ITT: We judge people based off the books they read in 2016:
>Currently Reading: The Beautiful and The Damned
>Next: The Road by Jack London
>Count of Monte Cristo
>Notes from the Underground
>Storm of Steel
Currently reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, I'll probably finish it tomorrow. I think I'll get to the Odyssey after this.
>Old Man and the sea
>child of God
>A Scanner Darkly
Reading Suttree ATM
I haven't decided what's next; either Iliad, For Whom the Bell Tolls, War and Peace, Dubliners, or Moby-Dick.
My backlog is substantial senpai
Desires to live out by themselves in the woods.
Ad mist an existential crisis
Frequently stubs his pinky toe
Yells at cats in the street
>A Brief History of Seven Killings
>Mason and Dixon
I work and volunteer a lot so I haven't been able to devour as many books as I often like to.
Storm of Steel presents the war from a much different point of view. Junger believes in his duty, and devotes himself to the fight completely. He doesn't waste tears over fallen comrades, or even cringe when somebody in the hole next to him gets ripped apart by a mortar, but that doesn't mean he's cold or emotionless. His basic view is that war is a grisly but necessary endeavor, a noble struggle that burns away weakness and instills humility and respect into civilized men. I highly recommend it, even though it can get dry at some points.
I'm interested to read more of Junger's work. Apparently he was good buddies with Heidegger and Evola, and experimented with a ton of drugs all the way up to his 70s.
>Paul Auster Screenplays
>A Personal Matter
>Pandora's Box (Wedekind)
>Heart of Darkness
>Do Androids (...) Sheep?
>Letter to his Father (Kafka)
Finishing The Castle, Kojeve intro to Hegel and a Kierkegaard biography...
You seem new here. Those books are good, except Storm of Steel of which I cannot speak (never read it).
I suggest you to check out Camus' The Fall. I thought it was better than Stranger and Plague.
How was A Tales of Two Cities?
I started that book I so far I've had a hard time to get through it. English is not my native language, and often I find myself lost in Dickens' Prose.
Iliad. It's an amazing book, and one of the reason I once tried to learn some ancient greek. According to people who are familiar with the language, Homer is just THAT good. I think a possible problem with the reading is that nowadays we are used to a stress accent while ancient greek had, if iirc, a tonal accent. I think this would make a reading of ancient greek quite musical if properly done.
Read some book on greek mythology first, just to be familiar with the names.
Nice selection, but
I have mixed feelings about him. I read his book The Resistance, but it felt like some old man rambling about the change of things through time - 80 pages to say "everything was better in my youth". I also have a poor opinion of him as a philosopher.
You live with a roommate who loves metal and is a big fan of comic books but appreciates your interests in literature.
Fresh from the top 100 list.
Budding substance abuse problems. Prefers vodka based cocktails. Depression problems from teenage years but fairly friendly. You sound like a cool guy.
>Do you really think that Kafka's letter to his father counts as a book?
There is more stuff in the book. I'm just too lazy to write its full name.
Father and Sons by Turganev (great)
Representative Men by Emerson (alright)
Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace by Vidal (not good)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (for a twenty page book? Pretty good. Much better than I expected)
Socrates Defense (alright, no Symposium)
Low (the Bowie album) of the 331/3 series (top notch)
Red Harvest by Hammett (damn near perfect)
The Dhammapada (great)
The Road by McCarthy (a perfect book plus 2 pages)
why do you think i added that you don't know it? you will probably never know that you do similar to how catholic dark age peasants most likely never figured to gag a woman with their cocks but I guarantee you if they had, they would have liked it.
>The Secret Agent - Conrad
>The Master and Margarita - Bulgakov
>Confessions of a Mask - Mishima
>Peter the Great - Robert Massie
>The Last Lion: Visions of Glory - William Manchester
>Current book: Submission by Houellebecq
i quit this thread. i judged you all and was completely ignored. i am taking my ball and GOING HOME.
>Ulysses (finished the last 60 pages in the first couple days)
>Family Ties -Lispector
>Next: hopefully Roadside Picnic or Platonov short stories
I think that's about it. Ulysses utterly drained my desire to read, even though I really enjoyed Lispector.
Sarcasm, I assume? I mean, I've had nothing better to do during winter break, most days after school, and now this blizzard.
>ad mist an existential crisis
>you seem new here
I've been browsing /lit/ daily since last fall, I don't know if that counts as new.
>fresh from the top 100 list
Nah, I was here before that. I'm still new to reading literature, though. Up until this past summer, all I read was Tom Clancy-type stuff. I've been working through the essential stuff since then.
>File says No Bully
I beg your pardon? What strikes you as Clancy?
I like Dresden files, but in my defense I gave a bit too many stars to lots of stuff when I first signed up. Oh well!
The Catcher in the Rye
Lolita book one
Lolita book 2
I'm breaking Lolita up like that to make it seem like I've read more than I have, even though it's really just one book.
>Tfw slow reader
>The Waste Land and a couple other Eliot poems
>(most of) Selected Poems of HD
>A bunch of bad short stories written by fellow students of my creative writing class
>One good short story written by a cute British exchange student
Currently reading Gravity's Banana, Aristophanes' Peace, and Thucydides.
>How was A Tales of Two Cities?
I loved it. Spanish is my native language but I read it in English, and even though I struggled with it at first, I got used to his writing style and ended up reading up to 100 pages a day. It fucked up my sleeping schedule. I consulted the Es/En dictionary quite frequently.
Blood Meridian is fucking me up tho. It doesn't just laugh at my meager lexicon, it fucks my dictionary too.
From my Goodreads, not omitting anything (first coulpe were Christmas presents and it would have been rude not to read them):
>The Second Half by Roy Keane
>Roy of the Rovers: The Official Autobiography by Giles Smith
>Memoirs from the House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky
>Submission by Michel Houellebecq
>The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
>American Pastoral by Philip Roth
>Kari Hotakainen - The Classic
>Jung - Memories, Dreams, Reflections
>Kafka's short stories
>Uni textbooks (psychology)
>War and Peace
Nothing that hasn't been for class, sadly. Besides my textbooks, two of them being a collection of articles about film noir, and the numerous articles I've read online for class, I've read Nervous Conditions, and am currently on The Half-Inch Himalayas.
Probably pretty cool. Has friends and tries their recommendations; reads both classics and topics that interest him; not pretentious. 10/10, friend material.
Pride and Prejudice
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Working on The Sun Also Rises now.
The Shadow of the Torturer-Gene Wolf
The Claw of the Conciliator-Gene Wolf
Lord of the Flies-William Golding
Tropic of Cancer-Henry Miller
Next up is probably No Country for Old Men or Childhood, Boyhood & Youth. I might save Under the Volcano for when I go to Spain
>Worries more than you should about your hair.
I actually worry about my teeth.
>Wants to keep a dream diary but is to lazy.
Spot on. I usually remember them for a long period though.
>27 days into the month
>fucking autists already on their 6th mid sized book
Worse than non-readers. You're not reading genre fiction, skimming through the pages doesn't constitute for shit. It doesn't matter if you read 50 books in a year if you can't recall any of them nor have any sort half intelligent dialogue about them.
It's pity full that some of you actually do this, it's a concept junior high schoolers are familiar with.
>read nearly 3k pages in less than a month
Just relaxing without deep thinking
New to reading
Wants to live a full life with experience
Is a cowboy
Likes to read books from around the world
Drink whiskey because you think it's manly
Likes experimentation, would rather do anal than missionary
Has a tumblr for viewing images
Tries to read quickly to get to the next book
Likes experimentation, would prefer the other partner to do the work in sex
fuck off i'm gonna go through everyone though
>William Blake: The Complete Illuminated Books
>Feudal Society, Volume 2
>The Recognition of 'Sakuntala: A Play in Seven Acts
Is invisible man good? I was tempted to buy it today. I'm not used to reading stuff surrounding the civil rights movement in America and the like, does it go full "kill whitey" at any point or is it reasonable?
It's not a very traditional civil rights narrative. It goes pretty deep and the view of racism presented is nuanced. Also a lot of the book is about communist movements and also misguided attempts at getting equality. It's more an exploration of the nuances of the ideas and structures rather than an ideological work.
Don't expect Martin Luther King, Jr., but also don't expect the Black Panthers.
I respect your opinion, but for me, it was some time spent for nothing intesting.
The society of Brave New World is based on the stability, where people are born and predestined to their social function. Despite the initial shock, I think there's nothing more to see here. If you have a deeper undestanding of this book, share please.
>MFW i read your answer.
Did you read the whole book? The folly in that society became much more apparent when they became exposed to the savages. It showed the true consequences of their infantilism through their inability to empathise with other societies.
Freud and Beyond a history of psychoanalytic thought
Introduction to World Systems Analysis
the moon and sixpence
the cherry orchard
Narcissus and Goldmund
Buddha walks into a Bar
between the world and me
The Floating Opera
Yeah, I read it. But, it was expected.
"Oh, look how nasty she is, she has a son"
"We don't marry, let's just have sex with the whole world"
Yeah, it shows how stupid would be that society e that's this book's message, but on distopic books, I prefer 1984, but I haven't read others yet.
A Voice Through a cloud
The Process - B. Gysin
Journey to the End of the Night
Death on Credit
I don't know enough about literature to criticise you lads tbqh
> Discourses of Epictetus
>The problems of philosophy
>Longitude, The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time (meme title but good book)
>odysseus in america
>thomas sowell reader
>history of philosophy vol. 1
Plath - The Bell Jar
Plath - Ariel
PKD - Radio Free Albemuth
Hemingway - The Sun Also Rises
West - The Day of the Locust
Rand - Anthem (reread, had to teach it)
Also a bunch of short stories from Kafka (mostly rereads), Checkhov (rereads), Poe (rereads), Lovecraft, and Vonnegut (rereads), among others, a handful of poems from various poets including Shelley, Dickinson, and some lesser-knowns like Marilyn Chin and Jimmy Santiago Baca.
Currently reading Heller's Good as Gold and rereading Macbeth.
I just read a book by Honoré de Balzac. I wasn't familiar with French realism and I was wondering, is it just in his books or did aristocrats in France speak in five pages worth of monologue without hesitation?
A Boy's Will and North of Boston by Robert Frost.
The Sketchbook of Geoffry Crayon Gent. by Washington Irving.
Burmese Days by George Orwel
Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Alcestis by Euripides
The Waste land and other writings by T.S. Eliot
>St Augustine's Confessions
>The Myth of Sisyphus
>Yvain, the Knight of the Lion
>The Undiscovered Self
Currently reading The Hero with a Thousand Faces, the King in Yellow and Poilu
Slapstick! Or Lonesome No More
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Now reading: A Wizard of Earthsea
Next: the Name of the Rose or a Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, haven't decided
It's a good thing that so many people come here, read the classics, and then never post again right? Because that's the only thing that would explain everyone reading the same books for the last 5 years.
A collection of Poe
All you need is kill
A canticle for leibowitz
Madness and civilization
Currently reading Death in Midsummer.
>My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante (spillover from last year)
On the Abolition of All Political Parties-Weil
>Pilgrim at Tinker Creek-Annie Dillard
>Divine Fury: A History of Genius-Darrin M. McMahon
Still chipping away at Darconville's Cat
>The Magic Mountain
>Maugham's Collection of Kipling's Best
>Natural History (Pliny the Elder)
>A Small Place (Jamaica Kincaid)
>a collection of magical realist spanish short stories (Cortazar, Allende, etc.)
Currently reading Uncle Tungsten and Death in Venice, then probs Rabbit Run. well, idk might pick up knausgaard.
>The Book of Jamaica by Russell Banks
>Love in a Dry Season by Shelby Foote
>The Lime Twig by John Hawkes
>The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam translated by Edward Fitzgerald
>The Pigeon by Patrick Susskind
Reading The City of Dreadful Night by James Thomsen and The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
Might try to read V next.
Was the Fuentes novel good? I have it out from the library but it's been gathering dust. It's in English btw I hope that's okay.
Did you like Ice? I really liked Ice. I'm assuming it's the one by Kavan.
1- The Pesthouse - Jim Crace
2- Belle De Jour - Joseph Kessel
3- The Magician's Garden and Other Stories - Géza Csáth
r8, h8 or db8
I guess I should be more descriptive because I want something like Notes from Underground. Reading that gave me a sense of calm that I hadn't felt in months, a sense of self assurance that I haven't really felt in a long time, and probably did more than any psychotherapy could do. What are some novels or novellas that might give me that feeling?
>The Age of Reason
>Currently mid-way through Nausea
Kind of went on a French Existentialist bender in Jan. Thinking of reading Kierkegaard, should I do it?
>Kierkegaard is far superior to French existentialism.
>Death Of A Salesman - Miller
>Collected Stories - Faulkner
>Hunger - Hamsun
>Cathedral - Carver
>Oblomov - Goncharov
>Some short stories by Chekhov and Conrad
Just finished Dubliners. Dunno what am I gonna choose now.
>Le roi des Aulnes (The Ogre) - Tournier
>2084 - Sansal
>The door - Szabó
>Things fall apart - Achebe
>Simplissimus - Grimmelshausen
>Tierra del fuego; El ultimo Grumete; Golfo de Penas; Naufragios - Coloane
Finishing Issa collected Haïku
>An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States
In college, so not much time for anything else. Don Quixote is the only pleasure reading I can afford right now.
> Submission by Houellebecq
> Factotum by Bukowski
> Paa gjengrodde stier (On Overgrown Paths) by Hamsun
> Annapurna by Maurice Herzog
> Islands in the Stream by Hemingway
>currently reading 2666
>Mythologies - Roland Barthes
>The Things They Carried - Tim O' Brien
>Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail - Hunter S. Thompson
>The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
>On the Road - Jack Kerouac
starting Red Harvest - Dashielle Hammett tomorrow