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Augustus - Williams
Dryden's Aeneid
Invention of Morel - Casares

History of Madness - Foucault
Why Read The Classics? - Calvino
Death of Virgil - Broch

War at the End of the World - Llosa
Scorch Atlas - Butler
The Female Quixote - Lennox

>what has been read
Invisible Cities - Calvino
Einstein's Dreams - Lightman (aka Invisible Cities: Reddit Edition)
Kitchen - Yoshimoto

>what is being read
The Sportswriter - Ford
The Moon in Its Flight - Sorrentino
A Death in the Family - Agee

>what will be read
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle - Murakami
Simulacra and Simulation - Baudrillard
Chimera - Barth
don't read murakami m8
Calvino - on a winters nite

Gurtrude Stein -Stanzas in Meditation
Wally - I(NT)J
Rosaind Krauss - The Optical Unconscious

Graham Lock - Forces In Motion: The Music And Thoughts Of Anthony Braxton
Victor Burgin
Fanny Howe
yr mom
>tfw /lit/ prolly wants to date you
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Tales from a Troubled Land - Paton
Blue of Noon - Bataille
The Pesthouse - Crace


Belle de Jour - Kessel


Works - Leve

I'm open to suggestions based on these books or any super lewd books in general if you know what I mean to be honest.
>not caps pic

The Squabble - Gogol
Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers

Return of the King
In Defense of Sanity - Chesterton

Solaris - Lem
The Once and Future King - White
The Name of the Rose - Eco

Not in love with LOTR but it's fine. Felt like an obligatory thing. Really need to wash this down with stronger literature though.
>As long as its obscure, I like it!

The Arabian Nights - trans. Haddawy
Modern and Normal - Karen Solie
The Scarborough - Michael Lista
The Qur'an - trans. Haleem
The Cannibal - Hawkes

Don Quixote - Cervantes
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
7 Contemporary Chinese Women Writers - anthology
Lavender Culture - Jay & Young

Mao II - DeLillo
The Guermantes Way - Proust
The Crying of Lot 49 - Pynchon
A Kim Jong Il Production - Fischer
Confessions of a Mask - Mishima
>7 Contemporary Chinese Women Writers - anthology
>Lavender Culture - Jay & Young
looks like someone just started their semester lol

Is that the girl from those phone commercials?
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I was sick of the pic m8, plus it seems a bit of a disservice to the original and absurdly well-read caps guy
it's ok it's calming me just seeing it again
1. How did you like The Cannibal? It's revered by both Barthelme and Pynchon (and nearly all pomos attribute some influence) and I've been meaning to tead it.

2. Isn't Oscar Wao shit? What a sorry case of market hype. Diaz is, and I avoid using this term liberally, a fucking hack.

3. Read any Delillo before or is Mao II your intro?
>Last Read:
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Homage to Catalonia
Dolores Claiborne

>Currently Reading:
The Mountain Shadow
Congressional Politics: The Evolving Legislative System

>To Read:
A Confederacy of Dunces
The Wretched of the Earth
Revolt of the Masses
>Last Read
Picture of Dorian Grey
Less Than Zero

>Currently Reading

>To Read
The Awakening
10/10 censorship m80, goes over great with the library types.
>Last read
Shadow of the Torturer
Tropic of Cancer

Lord of the Flies
Claw of the Conciliator

Kizumonogatari or Warlock by Oakley Hall
Last read:
Submission - michel hollandaise...or whatever
joyland - stephen king
some faggy book by connor something. some little twat from youtube. deleted the thing halfway through.

another country - james baldwin
the art of the deal - donald trump
Delirium: A Portrait of Arthur Rimbaud
Not whom you're replying to, but I actually liked Oscar Wao. One of the more enjoyable books I read in 2015, though admittedly I wasn't blown away. What didn't you like about it?
>simultaneously reading baldwin and trump
the irony
Wittgenstein's Mistress
Sixty Stories
Conspiracy Against the Human Race

2666 (not gonna read another long book like this for a while)
The Path of Least Resistance
The Angel Esmeralda

French poetry in French
A few plays of Shakespeare
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Alan Paton is highschool assigned reading. Georges Bataille is a popular French author. Crace has won major prizes. Belle de Jour was made into a successful movie. How are these authors obscure again? I mean I guess Leve might be a bit obscure but he's been discussed among the better read /lit/ users a few times over the years. Why do I have to read the same boring 20-30 /lit/ core books as everyone else, books I've already read a long time ago? Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?


