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Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul. --Joyce Carol Oates

Thursday, January 01, 2015

60 by 60

I intend to read at the minimum sixty books from this list of authors over the course of the next five years: by the time I reach age 60. Some authors I'll be reading for the first time (noted with an *); others I'll be continuing to read in greater depth. List contains more than 60 authors to give myself some much needed flexibility along with the book by the author I'm most likely to read first. I'll add date read and any additional books read as time goes on. I also reserve the right to add all NYRB or Persephone Books completed over the next five years to this list; I was too lazy to list them all but would certainly like to make considerable headway in these collections.

A.L. Barker
A Heavy Feather
*Sybille Bedford
A Favorite of the Gods
*Jorge Luis Borges
The Aleph and Other Stories
T.C. Boyle
Tortilla Curtain
*Robert A. Caro
The Passage of Power
Willa Cather
Death Comes for the Archbishop
*Eleanor Catton
The Luminaries
Anton Chekhov
Collected Stories
Barbara Comyns
The Vet's Daughter
Richmal Crompton
Frost at Morning
*Richard Dawkins
The Greatest Show on Earth
*Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man
George Eliot
Felix Holt: The Radical
Penelope Fitzgerald
The Golden Child
Gustave Flaubert
Bouvard and Pecuchet
*Julia Franck
The Blind Side of the Heart
William Gaddis
The Recognitions
Elizabeth Gaskell
North and South
*Amitar Ghosh
Sea of Poppies
George Gissing
Workers in the Dawn
*Ellen Glasgow
Barren Ground
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
*Ivan Goncharov
Oblomov
Caroline Gordon
Penhally
*Stephen Greenblatt
The Swerve
*Vasily Grossman
Life and Fate
Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge
L.P. Hartley
The Go-Between
Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Blithedale Romance
Philip Hensher
King of the Badgers
*Janet Hobhouse
The Furies
Halldor Laxness
Independent People
Doris Lessing
The Golden Notebook
David Lodge
A Man of Parts
Thomas Mann
Death in Venice
*Peter Matthiessen
Snow Country
*David McCullough
John Adams
*Louis Menand
The Metaphysical Club
*Kathleen Morehouse
Rain on the Just
Toni Morrison
Song of Solomon
*Nicholas Mosley
Hopeful Monsters
*Harry Mulisch
Discovery of Heaven
Haruki Murakami
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Iris Murdoch
The Sacred and Profane Love Machine
Vladimir Nabokov
Pale Fire
Irene Nemirovsky
Suite Francaise
*Lawrence Norfolk
The Pope's Rhinoceros
Ovid
The Metamorphoses
*Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago
*Benito Perez Galdoz
Fortunata and Jacinta
Anthony Powell
Casanova's Chinese Restaurant
Richard Powers
Gold Bug Variations
David Quammen
Monster of God
Philip Roth
I Married a Communist
Salman Rushdie
The Satanic Verses
Georges Simenon
The Train
Ali Smith
How to be Both
Jean Stafford
The Catherine Wheel
Christina Stead
Letty Fox: Her Luck
Stendhal
The Charterhouse of Parma
William Styron
The Confessions of Nat Turner
Elizabeth Taylor
The View of the Harbour
*Harry Thompson
This Thing of Darkness
Anthony Trollope
Phineas Finn
David Foster Wallace
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again
Rebecca West
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
Richard Yates
The Easter Parade
Howard Zinn
A People's History of the United States

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