Robert’s Massive Reading List

As mentioned in my previous video, part of my push for self improvement is reading more. To aid with that, I’ve put together this list of what other people say are good books. This list has been compiled from dozens of “best books” articles and scholarly lists of great literature to present a massive list of good books. This is by no means a comprehensive list of every great book ever written, but it should serve as a good place to start if you’re looking for your next read. There’s a pretty wide selection here, though the fiction section may be a bit sci-fi heavy because that’s what I like. If you want to take the massive reading list challenge, print this list and check off each book after you read it. I’d say if you can get even half checked off, you’ll be extremely well-read.

Also, apologies to V for breaking her layout with a 115% width table, but I wanted to keep everything from auto-line breaking.

Title Author
1984 George Orwell
A Bend in the River V.S. Naipaul
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter Miller
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
A Dance To The Music Of Time (Series) Anthony Powell
A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen
A Farewell To Arms Ernest Hemingway
A Fire Upon The Deep Vernor Vinge
A Handful Of Dust Evelyn Waugh
A High Wind In Jamaica Richard Hughes
A House For Mr Biswas V.S. Naipaul
A Madman’s Diary Lu Xun
A Passage To India E.M. Forster
A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man James Joyce
A Prayer For Owen Meany John Irving
A River Out of Eden Richard Dawkins
A Room With A View E.M. Forster
A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick
A Song for Lya George R.R. Martin
A Song of Ice And Fire George R.R. Martin
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner
Alastor Jack Vance
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
All My Sins Remembered Joe Haldeman
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque
All The King’s Men Robert Penn Warren
Altered Carbon Richard K. Morgan
An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser
An Evil Guest Gene Wolfe
Angle Of Repose Wallace Stegner
Animal Farm George Orwell
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
Anthem Ayn Rand
Appointment In Samarra John O’hara
Arrowsmith Sinclair Lewis
Art and Illusion Ernest H. Gombrich
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
At Swim-Two-Birds Flann O’brien
At The Mountains Of Madness H.P. Lovecraft
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
Atonement Ian McEwan
Austerlitz W.G. Sebald
Bartleby, the Scrivener Herman Melville
Battlefield Earth L. Ron Hubbard
Beggars in Spain Nancy Kress
Being and Nothingness Jean-Paul Sartre
Beloved Toni Morrison
Beowulf Anonymous
Berlin Alexanderplatz Alfred Döblin
Blindness José Saramago
Blood Meridian Cormac Mccarthy
Bostan Saadi
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
Brighton Rock Graham Greene
Buddenbrooks Thomas Mann
Camp Concentration Thomas Disch
Candide Voltaire
Cannery Row John Steinbeck
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Cat’s Cradle Kurt Vonnegut
Children of Gebelawi Naguib Mahfouz
Cider with Rosie Laurie Lee
Citizen of the Galaxy Robert Heinlein
Civilization and Its Discontents Sigmund Freud
Clarissa Samuel Richardson
Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
Confessions Saint Augustine
Confessions of Zeno Italo Svevo
Cranford Elizabeth Gaskell
Crash J.G. Ballard
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Critique of Pure Reason Immanuel Kant
Dandelion Wine Ray Bradbury
Darkness At Noon Arthur Koestler
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol
Death Comes For The Archbishop Willa Cather
Deliverance James Dickey
Dhalgren Samuel Delany
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Anne Tyler
Disgrace J.M. Coetzee
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
Double Star Robert Heinlein
Dr Zhivago Boris Pasternak
Dune Frank Herbert
Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card
Epic of Gilgamesh Anonymous
Essays Michel de Montaigne
Eugene Onegin Alexander Pushkin
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen
Farmer in the Sky Robert Heinlein
Faust Johann von Goethe
Fear L. Ron Hubbard
Fevre Dream George R.R. Martin
Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges
Fifth Business Robertson Davies
Finnegans Wake James Joyce
Flatland Edwin Abbott
Flow My Tears The Policeman Said Philip K. Dick
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes
Forever Peace Joe Haldeman
Foundation Isaac Asimov
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Free Live Free Gene Wolfe
From Here To Eternity James Jones
Germinal Emile Zola
Go Tell It On The Mountain James Baldwin
Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell
Gravity’s Rainbow Thomas Pynchon
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Greenmantle Charles De Lint
Griffin’s Egg Michael Swanwick
Guilty Pleasures Laurell K. Hamilton
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared Diamond
Gypsy Ballads Federico García Lorca
Hamlet William Shakespeare
Heart Of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Henderson The Rain King Saul Bellow
History Elsa Morante
Howards End E.M. Forster
Hunger Knut Hamsun
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
I Served the King of England Bohumil Hrabal
I, Claudius Robert Graves
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller Italo Calvino
Illuminations Walter Benjamin
Illusions Richard Bach
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust
In the Penal Colony Franz Kafka
Independent People Halldór Laxness
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Ironweed William Kennedy
It Stephen King
Jacques the Fatalist Denis Diderot
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Richard Bach
