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How's it going so far? I'm trying to focus on more longer books, read 100 in 2014.
>everything by HP Lovecraft
I like him, but why would you want to do that?.
American Psycho
Malone Dies
The Unnameable
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
The Member of the Wedding
Ballad of the Sad Cafe & Other Stories
Billy Budd
Intruder in the Dust
The Big Sleep
Dead Souls
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
White Teeth
The Hours
A Tale of Two Cities
Lady Chatterley's Lover
The Wild Palms
The Way We Live Now
Between the Acts
The Confidence Man
The Reivers
I know, many of the stories were kind of crap, but the best ones are good. I used to be a big fan some years ago, so I wanted to see if he still holds up (kind of didn't).
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>l.o.l. nice entry level list bleb what are you 14
What are your top 3 so far, OP?
At the rate im going I'll probably have read 100+ books by the end of the year

But I doubt I'll manage to maintain the pace
Citadel of the Autarch (read the previous ones at end of last year, really liked them all), Journey to the End of the Night and currently reading If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, which seems very good. Sudenmorsian was also really good, but hasn't probably been translated to anything from Finnish. Wuthering Heights was very good, but the last 100 pages were pretty boring.
Palestinian Identity - Rashid Khalidi
De Constructie van het verleden - Lorenz
Wetenschapsfilosofie voor geesteswetenschappen - Leezenberg & De Vries
The Will to Knowledge - Foucault
From Beirut to Jerusalem - Friedman
Hadji Murad - Tolstoy
Notes from Underground - Dostoyevsky
Greek Tragedies vol 1 (Agamemnon, Prometheus bound, Oedipus the King, Antigone and Hippolytus)
Mythology - Hamilton
The Eternal Husband - Dostoyevksy
Hunger - Hamsun

I've had to read about 1000 pages of textbooks/articles that I obviously can't list, so that makes the list look a bit meagre.
>caring if a list looks meagre to a bunch of anons
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How do you read so much bros?
i read instead of masturbating. adds like 5 hours of reading time per week
That's the point of the thread, isn't it? Kind of a stupid thing to say if you've already decided to enter this thread in the first place.
what are these challenge things? what website is that
i'm reading a bunch of YA novels with female protagonists because i'm going to write one myself.
>come at me bro
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Carmen - Prosper Mérimée
La Vénus d'Ille - Prosper Mérimée
Mateo Falcone - Prosper Mérimée
Bilbo the Hobbit - Tolkien
La Légende des Nibelungen - Ehrhard
Storm of Steel - Ernst Jünger
Beowulf - Botkine
Le Comte de Monte-Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
The King in Yellow - Robert W. Chambers
More longer?
opinions on Stevens and Munro?
confederacy of dunces
the savage detectives
she came to stay
the death of ivan ilyich and other stories

currently reading hopscotch by Cortazar. havent read many but I've enjoyed each read immensely
The Consolation of Philosophy – Boethius
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Diary of a Nobody – Grossmith
The Republic
Six Characters in Search of an Author and other plays – Pirandello
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats – T.S. Eliot
Cartographies of Time – Rosenberg and Grafton
Walden – Thoreau
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller – Calvino
oops, and The Decameron
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ya its pretty pleb but I was never a big reader. any general recs?
the sticky
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Only read 4. Went a few weeks without reading though, trying to be back on track now.
In Search of Lost Time, Volume III, The Guermentes Way - Proust
Falling Man - DeLillo
Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway
In Search of Lost Time, Volume IV - Sodom and Gommorah

Only 4 books this year, kinda sad. For a while, though, I was having trouble focusing, although I'm over that now. I dunno, just didn't feel like reading. It's also always better to read outside, and it's been mostly too cold for that so far.
What did you think of that Hemingway book? I couldn't stand the fucking thing tbh.
>Wetenschapsfilosofie voor geesteswetenschappen - Leezenberg & De Vries
Die heb ik een aantal jaar geleden voor uni gelezen. Heb jij deze uit eigen wil gelezen of ook voor school?
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blood meridian has been my favourite so far
>All this Steinbeck
What a weird trend.

