Contemporary Writing by Black Authors

Contemporary writing by black authors

Here is a great list of books by black authors, as discussed in the above linked article. I have read many of them, and they are great books. Period. Some others are on my TBR list. I haven’t been disappointed with any of these books that I’ve picked up.

HOMEGOING

SING, UNBURIED, SING: A NOVEL

WASHINGTON BLACK

AMERICANAH

MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER

THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE

THE WATER DANCER

AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE

THE NICKEL BOYS: A NOVEL

RED AT THE BONE: A NOVEL

THE VANISHING HALF: A NOVEL

WHITE TEETH: A NOVEL

DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE

Books to Read Once In Your Life

Thirty books to read once in your life

Here are the books listed in the above linked article. The author of the article thinks that everyone should read each of the books at least once in their lives. I have read 10 of them. More if you count the whole series of Harry Potter.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

2. 1984, by George Orwell

3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling

4. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

5. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

6. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

7. The Diary Of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank

8. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

9. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

10. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

11. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

12. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

14. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

15. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

16. Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White

17. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

18. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

19. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

20. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

21. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

22. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

23. Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

24. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

25. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

26. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

27. Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

28. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

29. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

30. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

The Most Expensive Books

Most expensive books

I am amazed at the price on these books. Almost all of them are worth reading, I think. The fact that most of these are first editions and have inscriptions make them even more special.

A half a million dollars for this one…
I have a copy of this, but it’s not worth the $3.98 million that the hand-drawn one might get

The most expensive on this list was $35 million for an original copy of the book of Mormon. Each book is beautiful, and I am glad I got to see photos of them on this list.

How Many Have You Read?

How many have you read?

If You’ve Read 10% of These Books You’re Very Well Read

In a previous post, I mentioned that the way to feel well-read was to read across multiple genres. This quiz has a varied list and contains many books that I own and many books that I’ve started and haven’t finished. I didn’t count any of those in my total. I only counted the books that I actually finished.

Below is the full list of 500 books. Many are on my TBR list.

