100 Pretentious Books to Read Before you Die

Yesterday I noticed someone located my blog by searching for “100 Pretentious Books to Read Before you die” which I found rather amusing and upon further investigation I found I was the top result with this post. After some fun on Twitter trying to pick 100 Books to read if you want to consider yourself as a pretentious reader, I thought I would post it here. Note this is a working progress and just collecting book titles now.

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  2. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  3. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  4. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  5. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  6. Divine Comedy by Dante
  7. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  8. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  9. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  10. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  11. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  12. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  13. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  14. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  15. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  16. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  17. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  18. The Bible
  19. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  20. The Satanic Verses by Salmon Rushdie
  21. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  22. The Sorrow of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  23. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  24. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  25. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  26. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  27. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  28. The Odyssey by Homer
  29. Beowulf by Unknown
  30. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Other suggestions (still need to read)

Anna Karenina Audiobook By Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina Audiobook By Leo Tolstoy
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  • A Heart So White by Javier Marías
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami
  • Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  • In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  • Interpretations of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  • No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
  • Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.
  • Shopgirl by Steve Martin
  • Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima
  • The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • The Qur’an
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • Voss by Patrick White


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