Sunday, January 29, 2012

Yaga's list of must read 'classics' - 2012

One of my goals for 2012 is to read at least one book a month from this list of 'classics' that I have put together. I thought it might be fun to share it. 

This is a personal list. It is not meant to be complete. It only contains books that I have not read yet. There are many more that can be considered world literature and that I have either not thought of yet or that I have read already.

If an author as written many famous books, I have usually selected one or two of the most well-known or recommended. The titles are written in the languages that I intend to read the books in (mainly German and English, sometimes French), if you want to see the complete list with information about the year each book was published and the original language it was written in, please give me a shout.

Some of them, more to the end of the list, are modern books that I put on so I wouldn't forget that I wanted to read these, too. I do consider all of them quite must-read books, though, so maybe they are interesting for you, too.

If you have any suggestions of books to add to this list, please do contact me!

(Fat means I'm currently reading this)

  • Brothers Karamasov -Fyodor Dostoewski
  • Crime and Punishment- Fyodor Dostoewski
  • 1984 - George Orwell
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell 
  • Im Westen nichts Neues - Erich Maria Remarque
  • Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
  • The Great Gatsby - Francis Scott Fitzgerald
  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  • Narziss und Goldmund - Hermann Hesse
  • Siddharta - Hermann Hesse
  • Das Glasperlenspiel - Hermann Hesse
  • The Catcher in the Rye - Jerome David Salinger
  • Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  • Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde
  • The Sea-wolf - Jack London
  • Call of the Wild - Jack London
  • Walden, or life in the woods - Henry David Thoreau --> DONE!
  • Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  • Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
  • Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes
  • Moby Dick - Herman Melville
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  • Jenseits von Gut und Bös - Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
  • L'Etranger - Albert Camus
  • Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Paradise Lost - John Milton
  • Le Comte de Monte-Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
  • To kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  • Emma - Jane Austen
  • Eugene Onegin - Alexander Pushkin
  • Doctor Zhiwago - Boris Pasternak
  • One hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
  • The old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
  • Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov,
  • The Hound of Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
  • Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
  • War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
  • Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame - Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  • Der Richter und sein Henker - Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  • Effi Briest - Theodor Fontane
  • Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  • Radetzkymarsch - Joseph Roth
  • Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
  • Buddenbrooks - Thomas Mann
  • Konferenz der Tiere - Erich Kästner
  • Day of the Jackal - Frederick Forsyth
  • L'Insoutenable Légèreté de l'être - Milan Kundera
  • Das Kapital - Karl Marx
  • The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Der Zahir - Paulo Coelho
  • His Dark Materials Series (The Golden Compass/Northern Lights, The Subtle Knive, Amber Spyglass) - Philip Pullman:
  • Narnia Series (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Return to Narnia/Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and his Boy, The Magician's Nephew, The last Battle) - C. S. Lewis
  • Sternstunden der Menschheit - Stefan Zweig
  • Schachnovelle - Stefan Zweig
  • The difference Engine - William Gibson, Bruce Stirling
  • Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours - Jules Verne
  • A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
  • Millenium Series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who played with Fire, The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest) - Stieg Larsson
  • The Help - Kathryn Stockett
  • The Man who mistook his Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks
  • I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
  • Out of Africa - Karen von Blixen-Fineke
  • Le Malade Imaginaire - Molière
  • Timm Thaler - James Krüss
  • Die Judenbuche - Anette von Droste-Hülshoff
  • De Goali bin ig - Pedro Lenz
  • Spiegel das Kaetzchen - Gottfried Keller
  • For whom the Bell tolls - Ernest Hemingway

What are you reading at the moment?


Michelle said...

Oh, I love Herman Hesse and Thomas Mann! An author I'd recommend is Iris Murdoch - 'Message To The Planet' and 'The Philosopher's Pupil' are my favourites ;)

I'm reading 'K' by Mary Rinehart at the moment - I found her books on Project Gutenberg, and am addicted!

yaga said...

Ah, I like them too! Thanks for the tips, I'll definitely check this out! Happy reading! ;o)

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