Lifetime Reading List

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Below are books and works of literature which fall into three categories:

They are books which I have read and which had a great impact on me either as a writer or in my day to day life.

They are books which are considered important works of literature or history which have stood the test of time for one reason or another and have become significant additions to the cultural zeitgeist.

They are books recommended to me by other writers or by friends and family.

Some of these are books which I read or will read purely for enjoyment and some I will study either so that I can understand what they are saying, how they are saying it and why they are saying it. In doing so I wish to better myself as a writer and as a person.

I will try to link through to opinion pieces or reviews when I finish one.

They are presented in no particular order.

  • Roots – Alex Haley
  • The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  • The Harry Potter Series – J. K. Rowling
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • The Bible
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beacher Stowe
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
  • The Collected Works of Edgar Allen Poe
  • Beowulf
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  • Guns, Germs and Steel – Jared Diamond
  • A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
  • The Odyssey – Homer
  • The Iliad – Homer
  • The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  • The Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George
  • The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • The Mahabharata
  • The Ramayana
  • The Qur’an
  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  • Mein Kampf – Adolf Hitler
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • The Talmud
  • Paradise Lost  – John Milton
  • The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King
  • Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  • The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  • The Man in the Iron Mask – Alexandre Dumas
  • On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • The Portrait of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
  • The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
  • I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  • The Dark Tower – Stephen King
  • Watership Down – Richard Adams
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
  • The System of the World – Isaac Newton
  • Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  • The Age of Reason – Thomas Paine
  • The Wealth of Nations – Adam Smith
  • The Prince – Machiavelli
  • Through the Language Glass – Guy Deutscher
  • The Tragedy of the CommonsGarret Hardin
  • The Elements of StyleStrunk and White

Of course this list is far from complete and my chances of getting through it all before my own story comes to an end are slim. I wish that there was time to read everything ever put to page but thanks to the span of human history that is unlikely to ever happen.

That being said, if you have any suggestions for books which I should add to the list please leave a comment below!


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