Was thinking of reading East of Eden. How does it compare to his other works?
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>Gravity's Rainbow (started Dec 2014, finished Jan 2015)
>Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft (started Dec 2014, finished Jan 2015)
>Inherent Vice
>Malone Dies
>The Unnamable
>Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy
>The Soft Machine
>The Ticket That Exploded
>Nova Express
>Kafka: The Complete Short Stories
>The Magic Lantern
>The Stranger
>The Myth of Sysyphus
>The Minority Report and other classic short stories by Philip K. Dick
>A Midsummer Night's Dream
>The Tempest
>On the Road
>Stranger in a Strange Land
>Player Piano
>God Emperor of Dune
>Crime and Punishment
>Natural Law, or don't put a rubber on your willy
>A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
>The Rebel
>The Sound and the Fury
>The Sirens of Titan
>Blood Meridian
>Slow Learner
>The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
>Martian Time-Slip

i am currently reading A Scanner Darkly
Stevens is a life changing discovery, Munroe offers endlessly beautiful meditations on love and gender performivity
>reading gatsby
>calling others pleb

>not understanding greentext
>not recognising the counter-reflexive aka "inb4" strand of greentext
>posting on 4chan
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Also qould like to know. for me it's not a question of stamina but being comfortable. I dont have a nice reading chair and laying on bed without sleeping feels uncomfortable. I sit on a shity chair at work for 9 hours so my back is kinda fucked already and sitting up for a few hours hurts. can anyone recomend an affordable comfy reading chair?
Lay in bed but on the reverse side when reading
Add pillows to chair
>The Great Gastby
>Pathfinder II
>Some Poe, some Lovecraft, some Borges
>Wells The Time Machine
>The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Going pretty well so far, considering college takes up most of my time
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And a ton of Orwell essays.
Well, are you?
met tegenzin voor uni gelezen. De laatste hoofdstukken waren oké, maar ik had liever een cursus gehad over vier/vijf grote filosofen, waar tenminste wat diepgang in had gezeten, dan een zevenmijlslaarzen sprint door meer dan dertig levenswerken.
How do you people find so much time to read?

Not counting textbooks, all I've read is Macbeth and the first 30 chapters of Don Quixote
East of Eden is one of his best, if not his best work.
you could be reading right now, but you're posting on élité in stead
Reading really doesn't require that much time. Just set down a certain amount of pages to read a day that is easily doable for most people, like 50 pages and you will read more than you think.

Not to mention i imagine that /lit/ is made up of a lot of student and a few NEETs or have a good amount of free time.
>The Trial
>The Ego Tunnel
>House of Plebs
>A Confederacy of Dunces
>Infinite Kek
>Simulacra & Simulation

Reading Illuminatus! trilogy and Sixty Stories
•Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
•Death of the Stacy's (comics)
•The Long Halloween (comics)
•The Illustrated Man
•No One Belongs Here More Than You - Miranda July
•Indignation - Philip Roth

Currently in the middle of The Corrections, loving it. Up next is Double Feature by Owen King, then something from my backlog. I'm thinking Cannery Row or Cav & Clay.
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11 books thus far, 3 in the process, will probably start one more. De Civitate Dei and Demon are exhausting.
Oh Christ is that a 40k novel.
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that isn't too pleb brah...keep it up
Pretty good for what it is. I'm also a 40k fan. It's a break from the real stuff, I may read one in a couple of weeks if I can find an audiobook.
I loved A Hero of Our Time. Will have to read Pynchon soon, I'm not sure how I can be here for such a long time and not read him.
Yeah I had no real expectations but a Hero turned out to be one of my favorites so far! I highly recommend V. of the 3 Pynchon novels i've read this year

