Our very extensive TO-READ lists.

August 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Itsnotnatalie and I have been compiling something a little bit different for you all. We’ve been putting together our (very extensive) to-read lists. Each of us has different favourite genres and authors, and different areas we would like to pursue. That said, we both want to challenge ourselves by incorporating different genres as much as we can! While I has a strong foundation in the basic and contemporary classics (a side-effect of an English lit degree!), I would like to read more contemporary fiction., while at the same time pursuing my favourite genres of dystopia, young adult fiction and fantasy.
Itsnotnatalie, who prefers contemporary fiction and is the living embodiment of Pride and Prejudice, is particularly interested in expanding her catalogue of the classics. She also wants to establish a solid foundation in her beloved fantasy genre, and is planning to start by delving into the works of Neil Gaiman.
We’ve swapped favourites, and are trying the books close to each other’s hearts. Itsnotnatalie is surely a rarity – a law student who has never read John Grisham! I’ve given her a copy of A Time to Kill, a book I hold in very high esteem, and which I hope she loves. I also thought I’d throw her in the deep end with the post-apocalyptic fiction, and have recommended Julianna Baggot’s Pure. I’m interested to see what she thinks of it! For Itsnotnatalie, I will delve into that which I despise – Jane Austen. Having completed a lit degree, I have come to hate Mr Darcy obsessees as much as the general public despises Twi-hards, but I’m prepared to have my mind changed (I think…).
Lastly, we want your input! What’s missing from our lists? What needs to go to the top of the to-read pile? Leave us a comment with your thoughts!

I love vintage books!

I love vintage books!

Kalystia’s TO READ list:

YA

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
Every Day – David Leviathan
Skullduggery Pleasant Series – Derek Landy
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chobsky
An Abundance of Katherines – John Green
Sunshine – Robin McKinley
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
The Diviners – Libba Bray
Gameboard of the Gods – Richelle Mead
Name of the Stars – Maureen Johnson
Delerium – Lauren Oliver
Fly By Night – Frances Hardinge
Starglass – Phoebe North

DYSTOPIA and POST-APOCALYPTIC
Peter Heller – The Dog Stars
Lucifer’s Hammer – Larry Niven
Unwind – Neil Shusterman
The Stand – Stephen King
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Brave New World – Alduous Huxley
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Boneshaker – Cherie Priest
Blood Red Road – Moira Young
Chaos Walking series – Patrick Ness
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Alas, Bablyon – Pat Frank

HORROR
Heart-shaped Box – Joe Hill
The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova

CLASSICS
Watership Down – Richard Adams
Compete works – Kurt Vonnegut
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Complete Works – Oscar Wilde
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
1984 – George Orwell
I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
Tess of the d’Urbevilles – Thomas Hardy
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
The Scarlett Letter – Nathanial Hawthorne
The Time Machine – H. G. Wells
Selected works – Jane Austen

FICTION
Among Others – Jo Walton
Battle Royale – Koushun Takami
Complete works – Christopher Moore
All that Is – James Salter
The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
John Dies at the End – David Wong
The Little Friend – Donna Tartt
Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
Room – Emma Donohue
Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Tampa – Alissa Nutting
The Book Theif – Markus Zusak
Codex – Lev Grossman
No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy
11/22/63 – Stephen King

FANTASY
The Last Unicorn – Peter S. eagle
Darktower Series – Stephen King
The Scar – China Mieville
The Tawny Man Trilogy – Robin Hobb
The Rain Wild Chronicles – Robin Hobb
Soldier Son Trilogy – Robin Hobb
Tigana – Guy Gavriel Kay
The Black Prism – Brent Weeks
Blood Song – Anthony Ryan
The Magician Series – Trudi Canavan
Little, Big – John Crowley
Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Suzanna Clarke
Sharps – K J Parker
Good Omens – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
The Wheel of Time series – Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson)
The Shambling Guide to New York City – Mur Lafferty
A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin
Dark Side of the Moon – Candace Farrugia
The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

SCI FI
Speaker for the Dead – Orson Scott Card
Dune – Frank Herbert

UPCOMING RELEASES
The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
The Returned – Jason Mott
Allegiant – Veronica Roth
Warm Bodies 2 – Isaac Marion
Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive Book 2) – Brandon Sanderson
Sequel to Pure and Fuse – Julianna Baggott
The Magician’s Land – Lev Grossman
Marisha Pessl – New Novel
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
World After (Penryn and the End of Days 2) – Susan Ee

Books, cupcakes and tea. Perfect!

Books, cupcakes and tea. Perfect!

Itsnotnatalie’s TO READ list:
FICTION:

IQ84 – Haruki Murakami
John Dies in the End – David Wong
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Book Thief –  Markus Zuzak
The Other Typist – Suzanne Rindell
The Kite Runner – Khaleed Hosseni
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenidies
Brokeback Mountain – Annie Prolux
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal – Christopher Moore
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb
The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
Possession – AS Byatt
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller – Italo Calvino
Parade’s End – Ford Maddox Ford
Naked Lunch – William S Burroughs
Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky
Fanny Hill – John Cleland
Austerlitz – WG Sebald
Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Foster
The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West
The Graduate – Charles Webb
The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling
Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl

AUSTRALIAN FICTION

The Family Law – Benjamin Law
He Died With a Felafel in His Hand – John Birmingham
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay
The Happiest Refugee – Anh Do
Schindler’s List – Thomas Keneally
Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey
The Year of Living Dangerously – Christopher J Koch
Cocaine Blues – Kerry Greenwood

CRIME AND THRILLER

Carrie – Stephen Kin
A Time to Kill – John Grisham
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
ABC Murders – Agatha Christie
Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie
The Postman Always Rings Twice/Mildred Pierce – James M Cain
Fire in the Hole – Elmore Leonard
Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy – John le Carre
Casino Royale – Ian Fleming

CLASSICS

The Forsyte Saga – John Galsworthy
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Trial – Franz Kafka
Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
In Search of Lost Time – Marcel Proust
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Cold Comfort Farm –  Stella Gibbons
On the Road –  Jack Kerouac
Middlemarch –  George Eliot
Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
Vanity Fair –  William Makepeace Thackeray
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
Ulysses – James Joyce
The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Les Liasons Dangereuse – Pierre Choderlos des Laclos
The Rainbow – DH Lawrence
Bel Ami – Guy de Maupassant
Gigi – Colette
Camilla – Fanny Burney
A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
Animal Farm – George Orwell

FANTASY and SCI-FI

LOTR Two Towers and Return of the King – JRR Tolkien
Outlander Series – Diana Gabaldon
Gormenghast Series – Mervyn Peake
Complete Works of Terry Pratchett
Complete Works of Neil Gaiman
Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Dune – Frank Herbert
Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
Watership Down – Richard Adams
The Magician King – Lev Grossman
Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson
The end of A Song of Fire and Ice – George RR Martin
Wheel of Time Series- Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson

POST-APOCALYPTIC and DYSTOPIA

Pure – Julianna Baggot
Red Moon – Benjam

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