Reading List

I love to read. Ever since I am done with formal education, I find myself with more time than before. I used to say that I wanted to read more classics, but now I find myself reading more than just classics. Contact me with suggestions of cool books/short stories/poems to read.

Here, I maintain three lists. One for what I am currently reading, one for what I am going to read, and one for what I have already read. There are also different projects that I use to track various collections of books that of a certain theme (e.g. awards, author, series).

Many of these lists are long (and can contain their own lists!), so look for the ellipses ``...'' to show the hidden away stuff.

Currently reading

The list here represents books that I am currently concurrently reading. I will often read the week's The Economist before I touch any of the books here.

  1. C++ Unleashed by Jesse Liberty, Vishwajit Aklecha, Steve Haines, Steven Mitchell, Alexander Nickolov, Charles Pace, Meghraj Thakkar, Michael J. Tobler, Donald Xie & Steve Zagieboylo
  2. Strategy: A History by Lawrence Freedman
  3. Capital (Volume 4) DRAFT: Theories of Surplus-Value, ed. Frederich Engels
  4. SCP Foundation Tome 4: SCP1500--1999

The Mahabharata Project

The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa is an acknowledged epic of the ages. This and the Ramayana are two pieces of work that I would like to read at some point. And so, here this is. This version of the Mahabharata was translated into English prose by Kisari Mohan Ganguli...

  1. Book 1: Adi Parva
  2. Book 2: Sabha Parva
  3. Book 3: Vana Parva
  4. Book 4: Virata Parva
  5. Book 5: Udyoga Parva
  6. Book 6: Bhishma Parva
  7. Book 7: Drona Parva Parva
  8. Book 8: Karna Parva
  9. Book 9: Shalya Parva
  10. Book 10: Sauptika Parva
  11. Book 11: Stri Parva
  12. Book 12: Santi Parva
  13. Book 13: Anusasana Parva
  14. Book 14: Aswamedha Parva
  15. Book 15: Asramavasika Parva
  16. Book 16: Mausala Parva
  17. Book 17: Mahaprasthanika Parva
  18. Book 18: Svargarohanika Parva

The SCP Foundation Project

The SCP Foundation is a series of writings from assorted authors detailing various exploits by the titular organisation in containing various SCPs. I recently discovered that they now have an e-book version of the collated works, and am now going to devour them (2017-02-01 dump)...

  1. SCP Foundation Tome 1: SCP001--499
  2. SCP Foundation Tome 2: SCP500--999
  3. SCP Foundation Tome 3: SCP1000--1499
  4. SCP Foundation Tome 4: SCP1500--1999
  5. SCP Foundation Tome 5: SCP2000--2499
  6. SCP Foundation Tome 6: SCP2500--2999
  7. SCP Foundation Tome 7: Canon (Volume 1)
  8. SCP Foundation Tome 8: Canon (Volume 2)
  9. SCP Foundation Tome 9: Tales (Volume 1)
  10. SCP Foundation Tome 10: Tales (Volume 2)
  11. SCP Foundation Tome 11: Tales (Volume 3)
  12. SCP Foundation Tome 12: Tales (Volume 4)

Das Kapital Project

Scoff what you want about Karl Marx, but his work has influenced a lot of people, for better or for worse. This project is to read one of the more important works that he has written, Das Kapital...

  1. Capital (Volume 1): The Process of Production of Capital, tr. Samuel Moore & Edward Aveling, ed. Frederich Engels
  2. Capital (Volume 2): The Process of Circulation of Capital, tr. I. Lasker, ed. Frederich Engels
  3. Capital (Volume 3): The Process of Capitalist Production as a Whole, tr. Institute of Marxism-Leninism, USSR; ed. Frederich Engels
  4. Capital (Volume 4) DRAFT: Theories of Surplus-Value, ed. Frederich Engels

The [Almost] 20th Century Pulitzer Project

I tend to have a bias in the choice of books. To avoid that systemic problem, I have included this list of books that had won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in the years 1910--1999 (i.e. [almost] 20th century). I don't expect to finish this list since many of these books may no longer be available, but I will try my best. Read books will be struck out here and have an entry in my already read list. The lists are long, so you will find lots of ellipses to hide them away...

