3 Essential Books You Should Read From Every Major Genre

So this is pretty neat – it’s a list of 3 books that you should read from every major genre. Go read the full article, as it provides the reasoning behind each choice. But if you want to cheat and just see the choices, here they are:


Science Fiction

  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  • Perdido Street Station by China Mieville


  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis


  • Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
  • Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
  • All the Beautiful Sinners by Stephen Graham Jones

Young Adult

  • Harry Potter (entire series) by J.K. Rowling
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (entire series) by Lemony Snicket
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Short Story Collections

  • Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
  • Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders

Literary Fiction

  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

I’ve read a few, a few are on my reading list, and I’ve never even heard of an embarrassingly large number of them. How about you?

Do you agree with these suggestions? Do you have suggestions of your own?

Back to Classics Challenge

This was a 2012 challenge, so I’m afraid that I’m rather late to the party, but it’s still an excellent idea! Hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much, the objective is to read within one year:

  1. Any 19th Century Classic
  2. Any 20th Century Classic
  3. Reread a classic of your choice
  4. A Classic Play
  5. Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction
  6. Classic Romance
  7. Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language
  8. Classic Award Winner
  9. Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime  – Countries that no longer exist or have never existed count.

So, any takers? Leave a comment with your choices for each category!

1001 Books To Read Before You Die

Another great reading challenge: 1001 books to read before you die. I’ve had a look through the list to see which ones I’ve already read: 67, not too shabby!

  1. 1001 Nights (first volume)
  2. The Golden Ass by Apuleius
  3. Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
  4. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe
  5. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  6. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
  7. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett
  8. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe
  9. The Interesting Narrative by Oloudah Equiano
  10. The Monk by Matthew Lewis
  11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  12. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  13. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
  14. The Nose by Nikolai Gogol
  15. Oliver Twist by CharlesDickens
  16. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
  17. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe
  18. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  19. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  20. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  21. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  22. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
  23. Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevksy
  24. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  25. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  26. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  27. The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  28. The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
  29. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  30. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  31. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  32. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  33. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  34. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  35. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  36. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  37. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  38. Thank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
  39. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  40. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  41. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  42. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  43. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  44. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  45. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  46. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  47. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (just The Fellowship of the Ring)
  48. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  49. The Midwitch Cuckoos by John Wyndham
  50. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  51. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  52. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  53. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  54. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  55. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  56. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munroe
  57. Interview With a Vampire by Ann Rice
  58. The Wars by Timothy Findley
  59. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  60. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  61. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  62. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  63. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  64. Contact by Carl Sagan
  65. Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb
  66. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  67. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Which ones have you read? And did you have any plans for the next 19 years?

Reading Around the World in 2013

My main reading goal for 2013 is to get as far as I can into the Reading Around the World challenge. Between books that I’ve already read and the small head start I made in 2012, I already have far more books than I thought I would under my belt!

(But don’t let the amount of red fool you – this was all a clever trick to read books from the countries with the greatest land masses first so that my map would look a little more accomplished…)

visited 7 states (3.11%)
Create your own visited map of The World or jurisdische vertaling duits?

2013 Book Bingo Challenge

bingo-challenge-2013-scorecard-01Looking for a reading challenge for 2013?

I know a lot of people already have absurdly long reading lists, so challenges that add specific books aren’t always welcome. So here’s one that just focuses on reading categories!

Like in Bingo, you start with a scorecard and try to fill in a full row (or, as an optional extra challenge, make a pattern!).

So have a go at the 2013 Book Bingo Challenge!

TBR Challenge

If you’re anything like me, chances are that you have at least a shelf of books that you’ve picked up and always wanted to read but just never have the time for. Maybe it’s that classic you’ll totally get to after the next “fun” book, or that one that all your friends keep telling you that you must read but you just never feel like reading.

Enter the TBR challenge!

Pick up and dust off those neglected books and review them on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The Super Librarian has more information on her blog.

I won’t be formally participating, although this has pretty much been a TBR year for me so far anyway. But if you’re participating, leave a link back to your blog in the comments!