Oh thank God other people feel this way. I was trying to get through the same collection and I felt like my brain was shutting down with some of his earlier stories. I liked about half of them so I kept reading through the painful ones for fear of missing a more obscure good story. When does the collection start to pick up?
>All The Light We Cannot See
>The State And Revolution
>Naked Lunch
>Brave New World
>The Crying Of Lot 49

how did you find 'white teeth'?
>reading the the first and third book of the Oedipus cycle but skipping Oediupus at Colonus
>taking an hour to cum
gtfo normie
note to save all anons from embarrassment: Byron's 'Don Juan' is pronounced intentionally incorrectly as 'Don JEW-AN' because that is how it was said by the English aristocracy in the regency period
top 3 this year?
The description sounded depressing
what do you mean? I have it on both audio book and epub if you want me to send it to you
>Autobiography - Morrissey (reread for the third time)
>Mozipedia - Simon Goddard (reread for the second time)
>A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths - Tony Fletcher
>Songs That Saved Your Life - The Art of The Smiths 1982-87 - Simon Goddard
>Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance - Johnny Rogan
>Morrissey's Manchester - Phil Gatenby
>Morrissey in Conversation: The Essential Interviews - Paul A. Woods
>Saint Morrissey - Mark Simpson

also read about one hundred thousand posts on the Morrissey-solo forums, the entire catalogue of true-to-you.com and the complete plays of Shakespeare
I mean how did you find it as in did you enjoy it or dislike it?
Antigone is worse
Oooh. I thought it was pretty good! (I think she worte it at like 20) It's kinda dickensian
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Six of Marx and Engels' shorter works.

The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich, The 20th Century Artbook (Phaidon Press), Hiroshige (Taschen), and Emil Nolde: Artist of the Elements by Averil King.

The Art of War, the Dao De Jing and the Zhuangzi.

Selected stories and plays of Nikolay Gogol, Whatever by Houellebecq, Omensetter's Luck by Gass, The Melancholy of Resistance by Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and long-overdue rereads of three Shakespeare tragedies.
I'm still in the middle of reading my first book this year.
what book
The hungry caterpillar

The pop up version looked too large, like it might be a bit of a read, so I went with the picture one instead.
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Are you NEET?
if youre not going to respond seriously why bother at all
uh, >>6277997 isn't me. But alright.
Basically, they do it as a sales trick. I bought vol. 1 out of a series, because I had never read Greek tragedies before. Turns out they're actually kind of important to read one after another, which is why the continuation of all the plays in vol. 1 are in vol. 2 and vol. 3...
Still, I enjoyed these a lot, even without their ''sequals'', and I'll read them in the future.
History of Pugachev
Short stories by Chekhov
The prince
Taras Bulba
Thus spake Zarathustra
Michael Kolhaas
The red and the black
Communist Manifesto
I am not. I just dont own a TV.
i dont watch tv either but Demons, Atlas Shrugged and Ulysses alone would take me 3 months of my free time... That's impressive if true
Atlas Shrugged is long but very easy to read. The same applies for Demons, with the difference that is far better than AS, but is written in a very plain language.
Demons is the hardest book I've ever read.
We Love Glenda So Much and Other Stories - Julio Cortazar
Blow-Up and Other Stories - Julio Cortazar
Kansallista Itsetutkiskelua - Volter Kilpi
In Praise of Prejudice - Theodore Dalrymple
A Tale of Two Cities - Dickens
Invisible Cities - Calvino
Lives of Things - Saramago
The Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald
Mad Love - Breton
The Most Beatiful Woman in Town - Bukowski
The Death of Ivan Ilych - Tolstoy
The Kreutzer Sonata - Tolstoy
The White Steamship - Aitmatov
Book of Imaginary Beings - Borges
Siddhartha - Hesse
Psalm 44 - Danilo Kis

Many of these are pretty short, haven't read that much actually.
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I've read some of thopse books, but I want to read them all.
It's actually Glass Bead Game by Hesse. It's good so far but I'm kind of missing Hesse's usual mysticism.
Urth of the new sun - gene wolfe
Book of the short sun - gene wolfe

Currently reading: Death of Ivan Ilych by Tolstoy (just started it on the train this morning)

Coming up:
The kreutzer sonata
The Old man and the sea
The crying of lot 49
Various Poe stories/poems
Bartleby, The Scrivener
Gravity's Rainbow