  1. 1910s...
    1. 1918: His Family by Ernest Poole
    2. 1919: The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
  2. 1920s...
    1. 1921: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
    2. 1922: Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
    3. 1923: One of Ours by Willa Cather
    4. 1924: The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson
    5. 1925: So Big by Edna Ferver
    6. 1926: Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
    7. 1927: Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield
    8. 1928: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
    9. 1929: Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin
  3. 1930s...
    1. 1930: Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge
    2. 1931: Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
    3. 1932: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
    4. 1933: The Store by Thomas Sigismund Stribling
    5. 1934: Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
    6. 1935: Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson
    7. 1936: Honey in the Horn by Harold L Davis
    8. 1937: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    9. 1938: The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand
    10. 1939: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  4. 1940s...
    1. 1940: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    2. 1942: In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
    3. 1943: Dragon's Teeth by Upton Sinclair
    4. 1944: Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin
    5. 1945: A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
    6. 1947: All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
    7. 1948: Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
    8. 1949: Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens
  5. 1950s...
    1. 1950: The Way West by A. B. Guthrie, Jr
    2. 1951: The Town by Conrad Richter
    3. 1952: The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
    4. 1953: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    5. 1955: A Fable by William Faulkner
    6. 1956: Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
    7. 1958: A Death in the Family by James Agee
    8. 1959: The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor
  6. 1960s...
    1. 1960: Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
    2. 1961: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    3. 1962: The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor
    4. 1963: The Reivers by William Faulkner
    5. 1965: The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau
    6. 1966: The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter by Katherine Anne Porter
    7. 1967: The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
    8. 1968: The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
    9. 1969: House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
  7. 1970s...
    1. 1970: The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford by Jean Stafford
    2. 1972: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
    3. 1973: The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
    4. 1975: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
    5. 1976: Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
    6. 1977: Roots by Alex Haley (special Pulitzer Prize)
    7. 1978: Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
    8. 1979: The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
  8. 1980s...
    1. 1980: The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
    2. 1981: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
    3. 1982: Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike
    4. 1983: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    5. 1984: Ironweed by William Kennedy
    6. 1985: Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
    7. 1986: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
    8. 1987: A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
    9. 1988: Beloved by Toni Morrison
    10. 1989: Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  9. 1990s...
    1. 1990: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
    2. 1991: Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
    3. 1992: A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
    4. 1993: A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
    5. 1994: The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
    6. 1995: The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
    7. 1996: Independence Day by Richard Ford
    8. 1997: Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
    9. 1998: American Pastoral by Philip Roth
    10. 1999: The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Joint Hugo/Nebula Project

As a scientist/engineer, I love science fiction. The joint winners of the Hugo/Nebula awards represent the pinnacle of science fiction for the year they had won, and thus deserve a reading spot. Like The [Almost] 20th Century Pulitzer Project, we strike out read books here and give them an entry in the already read list. And now, for the list...

  1. 1966/1965: Dune by Frank Herbet
  2. 1970/1969: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  3. 1971/1970: Ringworld by Larry Niven
  4. 1973/1972: The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
  5. 1974/1973: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
  6. 1975/1974: The Dispossessed by Usula K. Le Guin
  7. 1976/1975: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
  8. 1978/1977: Gateway by Frederik Pohl
  9. 1979/1978: Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre
  10. 1980/1979: The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
  11. 1984/1983: Startide Rising by David Brin
  12. 1985/1984: Neuromancer by William Gibson
  13. 1986/1985: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  14. 1987/1986: Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  15. 1993/1992: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  16. 1998: Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
  17. 2002: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  18. 2004: Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
  19. 2008/2007: The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
  20. 2010/2009: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  21. 2011/2010: Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
  22. 2012/2011: Among Others by Jo Walton
  23. 2014/2013: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Waiting to read

This is an ordered queue---the smallest number is the one that I am going to read next. Ranking for the top 5 is accurate, as we go down the list, the ordering is murkier.

  1. 《厚黑学》 by 李宗吾
  2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins...
    1. The Hunger Games
    2. Catching Fire
    3. Mockingjay
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  4. Labyrinth13 by Curt Rowlett
  5. Five People you Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

The rest below...

