The Books of My Numberless Dreams


The bolded entries are the ones I liked best. The choices are slightly different from the ones featured in My Notable Twenty-Five because I read more after the post date or felt warmer (or colder) towards some.

Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

Making It Up – Penelope Lively

Firmin: The Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife – Sam Savage

Brother Man – Roger Mais

Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami

The Sea – John Banville

Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice – A.S. Byatt

The Architect of the Roman Empire – Thomas Rice Holmes

The Hills were Joyful Together – Roger Mais

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami

South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Murakami

Memory in Death – J.D. Robb

Dance of the Gods – Nora Roberts

Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Shroud – John Banville

Ticknor – Sheila Heti

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

Bet Me – Jennifer Crusie

Eugenie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac

Hot Night – Shannon Mckenna

Charlie All Night – Jennifer Crusie

Strange Bedpersons – Jennifer Crusie

Getting Rid of Bradley – Jennifer Crusie

What The Lady Wants – Jennifer Crusie

Fairy Tales – Hans Christian Andersen

The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett

The Immoralist – Andre Gide

Seduction and Betrayal* – Elizabeth Hardwick

King Dork – Frank Portman

The Fox in the Attic – Richard Hughes

The Unknown Masterpiece – Honoré de Balzac

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

Endymion Spring – Matthew Skelton (yuck)

We Always Treat Women Too Well – Raymond Queneau

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Scandal in Spring – Lisa Kleypas

All U Can Eat – Emma Holly (Yes, I am chagrined at having read a book with such letter abuse.)

Chess Story – Stefan Zwieg

Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett

A High Wind in Jamaica – Richard Hughes

Great Granny Webster – Caroline Blackwood

Come Closer – Sara Gran

The History of Reading – Alberto Manguel

Manservant and Maidservant – Ivy Compton-Burnett

Kingdoms of Elfin – Sylvia Townsend Warner

Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett

Mapping the Mind – Rita Carter

The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett

Woman in the Dark – Dashiell Hammett

Phantoms in the Brain – V.S. Ramachandran

Old Goriot – Honoré de Balzac

Other Electricities – Ander Monson

For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway

Defence Speeches – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Conrad’s Fate – Diana Wynne Jones

Cicero on the Emotions: Tusculan Disputations 3 and 4 – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Atlas – Jorge Luis Borges

Reading Cicero – Catherine Steel

Dreamtigers – Jorge Luis Borges

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

Power of Three – Diana Wynne Jones

Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami

An Attack on an Enemy of Freedom – Marcus Tullius Cicero

On Art and Life – John Ruskin

A Wild Sheep Chase – Haruki Murakami

The Engine of Reason, The Seat of the Soul – Paul M. Churchland

Possession – A.S. Byatt

Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami


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WOW! 70 books! That`s a lot.

I work as a bookseller – well, a bookshop manager – and I must say: I’m impressed. I tracked back your blog from a comment left on my book blog and I will be showing your blog to my colleagues. We dream of getting customers like you through the doors to share the fun of books with!

Thank you for the very nice words. I admit I am fairly chummy with the book store manager of the independent store in town. We can book talk for ages.

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