How'd you like tropic of cancer??

not the anon you're replying to, but tropic of cancer was great. granted i read it senior year of high school, but i really enjoyed its prose. bursting with neurotic energy. i bought black spring and tropic of capricorn a while ago, but i've yet to read them

Pretty hilarious in some parts and I loved reading the prose, really imaginative what Miller did to make Paris seem more sleazy and decadent, got the most laughs out of Van Norden.

J.G. Ballard - Concrete Island
Graham Greene - Monsignor Quixote
J.G. Ballard - Crash
Cecily Cox - Latitude Thirty-Seven South

David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest
The Bible

Simone de Beauvoir - The Second Sex
Graham Greene - Brighton Rock
Bernhard Schlink - Flights of Love
How'd you like the ballards? Haven't read concrete island myself.
I've read High Rise once, Concrete Island 3x, and Crash 3x -- all are in his "urban apocalypse" voice. They're great but they do suffer from serious stylistic issues. Crash is far too repetitive with its motifs and Concrete Island has some pretty weak writing in parts. It's a shame he didn't _really_ experience the internet as it is today. He would have had a field day with it. Plays into his whole "technology doesn't just reinforce, but informs our sensibilities" things.

Is Drowned World any good? That's what I really want to read of his. I got a collection of his short stories today so that'll probably be on the to-read list shortly.

not sure whats ironic about it
GURPS 4th edition Campaigns
Conan the Barbarian Saga - book 1 The Pheonix and on the Sword
Game Magic - A Designer’s Guide to Magic Systems In Theory and Practice
Thinking in Java 4th Edition

another rpg book
another fiction book
another non-fiction book
another non fiction book

I'm using these as slots of books I'm reading every day. I borrowed the idea from my seasonal anime watching habits. Its a lot easier to finish a bunch of stuff if you do a little bit of multiple varied things each day. Currently the longest scheduled finish is the java book in 40 days at 25 pages a day, everything else is between 10-16/day.
im sorry
The stories are great but there's a fuck ton of them and I haven't gone through all
This is a terrible way to do it. You can do it for anime because it's 20 mins long and barely have to pay attention to begin with. Literature though requires much more commitment, otherwise you're languishing for days. In your case, weeks. 10 pages a day? How can anyone read like that?
Selected Philosophical Writings - Aquinas
Aquinas - Edward Feser

The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

I'm gonna blast through The Man Who Was Thursday, and then start into Moby Dick.

What's with everyone ITT reading more than one book at once? I find that the temptation to drop the lesser book is usually too great,
I'm still experimenting, I'll probwbly weight my fiction book to have more pages per day. I may reorganize the slots to be different than like non fiction, fiction, ect as well. I know from experience that I'll burn out really easy doing a marathon read for a single book. I'm trying to get in 6-7 hours of reading a day. Currently this is about 4 hours maybe.
Pick one book to be your primary and focus for hours on it, and do the rest as accessories. I know from experience splitting your attention is catastrophic when it comes to reading.
I like to have one easy read for when I'm on the subway or if I have some free time at work, and keep books that require more immersion or thoughts for my days off.
Kind of what >>7589466 advises.

Sometimes I add some poetry or short stories in the mix.

Reading The Bell Jar and Absalom Absalom for the moment.

