My Wet Bum

I currently split my time and responsibilities between two high-rise office buildings in Mid-town Manhattan- 1285 Avenue of the Americas and 299 Park Avenue.  (Okay, stalkers, try and find me!)

When I first got the job at 1285 AoA back in 1997, I called my parents to tell them the good news.  When my mom heard where I was working, she told me she used to work in the same building (when it was Equitable Life) some 40 odd years before.  Before she had me.  When she left, they gave her a silver charm of the building.  What a weird gift.  She gave it to me the next time she saw me, but the bastards stole it when they robbed our house. 

Circle of Life, people.

I stayed at 1285 AoA until they “fired” me, and when I came back in consultant mode, they gave me the added responsiblity of 299 Park Avenue as well as 101 Park Avenue.

I am now responsible for well over 1 million square feet of space and tracking close to 3,200 employees.  To be fair, I offered to split my time between the two largest buildings.

Let’s compare:

At 1285, I sit in a modified storage area on the interior of the building.  There is a hotel desk in front of me, and I’m sequestered behind a five foot wall.  My plotter (which is a really huge printer for printing out floor plans) sits behind me.  When I’m plotting, I can’t hear you if you’re on the phone with me.  Plus it gives off a LOT of heat.  But then again, I can just turn around and grab the plans out of the bin.  My wall affords me enough privacy to surf the web, do my cross-stitching and/or take a nap.  Most people have learned to knock first and I am an expert at hiding the “evidence” of my non-productiveness.

This “office” of mine is located next to an elevator shaft, so I get spotty cell phone service.  It also shares the same wall as the men’s bathroom of the other tenants on the other side of the building.  So on a quiet day- which, granted, are few and far between- I can hear talking, grunting, swearing and flushing.  Yeah, ew.  We are on the 3rd floor so at least if there is a fire, or a black-out (shudder) or if the apocalypse hits, it won’t take me long to get downstairs.

This “office” is also located in the reception area of our suite.  I am constantly barraged with people “stopping by” on their way in or out, or on their way to the bathroom.  The reception area also sports a Receptionist/Help Desk person.  I’ll be nice and won’t say anything about her except she’s on the phone CONSTANTLY.  Our company doesn’t need all that Help, if you ask me.

Our team occupies our suite.  Again, I’ll be nice and won’t say anything bad about any of them, except for the plant-hating phony-ass pig bitch.  She deserves to be whipped to the ground by her skinny pony-tail.  Her, I hate.  This team definitely has it’s share of wackos, though.

Between 1285 and my train (1) lies Times Square and a multitude of Theaters.  Y’all know how much I hate matinée day.  Thank goodness I changed my route- I now take the F train to Jamaica- I can pick up the train in the station underneath 1285.  Trés convenient.

At 299 Park Avenue, I sit in a modified cube farm with my team on the 37th floor.  My walls are four-foot tall in the front, with a few overhead cabinets between myself and the person next to me.  I can see everyone walking around, but space is respected.  If one wants to have a personal conversation with someone, it’s done mainly in the aisles or the hallways.  I do get to hear intimate details of the guy sitting next to me, but most of the time I have my headphones on.

My cubicle is in the back right of a 6-pod set of cubicles.  It’s a little bigger than the ones in front of me because I SIT AT A WINDOW.  If I tilt my head a little, I CAN SEE THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.  Big deal, you might say.  Hell yes, it’s a big deal!  I’ve gone 13 years at this company not knowing if it’s raining, hailing, snowing or if the apocalypse has hit and we’re the only ones left.  I can gaze at the East River if I get stressed, or watch the clouds when I’m bored.  Which I don’t do often.  Really.

It’s a short walk to the copy room where my plotter is located.  I usually grab water when I go pick up my plans so I’m constantly hydrated.  And the water cooler is much nicer.  Instead of the bottled Poland Springs crap we get at 1285, this is good old-fashioned NYC tap water- triple filtered.  Plus my area is filled with plants.  And a tree.  And I didn’t have to bring in my own, plant-hater bitch!

A HUGE perk at 299 Park is the cafeteria.  I never liked the cafeteria when I ventured over to Lincoln Harbor for meetings.  In recent years they’ve revamped their menus and the food is really good.  Expensive, but good.  They’re combatting costs there, too, by offering up $5 lunches.  Mostly burgers and sandwiches.  But they have action stations like stir-fry, noodle bowl and my favorite- pear, walnut and goat cheese melted on crunchy flatbread.  On my non-Chiptole days, I dream of this lunch.

Our team is great- not a nut-job amongst them.  And the mail delivery guy is sweet, not an obnoxious mooch.

Coffee is crap at both places.  At 1285, we brew our own in a coffee pot at my desk.

The walk is a little further to 299, but at least I don’t have to deal with the polyesters in Times Square.  I do get to push my way through the throngs at Rockefeller Center and the brats at American Girl Place.  I’ll take them over the suburban theater-going housewives any day.

So you can probably surmise I like being at 299 Park more.  You’d be correct.  I haven’t told you the REAL reason I like 299 best.

Within the last two-three years, the landlords at 1285 remodeled all the bathrooms on the multi-tenant floors.  That would include our floor, number 3.  Pretty color, nice lighting, automatic toilets… which I am convinced are possessed.  And evil.  If you make the slightest move, they flush.  And it’s not a quiet, low flush.  It’s a huge, shit-your-pants type flush which sprays little drops of (urinated?) water all over your backside.  Go to wipe your butt off, and it flushes again.  The only time it doesn’t flush is when your done doing your business.  Then you actually have to push a little button.  And whoosh!  Water all over the seat, so it seems like you sprinkled when you tinkled.

