a list of books..

Via the Split Infinitive. The rules: bold what you have read, italicize what you started but didn’t finish, and strike through what you couldn’t stand.

(actually, I found this at http://dutchover.blogspot.com/)

[Note from Bill:  I thought I had read a fair number of books... and I guess I have, but most of them aren't on this list.  I've added books that I've read and think are good enough to mention. they're marked with a dash]

1984 - Finally listened to this in the car (2014)

The Aeneid

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

American Gods

Anansi Boys

Angela’s Ashes : A Memoir

Angels & Demons

Anna Karenina

Atlas Shrugged


The Blind Assassin

-Boneshaker / Clementine / Dreadnought

Brave New World

-The Art of Eating

The Brothers Karamazov

The Canterbury Tales


The Catcher in the Rye

A Clockwork Orange

Cloud Atlas

Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

A Confederacy of Dunces

The Confusion

The Corrections

The Count of Monte Cristo

Crime and Punishment


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

David Copperfield

Don Quixote




Eats, Shoots & Leaves


Foucault’s Pendulum

The Fountainhead


Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

The God of Small Things

The Grapes of Wrath

Gravity’s Rainbow

Great Expectations

Gulliver’s Travels

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

The Historian : A Novel

The Hobbit

-How to Read A Book (don't laugh - at least look at this one)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Iliad

In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences

The Inferno

Jane Eyre

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

The Kite Runner

Les Misérables

Life of Pi : A Novel


Love in the Time of Cholera

Madame Bovary

Mansfield Park

Memoirs of a Geisha



The Mists of Avalon

Moby Dick

-Moscow 2042

Mrs. Dalloway

The Name of the Rose


Northanger Abbey

The Odyssey

Oliver Twist

On the Road

The Once and Future King

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Oryx and Crake : A Novel

A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present


The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Poisonwood Bible : A Novel

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Pride and Prejudice

The Prince

-Prisoner of Trebekistan


Reading Lolita in Tehran : A Memoir in Books

The Satanic Verses

The Scarlet Letter

-The Secret Garden

Sense and Sensibility

A Short History of Nearly Everything

The Silmarillion


Snow Crash

The Sound and the Fury

The Tale of Two Cities

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

The Three Musketeers

The Time Traveler’s Wife

To the Lighthouse

Treasure Island


The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Vanity Fair

War and Peace

Watership Down

White Teeth

Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Wuthering Heights

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Inquiry Into Values

——————  Adding to the List, some books that I’ve read and enjoyed.  I know these aren’t ‘classics’ by anyone’s definition, but I’ve enjoyed them.

Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series. ( http://bit.ly/2QLFztd )

Term Limits

American Assassin

Kill Shot

Transfer of Power

Third Option

Separation of Power

Executive Power

Memorial Day

Consent to Kill

Act of Treason

Protect and Defend

Extreme Measures

Pursuit of Honor

The Last Man

The Survivor

Order to Kill

Enemy of the State

Red War

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series  ( http://bit.ly/2QTc6gI )

 — Before Jack Ryan --

Without Remorse

 — Jack Ryan Era —

Patriot Games

Red Rabbit

The Hunt for Red October

The Cardinal of the Kremlin

Clear and Present Danger

The Sum of All Fears

Debt of Honor

Executive Orders

Rainbow Six

The Bear and the Dragon

 — The Jack Ryan, Jr Era  (Beginning of “The Campus”)—

The Teeth of the Tiger

Dead or Alive

Locked On

Threat Vector

Command Authority

Support and Defend

Full Force and Effect

Under Fire

Commander in Chief

Duty and Honor

True Faith and Allegiance

Point of Contact

Power and Empire

Line of Sight