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50 Book Challenge 2013 Book List
nun ryouta
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So this challenge is something I'd been seeing a lot Tumblr, and since it looked fun, and I've never attempted to record my reading habits in any way, I thought I'd give it a shot myself. I've made up a list of some things I'm hoping to get read at some point this year, while crossing off what I've already finished. Some of these I've already read in the past, some I own but have yet to read, and some I don’t own but would like to. There's probably a few others I may end up re-reading as well.

Part of why I'm posting it here is because I'm drawing a complete blank on what else I might be interested in, and am hoping some of my LJ friends may be able to give me recommendations. I don't have any genre preferences (though sci-fi and horror are a plus), but I'll say right off the bat that I'm not interested in the Tumblr staples of Perks of Being a Wallflower, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (which I already have read and disliked), or any of John Green's books. That man is hot as hell, but damn if his writing just doesn't look like anything I'd enjoy.

But, yes, thanks in advance for anything you might suggest. :)
  1. Aleister Crowley - Moonchild
  2. Arthur Machen - The White People and Other Weird Tales
  3. Carlos Ruiz Zafón - The Shadow of the Wind
  4. Comte de Lautréamont - Les Chants de Maldoror
  5. Daphne du Maurier - Jamaica Inn
  6. Daphne du Maurier - Rebecca
  7. Graham Greene - Our Man in Havana
  8. H.P. Lovecraft - Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft
  9. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  10. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  11. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  12. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  13. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  14. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  15. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  16. Jonathan Safran Foer - Everything Is Illuminated
  17. Jonathan Safran Foer - Tree of Codes
  18. Jules Verne - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  19. Mark Z. Danielewski - House of Leaves
  20. Michael Moorcock - The Black Corridor
  21. Miyuki Miyabe - Ico: Castle in the Mist
  22. Nick Blinko - The Primal Screamer
  23. Philip K. Dick - Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
  24. Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  25. Philip K. Dick - VALIS
  26. Roland Topor - The Tenant
  27. Stanisław Lem - Solaris
  28. The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud - The Book of Lyrics
  29. Thomas Ligotti - Songs of a Dead Dreamer
  30. Thomas Ligotti - Teatro Grottesco
  31. Thomas Ligotti - The Conspiracy Against the Human Race
  32. Victor Hugo - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  33. William Gibson - Neuromancer
  34. William Gibson - Mona Lisa Overdrive
  35. William Gibson - Virtual Light
  36. William Gibson - Idoru
  37. William Gibson - All Tomorrow’s Parties
  38. William Gibson - Zero History
  39. William Gibson - Spook Country
  40. William S. Burroughs - Naked Lunch
  41. William Sleator - House of Stairs
  42. William Sleator - Into the Dream
  43. Yevgeny Zamyatin - We

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Best horror writing I've ever read was contained in a book of short stories that goes by the title "Leviathan 4: Cities".
I read it in 8th grade, when I was basically working through the whole library, and while most other books faded from memory, that one really stuck with me. I picked it up a couple years ago, after spending a night on Google trying to remember what the heck it was, and found it was even better than I remembered it.
Strange, otherworldly, sometimes darkly humorous, heart-wrenchingly beautiful in places, this book is madness and I highly recommend it.

Thank you! You've definitely caught my interest. :)

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