  1. Bourne Series by Robert Ludlum...
    1. The Bourne Identity
    2. The Bourne Supremacy
    3. The Bourne Ultimatum
  2. A People's History of the United States: 1492--Present by Howard Zinn
  3. Lectures on Financial Mathematics by Harald Lang
  4. The Study of Counterpoint from Johann Joseph Fux's Gradus Ad Parnassum, tr. Alfred Mann
  5. Edda, ed. Rasmus B. Anderson...
    1. Elder Edda by Saemund Sigfusson, tr. Benjamin Thorpe
    2. Younger Edda by Snorre Sturleson, tr. I. A. Blackwell
  6. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
  7. SAS Survival Guide: How to survive in the wild, on land or at sea by John `Lofty' Wiseman
  8. Siddhartha: An Indian Tale by Hermann Hesse, tr. Gunther Olesch, Anke Dreher, Amy Coulter, Stefan Langer & Semyon Chaichene
  9. Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov...
    1. Foundation
    2. Foundation and Empire
    3. Second Foundation
  10. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  11. Higher Engineering Mathematics (7th Edition) by John Bird
  12. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  13. Candide by Voltaire, tr. Henry Morley
  14. Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies (1st Edition) by Stefanos Zenios, Josh Makower & Paul Yock
  15. The Philosophy of the Marquis de Sade by Timo Airaksinen
  16. The Crooked Man by Charles Beaumont
  17. Riding on Your Fears by Curt Rowlett
  18. All Tomorrows by Nemo Ramjet
  19. Voices of a People's History of the United States, ed. Howard Zinn & Anthony Arnove
  20. The Curse of Palmyra Island by Curt Rowlett
  21. Zuleika Dobson or, An Oxford Love Story by Max Beerbohm
  22. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson
  23. Made with Creative Commons by Paul Stacey & Sarah Hinchliff Pearson
  24. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  25. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  26. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  27. Properties of Expanding Universes by Stephen W. Hawking
  28. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  29. Germinal by Émile Zola, tr. Havelock Ellis
  30. The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley
  31. Eastern Philosophy: The Greatest Thinkers and Sages from Ancient to Modern Times by Kevin Burns
  32. The Vatsayayana Kama Sutra, tr. Richard Burton
  33. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  34. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
  35. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  36. Treatise of Civil Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration by John Locke, ed. Charles L. Sherman
  37. Linear Programming and Extensions: A Report Prepared for United States Air Force Project Rand by George B. Dantzig
  38. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  39. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  40. The Anarchist Cookbook (1971) by William Powell
  41. Fifty Years a Surgeon by Robert J. Morris
  42. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  43. On the Decay of the Art of Lying by Mark Twain
  44. Two Treatises of Government by John Locke
  45. The Economic Consequences of the Peace by Kohn Maynard Keynes
  46. Winston Churchill by René Kraus
  47. Emily's Saga (World of Myth Epic) by Travis Bughi...
    1. Beyond the Plains
    2. The Forest of Angor
    3. The Fall of Lucifan
    4. Journey to Savara
    5. Juatwa
    6. A Legend Ascends
  48. The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
  49. Collection of Hindu Literature by Epiphanius Wilson...
    1. The Book of Good Counsels (from Hitopadeśa), tr. Edwin Arnold
    2. Nala and Damayanti (from Mahâbrârata), tr. Edwin Arnold
    3. Selections from the Rámáyana by Válmíki, tr. R. T. H. Griffiths
    4. Śakoontalá by Kálidása, tr. Monier Monier-Williams
    5. Poems by Toru Dutt
  50. Curious Conduct by Jeanne Marie Beaumont
  51. The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the Land of Flanders & Elsewhere by Charles de Coster, tr. Geoffrey Whitworth
  52. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
  53. Bas-Lag Series by China Miéville...
    1. Perdido Street Station
    2. The Scar
    3. Iron Council
  54. Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx & Frederick Engels
  55. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, tr. Eleanor Marx-Aveling
  56. A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka, tr. Ian Johnston
  57. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, tr. David Wyllie
  58. The Trial by Franz Kafka, tr. David Wyllie
  59. The Possessed, or The Devils by Fyodor Dostoevsky, tr. Constance Garnett
  60. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, tr. Gregory Rabassa
  61. 《血色黄昏》 by 老鬼
  62. Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, tr. unknown
  63. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, tr. Bayard Taylor
  64. The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy, tr. Benjamin Ricketson Tucker...
    1. The Kreutzer Sonata
    2. Ivan the Fool
    3. A Lost Opportunity
    4. ``Polikushka''
    5. The Candle
  65. The Destructors by Graham Greene
  66. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  67. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  68. Hunger by Knut Hamsun, tr. George Egerton
  69. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, tr. James Murphy
  70. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
  71. Black Box by Jennifer Egan
  72. Confessions of a Wall Street Analyst by Dan Reingold & Jennifer Reingold
  73. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
  74. The Aeneid by Virgil, tr. John Dryden
  75. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
  76. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  77. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, tr. unknown
  78. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  79. 《彷徨》 by 鲁迅
  80. 《毛主席语录》 by 毛泽东
  81. Nearly Departed by Max Patrick Schlienger
  82. Utopia by Thomas More, tr. Gilbert Burnet
  83. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  84. Nero: The End of a Dynasty by Miriam T. Griffin
  85. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
  86. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
  87. Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga by Hunter S. Thompson
