Influential Reading

A few works that have had a lasting impact or were otherwise notable:

  • Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
  • Aesop – Aesop’s Fables
  • Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women (Little Women, #1)
  • Alexie Sherman – First Indian on the Moon
  • Alexie, Sherman – The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
  • Alighieri, Dante – The Divine Comedy
  • Bachman, Richard – The Running Man
  • Bourdain, Anthony – Kitchen Confidential
  • Bourdain, Anthony – The Bobby Gold Stories
  • Brontë, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
  • Budnitz, Judy – Flying Leap
  • Budnitz, Judy – Nice Big American Baby
  • Bukowski, Charles – You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson – The Secret Garden
  • Carver, Raymond – Where I’m Calling From: New and Selected Stories
  • Chiang, Ted – Stories of Your Life and Others
  • Clarke, Arthur C. – 2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey, #1)
  • Coetzee, J.M. – Waiting for the Barbarians
  • Conrad, Joseph – Heart of Darkness
  • Crichton, Michael – Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1)
  • Crichton, Michael – Travels
  • Cronley, Jay – Funny Farm
  • Dahl, Roald – Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Defoe, Daniel – Robinson Crusoe
  • Dickens, Charles – Great Expectations
  • Drake, David – Time Safari
  • Eldon, Dan – The Journey is the Destination : the Journals of Dan Eldon
  • Endō, Shūsaku – Silence
  • Englebert, Omer – St. Francis of Assisi: A Biography
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Great Gatsby
  • Frank, Anne – The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Franklin, Benjamin – The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Freud, Sigmund – Moses and Monotheism
  • Fromm, Erich – You Shall Be as Gods
  • Héctor García/ Francesc Miralles – Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
  • Golding, William – Lord of the Flies
  • Gray, Spalding – Swimming to Cambodia
  • Hamilton, Edith – Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The Scarlet Letter
  • Hemingway, Ernest – The Old Man and the Sea
  • Hemingway, Ernest – The Short Stories
  • Herbert, Frank – Dune
  • Hesse, Herman – Siddhartha
  • Homer – The Odyssey
  • Hurston, Zora Neale – Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World
  • Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World Revisited
  • Huxley, Aldous – Heaven and Hell
  • Huxley, Aldous – Island
  • Huxley, Aldous – The Doors of Perception
  • Irving, John – A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • Ishiguro, Kazuo – An Artist of the Floating World
  • Johnson, Denis – Jesus’ Son
  • Kafka, Franz – The Metamorphosis and Other Stories
  • Keret, Etgar – The Girl on the Fridge
  • Kesey, Ken – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • King, Stephen – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
  • Kundera, Milan – The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1)
  • Levin, Ira – The Stepford Wives
  • Lewis, C.S. – The Screwtape Letters
  • Little, John – The Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee
  • London, Jack – The Call of the Wild/ White Fang
  • Machiavelli, Niccolò – The Prince
  • Mahfouz, Naguib – Palace Walk (The Cairo Trilogy #1)
  • Markham, Beryl – West with the Night
  • Martel, Yann – Life of Pi
  • McCarthy, Cormac – All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
  • Miller, Arthur – The Crucible
  • Morrison, Toni – Beloved
  • Murakami, Haruki – A Wild Sheep Chase (The Rat, #3)
  • Murakami, Haruki – Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
  • Murakami, Haruki – Men Without Women
  • Murakami, Haruki – Sputnik Sweetheart
  • Murakami, Haruki – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
  • Murakami, Haruki – Wind/ Pinball: Two Novels
  • Nakamura, Fuminori – The Thief
  • O’Connor, Flannery – A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
  • Orwell, George – 1984
  • Orwell, George – Animal Farm
  • Pearce, Joseph Chilton – The Crack in the Cosmic Egg: New Constructs of Mind and Reality
  • Pirsig, Robert M. – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
  • Plotkin, Mark J. – Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice: An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Rain Forest
  • Rand, Ayn – Anthem
  • Rand, Ayn – The Fountainhead
  • Rather, Dan – The Camera Never Blinks: Adventures of a TV Journalist
  • Remarque, Erich Maria – All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Ritchie, Mark Andrew – Spirit of the Rainforest
  • Rowling, J.K. – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Sedaris, David – Holidays on Ice
  • Seneca – Letters from a Stoic
  • Shakespeare, William – Hamlet
  • Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein
  • Shlaes, Amity – Coolidge
  • Silverstein, Shel – Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Sophocles – Oedipus Rex (The Theban Plays, #1)
  • Steinbeck, John – Of Mice and Men
  • Steinbeck, John – The Grapes of Wrath
  • Stoker, Bram – Dracula
  • Twain, Mark – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Unknown – Beowulf
  • Verne, Jules – Journey to the Center of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages, #3)
  • Wells, H.G. – The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Wells, H.G. – The Time Machine
  • Wharton, Edith – Ethan Frome
  • White, E.B. – Charlotte’s Web
  • Wiesel, Elie – Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
  • Wilde, Oscar – The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Williams, Tennessee – The Glass Menagerie
  • Wiking, Meik – The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
  • Wright, Richard – Black Boy
  • Yan, Mo – Red Sorghum
  • Yan, Mo – Shifu: You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh