

Books I liked:

Sherwood Anderson- Winesburg, Ohio

Jorge Luis Borges- Ficciones (need to reread)

Charlotte Bronte- Jane Eyre

Samuel Butler- The Way of All Flesh

Lewis Carroll- Alice in Wonderland

Willa Cather- My Antonía

Don DeLillo- White Noise

Charles Dickens- David Copperfield

Charles Dickens- Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens- A Tale of Two Cities

Arthur Conan Doyle- The Hound of the Baskervilles

George Eliot- Silas Marner

William Gibson- Neuromancer

Robert Heinlein- Stranger in a Strange Land

Frank Herbert- Dune

Hermann Hesse- Steppenwolf

Victor Hugo- Les Misérables

Franz Kafka- The Trial

Milan Kundera- The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Stanislaw Lem- Solaris

C.S. Lewis- The Chronicles of Narnia

Gabriel Garcia Marquez- Love in the Time of Cholera

Toni Morrison- Beloved

George Orwell- Animal Farm

J. K. Rowling- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Alexander Solzhenitsyn- Cancer Ward

Neal Stephenson- Snow Crash

J.R.R. Tolkien- The Hobbit

John Kennedy Tooles- A Confederacy of Dunces

Mark Twain- Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain- Tom Sawyer

Alice Walker- The Color Purple

Books I hated:

William Faulkner- Go Down, Moses

F. Scott Fitzgerald- The Great Gatsby

William Golding- The Lord of the Flies

Robert Heinlein- The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Ernest Hemingway- A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemingway- The Sun Also Rises

Jack Kerouac- On the Road

D. H. Lawrence- Sons and Lovers – Lawrence’s characters are either passionately IN LOVE with each other or absolutely HATE each other, sometimes several times in one scene, but with no inbetweens. If it weren’t for this odd dynamic his books would be great, but as is, they are hard to get through.

Aleksandr Pushkin- Eugene Onegin

Leo Tolstoy- The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Leo Tolstoy- The Kreutzer Sonata

Books that were ok:

Jane Austen- Emma

Honoré de Balzac- Eugénie Grandet

Honoré de Balzac- Le Pére Goriot

Emily Bronte- Wuthering Heights

Albert Camus- The Stranger

Stephen Crane- The Red Badge of Courage

Willa Cather- Death Comes for the Archbishop

Agatha Christie- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Joseph Conrad- Heart of Darkness

Daniel Defoe- Robinson Crusoe

Philip K. Dick- The Man in the High Castle

Charles Dickens- Great Expectations

Charles Dickens- A Christmas Carol

Fyodor Dostoevsky- Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky- The Possessed

Arthur Conan Doyle- The Hound of the Baskervilles

Henry Fielding- Tom Jones

E.M. Forster- A Passage to India

John Fowles- The Magus

William Gibson- Neuromancer

Thomas Hardy- Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Nathaniel Hawthorne- The Scarlet Letter

Robert Heinlein- Stranger in a Strange Land

Ernest Hemingway- The Old Man and the Sea

Hermann Hesse- Demian

Aldous Huxley- Brave New World

Henry James- The American

Franz Kafka- The Castle

Jack London- The Call of the Wild

Thomas Mann- Death in Venice

Gabriel Garcia Marquez- Love in the Time of Cholera

George Orwell- 1984

Alexander Solzhenitsyn- One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

John Steinbeck- Of Mice and Men

Robert Louis Stevenson- Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson- Treasure Island

Jonathan Swift- Gulliver’s Travels

Leo Tolstoy- Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy- The Death of Ivan Ilyich

And, yes, I am bragging about all the books I’ve read, though I’ll be feeling even more like bragging when I have read at least 50% of the list on the website.

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