Books Left to Read

Books left to read, ordered by popularity among the twenty-four lists. Books only mentioned in two lists are not included here; go to the Books to Go (Chronology) section to see everything, including those.

6 LISTS

MOLIERE 1622
Tartuffe, Misanthrope and other plays [HC] [GB] [SJC] [HB] [HRB] [EP]

RUDYARD KIPLING 1865 [NP]
Kim [MLB] [RR] [G] [PB] [HB] [MUM]

MARCEL PROUST 1871
In Search of Lost Time [O] [PB] [GB] [HB] [HRB] [G]

THOMAS MANN 1875 [NP]
The Magic Mountain [G] [PB] [EL] [HB] [MUM] [HRB]

JAMES JOYCE 1882
Finnegans Wake [MLB] [RR] [LM] [G] [PB] [HB]
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5 LISTS

JOHN DONNE 1572
The Complete English Poems [HC] [SJC] [EL] [HB] [EP]

THOMAS HOBBES 1588
Leviathan [HC] [GB] [SJC] [HB] [HRB]

JEAN BAPTISTE RACINE 1639
Phedre [HC] [GB] [SJC] [HB] [HRB]

HENRY FIELDING 1707
Joseph Andrews [G] [PB] [HB] [MUM] [HRB]

LAURENCE STERNE 1713
A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy [G] [HC] [PB] [HB] [HRB]

ADAM SMITH 1723
The Wealth of Nations [HC] [GB] [SJC] [EL] [HRB]

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE 1745
The Sorrows of Young Werther [G] [PB] [HC] [HB] [MUM]

STENDHAL 1783
The Charterhouse of Parma [O] [PB] [HB] [HRB] [G]

HONORE DE BALZAC 1799
Eugenie Grandet [G] [PB] [HB] [MUM] [HRB]
Le Pere Goriot [G] [PB] [HC] [HB] [HRB]

CHARLES DARWIN 1809
The Origin of Species [HC] [GB] [SJC] [EP] [HRB]

FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY 1821
The Idiot [G] [PB] [EL] [HB] [HRB]

HENRY JAMES 1843
The Wings of the Dove [MLB] [RR] [G] [PB] [HB]

JOHN GALSWORTHY 1867 [NP]
The Forsyte Saga [G] [PB] [HB] [MUM] [NP]

FRANZ KAFKA 1883
The Castle [G] [PB] [EL] [HB] [HRB]

D. H. LAWRENCE 1885
The Rainbow [MLB] [O] [PB] [HB]

KATHERINE ANNE PORTER 1890
Collected Stories [PP] [NBA] [HB] [MUM]

NATHANAEL WEST 1903
The Day of the Locust [MLB] [AT] [LM] [G] [HB]

EVELYN WAUGH 1903
A Handful of Dust [MLB] [AT] [G] [PB] [HB]

HENRY GREEN 1905
Loving [MLB] [AT] [G] [PB] [HB]

PAUL BOWLES 1910
The Sheltering Sky [MLB] [AT] [LM] [G] [HB]

ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN 1918 [NP]
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch [G] [EL] [PB] [HB] [MUM]

DORIS LESSING 1919 [NP]
The Golden Notebook [AT] [LM] [G] [PB] [HB]

V. S. NAIPAUL 1932 [NP]
A House for Mr. Biswas [MLB] [AT] [G] [EL] [HB]

PETER CAREY 1943
Oscar and Lucinda [O] [MBP] [PB] [HB] [G] (31)

4 LISTS

LUCRETIUS 99 BCE
On the Nature of Things [GB] [SJC] [HB] [HRB]

EPICTETUS 55 CE
The Discourses [HC] [GB] [HRB] [SJC]

MARCUS AURELIUS 121 CE
Meditations [HC] [GB] [EL] [HRB]

MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE 1533
Essays [GB] [SJC] [HB] [HRB]

WILLIAM HARVEY 1578
On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals [HC] [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

RENE DESCARTES 1596
Discourse on the Method [HC] [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

JOHN MILTON 1608
Poems [HC] [GB] [HB] [HRB]

ANDREW MARVELL 1621
Poems [HC] [SJC] [EL] [HB]

JONATHAN SWIFT 1667
A Tale of a Tub [G] [PB] [HB] [HRB]

