A Worthy Reading List

A Worthy Reading List

Like most heavy readers, I usually trade my books in at a used book store after I’ve read them. I’ve started making exceptions to that habit in recent years. When I found myself buying some of Dostoevsky’s novels to read again, I realized a “read again” shelf might be a good idea.

Writers learn from reading other authors as much as they do from studying the craft and writing. If a book has something I want to pick up as a writer, I put it on my “read again” shelf. It might be interesting plot twists, depth of characterization, unusual narration or point of view, the way the pages fly by, the way they define or break their genre, or some other reason. Whether I hope to learn from the author or not, all of the following are great books.

There are 47 books on my “read again” shelf right now. I thought I’d share the list.

Charles Bukowski, “Post Office: A Novel”, 1971.

Mikhail Bulgakov, “The Master and Margarita”, 1967.

Lee Child, “Die Trying”, 1998.

Lee Child, “One Shot”, 2005.

Lee Child, “Nothing to Lose”, 2008.

Lee Child, “Gone Tomorrow”, 2009.

Lee Child, “Worth Dying For”, 2010.

Lee Child, “The Affair”, 2011.

Paulo Coelho, “The Alchemist”, 1988.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, “Notes From Underground”, 1864.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, “Crime and Punishment”, 1866.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, “Demons (The Possessed)”, 1872.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, “The Brothers Karamazov”, 1880.

Graham Greene, “The Confidential Agent”, 1939.

Graham Greene, “The Quiet American”, 1955.

Dashiell Hammett, “Red Harvest”, 1929.

Dashiell Hammett, “The Thin Man”, 1934.

Hermann Hesse, “Siddhartha”, 1922.

Stephen Hunter, “The 47th Samurai”, 2007.

Natsuo Kirino, “Out”, 1997.

Natsuo Kirino, “Real World”, 2003.

Dean Koontz, “Life Expectancy”, 2004.

Dean Koontz, “The Good Guy”, 2007.

Steig Larsson, “The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo”, 2005.

Steig Larsson, “The Girl Who Played with Fire”, 2006.

Steig Larsson, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”, 2009.

Liza Marklund, “Studio Sex (Exposed)”, 1999.

Ed McBain, “Sadie, When She Died”, 1972.

James McClure, “The Steam Pig”, 1971.

Rick Mofina, “Vengeance Road”, 2009.

Rick Mofina, “Six Seconds”, 2009.

Haruki Murakami, “Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World”, 1985.

Haruki Murakami, “The Elephant Vanishes”, 1990.

Haruki Murakami, “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle”, 1995.

Haruki Murakami, “Kafka on the Shore”, 2002.

Jo Nesbo, “The Bat”, 1997.

Jo Nesbo, “Nemesis”, 2002.

George Orwell, “1984”, 1949.

James Patterson and Howard Roughan, “Honeymoon”, 2005.

James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, “The Quickie”, 2007.

James Patterson and Howard Roughan, “You’ve Been Warned”, 2007.

James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, “Swimsuit”, 2009.

James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, “Now You See Her”, 2011.

Ian Rankin, “Tooth and Nail”, 1992.

Mickey Spillane, “Kiss Me, Deadly”, 1952.

Mickey Spillane, “The Body Lovers”, 1967.

Peter Tasker, “Buddah Kiss”, 1996.

Keeping the size of the collection down is a job in itself. If I let them, the Lee Child, Haruki Murakami, and James Patterson books could quickly double the size of the collection.

Who are your “read again” authors?

Article by Ivan Izo.


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