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke
Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton
Kim Rudyard Kipling
King Lear William Shakespeare
Le Père Goriot Honoré de Balzac
Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman
Les Misérables Victor Hugo
Life: a User’s Manual Georges Perec
Light In August William Faulkner
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Lolita Vladamir Nobokov
London Fields Martin Amis
Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
Lord Of The Flies William Golding
Lost Horizon James Hilton
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez
Loving Henry Green
Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis
Lyonesse Jack Vance
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
Mahabharata Vyasa
Main Street Sinclair Lewis
Maske: Thaery Jack Vance
Masnavi Rumi
Medea Euripides
Memoirs of Hadrian Marguerite Yourcenar
Memory And Dream Charles De Lint
Metamorphoses Ovid
Middlemarch George Eliot
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Mission Earth L. Ron Hubbard
Moby Dick Herman Melville
Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable, a trilogy Samuel Beckett
Moonheart Charles De Lint
More Than Human Theodore Sturgeon
Mother Courage and Her Children Bertolt Brecht
Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf
Mulengro Charles De Lint
My Antonia Willa Cather
My Name Is Red Orhan Pamuk
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes Edith Hamilton
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass
Native Son Richard Wright
Nausea Jean-Paul Sartre
Nightwings Robert Silverberg
Njál’s Saga Anonymous
Nostromo Joseph Conrad
Oedipus Rex Sophocles
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
Old Goriot Honoré de Balzac
Old Man’s War John Scalzi
On Beauty Zadie Smith
On Painting Alberti
On The Beach Nevil Shute
On The Road Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One Lonely Night Mickey Spillane
One Thousand and One Nights Anonymous
Oresteia Aeschylus
Origin of Species Charles Darwin
Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey
Othello William Shakespeare
Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov
Parade’s End Ford Madox Ford
Paradise Lost John Milton
Pedro Páramo Juan Rulfo
Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren
Planet of Adventure Jack Vance
Poems Paul Celan
Poems Giacomo Leopardi
Poetics Aristotle
Point Counter Point Aldous Huxley
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Principia Mathematica Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell
Ragtime E.L. Doctorow
Ramayana Valmiki
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke
Ringworld Larry Niven
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
Schismatrix Bruce Sterling
Scoop Evelyn Waugh
Season of Migration to the North Tayeb Salih
Sentimental Education Gustave Flaubert
Shakuntala Kālidāsa
Shane Jack Schaefer
Siddhartha Herman Hesse
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson
Someplace To Be Flying Charles De Lint
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Sometimes A Great Notion Ken Kesey
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
Sons And Lovers D.H. Lawrence
Sophie’s Choice William Styron
Sorcerer’s Son Phyllis Eisenstein
Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card
Sphere Michael Crichton
Starship Troopers Robert Heinlein
Stories Anton Chekhov
Stories Franz Kafka
Stranger In A Strange Land Robert Heinlein
Suite Francaise Irène Némirovsky
Suttree Cormac Mccarthy
Swordspoint Ellen Kushner
Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Tender Is The Night F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
The Adventures Of Augie March Saul Bellow
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
The Aeneid Virgil
The Age Of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Alexandria Quartet Lawrence Durell
The Alteration Kingsley Amis
The Ambassadors Henry James
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Art of Happiness The Dalai Lama
The Art of War Sun Tzu
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin
The Baroque Cycle Neal Stephenson
The Bible, The Quran, Hindu Texts, Bhuddist Texts, etc… Various
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler
The Book of Disquiet Fernando Pessoa
The Book of Knights Yves Maynard
The Book of the Long Sun Gene Wolfe
The Book of the New Sun Gene Wolfe
The Book of the Short Sun Gene Wolfe
The Bridge Of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Cadwal Chronicles Jack Vance
The Cairo Trilogy Naguib Mahfouz
The Call Of The Wild Jack London
The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer
The Castle Franz Kafka
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
The Cherry Orchard Anton Chekov
The Code of the Woosters P.G. Wodehouse
The Color Purple Alice Walker
The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx
The Company K.J. Parker
The Cunning Man Robertson Davies
The Day Of The Locust Nathanael West
The Death of Ivan Ilyich Leo Tolstoy
The Death Of The Heart Elizabeth Bowen
The Decameron Giovanni Boccaccio
The Demon Princes Jack Vance
The Devil to Pay in the Backlands João Guimarães Rosa
The Diamond Age Neal Stephenson
The Dispossessed Ursula K. LeGuin
The Divine Comedy Dante
The Door Into Summer Robert Heinlein
The Double Helix James D. Watson
The Dragonriders of Pern Anne McCaffrey
The Dream of the Red Chamber Cao Xueqin
The Dying Earth Jack Vance
The Elements of Style Strunk and White
The Fifth Head of Cerebus Gene Wolfe
The Fionavar Tapestry Guy Gavriel Kay
The Forever War Joe Haldeman
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand
The French Lieutenant’s Woman John Fowles
The Ginger Man J.P. Donleavy
The Glass Bead Game Herman Hesse
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams
The Gods Themselves Isaac Asimov