SAMUEL RICHARDSON 1689
Clarissa [O] [PB] [HB] [G]

SAMUEL JOHNSON 1709
Rasselas [G] [PB] [HB] [HRB]

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU 1712
A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality [GB] [HC] [SJC] [HRB]
Confessions [PB] [EL] [HB] [EP]

JOHN JAY, JAMES MADISON, ALEXANDER HAMILTON 1745, 1751, 1755
The Federalist Papers [GB] [SJC] [EP] [HRB]

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE 1772
Selected Poems [HC] [EL] [HB] [HRB]

ALESSANDRO MANZONI 1785
The Betrothed [G] [PB] [HC] [HB]

ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE 1805
Democracy in America [GB] [SJC] [EL] [HRB]

JOHN STUART MILL 1806
On Liberty [HC] [GB] [HB] [HRB]

NIKOLAI GOGOL 1809
Dead Souls [G] [PB] [EL] [HB]

CHARLES DICKENS 1812
Hard Times [G] [PB] [HB] [HRB]

IVAN GONCHAROV 1812
Oblomov [G] [PB] [EL] [HB]

HERMAN MELVILLE 1819
Billy Budd [PB] [EP] [HB] [HRB]

GEORGE ELIOT 1819
Daniel Deronda [O] [PB] [HB] [G]
Silas Marner [G] [PB] [EP] [HB]
Adam Bede [G] [PB] [HB] [HRB]

HENRIK IBSEN 1828
A Doll’s House and other plays [GB] [HB] [HRB] [EP]

THOMAS HARDY 1840
The Mayor of Casterbridge [G] [PB] [HB] [MUM]

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE 1844
Beyond Good and Evil [GB] [SJC] [HB] [HRB]

ARNOLD BENNETT 1867
The Old Wives’ Tale [MLB] [G] [PB] [HB]

FORD MADOX FORD 1873
Parade’s End [MLB] [G] [PB] [HB]

WILLA CATHER 1873
Death Comes for the Archbishop [MLB] [RR] [AT] [EL]

LOUIS-FERDINAND CELINE 1894
Journey to the End of the Night [O] [PB] [HB] [G]

JOSEPH ROTH 1894
The Radetzky March [G] [PB] [EL] [HB]

CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD 1904
The Berlin Stories [AT] [PB] [G] [HB]

ANTHONY POWELL 1905
A Dance to the Music of Time (series) [MLB] [AT] [G] [PB]

IRIS MURDOCH 1919
Under the Net [MLB] [AT] [G] [PB]

KINGSLEY AMIS 1922
Lucky Jim [AT] [O] [PB] [G]

NORMAN MAILER 1923
The Naked and the Dead [MLB] [RR] [LM] [G]

PHILIP ROTH 1933
Operation Shylock [NYT] [PFA] [PB] [HB]

J. G. FARRELL 1935
The Siege of Krishnapur [MBP] [G] [PB] [HB]

DON DELILLO 1936
Libra [NYT] [LM] [PB] [HB]

THOMAS PYNCHON 1937
The Crying of Lot 49 [AT] [G] [PB] [HB]
V. [MLR] [G] [PB] [HB]

J. M. COETZEE 1940 [NP]
Waiting for the Barbarians [LM] [O] [PB] [G]

SALMAN RUSHDIE 1947
The Satanic Verses [MLR] [RR] [G] [PB]

MARTIN AMIS 1949
Money [AT] [O] [PB] [G] 
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3 LISTS

CONFUCIUS 551 BCE
The Analects [EL] [HC] [EP]

AESCHYLUS 524 BCE
Seven Against Thebes [HB] [HC] [HRB]
Persians [HB] [HC] [HRB]
Suppliant Maids [HB] [HC] [HRB]

SOPHOCLES 497 BCE
Women of Trachis [HB] [GB] [HRB]

EURIPIDES 480 BCE
Electra [GB] [HB] [HRB]
Cyclops [GB] [HB] [HRB]
Heracles [GB] [HB] [HRB]
Hecuba [GB] [HB] [HRB]
Ion [GB] [HB] [HRB]
Helen [GB] [HB] [HRB]
Iphigenia at Aulis [GB] [HB] [HRB]