  88. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  89. The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
  90. Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  91. Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson, tr. Reg Keeland...
    1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    2. The Girl who Played with Fire
    3. The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
  92. The Republic by Plato, tr. Benjamin Jowett
  93. The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  94. The Four Million by O. Henry...
    1. Tobin's Palm
    2. The Gift of the Magi
    3. A Cosmopolite In A Café
    4. Between Rounds
    5. The Skylight Room
    6. A Service of Love
    7. The Coming-Out of Maggie
    8. Man About Town
    9. The Cop and the Anthem
    10. An Adjustment of Nature
    11. Memoirs of a Yellow Dog
    12. The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein
    13. Mammon and the Archer
    14. Springtime à la Carte
    15. The Green Door
    16. From the Cabby's Seat
    17. An Unfinished Story
    18. The Caliph, Cupid and the Clock
    19. Sisters of the Golden Circle
    20. The Romance of a Busy Broker
    21. After Twenty Years
    22. Lost on Dress Parade
    23. By Courier
    24. The Furnished Room
    25. The Brief Début of Tildy
  95. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  96. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  97. Holy Bible: New International Version
  98. Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
  99. The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen R. Lawhead...
    1. Taliesin
    2. Merlin
    3. Arthur
    4. Pendragon
    5. Grail
    6. Avalon
  100. Carrie by Stephen King
  101. The Perfect Storm by Sebestian Junger
  102. Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky
  103. The Oxford Book of American Essays, ed. Brander Matthews...
    1. The Ephemera: An Emblem of Human Life by Benjamin Franklin
    2. The Whistle by Benjamin Franklin
    3. Dialogue Between Franklin and the Gout by Benjamin Franklin
    4. Consolation for the Old Bachelor by Francis Hopkinson
    5. John Bull by Washington Irving
    6. The Mutability of Literature by Washington Irving
    7. Kean's Acting by Richard Henry Dana
    8. Gifts by Ralph Waldo Emerson
    9. Uses of Great Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson
    10. Buds and Bird-Voices by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    11. The Philosophy of Composition by Edgar Allan Poe
    12. Bread and the Newspaper by Oliver Wendell Holmes
    13. Walking by Henry David Thoreau
    14. On a Certain Condescension in Foreigners by James Russell Lowell
    15. Preface to ``Leaves of Grass'' by Walt Whitman
    16. Americanism in Literature by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
    17. Thackeray in America by George William Curtis
    18. Our March to Washington by Theodore Winthrop
    19. Calvin: A Study of Character by Charles Dudley Warner
    20. Five American Contributions to Civilisation by Charles William Eliot
    21. I Talk of Dreams by William Dean Howells
    22. An Idyl of the Honey-Bee by John Burroughs
    23. Cut-Off Copples's by Clarence King
    24. The Theéâtre Français by Henry James
    25. Theocritus on Cape Cod by Hamilton Wright Mabie
    26. Colonialism in the United States by Henry Cabot Lodge
    27. New York After Paris by William Crary Brownell
    28. The Tyranny of Things by Edward Sandford Martin
    29. Free Trade vs Protection in Literature by Samuel McChord Corthers
    30. Dante and the Bowery by Theodore Roosevelt
    31. The Revolt of the Unfit by Nicholas Murray Butler
    32. On Translating the Odes of Horace by William Peterfield Trent
  104. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
  105. Philosophy: 100 Essential Thinkers by Philip Stokes
  106. The Divided Self by R. D. Laing
  107. Cathedral by Raymond Carver
  108. Marxism and Human Nature by Seans Sayers
  109. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  110. Ivanhoe: A Romance by Walter Scott
  111. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  112. The Open Logic Text (Revision: c274de4, 2016-01-15) by Richard Zach et al.
  113. Improvised Munitions Handbook (1969) by United States of America War Office
  114. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  115. The Aeneid by Virgil, tr. J. W. Mackail (prose)
  116. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  117. Imperial Radch Trilogy by Ann Leckie...
    1. Ancillary Justice
    2. Ancillary Sword
    3. Ancillary Mercy
  118. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, tr. William Weaver
  119. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  120. 《和空姐同居的日子》 by 三十
  121. Emma by Jane Austen
  122. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  123. Ulysses by James Joyce
  124. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  125. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  126. Recipes for Disaster (2004) by CrimethInc. ex-Worker's Collective
  127. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  128. Madeleine's World: A Biography of a Three-Year-Old by Brian Hall
  129. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  130. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  131. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  132. Shōgun by James Clavell
  133. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  134. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  135. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  136. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  137. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
  138. Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler
  139. Ibid: A Life by Mark Dunn
  140. Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor
  141. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  142. The Iliad by Homer, tr. Alexander Pope
  143. The Odyssey by Homer, tr. Samuel Butler (prose)
  144. An Ethic for Christian and Other Aliens in a Strange Land by William Stringfellow
  145. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Already read

I got tired of replicating the same information in two places, so look over at its own page for a list of all the items I had already read.

Don't forget to contact me for suggestions of books, stories or poems to read.