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Reading (and Listening to) 100 Classic Books

100 classic books

This post is a work in progress…

I find myself reading too many business books and not enough for leisure, so since I’ve been on the road, I decided to start re-reading some of the classics and touching on some of them that I may have missed growing up. It started with this scratch-off poster but after a few months the novelty of having a poster wore off and decided to start tracking in my own notes.

Below is the list of books, my status and links to audiobooks, if available:

Database – https://raw.githubusercontent.com/timcason/reading-list/master/books

Title: Lord of the Flies – Audiobook (~7hrs)
Author: William Golding
Count : 1
Status: [Finished Reading]
Description: Children stranded on an island attempt to survive each other
Insights: Golding explores the savagery of disorder and how quickly we give up on the things that can save us.

Title: The Time Machine – Audiobook (<4hrs)
Author: H G Wells
Count : 2
Status: [Finished Reading]
Description: Crazy scientist invents a machine that can explore time
Insights: Wells reflects on the past with an allegory of the distant future and asks why have we not progressed.

Title: Animal Farm – Audiobook (~3hrs)
Author: George Orwell
Count : 3
Status: [Finished Reading]
Description: The farm animals succeed in controlling of a small farm in the English country-side.
Insights: Orwell hypothesizes the differing rules and tactics of the political class. And though written about Lenin and Trotsky, mirrors much of contemporary rhetoric.

Title: Siddhartha – Audiobook (~5hrs)
Author: Hermann Hesse
Count : 4
Status: [Finished Reading]
Description: Siddhartha, a monk, leaves a secure life to experience all levels of society
Insights: Experience is the greatest teacher and the metaphors of the text resound the principles of the human condition. The inner voice of yourself is a guiding light that connects you to all things outside the bounds of time.

Title : The Great Gatsby – Audiobook (~4.5hrs)
Author : F Scott Fitzgerald
Count : 5
Status : [Finished Reading]
Description : Relive the 1920s New York through a socialite of J Gatsby and his journey to reclaim love outside his reach. There is somethings that even money can’t buy.
Insights : So many different themes here: Money doesn’t buy happiness. You cannot change the past. Social class does not define your soul. Altogether a wonderful read.

Title : The Old Man and the Sea – Audiobook (~2.5hrs)
Author : Ernest Hemingway
Count : 6
Status : [Finished Reading]
Description : A man battles the many challenges of the sea and his old age through the story of the biggest catch of his life.
Insights : …

Title : The Grapes of Wrath – Audiobook (~3hrs)
Author : John Steinbeck
Count : 7
Status : [Finished Reading]
Description : A controversial book that expands on the harsh conditions of the Great Depression era farmers that moved from camp to camp to survive while the effects of the Dustbowl compound on middle America
Insights : The desire for money and survival supersedes compassion and altruism in times of need. It is interesting how quick order devolves into chaos in trying times.

Title : The Complete Art of War – Audiobook (~2hrs)
Author : Sun Tzu
Status : [Finished Reading]
Count : 8
Description : Frequently referenced, often misunderstood, the classical Chinese book, written by the mythical-type general Sun Tzu recounts all the many way to strategize and win the war against your enemy.
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Title : Murder on the Orient Express – Radio Play (2.5hrs)
Author : Agatha Christie
Count : 9
Status : [Finished Reading]
Description : This book is classic murder mystery. The train is stuck in the snow in the middle of no-where. The killer is still on the train, and the international investigator puts the clues together to piece together the murder.
Insights : A master of mystery books, Christie seems to have. a very cavalier attitude to death. I wonder if the Radio play is that different from the book.

Title : Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Audiobook (~3hrs)
Author : Lewis Carroll
Count : 10
Status : [Finished Reading]
Description : Carroll’s classic short story that paints a world of imagination, puns, and strange characters that Alice tumbles through
Insights : Carroll was a mathematician before he was a writer, and several ‘crazy’ assertions are just clever math problems.

Title : The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – Audiobook (3.5hrs)
Author : John Boyne
Count : 11
Status : [Finished Read]
Description : A story of Auschwitz camp told through the eyes of a German soldier’s son and his friendship with a captive jewish boy.
Insights : Though the tone of the writing is light-hearted, mirroring Bruno’s perception of events, the story is much darker due to being told from the view of an innocent child.