ARISTOPHANES 446 BCE
The Knights [GB] [HB] [HRB]
The Wasps [GB] [HB] [HRB]
The Assemblywomen [GB] [HB] [HRB]

PLATO 428 BCE
Euthydemus [GB] [HB] [HRB]
Cratylus [GB] [HB] [HRB]
Parmenides [GB] [HB] [HRB]
Sophist [GB] [HB] [HRB] [SJC]
Statesman [GB] [HB] [HRB]
Philebus [GB] [HB] [HRB]
Laws [GB] [HB] [HRB]

ARISTOTLE 384 BCE
Physics [GB] [SJC] [HRB]
On Generation and Corruption [GB] [SJC] [HRB]
Metaphysics [GB] [SJC] [HRB]
Parts of Animals [GB] [SJC] [HRB]
On Generation of Animals [GB] [SJC] [HRB]
De Anima [GB] [SJC] [HRB]
On Interpretation [GB] [SJC] [HRB]
Prior Analytics [GB] [SJC] [HRB]
Categories [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

EUCLID 300 BCE
Elements [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

APOLLONIUS OF PERGA 262 BCE
On Conic Sections [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

VIRGIL 70 BCE
The Eclogues [GB] [HB] [HRB]
The Georgics [GB] [HB] [HRB]

TACITUS 56 CE
Annals [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

NICOMACHUS OF GERASA 60 CE
Introduction to Arithmetic [GB] [HRB] [SJC]

PTOLEMY 90 CE
The Almagest [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

PLOTINUS 204 CE
The Enneads [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

SAINT AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO 354 CE
City of God [GB] [HB] [HRB]

ANONYMOUS
Beowulf 700-1000 CE APPROX. [HC][EP][HB]

ANONYMOUS
The Song of Roland 1140 CE APPROX. [HC] [HB] [HRB]

THOMAS AQUINAS 1225
Summa Theologica [SELECTIONS] [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

GEOFFRY CHAUCER 1343
Troilus and Criseyde [GB] [HB] [HRB]

DESIDERIUS ERASMUS 1466
The Praise of Folly [GB] [HB] [HRB]

THOMAS MORE 1478
Utopia [HC] [HB] [HRB]

FRANCIS BACON 1561
Novum Organum [GB] [SJC] [HRB]
The New Atlantis [HC] [GB] [HRB]

GALILEO GALILEI 1564
Dialogues Concerning the Two New Sciences [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

JOHANNES KEPLER 1571
Epitome of Copernican Astronomy (Books IV – V)[GB] [SJC] [HRB]

RENE DESCARTES 1596
Rules for the Direction of the Mind [GB] [SJC] [HRB]
Meditations on First Philosophy [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

JOHN MILTON 1608
Areopagitica & Tractate of Education [HC] [HB] [HRB]

CHRISTIAN HUYGENS 1629
Treatise on Light [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

JOHN LOCKE 1632
Concerning Civil Government, Second Essay [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

ISAAC NEWTON 1643
Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

SAMUEL RICHARDSON 1689
Pamela [G] [PB] [HB]

VOLTAIRE 1694
Letters on the English, by Voltaire [HC] [HB] [HRB]

DAVID HUME 1711
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding Hume [HC] [GB] [HRB]

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU 1712
The Social Contract [GB] [SJC] [HRB]
Emile; or, On Education [PB] [HB] [HRB]
Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise [G] [PB] [HB]

TOBIAS SMOLLETT 1721
The Adventures of Roderick Random [G] [PB] [HB]
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker [G] [PB] [HB]

IMMANUEL KANT 1724
The Critique of Pure Reason [GB] [SJC] [HRB]
Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

OLIVER GOLDSMITH 1730
She Stoops to Conquer [HC] [EP] [HB]
The Vicar of Wakefield [G] [PB] [HB]

EDWARD GIBBON 1737
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [GB] [HB] [HRB]

JAMES BOSWELL 1740
The Life of Samuel Johnson [GB] [HB] [HRB]

ANTOINE LAURENT LAVOISIER 1743
Elements of Chemistry [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE 1745
Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship [PB] [HC] [HB]

RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN 1751
The School for Scandal [HC] [HB] [MUM]

FANNY BURNEY 1752
Evelina [G] [PB] [HB]

