The List

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I need some assistance. I am creating a list of books that I need to read. However, this isn't just any list of books. I want the titles of these books to be given to me by you beautiful people.

The rules are as follows:

1. The book must have impacted you. There must be a reason you want me to read the book.

2. Reasonably easy to find. I won't be able to get obscure titles here in Hong Kong (unless you send them to me).

3. This isn't so much a rule as it is a hope. I would love to be able to discuss the book with you after. 

You can leave the title here in the comments section, or you can email me, or send it by pigeon. Whichever is easier.


Thanks to Ian for the inspiration

  • Debbie, I am going to give you a few of my recommended books, hoping that a longer list will mean you find at least one or two of them. I also suspect you'll have read some of these books already.

    Good books
    - The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    - The Epic of Gilgamesh
    - Unless by Carol Shields
    - The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
    - Larry's Party by Carol Shields
    - Green Grass Running Water by Thomas King
    - Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    - Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
    - Last Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley
    - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    - The Odyssey by Homer
    - Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    - The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
    - The Count of Monte Cristo by Edward Dumas
    - The Ronin by William Jennings
    - The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinback
    - Foe by J. M. Coetzee
    - Things fall Apart by Chiuna Achebe
    - Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

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  • Leif's list has some I like, and some I don't know. You might want to start there. Two books I really like are by Italo Calvino: "Invisible Cities", and "If on a winter's night a traveler". Both changed my ideas about what prose literature could be, and fortunately for me these days neither requires much of an attention span.

  • yes, one more vote for Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart
    álso, some interesting ones that i read last year in Uganda:
    Milan Kundera--Ignorance
    Marlo Morgan-- mutant message from forever
    Chimamanda Nguzi Adichie-- Purple Hibiscus
    Tess McWatt-- this body
    michael Ondaatje-- In the skin of a lion

    good luck finding something good to read!

  • Unless by Carol Shields, which Leif has already mentioned, is one of my favorite books of all time. I think, especially as a feminist, you will really appreciate it.
    Last Wanted on the Voyage is actually Not Wanted on the Voyage. I am reading it right now, and it is very disturbing--but good.
    I am also reading Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner. It promises to be excellent. I read The Sound and the Fury a long time ago in American Lit (were you in that class with me?). This is how I first fell in love with Faulkner. He is a difficult read, as he is all about the fragmented narrative and stream of consciousness writing, but I find there to be a big pay out.