No idea what I'll be picking up next. I don't usually plan my readings in advance.
Major Works of Ludwig Wittgenstein
The Martian

Oxford book of American poetry

Major Works of Martin Heidager
August Light
L'Étranger - Camus
La Peste - Camus
Stoner - Williams
War and Peace - Tolstoy
Europe - Norman Davies
Plato - Euthyphro
>last read
Facundo by Sarmiento
2666 by bolaño
Lot 49 by pynchon
Why go sperg on the Camus titles yet leave war and peace like so instead of Boйнa и миpъ?
Last read: the unbearable lightness of being, colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, The Art of War

Currently reading: Angela's Ashes, the Oddysey

Up next: Sophocles' tragedies, Euripides', and Platos' Apology
That's a video game m8
Austen - Sense and Sensibility
Goethe - Sorrows of Young Werther
Blake - (range of poems)

Austen - Pride and Prejudice
Byron - Don Juan
Shakespeare - Winter's Tale

Austen - Persuasion
Austen - Emma
Austen - Mansfield Park
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Much Ado About Nothing
Romeo and Juliet
White Noise

Anna Karenina

Mao II
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
King Lear
The Tempest
I want to keep this thread bumped but I have nothing to contribute.
Austen is shit
I saw this picture on his, you pick one side now! Do you hear me?

How is that Kagan book? I have it too and haven't read it yet. I got it after reading Thucydides and taking Kagan's open Yale course online.

You are retarded, but you're on /lit/ so I forgive you
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I was the fella who originally posted it lmao.

It's pretty good -- like a modern version of Thucydides; tells the whole history of the war thanks to it being modern. Offers different/modern interpretations to Thucydides' which is noice.

It's not extremely detailed however (it is only about 500 pages), but it's not meant to be (you can read his individual volumes on the war for further detail).

Hmmm, I thought it would be a good companion piece to Thucydides and Xenophon when I got it.

I have three medieval pictures like this on my other potato. One of Origen castrating himself, another of nuns picking dicks off of a tree and another of someone stabbing a king.
It's good if you want to see the big picture from all the combined sources and research -- it's just he has individuals books on each period of the war that have more detail.

You might want to get Plutarch's Lives at some points, he has biographies of Pericles, Alcibiades, Nicias etc.
Only recently read Thusidises & Xenophon & god they're good. I also recommend Plutarchs Lives

Don't even get me started on Plutarch, what a fun read. I used to read two lives every weekend.
Mussolini's Intellectuals - Griger
Afghanistan: Defense of Empire - Wyatt
Pomp & Politics of Patriotism - Unowsky

Rubicon: Last Days of the Roman Republic - Holland
Islam & Germany's War - Motadel
Hero of a Thousand Faces - Campbell
Italo Balbo: A Fascist Life - Segre

How to Read - Adler
The Poetics of Fascism - Morrison
Blood Meridian - McCarthy
>Last Read
Confessions of a Yakuza
Romance of the Three Kingdoms vol 1

>Currently reading
RotTK vol 2

Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy
War and Peace

Notes From Underground - Dostoyevsky
Metamorphosis and Other Stories - Kafka
Gravity's Rainbow - Pynchon

The Brothers Karamazov

Stoner - Williams
Light in August - Faulkner
Dubliners - Joyce

A+ plebeian reporting in.
Yes, but neither of those are on my syllabus

The Cannibal was great. It's a few steps below Pynchon, but it's really interesting in a lot of ways.
I didn't like Oscar Wao at first because I hated the prose and was really nauseated by all the nerd culture bullshit. I went on because I had to read it for a class, and I was glad to find that it really picks up around the second (?) chapter when the narrator changes.
I've read White Noise, and Libra and Underworld are in my queue. Should I be reading something else first?
mason & dixon
positively 4th street
>next up
the new york trilogy
>last month
Lost Illusions by Balzac (which is long)
just read Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
reading Great Expectations
>next month
maybe David Copperfield, maybe some Twain, maybe some Shakespeare
I finished The Book of Jamaica by Russell Banks
and Love in a Dry Season by Shelby Foote this month

currently reading The Lime Twig

next few
V by Pinecone
A Brief History of Seven Killings
Lanark by Alasdair Gray
You're reading some essential stuff anyway so good on you
It Can't Happen Here - Lewis
The message still holds up if some parts seem a little dated. It certainly can happen here and looks like it we're coming dangerously close to it again.

Damsel in Distress - Wodehouse
A bit of light reading, at first I felt guilty, but it was fun and good to read his writing. I now know the secret ingredient to all those Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy books. Adams always had a hint of Monty Python but something a little more subtle to it. He must have been channeling Wodehouse.

