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Books I need to buy/read
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Books I need to buy/read

Well here's a list of all the books/authors I would like to read before I'm dead. I need more from the far east though...

There are 57 titles here. I assumed an average of 500 pages / book which comes out to 28500 pages of reading. If I read 30 pages a day, it will only take me 950 days to complete everything listed here or about 2.6 years. LAWLZ


William Gibson - Neuromancer
Neal Stephenson - The Baroque Cycle Series
Isaac Asimov - The Best of Isaac Asimov
Issac Asimov - The Foundation Series
Larry Niven - Ringworld
Robert Jordan - Wheel of Time
Philip Pullman - The Golden Compass (Northern Lights)
Dostoevsky - The Idiot
Dostoevsky - Possessed
Nikolai Gogol - ???
Tolstoy - Anna Karenina
Tolstoy - War & Peace
Ivan Bunin - ???
Simone de Beauvoir - All Men are Mortal
Kafka - ???
Camus - The Stranger
Camus - The Plague
Pierre de Laclos - Les Liaisons dangereuses
Stendhal (Henri-Marie Beyle) The Red and the Black
Flaubert - Madame Bovary
Thackery - Vanity Fair
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
David Wallace - Infinite Jest
Bret Ellis - American Psycho
Tom Robbins - Jitterbug Perfume
Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting
Jorge Borges - Collected Fictions
Kazanzakis - The Last Temptation of Christ
Hermann Hesse - Siddhartha
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
Stanislaw Lem - ???
Douglas Adams - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Geoffrey Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales
Jules Verne - Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Voltaire - Candide
Marcel Proust - Sodom and Gomorrah
Andre Gide - The Immoralist
Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera
Victor Hugo - Les Miserables
Jiang Rong - Wolf Totem
Nietzsche - Why I Am So Wise
Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
George Orwell - Why I Write
Mary Wollstonecraft - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Kierkegaard - Fear and Trembling
Thomas a Kempis - The Inner Life
Montaigne - On Friendship
St. Augustine of Hippo - Confessions
Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo
Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
Jane Austen - Emma
Upton Sinclair - The Jungle
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
John Milton - Paradise Lost
Lao Tzu - Tae Te Ching
Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. - Chuang-tzu
The quieter you become, the more you can hear. - Baba Ram Dass
The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass. - Dogen
Great Faith. Great Doubt. Great Effort. - The three qualities necessary for training. - Zen saying
Possessing much knowledge is like having a thousand foot fishing line with a hook, but the fish is always an inch beyond the hook. - Zen saying
06-14-2008 09:06 AM
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Re: Books I need to buy/read

Try Bookchan.

06-14-2008 09:18 AM
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