Gracious.  I think they installed bidets instead of toilets.  I’ve actually fallen over and injured myself on the toilet paper dispenser because I’ve jumped up so fast to avoid the spray.  And stepped on my pants and lost my balance.  It’s like a caged match of the UFC- me versus the toilet in a bathroom stall.

At 299, they do things the old-fashioned way.  You finish, you flush.  Handle, not button.  No tempermental toilets waiting to catch you with your pants down.

The flowers are a nice touch, too.

369 of 1001

I finished Franz Kafka’s The Trial and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. You can find my review here, at Goodreads.

Zombiegirl picked the next number 498 The Trusting and the Maimed by James Plunkett, but it seems that book is a) out of print, b) only available to read IN the NYC Library, not to take out, and c) not heard of at Barnes and Noble or Borders or Half.com.  So I threw it on my wish list at Paperback Swap– we’ll see if it ever turns up.

What?  I didn’t tell you about Paperback Swap.com? 

It’s really just as the name suggests- a book swap (and DVD’s and CD’s) of your unwanted books for books you really want to read.  No money changing hands- you pay the media rate postage to ship the book.  I’ve replaced a lot of books that went missing over the years from Paperback Swap.  I’ve got a wish list of books I want and I hope, eventually, someone will put them online.

So I kiboshed #498 and asked Zombiegirl to pick another.In the middle of a baseball game against the Hudson Valley Renegades and the Aberdeen IronBirds she picked another number.  (She’s staying at Grandma Jo’s for a few days and Aunt Lau and Uncle Ick took her to this minor league game.)

So, next up is number 369- Troubles by J.G. Farrell.  Sounds good, and easy to obtain.  It rated mostly five stars on Goodreads, too.

Batter up!

Head, Heart, Hand and Health

Zombiegirl survived another week at 4-H Camp.  This time I’m VERY proud of her.

Last year she went to camp for the first time ever.  Sleeping away from her family for a week.  She went with her friend, The Almighty (her family calls her that so it’s okay if I do) and they had a great time.  They rode horses, and took care of farm animals, ate, sang songs and made friends.

We were a wreck that whole week.

The camp is located almost exactly one mile by car, maybe a quarter-mile straight up the beach, from our beach house.  The reason we sent first Kansas then Zombiegirl to this camp was because it was so close to the beach house.  Last year we stayed out all week and walked the beach hoping to catch a glimpse of our precious baby, the one we sent away.  Of course, she didn’t take swim that whole week.  I got a deep, bronze tan, but couldn’t sleep at night thinking about the kid.

This year, 4-H should have let Zombiegirl camp for free.  Not only did Almighty go back, but Z-girl also convinced three of her soccer friends to go.  There was a fourth, but the mother see-sawed too much and lost out.  We dropped them off last Monday with hugs, cameras, soccer balls and kisses.

MR and I stayed at the beach house that day.  He found out they take their swimming competency test in the afternoon.  He pinned down a time from one of the counselors, so off to the beach we went.

We waited.  We saw a group of kids take the 189 stairs down the cliffs.  We meandered a little closer (but not TOO close- we didn’t want to appear as if we were stalking) but no, these were boys.  They finished up their tests and went back up.  We waited.  And waited.  And watched the lifeguards pretend to rescue a flailing camper, practicing their lifesaving skills.  They finished and we waited.  And waited.  Finally, a group of girls showed up.  And in that group, three little figures waving furiously at us.  Again, we moved a little closer, but really, they weren’t more than little one-inch stick figures with big heads and waving arms.  We waved back.  The lifeguards saw us waving, andthey waved back.  Oops, busted.

As we turned around to leave, MR noticed our umbrella had blown down the beach.  He ran after it while I slowly walked backwards watching the little stick figures splash and swim in the Sound.  Finally, they were too small for me to see without binoculars, so I sadly made my way back to our chairs.

I got there at the same time MR did from retrieving the umbrella.  I was sad, but he was grinning.

“I saw titties,” he said.  I looked around but didn’t see anyone close by except for the woman walking into the water to cool off.  And she had a two-piece on.  Where?  I asked.  He tilted his chin toward the woman.  She had been topless , but put her top on when MR ran by chasing the umbrella.  Good for her,  I said.  She was far enough away from the families, nestled in a little depression in the softer sand.  Totally shielded and not flaunting it.  I was jealous.  My “girls” saw daylight only once, and that was in the canoe about a half-mile off-shore.  I long to be free and unencumbered and feel the sun on all parts of my body.  Without prying eyes, of course.

Anyways…

The week went by quick without the kid.  It was hot so we didn’t cook. I didn’t clean, I didn’t do much more than vegetate on the couch with Beena.  Which was nice, since she’s almost never home at night, her working in retail almost every night.

We headed back out East on Thursday night since we still had flooring to finish from ripping up the porch floor the previous Saturday.  Friday morning, I woke up with the 4-H camp’s reveille.  We can hear the bugle calls to dinner and taps at night.  One mile away?  Yeah, that’s why we send our kid to this camp.  I don’t know how we’d deal if she was miles away upstate or in another state altogether.  I like having her know the area and feel safe that we’re only a few minutes away.  I like being able to walk down the beach and spot our kid and her friends and be summoned over (after checking with the lifeguard) to be hugged.  And hugged.  And hugged again.

Thank goodness we’re not that far away.  One of the soccer girls got homesick and decided she couldn’t stay any longer.  She called her mom sobbing and mom ran out to pick her up.  She lasted one day.

But even with the drama and the issues with this girl caused a tremendous amount of homesickness in Zombiegirl as well as a few of the other girls, Z-girl sucked it up, stayed and had a really good time.  So did the other girls.  They’re all ready planning what they’re going to do next year and how long they’re going to stay.

