Things We’ve Read, A Running List



  1. Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
  2. Larry McMurtry, All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers
  3. Oscar Casares, Brownsville

Women of the American South

  1. Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  2. Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood
  3. Eudora Welty, The Optimist’s Daughter

South America

  1. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The General in His Labyrinth
  2. Isabel Allende, Ines of My Soul
  3. Alejo Carpentier, The Lost Steps


  1. J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace
  2. Chimamanda Ngozi adichie, Purple Hibiscus
  3. Ngugi Wa Thiong’O, Petals of Blood
  4. Nadine Gordimer, The Conservationist


  1. Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
  2. Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
  3. Jhumpa Lahiri, The Interpreter of Maladies


  1. Kenzaburo Oe, A Personal Matter
  2. Haruki Murakami, Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
  3. Yasunari Kawabata, Master of Go

New York

  1. John Updike, Rabbit, Run
  2. Jennifer Egan, Look at Me
  3. Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy


  1. Joan Didion, Play It As It Lays
  2. Salvador Plascencia, The People of Paper
  3. John Fante, Ask the Dust


  1. JMC Le Clezio, The Interrogation
  2. Marguerite Duras, The Ravishing of Lol Stein
  3. Jean Cocteau, Holy Terrors

The Balkans

  1. Aleksandar Hemon, Nowhere Man
  2. Orhan Pamuk, Snow
  3. Slavenka Drakulic, S.: A Novel of the Balkans


  1. Italo Svevo, Zeno’s Conscience
  2. Guissepe Di Lampedusa, The Leopard
  3. Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

The Caribbean

  1. Reinaldo Arenas, Before Night Falls
  2. Edwidge Danticat, The Farming of Bones
  3. Eva Lucia Portela, One Hundred Bottles

Non-Region Region

  1. Nicole Krauss, The History f Love
  2. Tea Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife
  3. Phillip Meyer, American Rust
  4. Dave Eggers, You Shall Know Our Velocity


  1. Michael Crummey, Galore
  2. Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women
  3. Joseph Boyden, Through Black Spruce
  4. Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

The New American South

  1. Karen Russell, Swamplandia!
  2. William Gay, Provinces of Night
  3. Randall Kenan, A Visitation of Spirits
  4. Charles Portis, The Dog of the South


  1. Mikhail Bulgakov, Master and Margarita
  2. Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
  3. Victor Pelevin, The Sacred Book of the Werewolf

Women of Contemporary England

  1. Zadie Smith, NW
  2. Pat Barker, Life Class
  3. Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

Latin American Literature

  1. Roberto Bolano, By Night in Chile
  2. Julio Cortazar, Hopscotch
  3. Mario Vargas Llosa, The Feast of the Goat

The Great American Novel

  1. Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road
  2. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
  3. Marilynn Robinson, Housekeeping

Off Shoot One Off

  1. Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


  1. Mo Yan, Red Sorghum
  2. Ha Jin, Waiting
  3. Yiyun Li, The Vagrants

Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy

  1. All the Pretty Horses
  2. The Crossing
  3. Cities of the Plain

Summer of Love, LGBT Edition

  1. James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room
  2. Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas
  3. Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Scandinavian Lit

  1. Knut Hamsun, Hunger
  2. Karl Knausgaard, My Struggle
  3. Haldor Laxness, The Fish Can Sing

Speculative Fiction

  1. Philip K Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  2. Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake
  3. Blake Butler, Scorch Atlas

Nigerian Lit

  1. Teju Cole, Every Day is for the Thief
  2. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
  3. Helen Oyemi, Icarus Girl

Brit Lit Summer Love

81. DH Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover

82. Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

83. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

Literature of Mexico

84. Juan Pablo Villalobos, Quesadillas

85. Valeria Luiselli, The Story of My Teeth

86. Carmen Boullosa, Texas: The Great Theft


Weird Japan

87. Kobo Abe, Woman in the Dunes

88. Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

89. Isle of Dreams, Keizo Hino


Native American Literature

90. Louise Erdrich, Round House

91. Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony

92. N Scott Momaday, House Made of Dawn


Summer of Love, Campus Edition

93. Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding

94. Zadie Smith, On Beauty

95. John Williams, Stoner


Neapolitan Quartet (Trilogy)

96. My Brilliant Friend, Ferrante

97. Story of a New Name, Ferrante

98. Those Who Leave, Those Who Stay, Ferrante


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