The Golden Bough James George Frazer
The Golden Bowl Henry James
The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing
The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
The Grapes Of Wrath John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The Haunting Of Hill House Shirley Jackson
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter Carson Mccullers
The Heart Of The Matter Graham Greene
The High Crusade Poul Anderson
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien
The Home and the World Rabindranath Tagore
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle
The House Of Mirth Edith Wharton
The Hunt For Red October Tom Clancy
The Hyperion Cantos Dan Simmons
The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Iliad Homer
The Jungle Upton Sinclair
The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. LeGuin
The Leopard Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel François Rabelais
The Little Country Charles De Lint
The Lives of the Artists Vasari
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
The Magic Mountain Thomas Mann
The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington
The Magus John Fowles
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
The Man in the High Castle Philip K. Dick
The Man Without Qualities Robert Musil
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov
The Misanthrope Moliere
The Mismeasure of Man Stephen Jay Gould
The Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress Robert Heinlein
The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
The Moviegoer Walker Percy
The Naked And The Dead Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco
The Odyssey Homer
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
The Old Wives’ Tale Arnold Bennett
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
The Portrait of a Lady Henry James
The Possessed Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Postman Always Rings Twice James M. Cain
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark
The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli
The Puppet Masters Robert Heinlein
The Rabbit books John Updike
The Rainbow D.H. Lawrence
The Recognitions William Gaddis
The Red and the Black Stendhal
The Republic Plato
The Rights of Man Thomas Paine
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie
The Savage Detectives Roberto Bolaño
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
The Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles
The Social Contract Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Sorrows of Young Werther Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
The Sound of the Mountain Yasunari Kawabata
The Stand Stephen King
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Studs Lonigan Trilogy James T. Farrell
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Tale of Genji Lady Murasaki
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Philip K. Dick
The Tin Drum Günter Grass
The Tipping Point Malcolm Gladwell
The Trial Franz Kafka
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera
The Varieties of Religious Experience William James
The Voyeur Alain Robbe-Grillet
The Wapshot Chronicles John Cheever
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
The Warden Anthony Trollope
The Way Of All Flesh Samuel Butler
The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The Wings Of The Dove Henry James
The Wizard Knight Gene Wolfe
The Wizard of Earthsea Ursula K. LeGuin
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum
The Wood Wife Terri Windling
The Word For World Is Forest Ursula K. LeGuin
The World According To Garp John Irving
The Worm Ouroboros E.R. Eddison
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for None and All Friedrich Nietzsche
Tigana Guy Gavriel Kay
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy John le Carré
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
Tobacco Road Erskine Caldwell
Tom Jones Henry Fielding
Trader Charles De Lint
Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne
Tropic Of Cancer Henry Miller
True Names Vernor Vinge
Trustee From The Toolroom Nevil Shute
U.S.A.(Trilogy) John Dos Passos
Ubik Philip K. Dick
Ulysses James Joyce
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
Under the Net Iris Murdoch
Under The Volcano Malcolm Lowry
Underworld Don DeLillo
Up From Slavery Booker T. Washington
V. Thomas Pynchon
Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett
Waiting for the Mahatma R.K. Narayan
Walden Henry David Thoreau
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
Watership Down Richard Adams
We The Living Ayn Rand
Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
Wildlife James Patrick Kelly
Winesburg, Ohio Sherwood Anderson
Wise Blood Flannery O’connor
Women In Love D.H. Lawrence
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
Yarrow Charles De Lint
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert Pirsig
Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis
Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm


3 Responses to “Robert’s Massive Reading List”

  • Robert says:

    Oops. Noticed some duplications in there… Thought I caught them all. I’ll fix the list as soom as I get to a real internet connection.

  • V says:

    Did you forget to activate Akismet?

    I am already working on the ALA Top 100 List of Banned/Challenged Classics. I have it printed and I highlight the books as I read them.

    Also, the table extends past the width of the content box and looks bad. Would you like me to style it for you? I never expected you to use any tables so it never occurred to me.

  • Robert says:

    I do have Askimet activated, I just don’t think I’ve marked enough stuff as spam yet for it to learn what’s what.

    Don’t worry about the table, it’s not going to be a common occurrence.