Note:  I highly recommend Dorothy P. Flint 4H Camp in Riverhead, NY.  Their counselors and their program are wonderful.

701 Out of 1001

Zombiegirl picked number 701- The Trial, by Franz Kafka.  Okay, I’m scared.  I’ve heard of things being “Kafkaesque” but never understood the term. Ok!  The first book on my 1001 List of Books to Read Before I Die that I haven’t picked out myself.

I’ll do a review on Goodreads when I’m done, and Z-girl will pick another number then.

Here goes…

We’re Only Safe in Rockville Center. And Freeport.

Once again, I breathe a chilly sigh of relief as my train arrives safely at the station.  These past few weeks have been brutally hot and nerve wracking.  Everyone is snapping at each other.  Irritable.  Cranky.  An official heat wave has been declared on Long Island.

Descending down into the subway station literally takes your breath away.  The air is close and stuffy, with the tangy smell of sweaty bodies mixed in.  Your clothes dampen and hug your skin.  The hot rush of air ahead of the train as it pulls in makes you swoon.

Then… sweet relief as the doors open and the blast of chilled air ices the damp clothes and causes you to shiver.  It’s not like it was 20 years ago when I was riding the subway into work.  You almost never got onto a C train if you could help it…not only were they old and decrepit, they almost always lacked air conditioning.  The narrow bench seats allowed for a few riders to sit the long way into Manhattan while the rest of us stood, grasping swinging triangles of slick metal- two or three hands to a strap, oftentimes sliding and resting on each other.

Thankfully I am tall, and never suffered the “armpit in the face” much.  I was usually upwind of the unwashed.

My calculated time in the heat per day is approximately an hour and a half- a little more if I go out for lunch or to the library.  I spend most of my day on the business side of chilly.  I usually need a sweater or long sleeves to be comfortable at work and on the commute.  The bus is arctic, the train is frigid and the workplace is polar.

Home is where the heat is.  Advantages of having three 30 foot oak trees on our property are few, but they definitely cut the heat and keep the house a little cooler than our neighbor’s.  But for days and days of hot and humid weather, it feels like the heat is infused in the walls and the floors and the furniture.  Our only relief are the small air conditioners in our bedrooms.  Excuses are made to spend time in our rooms before bed.  Our rooms are clean.

My worries don’t lie with the heat.  I breathe a sigh of relief when the train pulls in because once again I’ve survived the commute under the river and through the tunnels.  The lights haven’t gone out and the train didn’t stop.  We were not plunged into darkness and uncertainty. 

My work day ends and the lights stayed on and our computers did not flicker and our phones did not cut out and I am grateful.

As I leave the elevator that delivers me safely to the ground floor of my high-rise office, I say a silent prayer of thanks that again, the lights have not gone out and the elevator did not stop.  I did not plunge 37 floors into darkness and uncertainty.

I cross the streets warily, watching to make sure the traffic lights haven’t winked out and the neon in Times Square is still blinking.  I descend the stairwell to the subway station not minding the heat and the smell and the electric mood of the passengers.  I clutch my water bottle and touch my granola bars with crossed fingers hoping this won’t be the day the lights go out.

Sleep Deprivation = Sense Deprivation

I don’t think I’ll ever learn. 

As a last ditch attempt to rid myself of the migraine that pounded in my head all day yesterday, I stopped at 7-Eleven for one of their instant iced coffees.  They’re cold, they’re sweet and they’re loaded with caffeine. 

Yes, I was desperate.  The last time I had one of these, I couldn’t venture far from the bathroom.  The last time I had coffee after 7 pm, I was up all night.

Why don’t I learn?

Dealing with life on three hours of sleep is like having Super-sized PMS.  I’m cranky.  And pissy.  And since I needed more coffee than usual to wake up this morning, I can’t concentrate on one thing for too long.  I’ve typed this post three times already.

The people at work are ticking me off.  I’m ready to stab the guy in the cubicle next to me.  No offense, Frank.

My friends Facebook statuses are stupid and presumptuous.  Self-indulgent and dull.  I feel like deleting everyone.

The camp debacle makes me want to slap someone, or several someones. 

 I want to see pictures of my kid at camp, yet Bunk1 is not updating.  I want to throw my mouse through the PC screen.

I watched Moulin Rouge!, again, in the middle of the night.  It’s a pretty movie and I like the songs.  I don’t usually like Nicole Kidman, but she’s absolutely stunning as Satine.  A simple, passionate love story and yet every time I watch it (in the middle of the night) I get insanely jealous of the love between Satine and Christian.  To the point where I’m glad when Satine finally dies.

The cafeteria smells wonderful, but I can’t find anything to eat.  All I feel like eating are cookies.

I don’t want to take the bus home because I KNOW I’ll kill a day laborer if he looks at me wrong.

I so need a nap.

Another 1001 Post

Do you belong to Goodreads?  If not, and you’re a reader, you should.  They keep track of books you’ve read, want to read and are currently reading.  Dates, authors, reviews- it’s wonderful.  And I can still access it at work.

I was on the site the other day and a discussion popped up in my email- a list of 1001 books to read before you die.  Googling around found an actual book by Peter Boxall.  A little more Googling and I found an acutal list that you didn’t have to pay to download.  So there.

My new goal is to read all these books before I die.  Yeah, I had better get started, or live to be 390 years old.  I’ve gone through the list and I’ve actually read 56 of them.  Probably more, but if I can’t semi-vividly remember the plot, or the characters, then I didn’t mark it off.

Zombiegirl is helping me out with the goal.  She’s picking a number between 1 and 1001 and I reserve the book at the library.  When I’m done with it, she’ll pick a new number.  She was so into this she asked if there was a children’s list.

What a great idea!