WILLIAM BLAKE 1757
The Complete Poems [HC] [EL] [HB]

MARIA EDGEWORTH 1767
Castle Rackrent [G] [PB] [HB]

JAMES HOGG 1770
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner [G] [PB] [HB]

JANE AUSTEN 1775
Mansfield Park [G] [PB] [HB]
Persuasion [G] [PB] [HB]

CHARLES MATURIN 1782
Melmoth the Wanderer [G] [PB] [HB]

THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK 1785
Nightmare Abbey [O] [HB]

JACOB AND WILHELM GRIMM 1785
Household Tales [HC] [EP] [HB]

LORD BYRON 1788
Selected Poems [HC] [EL] [HB]

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY 1792
Poems [HC] [HB] [EL]

JOHN STUART MILL 1806
Autobiography [HC] [HB] [HRB]

ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON 1806
Selected Poems [HC] [EL] [HB]

CHARLES DARWIN 1809
The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex [GB] [HRB] [EP]

ELIZABETH GASKELL 1810
Mary Barton [G] [PB] [HB]
Cranford [G] [PB] [HB]
North and South [G] [PB] [HB]

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE 1811
Uncle Tom’s Cabin [G] [PB] [EP]

CHARLES DICKENS 1812
Bleak House [G] [PB] [HB]
The Pickwick Papers [G] [HB] [HRB]
Martin Chuzzlewit [G] [PB] [HB]

SOREN KIERKEGAARD 1813
Fear and Trembling [PB] [GB] [SJC]

ANTHONY TROLLOPE 1815
The Way We Live Now [O] [HB]

KARL MARX 1818
Capital [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

IVAN TURGENEV 1818
First Love [G] [EL] [HB]

FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY 1821
The Devils [PB] [EL] [HB]

CHARLES BAUDELAIRE 1821
Selected Poems by Charles Baudelaire [EL] [HB] [EP]

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT 1821
A Sentimental Education [G] [PB] [HB]

LEO TOLSTOY 1828
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and other stories [PB] [EL] [HB]

CHRISTINA ROSSETTI 1830
The Complete Poems [HC] [EL] [HB]

EMILY DICKINSON 1830
Poems [EL] [EP] [HB]

WILLIAM MORRIS 1834
News from Nowhere [G] [PB] [HB]

MARK TWAIN 1835
The Mysterious Stranger [G] [HB] [HRB]

THOMAS HARDY 1840
Far from the Madding Crowd [G] [PB] [HB]
The Woodlanders [G] [PB] [HB]

WILLIAM JAMES 1842
The Principles of Psychology [GB] [SJC] [HRB]
Pragmatism [GB] [HB] [HRB]

HENRY JAMES 1843
The Golden Bowl [MLB][PB] [HB]

GEORGE GROSSMITH 1847
The Diary of a Nobody [O] [PB]

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON 1850
Kidnapped [G] [PB] [HB]

ARTHUR RIMBAUD 1854
Collected Poems [SJC] [EL] [HB]

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW 1856 [NP]
Pygmalion [EP] [HB] [HRB]

GEORGE GISSING 1857
New Grub Street [G] [PB] [HB]

ANTON CHEKHOV 1860
Plays [GB] [EP] [HB]

H. G. WELLS 1866
The Island of Dr Moreau [G] [PB] [HB]

ANDRE GIDE 1869 [NP]
The Immoralist [G] [PB] [HB]

ERSKINE CHILDERS 1870
The Riddle of the Sands [O] [PB]

WILLA CATHER 1873
A Lost Lady [G] [GB] [HB]
The Professor’s House [G] [PB] [HB]

MAX BEERBOHM 1874
Zuleika Dobson [MLB][G] [HB]

GERTRUDE STEIN 1874
The Making of Americans [LM] [PB] [HB]

ROBERT FROST 1874
Poems [EL] [EP] [HB]

THOMAS MANN 1875 [NP]
Joseph and His Brothers [EL] [HB] [HRB]
Buddenbrooks [G] [PB] [NP]

ALFRED DOBLIN 1878
Berlin Alexanderplatz [G] [PB] [HB]

ALBERT EINSTEIN 1879
Relativity: The Special and the General Theory [GB] [SJC] [HRB]