1. 1984 (George Orwell)
2. 2666 (Roberto Bolano)
3. 84, Charing Cross Road (Helene Hanff)
4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie)
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
6. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
7. The Aeneid
8. The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
9. All the Light We Cannot See
10. All Quiet on the Western Front
11. Along Came a Spider
12. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
13. American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang)
14. American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
15. American Pastoral (Philip Roth)
16. Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
17. An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir)
18. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (P. D. James)
19. Ancillary Justice (Ann Leckie)
20. And Then There Were None (By Agatha Christie)
21. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
22. Animal Dreams (Barbara Kingsolver)
23. Animal Farm (George Orwell)
24. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
25. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
26. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. (New Jersey)
27. Ariel (Sylvia Plath)
28. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Saenz)
29. The Art of Fielding (Chad Harbach)
30. The Assistant
31. Atlas Shrugged
32. Atonement (Ian Mcewan)
33. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
34. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
35. Bad Feminist (Roxane Gay)
36. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal (Vaunda Micheaux Nelson)
37. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Dai Sijie)
38. Becoming (Michelle Obama)
39. Bel Canto (Ann Patchett)
40. The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
41. Beloved (Toni Morrison)
42. Beowulf
43. Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
44. The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
45. Binti (Nnedi Okorafor)
46. Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Marlon James)
47. Bless Me, Ultima (Rudolpho Anaya)
48. Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
49. The Bluest Eye
50. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
51. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
52. Borderlands (Gloria E. Anzaldúa)
53. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
54. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
55. Breakfast of Champions
56. Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
57. Bridget Jones’s Diary (Helen Fielding)
58. A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James)
59. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
60. Brokeback Mountain (Annie Proulx)
61. The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
63. The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
64. Candide
65. The Canterbury Tales
66. The Canterville Ghost
67. Carry on (Rainbow Rowell)
68. Casino Royale
69. The Casual Vacancy
70. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
71. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
72. Cat’s Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
73. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
74. Charlotte’s Web (E. B. White)
75. Children of Blood and Bone (Tomi Adyemi)
76. A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
77. Cinder (Marissa Meyer)
78. Clarissa (Samuel Richardson)
79. Clear Light of Day
80. Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
81. The Code of the Woosters (Wodehouse)
82. Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbons)
83. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
84. The Color of Magic (Terry Pratchett)
85. The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
86. The Complete Stories (Flanner O’Connor)
87. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe
88. Confessions of a Shopaholic
89. The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
90. Crazy Rich Asians (Kevin Kwan)
91. Crime and Punishment
92. Crocodile on the Sandbank (Elizabeth Peters)
93. The Crucible
94. The Crying of Lot 49
95. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
96. Daisy Jones & the Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
97. Darkly Dreaming Dexter
98. David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)
99. Death Comes for the Archbishop
100. Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
101. The Decameron (Giovanni Boccaccio)
102. The Devil in the White City
103. The Diary of Anne Frank
104. A Dirty Job (Christopher Moore)
105. Divergent (Veronica Roth)
106. The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
107. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
108. Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
109. Dracula (Bram Stoker)
110. The Dream of the Red Chamber (Cao Xueqin)
111. Dreaming in Cuban (Cristina Garcia)
112. Dune (Frank Herbert)
113. The Da Vinci Code
114. Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)
115. Eleanor & Park
116. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman)
117. Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine)
118. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
119. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
120. The Epic of Gilgamesh (Unknown)
121. Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)
122. Everything Is Illuminated
123. Excellent Women (Barbara Pym)
124. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
125. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
126. Far From the Madding Crowd
127. The Fault in Our Stars
128. Faust (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)
129. The Fifth Season (N. K. Jemisin)
130. Fifty Shades of Grey
131. Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk)
132. Fingersmith
133. The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)
134. Foundation (Isaac Asimov)
135. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
136. Freak the Mighty (Rodman Philbrick)
137. Fun Home (Alison Bechdel)
138. A Game of Thrones
139. A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)
140. The Gilda Stories (Jewelle Gomez)
141. Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
142. The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
143. The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo
144. Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)
145. The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
146. The Golden Bowl
147. The Golden Notebook
148. The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)
149. The Golem and the Djinni (Helene Wecker)
150. Gone Girl
151. A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Flannery O’Connor)
152. Good Omens (Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman)
153. Good Talk (Mira Jacob)
154. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
155. Gravity’s Rainbow
156. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
157. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
158. Grendel
159. The Gulag Archipelago
160. Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift)
161. The Gunslinger (Stephen King)
162. Half of a Yellow Sun
163. Hamlet
164. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
165. Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Haruki Murakami
166. Haroun & the Sea of Stories (Salman Rushdie/Paul Birkbeck(Illus))
167. Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling)
168. The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
169. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
170. Heart of Darkness
171. The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
172. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
173. The Historian
174. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
175. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
176. Holes (Louis Sachar)
177. Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi)
178. Hopscotch (Julio Cortázar)
179. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
180. The Hound of the Baskervilles
181. The Hour of the Star (Clarice Lispector)
182. The Hours (Michael Cunningham)
183. House Made of Dawn
184. House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
185. The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
186. The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
187. Housekeeping (Marilynne Robinson)
188. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
189. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (Charles Yu)
190. Howards End (E.M. Forster)
191. Howl (Allen Ginsberg)
192. Howl’s Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones)
193. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
194. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
195. I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai)
196. I Know This Much Is True (Wally Lamb)
197. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
198. If on a Winters Night a Traveller
199. The Iliad (Homer)
200. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
201. In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
202. In the Time of the Butterflies
203. In the Woods (Tara French)
204. Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
205. The Inheritance of Loss
206. The Interestings (Meg Wolitzer)
207. Internment (Samira Ahmed)
208. Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
209. Interview With the Vampire (Anne Rice)
210. Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
211. It (Stephen King)
212. Ivanhoe (Walter Scott)
213. Jamaica Inn (Daphne Du Maurier)
214. James and the Giant Peach
215. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
216. The Japanese Lover (Isabel Allende)
217. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
218. The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
219. Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
220. The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
221. Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)
222. Killers of the Flower Moon (Grann)
223. Kindred (Octavia E. Butler)
224. King Lear
225. A Kiss Before Dying (Ira Levin)
226. The Kiss Quotient (Helen Hoang)
227. Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
228. Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
229. The Lais of Marie De France (Marie De France)
230. Leaves of Grass (Walt Whitman)
231. The Left Hand of Darkness
232. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Washington Irving)
233. Les Miserables
234. Less (Andrew Sean Greer)
235. Letter From Birmingham City Jail (Martin Luther King Jr)
236. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Laurence Sterne)
237. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
238. Like Water for Chocolate
239. Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders)
240. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Lewis, C.S.)
241. Little Bee (Chris Cleave)
242. Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng)
243. The Little Prince
244. The Little Stranger
245. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
246. A Long Way Down
247. Look at Me
248. Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
249. The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
250. Love in the Time of Cholera
251. Love Medicine (Louise Erdrich)
252. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
253. The Lover (Marguerite Duras)
254. Lucky Jim (Jim Dixon)
255. The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton)
256. MacBeth
257. Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
258. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (Helen Simonson)
259. The Maltese Falcon
260. Maniac Magee (Jerry Spinelli)
261. March : Book One (John Lewis)
262. The Martian (Andy Weir)
263. Matilda (Roald Dahl)
264. Maurice (E.M. Forster)
265. Maus: The Complete Maus
266. Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)
267. Medea (Euripides)
268. Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (Mary McCarthy)
269. Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Franz Kafka)
270. Middlemarch (George Eliot)
271. Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)
272. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
273. Midnight’S Children (Salman Rushdie)
274. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
275. Milk and Honey (Rupi Kaur)
276. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Kate Dicamillo)
277. The Miseducation of Cameron Post
278. Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
279. The Monkey’s Paw (W. W. Jacobs)
280. The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins)
281. Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
282. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O’Brien)
283. Much Ado About Nothing (William Shakespeare)
284. Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)
285. My Bondage and My Freedom (Frederick Douglass)
286. My Brilliant Friend (Elena Ferrante)
287. My Sister, the Serial Killer (Oyinkan Braithwaite)
288. My Sister’s Keeper
289. Mystic River (Dennis Lehane)
290. The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
291. The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)
292. Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Sojourner Truth)
293. Neuromancer (William Gibson)
294. Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
295. Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
296. Night (Elie Wiesel)
297. The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
298. No Exit (Jean-Paul Sartre)
299. No Future Without Forgiveness (Desmond Tutu)
300. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
301. North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
302. Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)
303. NW
304. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
305. The Odyssey (Homer)
306. Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
307. The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
308. Olive Kitteridge (Elizabeth Strout)
309. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong)
310. On the Road
311. The Once and Future King (T.H. White)
312. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
313. One for the Money
314. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
315. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (Jeanette Winterson)
316. Orlando (Virginia Woolf)
317. Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood)
318. Oscar and Lucinda (Peter Carey)
319. Othello (William Shakespeare)
320. The Other Boleyn Girl (Philippa Gregory)
321. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
322. Palace Walk (Naguib Mahfouz)
323. Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
324. A Passage to India (E.M. Forster)
325. The Pearl (John Steinbeck)
326. The Pentateuch
327. The People in the Trees (Hanya Yanagihara)
328. People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks)
329. Percy Jackson Series (Rick Riordan)
330. Perfume (Patrick Suskind)
331. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
332. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
333. A Personal Matter
334. Persuasion (Jane Austen)
335. Pet Sematary (Stephen King)
336. The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
337. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard)
338. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
339. The Poems of Emily Dickinson
340. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
341. Possession (Byatt)
342. Post Office (Charles Bukowski)
343. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
344. The Price of Salt, or Carol (Patricia Highsmith)
345. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
346. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
347. Princess Academy (Shannon Hale)
348. The Princess Bride (William Goldman)
349. The Princess Saves Herself in This One (Amanda Lovelace)
350. The Priory of the Orange Tree (Samantha Shannon)
351. Purple Hisbiscus
352. Queen of the Night (Alexander Chee)
353. Queenie (Candice Carty-Williams)
354. Quiet (Susan Cain)
355. The Quiet American (Graham Greene)
356. Rabbit, Run (John Updike)
357. A Raisin in the Sun (Lorraine Hansberry)
358. The Ramayana (Valmiki)
359. Ramona the Pest (Beverly Cleary)
360. Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
361. The Red and the Black
362. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
363. Red, White & Royal Blue (Casey Mcquiston)
364. Redefining Realness (Janet Mock)
365. The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
366. Revolutionary Road
367. The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
368. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
369. Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Luo Guanzhong)
370. Romeo and Juliet
371. Room (Emma Donoghue)
372. The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)
373. The Round House (Louise Erdrich)
374. Rubyfruit Jungle
375. Runaway (Alice Munro)
376. Sacre Bleu
377. The Savage Detectives
378. The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
379. The Scarlett Pimpernel
380. Schindler’s Ark (Thomas Keneally)
381. The Sea, the Sea (Irish Murdoch)
382. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
383. The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
384. The Secret Life of Bees
385. The Selection (Kiera Cass)
386. The Sellout (Paul Beatty)
387. Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
388. The Sense of an Ending
389. The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)
390. She’s Come Undone
391. The Shining (Stephen King)
392. The Shipping News
393. Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse)
394. Sing, Unburied, Sing (Jesmyn Ward)
395. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Simon Armitage (Translator))
396. Sister Outsider (Audre Lorde)
397. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
398. Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
399. Slouching Towards Bethlehem
400. Small Island (Andrea Levy)
401. Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson)
402. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See)
403. So Long a Letter (Mariama Bâ, Trans. Modupé Bodé-Thomas)
404. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
405. Songs of the Humpback Whale
406. Sophie’s Choice
407. The Sound and the Fury
408. The Sparrow (Mary Doria Russell)
409. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
410. The Stand (Stephen King)
411. Stone Butch Blues (Leslie Feinberg)
412. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
413. The Stranger (Albert Camus)
414. A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)
415. A Study in Scarlet (Arthur Conan Doyle)
416. A Suitable Boy (Vikram Seth)
417. The Summer Book
418. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
419. Swann’s Way (Marcel Proust)
420. The Sympathizer (Viet Thanh Nguyen)
421. A Tale for the Time Being
422. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
423. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Patricia Highsmith)
424. Tales of the City (Armistead Maupin)
425. The Tempest (William Shakespeare)
426. The Ten Thousand Doors of January (Alix E. Harrow)
427. The Theban Plays
428. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
429. There There (Tommy Orange)
430. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
431. The Things They Carried (Tim O’Brien)
432. The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield)
433. This Is How You Lose the Time War (Amal El-Mohtar)
434. Throne of the Crescent Moon
435. Through the Looking Glass
436. A Time to Kill
437. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
438. Tipping the Velvet (Sarah Waters)
439. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
440. To the Lighthouse
441. Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)
442. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
443. The Trial and Death of Socrates
444. The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
445. Twelve Years a Slave (Solomon Northup)
446. Twilight (Stephenie Meyer)
447. Ulysses (James Joyce)
448. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)
449. Under the Udala Trees (Chinelo Okparanta)
450. The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)
451. Underworld (Don Delillo)
452. The Universe in a Single Atom (Dalai Lama)
453. Uprooted (Naomi Novik)
454. The Vegetarian (Han Kang)
455. The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams)
456. Villette
457. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD
458. Waiting for the Barbarians
459. Waiting for Godot
460. War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
461. The Waste Land and Other Poems (T. S. Eliot)
462. Watchers
463. Watchmen (Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons)
464. Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
465. The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963
466. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Shirley Jackson)
467. We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lionel Shriver)
468. The Wedding (Dorothy West)
469. The Wedding Date (Jasmine Guillory)
470. The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin)
471. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Raymond Carver)
472. Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Maria Semple)
473. White Teeth (Zadie Smith)
474. The White Tiger
475. Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead (Barbara Comyns)
476. Whose Body? (Dorothy L. Sayers)
477. Wicked
478. Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
479. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
480. The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
481. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle
482. Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson)
483. The Witches
484. Wittgenstein’s Mistress
485. A Wizard of Earthsea
486. Wolf Hall
487. The Woman in the Dunes (Kobo Abe)
488. The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
489. The Woman Warrior
490. The Women of Brewster Place (Novel)
491. World War Z (Max Brooks)
492. The Wrath and the Dawn (Renee Ahdieh)
493. A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’engle)
494. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
495. The Year of Magical Thinking
496. The Yellow Wallpaper
497. You Shall Know Our Velocity
498. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (Audre Lorde)
499. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig)
500. Zorro