If you have any children’s books you think are worthy of being read before you’re an adult (let’s say 25) please let me know.  I’m in the process of compiling it now, so I’ll post soon!

So here’s the list I’m working from.  If the number and the author was pulled out, I’ve read it.  I now have a new list of books to read!

2000’s

1.     Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

2.     Saturday by Ian McEwan

3.     On Beauty by Zadie Smith

4.      Slow Man by JM Coetzee

5.     Adjunct: An Undigest by Peter Manson

6.     The Sea by John Banville

7.     The Red Queen by Margaret drabble

8.     The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

9.     The Master by Colm Toibin

10.   Vanishing Point by David Markson

11.    The Lambs of London by Peter Ackroyd

12.    Dining on Stones by Iain Sinclair

13.    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

14.    Drop City by T. Coraghessan Boyle

15.    The Colour by Rose Tremain

16.    Thursbitch by Alan Garner

17.    The Light of Day by Graham Swift

18.    What I loved by Siri Hustvedt

19.    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

20 Islands by Dan Sleigh
21 Elizabeth Costello by J.M. Coetzee
22 London Orbital by Iain Sinclair
23 Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
24 Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
25 The Double by José Saramago
26 Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer
27 Unless by Carol Shields
28 Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
29 The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
30 That They May Face the Rising Sun by John McGahern
31 In the Forest by Edna O’Brien
32 Shroud by John Banville
33 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
34 Youth by J.M. Coetzee
35 Dead Air by Iain Banks
36 Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon
37 The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
38 Gabriel’s Gift by Hanif Kureishi
39 Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
40 Platform by Michael Houellebecq
41 Schooling by Heather McGowan
42 Atonement by Ian McEwan
43 The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
44 Don’t Move by Margaret Mazzantini
45 The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
46 Fury by Salman Rushdie
47 At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
48  Choke Chuck Palahniuk
49 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
50 The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa
51 An Obedient Father by Akhil Sharma
52 The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho
53 Spring Flowers, Spring Frost by Ismail Kadare
54 White Teeth by Zadie Smith
55 The Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda
56 Under the Skin by Michel Faber
57 Ignorance by Milan Kundera
58 Nineteen Seventy Seven by David Peace
59 Celestial Harmonies by Péter Esterházy
60 City of God by E.L. Doctorow
61 How the Dead Live by Will Self
62 The Human Stain by Philip Roth
63 The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
64 After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
65 Small Remedies by Shashi Deshpande
66 Super-Cannes by J.G. Ballard
67 House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
68 Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
69 Pastoralia by George Saunders
1900s
70 Timbuktu by Paul Auster
71 The Romantics by Pankaj Mishra
72 Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
73 As If I Am Not There by Slavenka Drakulic
74 Everything You Need by A.L. Kennedy
75 Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb
76 The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie
77 Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
78 Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
79 Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
80 Intimacy by Hanif Kureishi
81 Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
82 Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks
83 All Souls Day by Cees Nooteboom
84 The Talk of the Town by Ardal O’Hanlon
85 Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
86 The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
87 Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis
88 Another World by Pat Barker
89 The Hours by Michael Cunningham
90 Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
91 Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
92 The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
93 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
94 Great Apes by Will Self
95 Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
96 Underworld by Don DeLillo
97 Jack Maggs by Peter Carey
98 The Life of Insects by Victor Pelevin
99 American Pastoral by Philip Roth
100 The Untouchable by John Banville
101 Silk by Alessandro Baricco
102 Cocaine Nights by J.G. Ballard
103 Hallucinating Foucault by Patricia Duncker
104 Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
105 The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
106 Forever a Stranger by Hella Haasse
107 Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
108 The Clay Machine-Gun by Victor Pelevin
109 Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
110 The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
111 Morvern Callar by Alan Warner
112 The Information by Martin Amis
113 The Moor’s Last Sigh Salman Rushdie
114 Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth
115 The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
116 The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
117 A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
118 Love’s Work by Gillian Rose
119 The End of the Story by Lydia Davis
120 Mr. Vertigo by Paul Auster
121 The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst
122 Whatever by Michel Houellebecq
123 Land by Park Kyong-ni
124 The Master of Petersburg by J.M. Coetzee
125 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
126 Pereira Declares: A Testimony by Antonio Tabucchi
127 City Sister Silver by Jàchym Topol
128 How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman
129 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
130 Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor
131 Disappearance by David Dabydeen
132 The Invention of Curried Sausage by Uwe Timm
133 The Shipping News Annie Proulx
134 Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
135 Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
136 Looking for the Possible Dance by A.L. Kennedy
137 Operation Shylock by Philip Roth
138 Complicity by Iain Banks
139 On Love by Alain de Botton
140 What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
141 A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
142 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
143 The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
144 The House of Doctor Dee by Peter Ackroyd
145 The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
146 The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald
147 The Secret History by Donna Tartt
148 Life is a Caravanserai by Emine Özdamar
149 The Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulisch
150 A Heart So White by Javier Marias
151 Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker
152 Indigo by Marina Warner
153 The Crow Road by Iain Banks
154 Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
155 Jazz by Toni Morrison
156 The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
157 Smilla’s Sense of Snow Peter Hoeg
158 The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe
159 Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates
160 The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín
161 Asphodel by Hilda Doolittle
162 Black Dogs by Ian McEwan
163 Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud
164 Arcadia by Jim Crace
165 Wild Swans by Jung Chang
166 American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
167 Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis
168 Mao II by Don DeLillo
169 Typical by Padgett Powell
170 Regeneration by Pat Barker
171 Downriver by Iain Sinclair
172 Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord by Louis de Bernieres
173 Wise Children by Angela Carter
174 Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
175 Amongst Women by John McGahern
176 Vineland by Thomas Pynchon
177 Vertigo by W.G. Sebald
178 Stone Junction by Jim Dodge
179 The Music of Chance by Paul Auster
180 The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
181 A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham
182 Like Life by Lorrie Moore
183 Possession by A.S. Byatt
184 The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
185 The Midnight Examiner by William Kotzwinkle
186 A Disaffection by James Kelman
187 Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
188 Moon Palace by Paul Auster
189 Billy Bathgate by E.L. Doctorow
190 Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
191 The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai
192 The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker
193 The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway
194 The History of the Siege of Lisbon by José Saramago
195  Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel
196 A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving
197 London Fields by Martin Amis
198 The Book of Evidence by John Banville
199 Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
200 Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
201 The Beautiful Room is Empty by Edmund White
202 Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson
203 The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie
204 The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
205 Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
