Book List Galactica #booklists

I’ve been collecting book lists for a while, first on Tumblr?and now here on my blog, because who knows how long Tumblr will be around?

I’ve listed the books which have appeared on the blog version here.

[UPDATE: I started doing this. It was a crazy task. I’m not doing it anymore, but leaving this here as a memento to insanity]

Points are awarded on an entirely non-scientific basis:

  • Every time a book appears on a list, it gets a point
  • If I’ve read the book, it gets a point
  • If I loved the book, it gets an extra point

I think this makes the?list as obscure as the New York Times bestsellers chart. It is designed to mix the personal with the scientific, and thus render the subsequent list almost entirely useless to anyone but me. Not least because I choose the lists, and I lean towards those which are personal and different, not the canonical Pulitzer and Booker lists that everyone knows.

The books are listed by title. This is also, perhaps, vaguely annoying.


All the Devils are Here – David Seabrook

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Atonement – Ian McEwan

The Catcher In the Rye – J. D. Salinger

Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry – BS Johnson

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

Emma – Jane Austen

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

The Oxford Book of English Verse

Passing – Nella Larsen

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers

Road – Cormac McCarthy

Short Stories – Edgar Allen Poe

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy


Burmese Days – George Orwell

The Vet’s Daughter – Barbara Comyns

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte


Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes

Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood

All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy

The American – Henry James

The Awakening – Kate Chopin

Bert Fegg’s Nasty Book for Boys and Girls – Terry Jones and Michael Palin

The Blessing – Nancy Mitford

The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter

The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann

The Crack Up – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dubliners – James Joyce

The Enormous Room – by E.E. Cummings

Far Away and Long Ago – W.H. Hudson

A Fine Balance -?Rohinton Mistry

The Great Fire – Shirley Hazzard

Hail and Farewell – George Moore

A Handful of Dust?– Evelyn Waugh

The High Window – Raymond Chandler

Of Human Bondage – Somerset Maugham

The Information – Martin Amis

Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

A Judgement in Stone – Ruth Rendell

Last Exit to Brooklyn – Hubert Selby Jr

Letters From a Fainthearted Feminist – Jill Tweedy

Little Green Man – Simon Armitage

Lolly Willowes – Sylvia Townsend Warner

Look at Me – Anita Brookner

Maiden Voyage – Denton Welch

Of Love and Other Demons – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Outside – Albert Camus

Perfume – Patrick Suskind

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Quartet in Autumn?– Barbara Pym

The Red and the Black – Stendhal

The Rings of Saturn – WG Sebald

Villette – Charlotte Bronte

Waterland – Graham Swift

Ways of Seeing – John Berger

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