Title : Hamlet – Audiobook (3.5hrs)
Author : William Shakespeare
Count : 12
Status : [Finished Reading]
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Title : Matilda – Audiobook (<4hrs)
Author : Roald Dahl
Count : 13
Status : [Finished Reading]
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Title : The Picture of Dorian Gray – Audiobook (7hrs)
Author : Oscar Wilde
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Status : [Reading]
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Title : In Cold Blood – Audiobook (7hrs)
Author : Truman Capote
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Status : [To Read]
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Title : Noughts and Crosses – Audiobook (5.5hrs)
Author : Malorie Blackman
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Status : [To Read]
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Title : A Brief History of Time – Audiobook (~6.5hrs)
Author : Stephen Hawkings
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Status : [To Read]
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Title : All Quiet on the Western Front – Audiobook (7hrs)
Author : Erich Maria Remarque
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Status : [To Read]
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Title : Goodnight Mister Tom – Audiobook (7.5hrs)
Author : Michelle Magorian
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Status : [To Read]
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Title : To The Lighthouse – Audiobook P1 Audiobook P2 (~8hrs)
Author : Virginia Woolfe
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Title: American Gods – Audiobook (8hrs+)
Author: Neil Gaiman
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Status: To Read
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Title : Frankenstein – Audiobook (8.5hrs)
Author : Mary Shelley
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Status : [To Read]
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Title : Bridget Jones’ Diary – Audiobook (8.5hrs)
Author : Helen Fielding
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Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat – Audiobook (9hrs)
Author : Oliver Sacks
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Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Diary of a Young Girl – Audiobook (9hrs)
Author : Anne Frank
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Status : [To Read]
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Title : Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep – Audiobook (~9hrs)
Author : Philip K Dick
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Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Enchanted Wood – Audiobook (9.5hrs)
Author : Enid Blyton
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Status : [To Read]
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Title : Long Walk to Freedom – Audiobook – (10hrs)
Author : Nelson Mandela
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Status : [To Read]
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Title : Jane Eyre – Audiobook (~10hrs)
Author : Charlotte Bronte
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Status : [To Read]
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Title : MiddleMarch – Audiobook (~10hrs)
Author : George Eliot
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Pride and Prejudice – Audiobook (10.5hrs)
Author : Jane Austen
Status : [To Read]
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Title : 1984 – Audiobook (~11hrs)
Author : George Orwell
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Kite Runner – Audiobook (11.5hrs)
Author : Khaled Hosseini
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Odyssey – Audiobook (11.5hrs)
Author : Homer
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Tell No One – Audiobook (11.5hrs)
Author : Harlan Coben
Status : [To Read]
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Title : To Kill a Mocking Bird – Audiobook (~12hrs)
Author : Harper Lee
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Memoirs of a Geisha – Audiobook (~15hrs)
Author : Arthur Golden
Status : [To Read]
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Title : A Tale of Two Cities – Audiobook (~15.5hrs)
Author : Charles Dickens
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Watership Down Audiobook P1 Audiobook P2 (16.5hrs)
Author : Richard Adams
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Dracula – Audiobook (~18hrs)
Author : Bram Stoker
Status : [Reading]
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Title : Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Audiobook (~18hrs)
Author : Thomas Hardy
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Moby Dick – Audiobook (~24hrs)
Author : Herman Melville
Status : [To Read]
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Title : War and Peace – Audiobook (60hrs+)
Author : Leo Tolstoy
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Secret History
Author : Donna Tartt
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Wuthering Heights
Author : Emily Bronte
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Norwegian Wood
Author : Haruki Murakami
Status : [To Read]
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Title : One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Author : Ken Kesey
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Man in the Iron Mask
Author : Alexandre Dumas
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Color Purple
Author : Alice Walker
Status : [To Read]
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Lolita
Author : Vladmir Nabokov
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Great Expectations
Author : Charles Dickens
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Road
Author : Cormac McCarthy
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Ulysses
Author : James Joyce
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Bad Science
Author : Ben Goldacre
Status : [To Read]
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Title : I Capture the Castle
Author : Dodie Smith
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Author : Hunter S Thompson
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Les Miserables
Author : Victor Hugo
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Catcher in the Rye
Author : J D Salinger
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Wind in the Willows
Author : Kenneth Grahame
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Wild Swans
Author : Jung Chang
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Author : Douglas Adams
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Tinker Tailer Solder Spy
Author : John Le Carre
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Crime and Punishment
Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Poisonwood Bible
Author : Barbara Kingsolver
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Author : Mark Twain
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Gulliver’s Travels
Author : Jonathan Swift
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The War of the Worlds
Author : H G Wells
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Anna Karenina
Author : Leo Tolstoy
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Freakonomics
Author : S Dubner, S Levitt
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Help
Author : Kathryn Stockett
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Flowers for Algernon
Author : Daniel Keyes
Status : [To Read]
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Title : I Know why the Caged Bird Sings
Author : Maya Angelou
Status : [To Read]
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Title : American Psycho
Author : Brett Easton Ellis
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Notes from a Small Island
Author : Bill Bryson
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Macbeth
Author : William Shakespeare
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The History of Venice
Author : John Julius Norwich
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Selfish Gene
Author : Richard Dawkins
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Handmaid’s Tale
Author : Margaret Atwood
Status : [To Read]
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Title : A Wild Sheep Chase
Author : Haruki Murakami
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Schindler’s Ark
Author : Thomas Keneally
Status : [To Read]
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Title : London Fields
Author : Martin Amis
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Hound of the Baskervilles
Author : Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Status : [To Read]
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Title : My Man Jeeves
Author : P G Wodehouse
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The English Patient
Author : Michael Ondaatje
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Mill on the Floss
Author : George Eliot
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Count of Monte Cristo
Author : Alexandre Dumas
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Commitments
Author : Roddy Doyle
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Little Women
Author : Gladys Alward
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Midnight’s Children
Author : Salman Rushdie
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Harry Potter (Series)
Author : J K Rowling
Status : [To Read]
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Title : His Dark Materials (Trilogy)
Author : Philip Pullman
Status : [To Read]
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Title : A Game of Thrones
Author : George RR Martin
Status : [To Read]
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Title : The Lord of the Rings – (Trilogy)
Author : J R R Tolkien
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Sophie’s World – Audiobook
Author : Jostein Gaarder
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Dissolution
Author : C J Sansom
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Winnie the Pooh (Collection)
Author : A A Milne
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Misery
Author : Stephen King
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Chronicles of Narnia (Series)
Author : C S Lewis
Status : [To Read]
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Title : Bird Song
Author : Sebastian Faulks
Status : [To Read]
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