206 Libra by Don DeLillo
207 The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
208 Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
209 The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul by Douglas Adams
210 Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Douglas Adams
211 The Radiant Way by Margaret Drabble
212 The Afternoon of a Writer by Peter Handke
213 The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
214 The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
215 The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind
216 The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
217 Cigarettes by Harry Mathews
218 The Bonfire of the Vanities Tom Wolfe
219 The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
220 World’s End by T. Coraghessan Boyle
221 Enigma of Arrival by V.S. Naipaul
222 The Taebek Mountains by Jo Jung-rae
223 Beloved Toni Morrison
224 Anagrams by Lorrie Moore
225 Matigari by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
226 Marya by Joyce Carol Oates
227 Watchmen by Alan/David Moore/Gibbons
228 The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis
229 Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt
230 An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
231 Extinction by Thomas Bernhard
232 Foe by J.M. Coetzee
233 The Drowned and the Saved by Primo Levi
234 Reasons to Live by Amy Hempel
235 The Parable of the Blind by Gert Hofmann
236 Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
237 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
238 The Cider House Rules John Irving
239 A Maggot by John Fowles
240 Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
241 Contact by Carl Sagan
242 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
243 Perfume by Patrick Süskind
244 Old Masters by Thomas Bernhard
245 White Noise by Don DeLillo
246 Queer by William Burroughs
247 Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
248 Legend by David Gemmell
249 Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic
250 The Bus Conductor Hines by James Kelman
251 The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by José Saramago
252 The Lover by Marguerite Duras
253 Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
254 The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
255 Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
256 The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
257 Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker
258 Neuromancer by William Gibson
259 Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
260 Money: A Suicide Note by Martin Amis
261 Shame by Salman Rushdie
262 Worstward Ho by Samuel Beckett
263 Fools of Fortune by William Trevor
264 La Brava by Elmore Leonard
265 Waterland by Graham Swift
266 The Life and Times of Michael K by J.M. Coetzee
267 The Diary of Jane Somers by Doris Lessing
268 The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek
269 The Sorrow of Belgium by Hugo Claus
270 If Not Now, When? by Primo Levi
271 A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White
272 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
273 Wittgenstein’s Nephew by Thomas Bernhard
274 A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
275 Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
276 The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
277 The Newton Letter by John Banville
278 On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
279 Concrete by Thomas Bernhard
280 The Names by Don DeLillo
281 Rabbit is Rich by John Updike
282 Lanark: A Life in Four Books by Alasdair Gray
283 The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan
284 July’s People by Nadine Gordimer
285 Summer in Baden-Baden by Leonid Tsypkin
286 Broken April by Ismail Kadare
287 Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
288 Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
289 Rites of Passage by William Golding
290 Rituals by Cees Nooteboom
291 Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
292 City Primeval by Elmore Leonard
293 The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
294 The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
295 Smiley’s People by John Le Carré
296 Shikasta by Doris Lessing
297 A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
298 Burger’s Daughter by Nadine Gordimer
299 The Safety Net by Heinrich Böll
300 If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
301 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
302 The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
303 The World According to Garp John Irving
304 Life: A User’s Manual by Georges Perec
305 The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
306 The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell
307 Yes by Thomas Bernhard
308 The Virgin in the Garden by A.S. Byatt
309 In the Heart of the Country by J.M. Coetzee
310 The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter
311 Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin
312 The Shining Stephen King
313 Dispatches by Michael Herr
314 Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
315 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
316 The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
317 The Left-Handed Woman by Peter Handke
318 Ratner’s Star by Don DeLillo
319 The Public Burning by Robert Coover
320 Interview With the Vampire Anne Rice
321 Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg
322 Amateurs by Donald Barthelme
323 Patterns of Childhood by Christa Wolf
324 Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez
325 W, or the Memory of childhood by Georges Perec
326 A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
327 Grimus by Salman Rushdie
328 The Dead Father by Donald Barthelme
329 Fateless by Imre Kertész
330 Willard and His Bowling Trophies by Richard Brautigan
331 High Rise by J.G. Ballard
332 Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow
333 Dead Babies by Martin Amis
334 Correction by Thomas Bernhard
335 Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
336 The Fan Man by William Kotzwinkle
337 Dusklands by J.M. Coetzee
338 The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll
339 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré
340 Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
341 Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
342 A Question of Power by Bessie Head
343 The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell
344 The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino
345 Crash by J.G. Ballard
346 The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene
347 Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
348 The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch
349 Sula by Toni Morrison
350 Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
351 The Breast by Philip Roth
352 The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
353 G by John Berger
354 Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
355 House Mother Normal by B.S. Johnson
356 In A Free State by V.S. Naipaul
357 The Book of Daniel by E.L. Doctorow
358 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
359 Group Portrait With Lady by Heinrich Böll
360 The Wild Boys by William Burroughs
361 Rabbit Redux by John Updike
362 The Sea of Fertility by Yukio Mishima
363 The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark
364 The Ogre by Michael Tournier
365 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
366 Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick by Peter Handke
367 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
368 Mercier et Camier by Samuel Beckett
369 Troubles by J.G. Farrell
370 Jahrestage by Uwe Johnson
371 The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard
372 Tent of Miracles by Jorge Amado
373 Pricksongs and Descants by Robert Coover
374 Blind Man With a Pistol by Chester Hines
375 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
376 The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
377 The Green Man by Kingsley Amis
378 Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
379 The Godfather Mario Puzo
380 Ada by Vladimir Nabokov
381 Them by Joyce Carol Oates
382 A Void/Avoid by Georges Perec
383 Eva Trout by Elizabeth Bowen
384 Myra Breckinridge by Gore Vidal
385 The Nice and the Good by Iris Murdoch
386 Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen
387 Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
388 The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
389 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C Clarke
390 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
391 Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid by Malcolm Lowry
392 The German Lesson by Siegfried Lenz
393 In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan
394 A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines
395 The Quest for Christa T. by Christa Wolf
396 Chocky by John Wyndham
397 The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
398 The Cubs and Other Stories by Mario Vargas Llosa
399 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
400 The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
401 Pilgrimage by Dorothy Richardson
402 The Joke by Milan Kundera
403 No Laughing Matter by Angus Wilson
404 The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien
405 A Man Asleep by Georges Perec
406 The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West
407 Trawl by B.S. Johnson
408 In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
409 The Magus by John Fowles
410 The Vice-Consul by Marguerite Duras
411 Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
412 Giles Goat-Boy by John Barth
413 The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
