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Fiction Books I Have Read

%% #review #flashcards %% I came across a piece of advice once by Louis Lamour where he advised keeping a list of books read. He didn't give the reason why. I've had to work out a reason for myself. When I scan the list below of books I've read, two things happen:

  1. I remember the story, most of the time. If I can't even remember the story in broadstrokes, it means the book had zero impresson on me and isn't worth reading a second time.
  2. I start to see a pattern when it comes to books I thoroughly enjoyed. This helps me to know myself better. For instance, I'm a sucker for any book that has a father-son story at it's core.

Below is an ever growing list of books I've read. It's ever growing because:

  1. I add to it as I remember.
  2. I add to it as I read more.

I also include my overall impression from time to time.

Todo:

  • Remove duplicates.
  • Remove memoirs/ biographies and put them elsewhere.

List of Novels I've Read

  1. The River Between
  2. The Great Siege of Fort Jesus
  3. The Black Widow Society
  4. Anna Karenina
  5. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
  6. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
  7. The Graveyard Book
  8. The Lord of the Flies
  9. Around The World in Eighty Days
  10. Robinson Crusoe
  11. The Three Musketeers
  12. The Count of Monte Cristo

    The last 3 chapters of this book are the best last 3 chapters of any book I've ever read.

  13. Crime and Punishment
  14. King Solomon's Mines
  15. She
  16. Moby DickMoby Dick
    My impressions from Moby Dick.


    It's a hard book to read. The first time I tried reading it was in high school. I couldn't finish it. The second time was in university. I still couldn't finish it. The third time was a charm, in 2019-2020.
    The way the guy combines the styles of novel writing and play writing is astounding.
    His facility for quoting and referencing other works, especially scripture, is next-level.
    The main character, Captain Ahab. Wow. Speechless.


    Lesson to remember. ...
  17. Wuthering Heights
  18. Jane Eyre
  19. Emma
  20. The Turn of the Screw
  21. The Jungle Book
  22. Pride and Prejudice
  23. Nigger of the Narcissus
  24. Hard Times
  25. The Old Man and the Sea
  26. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Unfinished)
  27. Great Expectations
  28. The Man Who Was Thursday
  29. All the Sherlock Holmes stories
  30. All the Father Brown stories
  31. Black Widow Society
  32. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  33. The Harry Potter Series
  34. Oliver Twist
  35. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
  36. The Lost World
  37. A Study In Scarlet
  38. The Man Who Was Thursday
  39. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  40. The Woman in White
  41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  42. The Nigger of the Narcissus by Joseph Conrad
  43. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  44. The Prisoner of Zenda
  45. The Three Musketeers
  46. The Hobbit
  47. The Silmarillion
  48. Death Comes for the Archbishop (nearly finished it)
  49. The Lost World
  50. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  51. The Old Man and the Sea >I liked this book so much, and it made such an impression on me that I never want to read it again.
  52. Uneasy Money by PG Wodehouse
  53. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  54. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  55. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  56. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  57. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  58. Mine Boy
  59. The River Between
  60. The Life and Times of Michael K.
  61. Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  62. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Marquez
  63. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  64. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
  65. Kidnapped by RL Stevenson
  66. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  67. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  68. Peter Pan by J.M. Barry
  69. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

    I enjoyed the nonsense rhyme. And the colorful characters. Not so much Alice.

  70. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol
  71. The Wizard of Oz

    Can't remember much about it.

  72. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

    This I read in high school. I still remember being on the edge of my seat.

  73. White Fang by Jack London

    I read this back to back with the Call of the Wild. I think I enjoyed White Fang more. That wolf felt more human than Buck in the "The Call of the Wild."

  74. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

    I read this in high school. I still remember the chapter where Toad sees a car for the first time and goes crazy over it. Hilarious. And the beautiful, wistful chapter titled "The Piper At The Gates of Dawn." One of the most beautiful chapters I've ever read in my life.

  75. The Road by Cormac Mccarthy

    I have no words to describe this book. It's up there in my top 3 of all time, along with the "Count of Monte Cristo" and "The Lord of the Rings."

  76. No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  77. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  78. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  79. Inferno from The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  80. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  81. Danny The Champion of The World by Roald Dahl
  82. The Autobipgraphy of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
  83. Q&A by Vikas Swarup
  84. The Secret Garden

SCREENPLAYS

  1. Rabbit-Proof Fence
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings by Philipa Boyens and Peter Jackson
  3. The Gladiator
  4. Usual Suspects
  5. Schindler’s List by Zaillian
  6. Singin’ in the rain
  7. Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino
  8. Tin Men by Barry Levinson
  9. Diner (partially) by Barry Levinson
  10. Chinatown by Robert Towne
  11. The Third Man by Graham Greene
  12. On the Waterfront by Budd Schulman
  13. La Grand Illusion by Jean Renoir
  14. Taxi Driver by Paul Schrader
  15. Do The Right Thing by Spike Lee
  16. Sullivan’s Travels by Preston Sturges

PLAYS

  1. Twelfth Night by Shakespeare
  2. Henry V by Shakespeare
  3. Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare
  4. Antigone by Sophocles
  5. The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter
  6. Our Town by Thornton Wilder
  7. Long Days Journey Into Night by Eugene O’neil
  8. True West by Sam Shepard
  9. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  10. Tartuffe by Moliere
  11. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  12. Once in a Lifetime by George Kaufman
  13. You Can’t Take It With You by George Kaufman
  14. Merrily We Roll Along by George Kaufman
  15. The American Way by George Kaufman

SHORT STORIES

  1. The Turn of the Screw

  2. The Man Who Would Be King

  3. Dusk by Saki

  4. Mr. Know-All by Somerset Maugham

  5. The Night the Ghost Got In by James Thurber

  6. The Fight by Dylan Thomas

  7. The Dwarf by Ray Bradbury

  8. No Witchcraft For Sale by Doris Lessing

  9. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Conner

  10. The River by Flannery O’Connor

  11. The Second Death by Graham Greene

  12. Bella Fleace Gave A Party by Evelyn Waugh

  13. The Bull that Thought by Rudyard Kipling

  14. The Boarding House by James Joyce

  15. The Lady’s Maid by Katherine Mansfield

  16. Chateau Beigainvillaea by H.E. Bates

  17. The Tone of Time by Henry James

  18. Out of Darkness

  19. Country Lovers

  20. Looking for A Rain God

  21. Certain Winds From the South

ACADEMIC/ NON FICTION

  1. Story by Robert McKee
  2. From Word to Image (Storyboarding)
  3. The Ultimate Filmmaker’s Guide (almost finished)
  4. The Art of Film Acting by Jeremiah Covey
  5. Directing Actors by Judith Weston
  6. Elia Kazan: A Life
  7. Making It Big In Shorts