Reading List

Here are some fictional and non-fictional works that have stayed with me, some of which I would gladly reread, some that enchanted me beyond belief.

*= okay
**= great
***= excellent

FICTION

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee [1960] **
  • The Floating Opera by John Barth [1956] *
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (x3) [1952] ***

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  • Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr. (unforgettable read, watched the movie 3 or 4 times) [1978] ***

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  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker [1982] ***

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  • Beloved by Toni Morrison [1987] *
  • The Octopus: A Story of California by Frank Norris [1901] **
  • 1984 by George Orwell (brilliant book, dystopian novels are great) [1949] ***

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  • Animal Farm by George Orwell (novella) [1945] **
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by C. S. Lewis [1865] *
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain [1884] *
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho [1988] *
  • The Manual of the Warrior of Light by Paulo Coelho [1997] *
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood [1985] ***

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  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1925] *
  • Moromeţii by Marin Preda (Romanian novel, volumes I and II) [1955 and 1967] *
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850] *
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo [1831] *
  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder [1991] ***
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov [1955] **

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  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (cried like a baby while reading it) [1852] **
  • The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon [2008] **
  • Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (MAGICAL) [1911] ***

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  • Harry Potter (all VII volumes) by J. K. Rowling (MAGICAL) [1997-2007] ***

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  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell (volume I) by Chris Colfer (looking forward to reading the other two volumes) (aaaand MAGICAL) [2012] ***

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  • Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal by Chris Colfer [2013] ***
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green [2012] **
  • Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan [2010] **
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan [2003] **
  • The Rainbow Trilogy: Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, Rainbow Road by Alex Sanchez [2001, 2003, and 2005] **
  • Cireşarii (The Cherry Teenagers) by Constantin Chiriţă (Romanian novel, V volumes) (wonderful books, the best of the Romanian literature) [1956, 1958, 1960, 1961, and 1963] ***
  • La Ţigănci by Mircea Eliade (Romanian short story) [1959] *
  • Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz [1895] *
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco [1980] **
  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner [1929] *
  • Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser [1900] *
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (short story) [1892] *
  • The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe (short story) [1839] *
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy [2006] *
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez [1967] *
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (almost done) [1932]

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  • The Divine Comedy: Inferno and Purgatory by Dante Aligheri (masterpiece, can’t wait to read Paradise as well) [1314 ?] ***

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  • Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier [1999] **

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ESSAYS

  • Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau [1849] *
  • Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson (x3) [1841] ***

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  • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836] *
  • A Defence of Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1821] *
  • Why I Write? by George Orwell [1946] **
  • Politics and the English Language by George Orwell (I love Orwell) [1946] **
  • Queer and Then? by Michael Warner [2012] **
  • What I Believe by Emma Goldman [1908] ***
  • Choosing the Margin as a Space of Radical Openness by bell hooks (in Yearnings: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics) [1989] **
  • Panopticism by Michel Foucault (in Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison) [1975] **
  • The Civil Rights Movement: What Good Was It? by Alice Walker (in In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens) [1983] **
  • Compulsory Heterosexuality by Adrienne Rich [1980] **
  • The Personal is Political by Carol Hanisch [1970] *

POETRY

  • Walt Whitman
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Audre Lorde

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  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Adrienne Rich

AUTO/BIOGRAPHIES

  • A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass [1845] **
  • The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) and Neil Strauss [1998] ***

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  • Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Matthews [2011] *
  • Yes We Can: A Biography of President Barack Obama by Garen Thomas [2008] *

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NON-FICTION (no chapters or articles)

  • The US Constitution (a few times) [created 1787, ratified 1788] *
  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels [1848] ***
  • Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine [2010] *
  • Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin [1987] ***
  • No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life by Thich Nhat Hanh [2003] ***
  • The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh [1999] **
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle [1997] **
  • A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle [2005] ***
  • The Origins and Role of Same-sex Relations in Human Societies by James Neill [2009] **
  • Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream by Jay Stevens [1988] **

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  • Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire by (Eds.) C. B. Daring, J. Rogue, Deric Shannon, and Abbey Volcano [2012] **
  • Refusing to Be a Man by John Stoltenberg [1989] **
  • Political Ideologies: An Introduction by Andrew Heywood [1992] **
  • Memories of the Future: Unsolved Mysteries of the Past by Erich von Däniken [1968] *
  • The Trouble With Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life by Michael Warner [1999] **

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  • Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville [1835] *

What are your thoughts on this list?

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