414 Things by Georges Perec
415 The River Between by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
416 August is a Wicked Month by Edna O’Brien
417 God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
418 Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor
419 The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector
420 Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
421 Come Back, Dr. Caligari by Donald Bartholme
422 Albert Angelo by B.S. Johnson
423 Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe
424 The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein by Marguerite Duras
425 Herzog by Saul Bellow
426 V. by Thomas Pynchon
427 Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
428 The Graduate by Charles Webb
429 Manon des Sources by Marcel Pagnol
430 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré
431 The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark
432 Inside Mr. Enderby by Anthony Burgess
433 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
434 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
435 The Collector by John Fowles
436 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey
437 A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
438 Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
439 The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
440 The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
441 Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
442 Girl With Green Eyes by Edna O’Brien
443 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani
444 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
445 Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
446 A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch
447 Faces in the Water by Janet Frame
448 Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
449 Cat and Mouse by Günter Grass
450 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
451 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
452 The Violent Bear it Away by Flannery O’Connor
453 How It Is by Samuel Beckett
454 Our Ancestors by Italo Calvino
455 The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien
456 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
457 Rabbit, Run by John Updike
458 Promise at Dawn by Romain Gary
459 Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee
460 Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
461 Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
462 The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
463 Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
464 Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
465 Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
466 Billiards at Half-Past Nine by Heinrich Böll
467 Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
468 The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
469 Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring by Kenzaburo Oe
470 A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
471 The Bitter Glass by Eilís Dillon
472 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
473 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe
474 Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico
475 Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan
476 The End of the Road by John Barth
477 The Once and Future King by T.H. White
478 The Bell by Iris Murdoch
479 Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet
480 Voss by Patrick White
481 The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
482 Blue Noon by Georges Bataille
483 Homo Faber by Max Frisch
484 On the Road by Jack Kerouac
485 Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
486 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
487 The Wonderful “O” by James Thurber
488 Justine by Lawrence Durrell
489 Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
490 The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon
491 The Roots of Heaven by Romain Gary
492 Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
493 The Floating Opera by John Barth
494 The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
495 The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
496 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
497 A World of Love by Elizabeth Bowen
498 The Trusting and the Maimed by James Plunkett
499 The Quiet American by Graham Greene
500 The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzákis
501 The Recognitions by William Gaddis
502 The Ragazzi by Pier Paulo Pasolini
503 Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
504 I’m Not Stiller by Max Frisch
505 Self Condemned by Wyndham Lewis
506 The Story of O by Pauline Réage
507 A Ghost at Noon by Alberto Moravia
508 Lord of the Flies William Golding
509 Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
510 The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley
511 The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
512 The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
513 Watt by Samuel Beckett
514 Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
515 Junkie by William Burroughs
516 The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
517 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
518 Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
519 The Judge and His Hangman by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
520 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
521 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
522 Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
523 The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
524 Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
525 Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett
526 Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
527 Foundation by Isaac Asimov
528 The Opposing Shore by Julien Gracq
529 The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
530 The Rebel by Albert Camus
531 Molloy by Samuel Beckett
532 The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
533 The Abbot C by Georges Bataille
534 The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz
535 The Third Man by Graham Greene
536 The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
537 Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
538 The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing
539  I, Robot Isaac Asimov
540 The Moon and the Bonfires by Cesare Pavese
541 The Garden Where the Brass Band Played by Simon Vestdijk
542 Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
543 The Case of Comrade Tulayev by Victor Serge
544 The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen
545 Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier
546 The Man With the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
547 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
548 All About H. Hatterr by G.V. Desani
549 Disobedience by Alberto Moravia
550 Death Sentence by Maurice Blanchot
551 The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
552 Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
553 Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann
554 The Victim by Saul Bellow
555 Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau
556 If This Is a Man by Primo Levi
557 Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
558 The Path to the Nest of Spiders by Italo Calvino
559 The Plague by Albert Camus
560 Back by Henry Green
561 Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
562 The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andrić
563 Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
564 Animal Farm George Orwell
565 Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
566 The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
567 Loving by Henry Green
568 Arcanum 17 by André Breton
569 Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi
570 The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
571 Transit by Anna Seghers
572 Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
573 Dangling Man by Saul Bellow
574 The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
575 Caught by Henry Green
576 The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
577 Embers by Sandor Marai
578 Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
579 The Outsider by Albert Camus
580 In Sicily by Elio Vittorini
581 The Poor Mouth by Flann O’Brien
582 The Living and the Dead by Patrick White
583 Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton
584 Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf
585 The Hamlet by William Faulkner
586 Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
587 For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
588 Native Son by Richard Wright
589 The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
590 The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati
591 Party Going by Henry Green
592 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
593 Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
594 At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien
595 Coming Up for Air by George Orwell
596 Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
597 Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller
598 Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
599 The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
600 After the Death of Don Juan by Sylvie Townsend Warner
601 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
602 Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
603 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
604 Cause for Alarm by Eric Ambler
605 Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
606 U.S.A. by John Dos Passos
607 Murphy by Samuel Beckett