WALLACE STEVENS 1879
Poems [SJC] [EL] [HB]

ROBERT MUSIL 1880
The Man Without Qualities [G] [PB] [HB]

D. H. LAWRENCE 1885
Complete Short Stories [PB] [GB] [HB]

JEAN TOOMER 1894
Cane [LM] [PB] [HB]

WILLIAM FAULKNER 1897 [NP]
Collected Stories [NBA] [HB] [MUM]

ERICH REMARQUE 1898
All Quiet on the Western Front [G] [PB] [MUM]

ELIZABETH BOWEN 1899
The Death of the Heart [MLB][AT] [G]

NEVIL SHUTE 1899
A Town Like Alice [MLR] [G] [PB]

ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY 1900
The Little Prince [G] [PB] [MUM]

ANDRE MALRAUX 1901
Man’s Fate [HB] [G] [MUM]

CHRISTINA STEAD 1902
The Man Who Loved Children [AT] [G] [HB]

SAMUEL BUTLER 1902
Erewhon [G] [PB] [HB]

EVELYN WAUGH 1903
Vile Bodies [G] [PB] [HB]

ALAN PATON 1903
Cry, the Beloved Country [G] [PB] [MUM]

ALEJO CARPENTIER 1904
The Kingdom of this World [G] [PB] [HB]

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE 1905 [NP]
Nausea [PB] [HB] [HRB]

JOHN O’HARA 1905
Appointment in Samarra [MLB] [AT] [HB]

NELSON ALGREN 1909
The Man With the Golden Arm [NBA] [G] [PB]

WILLIAM GOLDING 1911 [NP]
Rites of Passage [MBP] [PB] [G]

MERVYN PEAKE 1911
Titus Groan [G] [PB] [HB]

PATRICK WHITE 1912 [NP]
Voss [G] [PB] [HB]

GIORGIO BASSANI 1916
The Garden of the Finzi-Cortinis [G] [PB] [EL]

ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN 1918 [NP]
Cancer Ward [PB] [HB] [HRB]

MURIEL SPARK 1918
The Girls of Slender Means [G] [PB] [EL]
The Driver’s Seat [G] [PB] [EL]

PRIMO LEVI 1919
The Periodic Table [O] [EL] [HB]
If Not Now, When? [G] [PB] [HB]

STANISLAW LEM 1921
Solaris [G] [PB] [HB]

NORMAN MAILER 1923
The Executioner’s Song [PP] [O] [HB]

RUSSELL HOBAN 1925
Riddley Walker [LM] [G] [HB]

JOHN BERGER 1926
G. [MBP] [G] [PB]

PHILIP K. DICK 1928
The Man in the High Castle [HA] [LM] [G]

MILAN KUNDERA 1929
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting [O] [PB]
The Unbearable Lightness of Being [G] [PB] [HB]

J. G. BALLARD 1930
Crash [LM] [G] [PB]

JOHN BARTH 1930
The Sot-Weed Factor [AT] [LM] [HB]

E. L. DOCTOROW 1931
The Book of Daniel [G] [PB] [HB]

JOHN LE CARRE 1931
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold [AT] [G] [PB]

PHILIP ROTH 1933
Sabbath’s Theater [NYT] [NBA] [PB]

DON DELILLO 1936
Mao II [PFA] [PB] [HB]

ROBERT STONE 1937
Dog Soldiers [AT] [NBA] [HB]

JOYCE CAROL OATES 1938
Them [NBA] [PB] [HB]

LARRY NIVEN 1938
Ringworld [HA] [NA] [G]

ANGELA CARTER 1940
Wise Children [O] [PB] [G]

MICHAEL ONDAATJE 1943
The English Patient [MBP] [G] [PB]

JOE HALDEMAN 1943
The Forever War [HA] [NA] [G]

W. G. SEBALD 1944
Austerlitz [O] [PB] [G]

JAMES KELMAN 1946
How Late It Was, How Late [MBP] [G] [PB]

JEANNETTE WINTERSON 1959
The Passion [G] [PB] [HB]

ARUNDHATI ROY 1961
The God of Small Things [MBP] [G] [PB]

BRETT EASTON ELLIS 1964
American Psycho [LM] [G] [PB]

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