Reading List

A list of books I’ve read going back to high school, recorded here for reference and posterity. Some favorites in bold.

People of the Serpent by Edward H. Thompson
Cloud Atlas by Joseph Mitchell
From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Endgame by Samuel Beckett
Happy Days by Samuel Beckett
Post Office by Charles Bukowski
Collected Short Plays by Samuel Beckett
My Vocabulary Did This To Me: the Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer
2666 by Roberto Bolaño
Henry IV Part 1 by William Shakespeare
The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Distant Star by Robert Bolaño

Ulysses by James Joyce
Woodrow Wilson by John Milton Cooper, Jr.
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Thoreaux
Hadji Murad by Leo Tolstoy
The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
Uranium by Tom Zoellner
Floods, Famines, and Emperors by Robert Fagan
Dance of the Tiger by Björn Kurtén
Romancing the Maya by R. Tripp Evans
In the Museum of Maya Culture by Quetzil Castañeda


China Road by Rob Gifford
A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolome de las Casas
Voyage to Brazil by Jean de Léry
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
The Damned Yard by Ivo Andrić
Lords of the Horizons by Jason Goodwin
If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
Shah of Shahs by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder
Joe Gould’s Secret by Joseph Mitchell
Daisy Bates in the Desert by Julia Blackburn

Imperial Life in the Emerald City By Rajiv Chandresakaran
The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Bones by Chenjerai Hove
Ambivalent Conquests by Inga Clendinnen
Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
Ultimate Journey by Richard Bernstein
Cicero by Anthony Everitt
The Atlantic Slave Trade by Herbert Klein
The Romans: From Village to Empire by Susan T. Boatwright

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Gárcia Márquez
Another Day of Life by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
The Time Machine by HG Wells
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski
The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S Thompson
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo
The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
The First Man by Albert Camus
Richard II by William Shakespeare
The Battle of the Casbah by Paul Aussaresses
A Savage War of Peace by Alistair Horne

The Question by Henri Alleg

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Thirteen Days by Robert F. Kennedy

The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Brokeback Mountain by E. Annie Proulx
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
Grendel by John Gardner
An African American in South Africa: Travel Notes of Ralph J. Bunche edited by Robert R. Edgar
I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition of the Mississippi Freedom Struggle by Charles M. Payne
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgokov
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence & Robert Edwin Lee
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Agamemnon by Aeschylus
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Zanzibar Chest by Aidan Hartley
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Amanitti
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Last Question by Isaac Asimov
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Werewolves in Their Youth by Michael Chabon
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Open Boat by Stephen Crane
Bartleby by Herman Melville
Benito Cereno by Herman Melville
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Dude, Where’s My Country? by Michael Moore
Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Baghdad Without a Map by Tony Horwitz
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Old School by Tobias Wolff
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by CS Forester
About a Boy by Nick Hornby
Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Lieutenant Hornblower by CS Forester
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Runaway Jury by John Grisham
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
King Lear by William Shakespeare
How to be Good by Nick Hornby
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
So Many Enemies, So Little Time by Elinor Burkett
Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
Candide by Voltaire
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Wasteland by TS Eliot
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Angel With One Hundred Wings by Daniel Horch
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
Stupid White Men by Michael Moore
The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
Mission to Tashkent by FM Bailey
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
In Search of King Solomon’s Mines by Tahir Shah
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
The #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
1984 by George Orwell