608 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
609 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
610 The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
611 The Years by Virginia Woolf
612 In Parenthesis by David Jones
613 The Revenge for Love by Wyndham Lewis
614 Out of Africa by Isak Dineson
615 To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
616 Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner
617 Eyeless in Gaza by Aldous Huxley
618 The Thinking Reed by Rebecca West
619 Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell
620 Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell
621 Wild Harbour by Ian MacPherson
622 Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
623 At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
624 Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
625 Independent People by Halldór Laxness
626 Auto-da-Fé by Elias Canetti
627 The Last of Mr. Norris by Christopher Isherwood
628 They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy
629 The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen
630 England Made Me by Graham Greene
631 Burmese Days by George Orwell
632 The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
633 Threepenny Novel by Bertolt Brecht
634 Novel With Cocaine by M. Ageyev
635 The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
636 Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
637 A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
638 Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
639 Thank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
640 Call it Sleep by Henry Roth
641 Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West
642 Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
643 The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
644 Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
645 A Day Off by Storm Jameson
646 The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
647 A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
648 Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
649 Brave New World Aldous Huxley
650 Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
651 To the North by Elizabeth Bowen
652 The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
653 The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth
654 The Waves by Virginia Woolf
655 The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
656 Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham
657 The Apes of God by Wyndham Lewis
658 Her Privates We by Frederic Manning
659 Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
660 The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
661 Hebdomeros by Giorgio de Chirico
662 Passing by Nella Larsen
663 A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
664 Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
665 Living by Henry Green
666 The Time of Indifference by Alberto Moravia
667 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
668 Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
669 The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen
670 Harriet Hume by Rebecca West
671 The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
672 Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau
673 Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
674 Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille
675 Orlando by Virginia Woolf
676 Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
677 The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
678 The Childermass by Wyndham Lewis
679 Quartet by Jean Rhys
680 Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
681 Quicksand by Nella Larsen
682 Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford
683 Nadja by André Breton
684 Steppenwolf Herman Hesse
685 Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
686 To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
687 Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
688 Amerika by Franz Kafka
689 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
690 Blindness by Henry Green
691 The Castle by Franz Kafka
692 The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek
693 The Plumed Serpent by D.H. Lawrence
694 One, None and a Hundred Thousand by Luigi Pirandello
695 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
696 The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein
697 Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos
698 Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
699 The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
700 The Counterfeiters by André Gide
701 The Trial by Franz Kafka
702 The Artamonov Business by Maxim Gorky
703 The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
704 Billy Budd, Foretopman by Herman Melville
705 The Green Hat by Michael Arlen
706 The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
707 We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
708 A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
709 The Devil in the Flesh by Raymond Radiguet
710 Zeno’s Conscience by Italo Svevo
711 Cane by Jean Toomer
712 Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley
713 Amok by Stefan Zweig
714 The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
715 The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings
716 Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf
717 Siddhartha Herman Hesse
718 The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton
719 Life and Death of Harriett Frean by May Sinclair
720 The Last Days of Humanity by Karl Kraus
721 Aaron’s Rod by D.H. Lawrence
722 Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
723 Ulysses by James Joyce
724 The Fox by D.H. Lawrence
725 Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
726 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
727 Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
728 Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
729 Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
730 Tarr by Wyndham Lewis
731 The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
732 The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad
733 Summer by Edith Wharton
734 Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsen
735 Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton
736 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
737 Under Fire by Henri Barbusse
738 Rashomon by Akutagawa Ryunosuke
739 The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
740 The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf
741 Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
742 The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence
743 The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
744 Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
745 Locus Solus by Raymond Roussel
746 Rosshalde by Herman Hesse
747 Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
748 The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
749 Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
750 Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
751 The Charwoman’s Daughter by James Stephens
752 Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
753 Fantômas by Marcel/Pierre Allain/Souvestre
754 Howards End by E.M. Forster
755 Impressions of Africa by Raymond Roussel
756 Three Lives by Gertrude Stein
757 Martin Eden by Jack London
758 Strait is the Gate by André Gide
759 Tono-Bungay by H.G. Wells
760 The Inferno by Henri Barbusse
761 A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
762 The Iron Heel by Jack London
763 The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett
764 The House on the Borderland by Arnold Bennett
765 Mother by Maxim Gorky
766 The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
767 The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
768 Young Törless by Robert Musil
769 The Forsyte Sage by John Galsworthy
770 The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
771 Professor Unrat by Heinrich Mann
772 Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
773 Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
774 Hadrian the Seventh by Frederick Rolfe
775 The Golden Bowl by Henry James
776 The Ambassadors by Henry James
777 The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
778 The Immoralist by André Gide
779 The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
780 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
781 The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
782 Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
783 Kim by Rudyard Kipling
784 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
785 Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
1800s
786 Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville/Ross
787 The Stechlin by Theodore Fontane
788 The Awakening by Kate Chopin
789 The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
790 The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
791 The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
792 What Maisie Knew by Henry James
793 Fruits of the Earth by André Gide
794 Dracula Bram Stoker
795 Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
796 The Island of Dr. Moreau HG Wells
797 The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
798 Effi Briest by Theodore Fontane
799 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
800 The Real Charlotte by Somerville/Ross
801 The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
802 Born in Exile by George Gissing
803 Diary of a Nobody by George & Weedon Goldsmith
804 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
805 News from Nowhere by William Morris
806 New Grub Street by George Gissing
807 Gösta Berling’s Saga by Selma Lagerlöf
808 Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
