Books to read in the future

Pile of Books. Photo: Raoul Luoar (CC BY 2.0)
Pile of Books. Photo: Raoul Luoar (CC BY 2.0)

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Don’t you think that sometimes there isn’t enough time to read? That you’d like to leave everything else aside and only read your life away. No? Well, in that case have fun doing whatever you’ll be doing instead of reading 🙂

Okay, so I thought of wasting my time by drafting a list once again. This time it’s about the books I wish and most likely would like to read at some point in the future. They represent all kinds and varieties of genres. Nonetheless, in terms of bringing meaning and order into life, I’ve categorized the individual items to ease your browsing and reading.

More information on book recommendations and how you can stalk the reading patterns of your friends and acquaintances at Goodreads.

Classics / Social perceptions
  • Andrei Bely: Petersburg (1913)
  • Hermann Broch: Die Schlafwandler (1932)
  • Quentin Crisp: The Naked Civil Servant (1968)
  • Sergei Dovlatov: The Compromise (1981)
  • Venedikt Erofeev: Moscow to the End of the Line (1969)
  • Zelda Fitzgerald: Save Me the Waltz (1932)
  • E.M. Forster: A Passage to India (1924)
  • Graham Greene: The Honorary Consul (1973)
  • Graham Greene: The Quiet American (1955)
  • Olga Grushin: The Dream Life of Sukhanov (2005)
  • Joseph Heller: Closing Time (1994)
  • Ernest Hemingway: In Our Time (1925)
  • John Clellon Holmes: Go (1952)
  • Veikko Huovinen: Koirankynnen leikkaaja (1980)
  • Aldous Huxley: Crome Yellow (1921)
  • Aldous Huxley: Eyeless in Gaza (1936)
  • Aldous Huxley: Those Barren Leaves (1925)
  • James Jones: From Here to Eternity (1951)
  • James Joyce: Ulysses (1922)
  • Franz Kafka: Der Prozess (1915)
  • Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky: The Letter Killers Club (1926)
  • Thomas Mann: Der Zauberberg (1924)
  • Nancy Mitford: Wigs on the Green (1934)
  • Robert Musil: Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften (1930)
  • Oleg Pavlov: The Matiushin Case (1997)
  • Victor Pelevin: The Clay Machine-Gun (1996)
  • Georges Perec: Life: A User’s Manual (1978)
  • Marcel Proust: In Search of Lost Time (1913-1927), ongoing at midpoint
  • Thomas Pynchon: V. (1963)
  • Vladimir Sorokin: The Queue (1985)
  • Georgi Vladimov: Three Minutes’ Silence (1985)
  • Evelyn Waugh: Decline and Fall (1928)
  • Evelyn Waugh: Vile Bodies (1930)
  • Mikhail Zoshchenko: Before sunrise: A novella (1974)
Science Fiction / Dystopian
  • J.G. Ballard: Hello America (1981)
  • J.G. Ballard: High-Rise (1975)
  • Ray Bradbury: S is for Space (1966)
  • Liu Cixin: The Three-Body Problem (2007)
  • Arthur C. Clarke: The Nine Billion Names of God (1953), short story collection
  • Samuel R. Delany: Babel-17 (1966)
  • William Gibson: All Tomorrow’s Parties (1999)
  • Frank Herbert: Dune (1965)
  • Stanisław Lem: A Perfect Vacuum (1971)
  • Stanisław Lem: Fiasco (1986)
  • Richard Matheson: I Am Legend (1954)
  • Robert Silverberg: Nightwings (1969) / A Time of Changes (1971) / Lord Valentine’s Castle (1980)
  • John Sladek: The Complete Roderick (1992)
  • Vladimir Sorokin: Day of the Oprichnik (2006)
  • Arkady & Boris Strugatsky: Noon, 22nd Century (1961)
  • Vladimir Voinovich: Moscow 2042 (1987)
  • Kurt Vonnegut: 2BR02B (1962)
  • H.G. Wells: The War of the Worlds (1898)
Travel literature
  • Robert Byron: The Road to Oxiana (1937)
  • Ian Frazier: Travels in Siberia (2010)
  • Graham Greene: Journey Without Maps (1936)
  • Paul Theroux: The Great Railway Bazaar (1969)
  • Wilfred Thesiger: Arabian Sands (1959)
  • Colin Thubron: Among the Russians (1983)
Reports / Essays / Historical / Science
  • J.G. Ballard: Empire of the Sun (1984)
  • Bill Bryson: One Summer: America, 1927 (2013)
  • Albert Camus: The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt (1951)
  • Philip Caputo: A Rumor Of War (1977)
  • Anna Funder: Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall (2003)
  • Gwen Lee: What If Our World Is Their Heaven? The Final Conversations of Philip K. Dick (1982)
  • Joseph Roth: What I Saw: Reports from Berlin 1920-1933 (1984)
  • Francis Spufford: Red Plenty: Inside the Fifties’ Soviet Dream (2007)
  • Georgi Vladimov: Faithful Ruslan (1978)
  • Alan Weisman: The World Without Us (2007)

What I learned from my own list is that I should definitively read more books by both Finnish and female authors. Shame on me!

Btw, I ran into an interesting blog on literature. Check out John Self’s blog Asylum with a surprise review on one of the novels listed above.

Book cover for All my friends are dead. Photo: Andrew Carman (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Book cover for All my friends are dead. Photo: Andrew Carman (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Author: fictivestina

Hey, I'm a native Helsinkian but a cosmopolitan at heart :) Outdoors, reading, writing and cultural attractions are my passion. Hiking in Lapland cannot be competed with!

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