Iphigenia in Taurus - Goethe
Very convincing little play. I love Iphigenia. Will be reading more Goethe. Pic related.

The Red and the Black - Stendhal
Very modern feeling. Wonderful characterization. /lit/ would identify with Julien very much. Must read guys.

Many others I'll try to polish off this year.
Stop pretending to be someone you're not
how did you find Goethe? I heard he was a little boring as opposed to actually watching his plays.
>people on the left are so far left that anybody to their right is Hitler and prudence is fascism
Read Conversations of Goethe with Johann Peter Eckermann by Eckermann, Nietzsche calls it the best book in the German language. There's an epub on Libgen

For the plays, Faust 1 is the magnum opus, if you read one of his books, then read this. It's easier to "get" than the second part, for which you'd need a bit of knowledge of Greek mythology and thought (annotated edition may help).

Sorrows of Werther is short fun but extreme kitsch at times ("Klopstock! Oh!").

Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship is an interesting book - it's very modern in structure (not really one story but really a collection of stories), this structure has been done a lot since then so it may seem boring.

I think everybody can skip Goethe's scientific output, there's nothing important in there that can stand on its own. Goethe's plant morphology stuff has not much to do with how we see the evolution of plants today. His theory of colors is plain wrong.
how's elective affinities? I've been eyeing my library's copy.
Didn't find it particularly interesting, mostly two couples running around in the country-side not getting it on, a bit of wedding drama, a bit of tragedy, not particularly worldmoving today. The structure of the chemical hypothesis he uses as the structure of the novel is fun though.
>I didn't like Oscar Wao at first because I hated the prose and was really nauseated by all the nerd culture bullshit. I went on because I had to read it for a class, and I was glad to find that it really picks up around the second (?) chapter when the narrator changes.
You aren't out of the woods im afraid...

>I've read White Noise, and Libra and Underworld are in my queue. Should I be reading something else first?
Oh no, not at all, I was just curious. Mao II isnt usually held up there with Underworld/White Noise so I was wondering if you've read them. I've heard Mao II is particularly genius if you've tried your hand at writing yourself
Necrophilia bump
>what has been read
Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
Stranger - Albert Camus
A country doctor, the great wall of china, the metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
Ločil bom peno od valov - Feri Lainšček
Also some poems by Edgar Alan Poe

>what is being read
Alamut - Vladimir Bartol
A clockwork orange - Anthony Burgess
A knight of the sevem kingdoms - GRRM (i know lel)

>what will be read
Ana karenina - Tolstoy
Sun and steel - Yukio Mishima
I know, I'm reading the La Inca bit now and dreading what's coming next. I didn't hate the part right before that though-- where this thuggish character was narrating and it was sort of implied that nerd culture appealed to him despite his machismo.
I do write, but I didn't know that about Mao II. That's interesting. I picked it because the themes matched with what I write about it (same reason I read White Noise)
Allahu bumbar
>Last read
Richard Yates - Revolutionary Road
Adam Hochschild - King Leopold's Ghost
Pio Baroja - La ciudad de la niebla

>Currently reading
Mishima - Confessions of a Mask
Oliver Sacks - Musicophilia

>Up next
Plato's dialogs along with some commentary
Georges Perec - Life: A User's Manual
Dylan Thomas - Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog
>last read
Cathedral - Raymond Carver
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
Play it as it Lays - Joan Didion

>currently reading
Don Quixote - Cervantes
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
Epic of Gilgamesh

>up next
Cousin Pons - Honore de Balzac
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
Moonseed - Stephen Baxter
December 2015
>Goethe's collected aphorisms
>Douglass's Narrative
>Theophrastus, Sophron, Mime Fragments
>Diogenes Laertius's Lives of Eminent Philosophers
>The Canterbury Tales again
>some other shit that I'm forgetting

This month I won't be doing much reading-- I'll mainly go back through those texts and copy my notes out of them.

Did finally get Prudentius's Psychomachia... excited for that
Wait, what class would that be for?
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