809 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
810 The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
811 La Bête Humaine by Émile Zola
812 By the Open Sea by August Strindberg
813 Hunger by Knut Hamsun
814 The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson
815 Pierre and Jean by Guy de Maupassant
816 Fortunata and Jacinta by Benito Pérez Galdés
817 The People of Hemsö by August Strindberg
818 The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
819 She by H. Rider Haggard
820 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
821 The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
822 Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
823 King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
824 Germinal by Émile Zola
825 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
826 Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant
827 Marius the Epicurean by Walter Pater
828 Against the Grain by Joris-Karl Huysmans
829 The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
830 A Woman’s Life by Guy de Maupassant
831 Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
832 The House by the Medlar Tree by Giovanni Verga
833 The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
834 Bouvard and Pécuchet by Gustave Flaubert
835 Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
836 Nana by Émile Zola
837 The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
838 The Red Room by August Strindberg
839 Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
840 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
841 Drunkard by Émile Zola
842 Virgin Soil by Ivan Turgenev
843 Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
844 The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy
845 The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Gustave Flaubert
846 Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
847 The Enchanted Wanderer by Nicolai Leskov
848 Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne
849 In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu
850 The Devils by Fyodor Dostoevsky
851 Erewhon by Samuel Butler
852 Spring Torrents by Ivan Turgenev
853 Middlemarch by George Eliot
854 Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
855 King Lear of the Steppes by Ivan Turgenev
856 He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope
857 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
858 Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
859 Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope
860 Maldoror by Comte de Lautréaumont
861 The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
862 The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
863 Little Women Louisa May Alcott
864 Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
865 The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
866 Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
867 Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
868 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
869 Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
870 Uncle Silas by Sheridan Le Fanu
871 Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
872 The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley
873 Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
874 Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
875 Silas Marner by George Eliot
876 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
877 On the Eve by Ivan Turgenev
878 Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
879 The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
880 The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
881 The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne
882 Max Havelaar by Multatuli
883 A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
884 Oblomovka by Ivan Goncharov
885 Adam Bede by George Eliot
886 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
887 North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
888 Hard Times by Charles Dickens
889 Walden by Henry David Thoreau
890 Bleak House by Charles Dickens
891 Villette by Charlotte Brontë
892 Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
893 Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely by Harriet Beecher Stowe
894 The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne
895 The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
896 Moby-Dick Herman Melville
897 The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
898 David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
899 Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
900 Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
901 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
902 Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
903 Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
904 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
905 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
906 The Count of Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
907 La Reine Margot by Alexandre Dumas
908 The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
909 The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe
910 Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
911 The Pit and the Pendulum Edgar Allen Poe
912 Lost Illusions by Honoré de Balzac
913 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
914 Dead Souls by Nikolay Gogol
915 The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
916 The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allen Poe
917 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
918 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
919 The Nose by Nikolay Gogol
920 Le Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac
921 Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac
922 The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
923 The Red and the Black by Stendhal
924 The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
925 Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
926 The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
927 The Albigenses by Charles Robert Maturin
928 Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin
929 The Monastery by Sir Walter Scott
930 Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
931 Frankenstein Mary Shelley
932 Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
933 Persuasion by Jane Austen
934 Ormond by Maria Edgeworth
935 Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott
936 Emma Jane Austen
937 Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
938 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
939 The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth
940 Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
941 Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
942 Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth
1700s
943 Hyperion by Friedrich Hölderlin
944 The Nun by Denis Diderot
945 Camilla by Fanny Burney
946 The Monk by M.G. Lewis
947 Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
948 The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
949 The Interesting Narrative by Olaudah Equiano
950 The Adventures of Caleb Williams by William Godwin
951 Justine by Marquis de Sade
952 Vathek by William Beckford
953 The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade
954 Cecilia by Fanny Burney
955 Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
956 Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
957 Reveries of a Solitary Walker by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
958 Evelina by Fanny Burney
959 The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
960 Humphrey Clinker by Tobias George Smollett
961 The Man of Feeling by Henry Mackenzie
962 A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne
963 Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
964 The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
965 The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
966 Émile; or, On Education by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
967 Rameau’s Nephew by Denis Diderot
968 Julie; or, the New Eloise by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
969 Rasselas by Samuel Johnson
970 Candide by Voltaire
971 The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox
972 Amelia by Henry Fielding
973 Peregrine Pickle by Tobias George Smollett
974 Fanny Hill by John Cleland
975 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
976 Roderick Random by Tobias George Smollett
977 Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
978 Pamela by Samuel Richardson
979 Jacques the Fatalist by Denis Diderot
980 Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus by J. Arbuthnot et al.
981 Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
982 A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
983 Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
984 Roxana by Daniel Defoe
985 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
986 Love in Excess by Eliza Haywood
987 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
988 A Tale of a Tub by Jonathan Swift
Pre-1700
989 Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
990 The Princess of Clèves by Marie-Madelaine de Lafayatte
991 The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
992 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
993 The Unfortunate Traveller by Thomas Nashe
994 Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit by John Lyly
995 Gargantua and Pantagruel by Françoise Rabelais
996 The Thousand and One Nights by Anonymous
997 The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius
998 Aithiopika by Heliodorus
999 Chaireas and Kallirhoe by Chariton
1000 Metamorphoses by Ovid
1001 Aesop’s Fables Aesopus