How to feel well read

How to feel well read

The above linked article is a list of books to read to make yourself well-read. I personally think there are others that one could read, also, but this is a start.

I know I’m not as well-read as I could be, and the fact that I have only read a few of these shows me that. I truly disagree with the fifty shades series being literature and I will continue to refuse to read them. I think that they make no one well-read.

The author’s point, though, was to give the idea that it’s not what you read in certain genres that make you well read, it’s reading across many genres. You don’t want to read just one and say you’ve read a lot.

Another point that the author makes is that the more a person reads, the more that person realizes that she isn’t well- read. There’s always more to read.

Here’s a list of some of the genres the author recommends reading. I disagree with the actual book suggestions, but they are just suggestions and the author’s attempt to get the point of the article across.



Western Classics (Ancient & Modern): to give you a good foundation for the who’s who of Western literature.


Dystopia: the stuff of our worst fears and nightmares.


Science Fiction & Fantasy: we can’t overlook the geeky cousin of the classics, can we?


Great American Novels: these zeitgeist works practically defined a time period of U.S. history.


Literary Heavy Hitters: books that make people go “Whoa, dude!” when you say that you’ve read them.


Popular Fiction: those guilty indulgences that everyone has read (but won’t necessarily admit to it). Warning: this is U.S.-centric, feel free to indulge in your country’s guilty pleasures.


Immigrant Experience (U.S./U.K.): ah, the magical experience of being thrust into a new culture.


Non-Western Classics (Ancient): if Westerners get theirs, so should the rest of the world.


Non-Western Classics (Modern): the stuff that you should read to feel worldly and well-read. (More applicable if you’re from the U.S. or Western Europe.)


Satire: throw in a little giggle into your reading list.

Notable Books of 2020

Notable books of 2020

In the above linked article, The New York Times lists its most notable books of 2020. I have a few of them, but haven’t read most of them.

The Death of Vivek Oji and The Vanishing Half are on my book stack list. Earthlings, A Promised Land, and Memorial are on my TBR list. I hadn’t heard of Hamnet, but I would like to read it. The same goes for Overground Railroad and The Dead are Arising.

There are a lot of books that are worth reading on this list. It looks like I didn’t get to any of them this year, but I hope to.

Horror Books by Diverse Authors

Horror books

All of the books listed in the above linked article are horror books by diverse authors. The descriptions of them make them all sound wonderful. I’ve added a couple to my TBR list.

Fledgling by Octavia Butler

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun

Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias

We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan 

The Good House by Tananarive Due

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin