The Rhapsodies

These are the books I’ve read since January 2011, sorted from newest to oldest and grouped by year. Corresponding reviews are linked, if available.


  1. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan [currently reading]
  2. Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish [currently reading]


  1. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
  2. Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
  3. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
  4. The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
  5. Family Life by Akhil Sharma
  6. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
  7. Fall Like Rain by Ana Tejano
  8. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  9. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
  10. The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee
  11. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  12. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  13. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee [reread]
  14. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  15. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  16. Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
  17. The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
  18. The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
  19. Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  20. Drown by Junot Díaz
  21. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  22. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  23. The Middleman and Other Stories by Bharati Mukherjee
  24. October Light by John Gardner
  25. Monstress by Lysley Tenorio
  26. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  27. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
  28. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  29. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  30. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  31. Inverted World by Christopher Priest
  32. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  33. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
  34. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  35. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  36. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  37. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
  38. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  39. Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams by Alexander McCall Smith
  40. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
  41. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman


  1. The Bibliophile’s Devotional: 365 Days of Literary Classics by Hallie Ephron
  2. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  3. Richard II by William Shakespeare
  4. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  5. Dwellers by Eliza Victoria
  6. Tinkers by Paul Harding
  7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
  9. Twisted 8: The Night of the Living Twisted by Jessica Zafra
  10. The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford
  11. Twisted 8 ½ by Jessica Zafra
  12. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  13. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
  14. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  15. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  16. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  17. The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer
  18. Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver
  19. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  20. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
  21. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  22. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  23. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  24. The City and the City by China Miéville
  25. The Stories So Far by Jessica Zafra
  26. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  27. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  28. A Death in the Family by James Agee
  29. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [reread]
  30. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
  31. Tenth of December by George Saunders
  32. Atonement by Ian McEwan [reread]
  33. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  34. The Alienist by Caleb Carr
  35. A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
  36. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  37. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling


  1. How Fiction Works by James Wood
  2. The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan
  3. Max and the Cats by Moacyr Scliar
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  6. The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  8. Short Cuts by Raymond Carver
  9. Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot
  10. Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  11. Small Memories by José Saramago
  12. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  13. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
  14. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
  15. The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro
  16. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  17. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov [reread]
  18. The Homecoming by Harold Pinter
  19. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  20. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  21. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  22. Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver
  23. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  24. Steps by Jerzy Kosiński
  25. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  26. Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
  27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  28. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
  29. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
  30. Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis
  31. This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
  32. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  33. Paper Towns by John Green
  34. Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
  35. A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe
  36. Cathedral by Raymond Carver
  37. Ulverton by Adam Thorpe
  38. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes [reread]
  39. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson [reread]
  40. Mysteries by Knut Hamsun
  41. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  42. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  43. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  44. The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
  45. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
  46. The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
  47. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
  48. Dead Stars by Paz Marquez Benitez
  49. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
  50. The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness
  51. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  3. No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
  4. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  5. The God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  7. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
  8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  9. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  10. Stoner by John Williams
  11. Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal
  12. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  13. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  14. Mother’s Milk by Edward St. Aubyn
  15. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro [reread]
  16. Home by Marilynne Robinson
  17. Last Orders by Graham Swift
  18. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
  19. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  20. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  21. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  22. Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
  23. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
  24. How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
  25. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  26. The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller
  27. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  28. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
  29. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  30. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  31. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
  32. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
  33. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
  34. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  35. The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
  36. The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch
  37. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  38. Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion
  39. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  40. The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek
  41. The Book Group Book by Ellen Slezak
  42. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  43. number9dream by David Mitchell
  44. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  45. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  46. Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories by Philip Roth
  47. Fatelessness by Imre Kertész
  48. The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
  49. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  50. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  51. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  52. 2666 by Roberto Bolaño
  53. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren


  1. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  2. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  3. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  4. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  5. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  6. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  7. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
  8. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  9. The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
  10. True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  11. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  12. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  13. Deliverance by James Dickey
  14. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  15. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  16. Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
  17. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  18. Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
  19. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  20. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
  21. Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
  22. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  23. The Master by Colm Tóibín
  24. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  25. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  26. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  27. Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
  28. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  29. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  30. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  31. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  32. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
  33. Ironweed by William Kennedy
  34. The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  35. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  36. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  37. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  38. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  39. The Gathering by Anne Enright
  40. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  41. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  42. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago
  43. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  44. Independent People by Halldór Laxness
  45. Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
  46. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  47. Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  48. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  49. Possession by A.S. Byatt
  50. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
  51. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
  52. Twisted 9 by Jessica Zafra

2010 and back (with reviews only):

  1. The Sea by John Banville
  2. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
  4. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  6. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  7. The Art of Fiction by Ayn Rand
  8. Blindness by José Saramago
  9. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
  10. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  11. Death at Intervals by José Saramago
  12. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
  13. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  14. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  15. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  16. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
  17. White Noise by Don DeLillo
  18. Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim
  19. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  20. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  21. A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
  22. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  23. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  24. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  25. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  26. Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
  27. How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays by Umberto Eco
  28. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
  29. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  30. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  31. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  32. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
  33. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  34. The Food of the Gods by H.G. Wells
  35. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  36. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  37. 1984 by George Orwell
  38. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  39. Candide by Voltaire
  40. The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
  41. Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
  42. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  43. Independence Day by Richard Ford
  44. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  45. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  46. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
  47. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  48. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
  49. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  50. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


    • Yep! This is a list of books I’ve read and has links to my book write-ups. I refuse to call them reviews because some of them are not really reviews.


  1. Melanie Navarro says

    Hi Angus,

    I came across your blog and I was wondering if you will be interested in reviewing the book of a Danish crime writer Inger Wolf who has just released her first novel as an e-book in English. We will be pleased if you can consider it for a review, if you are interested we are more than happy to send you a free copy in whatever format you like (PDF, EPUB, MOBI).

    Author: Inger Wolf
    Title: Evil Water
    Genre: Crime/Mystery
    Format: E-book
    Synopsis: Two women disappear without a trace, and the same autumn a farmer on the outskirts of Århus finds them murdered in suitcases under a heap of stone. The skin of one woman is filled with the letter Y and the other has a rare flower in her hair. Inspector Daniel Trokic is leading the case which goes in several directions: to a tribal population in Africa, religious insanity and a horrifying meeting with leeches. When a third woman disappears, Trokic is under pressure to find out what the killer wants to say with his macabre scenery and rituals.

    You can find more information about Inger Wolf on her website

    Amazon Link:

    Thank you for your time. We hope to hear from you soon.

    Best regards,
    Melanie Navarro
    Black Cat Edition


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