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  • The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  • Harry Potter and he Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  • Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
  • Nineteen-Eighty-Four - George Orwell
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
  • Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
  • Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
  • Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
  • Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
  • The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
  • The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
aug 10 2012 ∞
jun 16 2018 +
  • The Emperor’s Children - Claire Messud: The best 9/11 novel that’s much more than a 9/11 novel. Weirdly relatable, even though the characters are all pretty much upper-class pseudo-intellectuals.
  • What She Saw… - Lucinda Rosenfeld: Important twenties life lesson: Dating losers is not a life sentence (thank God).
  • The Deptford Trilogy - Robertson Davies: A wondrously insane and magical (in that it is actually about a magician) three-book series.
  • The Secret History - Donna Tartt: The best time to read The Secret History is probably while you’re still in college, because it is about a secret society at a small liberal arts college gone horribly awry, but it is also worth picking up a few years later to be reminded about the intensity of college friendships, and also Ancient Greek.
  • Giovanni’s Room - James Baldwin: A timeless story of masculinity, desire, and heartbreak that has become particularly resonant for young gay men.
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan: These interwoven narratives (some of whic...
may 15 2013 ∞
jun 16 2018 +
  • A book recommended by a librarian: Fantomina , Eliza Haywood
  • A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long: The Bell Jar , Sylvia Plath
  • A book of letters: My Dearest Father , W.A. Mozart
  • An audiobook: Minoes , Annie M.G. Schmidt (Carice van Houten)
  • A book by a person of color: Queen of the Night , Alexander Chee
  • A book with one of the four seasons in the title: The Winter´s Tale , William Shakespeare
  • A book that's a story within a story: The Hours , Mihcael Cunningham
  • A book with multiple authors: My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales , Kate Bernheimer, Gregory Maguire and others
  • An espionage thriller: The Scarlet Pimpernel , Emmuska Orczy
  • A book with a cat on the cover: The Cat in the Hat , Dr. Seuss
  • A book by an author who uses a pseudonym: Middlemarch , George Elliot
  • A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read: Hex , Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • A book by/about a person who has a disability: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , Mark Haddon
jan 2 2017 ∞
jun 16 2018 +
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2000s

  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Saturday – Ian McEwan
  • On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  • Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
  • Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson
  • The Sea – John Banville
  • The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
  • The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
  • The Master – Colm Tóibín
  • Vanishing Point – David Markson
  • The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd
  • Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
  • Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  • Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • The Colour – Rose Tremain
  • Thursbitch – Alan Garner
  • The Light of Day – Graham Swift
  • What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
aug 15 2012 ∞
jun 16 2018 +
  • A book based on a fairy tale: Mirror, Mirror , Gregory Maguire
  • A National Book Award winner: Cold Mountain , Charles Frazier
  • A YA bestseller: The Book Thief , Markus Zusak
  • A book you haven’t read since high school: She's Come Undone , Wally Lamb
  • A book set in your home state: Ik omhels je met duizend armen , Ronald Giphart
  • A book translated to English: De Tweeling , Tessa de Loo
  • A romance set in the future: Brave New World , Aldous Huxley
  • A book set in Europe: De slag om de Blauwbrug , A.F.Th. van der Heijden
  • A book that’s under 150 pages: Storia di una capinera , Giovanni Verga
  • A New York Times bestseller: Franny and Zooey , J.D. SALINGER
  • A book that’s becoming a movie this year: A Man Called Ove , Fredrik Backman
  • A book recommended by someone you just met: Del providentia , Seneca / MRS. DALLOWAY , VIRGINIA WOOLF / Witte nachten , Fyodor Dostoyevski / Il barone rampante , Italo Calvino / Il cavaliere nonesistente , Italo Calvino
  • A self-improvement book: How to Win Friends and Influence People , Dale Carnegie
  • A book you can finish in a day: The Postman Always Rings Twice , James M. Cain
  • A book written by a celebrity: Anti Glamor , Carice van Houten & Halina Reijn
  • A political memoir: The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream , Barack Obama
  • A book at least 100 years older than you:... Sense and Sensibility , Jane Austen
mar 13 2016 ∞
jun 16 2018 +