I'd like to get more into poetry too (I realize how absurd of a sentence that is, like "I'd like to get into music"). I meant to do it in college but never did since I was too busy studying math (no regrets btw, except for the not reading poetry thing). Anyone have some good jumping off points or suggestions? Is there a "right" way to do it? Do I read a book of poems in order by a single author? How long do I let each poem "sit" before reading more? These are probably dumb questions and ill probably just end up doing what feels right but does anyone have some advice or favorite poets for me?
Kerouac - The Haunted Life
Modiano - Dora Bruder
Burroughs - The Soft Machine
Camus - La Chute
Camus - La Peste
Kerouac - Dharma Bums
Some book by Stewart Lee lol

I still find the French shit heavy going sorry that i haven't gone ham like you guys have
Is fear and loathing in Las Vegas good? My dad just read it and he liked it
get in the zone first, I don't mean drugs just know who you're reading
no, the point of the thread could be to converse about the books you read with people that also read them, or inquire about interesting books.

Telling me it was a stupid thing to say LOL
I hope you are young

I found it to be a hip, energetic character piece
definitely not bad if a bit predictable, I would read more of her work
keep llying on an anonymous cartoon website brah

>if i just include a few more that i havent read maybe i will stand out from the crowd
It might be fake but greentext guy's list looks doable, particularly if you used audio versions of the simpler stuff like pkd and vonnegut. (Or you are a neet).
>audio versions
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Fucking hell mates, I'm slow.
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some are rereads
>Based Krasz
>Based Mishima
>Based Gogol
A man after my own heart.
>please respect me
The rhymes wouldn't work otherwise
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I like the ideas in A Scanner Darkly, but God damn was that a bore. P.K. Dick summed up I suppose.
Dubliners is amazing. How does Portrait compare, and is it good? I tried reading Ulysses recently, but dropped it when I got the the "Inelcutable Modality" chapter. I figure what's the point reading something that I won't fully understand yet.

>Bartleby, the Scrivener
>Billy Budd, Sailor
>Fear and Trembling
>The Sickness Unto Death
>Tao Te Ching
>The Shadow of Sirius
>The Rain in the Trees
>Selected Poems of R.P. Blackmur
>William Carlos Williams Selected Poems
>Personae - Ezra Pound
>Sculpting In Time - Tarkovsky
>The Iliad (I think I read that early this year or late last year)
Just finished The Sickness Unto Death, was also reading Moby Dick, but dropped it to strictly read Kierkegaard. Might pick it back up or try and read some philosophy along with it again. I've really enjoyed Moby Dick so far, I really like Melville's sort of reserved style. I've probably read some more, but I can't think of all of them.
Do people seriously count how many books they've read? Why would you do this? what is the point?
>I tried reading Ulysses recently, but dropped it when I got the the "Inelcutable Modality" chapter. I figure what's the point reading something that I won't fully understand yet.

You don't have to understand the whole book on one read through. I'd say that's pretty unlikely in the first place.
Keeping track of what you have read
It's a hell of a fun book, and relatable if you've ever been in really fucked up situations and didn't have much of a grasp on what to do
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Yeah, but when an entire chapter, which is fairly early on in the book, is incomprehensible it sort of kills it for me.
Not Pictured: The Stand (King)
>>6277384 here


i'm not lying, although i could understand one being skeptical, as i have clearly read a lot more than most of the other people in this thread (in fact i was a little surprised myself, i didn't realize how much i had read unitl i actually made my list a couple days ago)

all i'll say is that it helps to be a complete loser and social outcast with no friends, while still being only in high school (i am 18, born in february, graduating this year), thus giving one loads of free-time to spend reading. i read an average of 2-4 hours a day, although it depends. plus in general, i guess i'm just a fast reader :P


A Portrait of the Artist, Dubliners, and Beckett's Trilogy (Unnamable in particular) are my top 3 so far. (not including GR, despite it being possibly the greatest book i've ever read thus far, since I read the majority of it in 2014, and only finished reading like the last 50 pages or so by Jan 2 iirc)

but why?
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Because all that matters is how many books you've read, it makes no difference if you understood them or can discuss them. All that matters is posting on 4chan that you've read 12 books this year and you're trying to beat last year's total.

Don't you understand anything about literature you fucking idiot? I bet you've never even read IJ.

They probably didn't tell him to throw the pizza on the roof for that scene

Why u no sliced oizza tho?
List them.
How was The Goldfinch? Just picked that up at a thrift store today.

Starts off well but gradually gets worse. Far too long.
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that makes more sense
I bring the cheese

A Skeleton in the Family - Leigh Perry
The Skeleton Takes a Bow - Leigh Perry
Fiction Attack - James Scott Bell
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
Steelheart - Bradon Sanderson
Mitosis - Bradon Sanderson
Firefight - Bradon Sanderson
The Steel of Raithskar - Randall Garrett
The Glass of Dyskornis - Randall Garrett
The Bronze of Eddarta - Randall Garrett
As You Wish - Cary Elwes
The Secret History of Wonder Woman - Jill Lepore
Issue 1 – 3 - Black Mask
The Last Detective - Leslie Thomas
Dangerous in Love - Leslie Thomas
Dangerous by Moonlight - Leslie Thomas
Dangerous and the Lonely Heart - Leslie Thomas
Critical Failures - Robert Bevan
NPCs - Drew Hayes
The Long Way Down - Craig Schaefer
Redemption Song - Craig Schaefer
Pines - Blake Crouch
Wayward - Blake Crouch
The Last Town - Blake Crouch
Run - Blake Crouch
Snowbound - Blake Crouch
The Princess Bride - William Goldman
Promise of Blood - Brian McClellan
The Crimson Campaign - Brian McClellan
The Autumn Republic - Brian McClellan
Dorsai - Gordon R Dickson
Necromancer - Gordon R Dickson
Soldier, Ask Not - Gordon R Dickson
The Tactics of Mistake - Gordon R Dickson
Paw and Order - Spencer Quinn
Oblivion - Peter Abrahams
A Perfect Crime - Peter Abrahams
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this is a long book
>The Plains
How was it?
I'm trying to become patrician after not really being into literature so far i've read:
The Aeneid
Crime and Punishment
The Brothers Karamazov
The Baghavad-Gita
The Waste Land and other poems

I am currently reading Plato's Republic. How did I do?

good picks, read moby-dick and the divine comedy next
I do have the divine comedy, and moby-dick as well. I also have the full In Search of Lost Time, should I go for that at some point?

only read the first two volumes of proust's work. it's great so far but hit dante first.
>only read the first two volumes of proust's work

Gravity’s Rainbow
The Mathematician’s Shiva
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Invitation to a Beheading
The Adolescent
Kolyma Tales

Currently reading Life and Fate.
Only the books that I own. Not pictured are all the library books that have been checked out this year. :^)

Hint: Still a retard...
I think he means per day...
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be nicer
and some other short stories for a womens lit class
>also about half way done with the Odyssey right now
Are you new here? Like everyone here hates Lovecraft.

Except for 80% of people who actually like him and just want to say they hate him to look cool.
Wow, you guys read some shit.

post yours, hotshot

I dare you
What a verbose way to exclaim that you enjoy an author and get butthurt on the internet.
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Finished Kafka on the Shore, Hamlet, and Julius Caesar

Currently reading The Republic and King Lear

I started Heart of Darkness but stopped reading it due to not understanding the plot after a while. I'll pick it back up soon.
> not understanding HoD

nigga did you pass high school
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I lived in a hospital for 2 months, finally got to read War and Peace.
>based Reclam

Gute Arbeit anonさん
what's a /lit/ approved genre fiction novel to pull oneself out of the vicious cycle of general apathy and a lonely social life?
What I've tackled in 2015 so far:

Inherent Vice
Dune: Messiah
Kangaroo Notebook
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Mason & Dixon
Labyrinths and Other Stories
Heart Of Darkness
War With the Newts
I might as well.

Decameron - Bocaccio
Various stories by Conan Doyle. If my memory doesn't fail, it was about eight or so stories.
The Time Matchine, Island of Dr. Moreau and Invinsible man by H.G. Wells.
Time to Live and Die by Remarque.
Vanity Fair by Thackeray.
The Red and the Black by Stendhal.
The Crime and the Punishment by Dostoyevski.
Don Quixote by Cervantes.

I feel like I could read more, but to think about it, this is pretty decent pacing, no?
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>intimidated by all these manly beefcake reading lists
P-please don't laugh at my measly seven-booker... My gf says it's enough for her!
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Read the first 5 books of The Black Company. i'm taking my time with it though since i'm really enjoying them.

I heard revival was good
The Stranger
No Country for Old Men
The Time Machine
The Wild Geese
The Birth of Tragedy

this in addition to 100+ papers, essays, articles re: my research and too many short stories
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I'v almost finished Blue Mars and then I'm taking a break from Sci-Fi. I think I'll read some George Elliot books I borrowed from my mother.
how did you like looks who's back? it's sitting in my to read pile.
>Brothers Karamazov
>Dry: A Memoir
>Lunar Park
>Naked Lunch
>The Communist Manifesto
>Just Kids
>Marabou Stork Nightmares
>Breakfast At Tiffany's
>Hell Screen
>The Box Man
>Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids
>The Old Man and The Sea
>Treasure Island
>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
>The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
>Treasure Island
>The Complete Stories and Poems of Egdar Allan Poe
>The Catcher In The Rye
>The Fifty Year Sword
>The Sound of Waves
Oh and I forgot:
>Birthday Stories
>Battle Royale
This thread makes me feel like a pleb because I've only read 11 books this year.
Reddit pls
2015 so far
Cormac McCarthy: all the pretty horses and the crossing
The insufferable gaucho. Bolano
A man.s search for meaning. Franklin
If on a winter night a traveler. . calvino
Annihilation. Van dermeer
The Iliad
The Second Sex
The Stranger
The Nature of Necessity
The Ethics of Liberty
War and Peace

War and Peace I finished last week and has consumed most of my reading time for a while. I'm currently reading Jackson's History of the Christian Church (to AD 461).
>The Communist Manifesto
Go read critique of the gotha programme and Theses on Feurbach first
Just read das fucking Kapital. There are some decent lectures on the internet as well.
Enjoy Invisible Man, it's fantastic. Laughter in the Dark is minor Nabokov.
It was actually really solid for a post-90's King book. He was obviously hiding a massive boner for Lovecraft all book, but I don't regret reading it.
I loved it. It was absolutely incredible. I blew through it in three days, turned around and read it again. At the risk of spoiling it for you by over-hyping it, I would hazard that it'll be the most fun book you'll read this year.
I didn't like it either, very boring and kind of badly written. Hemingway's worst so far, and I've read most of them.
-Fahrenheit 451
-Brave New World
-Divina Comedia

I'll start to read The Alchemist today.
Thank you I will look into this!
Read it in German, didnt like it so much.
So far:

Ficciones - Borges
Slow Learner - Pynchon
Inherent Vice - Pynchon
A Farewell to Arms - Hemingway
Cat's Cradle - Vonnegut (fucking terrible)
The Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald
Portnoy's Complaint - Roth
Light in August - Faukner

I wish I could have read more, but I've been very busy with exams.
Rules of Attraction
Last Exit to Brooklyn
The Heroin Diaries
Ham on Rye
Hell's Angels
Slash autobiography
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
A Confederacy of Dunces
What was your favourite Borges story? I just finished Ficciones and it was fucking ace.
Good but don't start with it if you want to get into Hunter S Thompson. Start with Hell's Angels or the Gonzo Papers so you won't be under the delusion that every book if his is over-the-top craziness
The first one where fiction becomes reality or Library of Babel.

But it's very hard to choose. They were all incredible, though I am not sure I understood the detective one fully.
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