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I cling to the softest of delusions – the idea that, if I’ve read enough books, I will be cushioned against the shocks of body and soul, and will obviously be too astute to wind up as a dupe.

I should be fluent in Wolof by now. Instead I’ve read 107 books in a year –

  1. Dark Star Safari – Paul Theroux
  2. No One Belongs Here More Than You – Miranda July
  3. Raise High The Roof Beams Carpenters – J.D Salinger
  4. Steppenwolf – Hermann Hesse
  5. Siddartha – Hermann Hesse
  6. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  7. We Shall Know Our Velocity – Dave Eggers
  8. What Is The What – Dave Eggers
  9. Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
  10. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  11. Slow Man – J.M Coetzee
  12. Waiting For The Barbarians – J.M Coetzee
  13. The Unbearable Lightness Of Being – Milan Kundera
  14. A Good Man In Africa – William Boyd
  15. Let The Great World Spin – Colum McCann
  16. Africa United: How Football Explains Africa – Steve Bloomfield
  17. Burmese Days – George Orwell
  18. The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff
  19. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  20. I Am Charlotte Simmons – Thom Wolfe
  21. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  22. Crash – J.G Ballard
  23. The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
  24. The Portable Atheist – Christopher Hitchens
  25. The Innocent – Ian Mcewan
  26. Black Dogs – Ian Mcewan
  27. Heart Of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  28. The Stranger – Albert Camus
  29. The Myth Of Sisyphus – Albert Camus
  30. A Visit From The Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  31. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
  32. Lullaby – Chuck Palahniuk
  33. No Country For Old Men – Cormac McCarthy
  34. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  35. The Liar – Stephen Fry
  36. Tender Is The Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  37. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  38. the Constant Gardener – John le Carre
  39. The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  40. Swanns Way – Marcel Proust
  41. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Wolf
  42. Homage To Catalonia – George Orwell
  43. The Bottom Billion – Paul Collier
  44. The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
  45. The Comfort Of Strangers – Ian McEwan
  46. Last Orders At Harrods – Michael Holman
  47. Pride And Prejudice – Jane Austen
  48. Snuff – Chuck Palahniuk
  49. All The Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy
  50. The Road To Hell – Michael Maren
  51. Fry: A Memoir – Stephen Fry
  52. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time – Mark Haddon
  53. The Audacity Of Hope – Barack Obama
  54. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  55. We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land – Jimmy Carter
  56. Game Of Thrones – George R. R Martin
  57. A Clash of Kings – George R. R Martin
  58. A Storm Of Swords – George R. R Martin
  59. A Feast For Crows – George R. R Martin
  60. A Dance With Dragons – George R. R Martin
  61. Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength – Roy Baumeister
  62. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  63. Outliers: The Story Of Success – Malcolm Gladwell
  64. The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
  65. The Old Man And The Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  66. Lucky Jim – Kinsley Amis
  67. Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking Of The Way To Fight Global Poverty – Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo
  68. The Master And Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  69. I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
  70. Blink: The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell
  71. Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby
  72. Homicide: A Life On The Killing Streets – David Simon
  73. Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud
  74. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  75. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  76. What The Dog Saw And Other Adventures – Malcolm Gladwell
  77. The Accidental Billionaires – Ben Mezrich
  78. The Facebook Effect – David Kirkpatrick
  79. Contact – Carl Sagan
  80. Enders Game – Orson Scott Card
  81. Coming Up For Air – George Orwell
  82. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  83. Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
  84. My Other Life – Paul Theroux
  85. What Can Foreign Aid Do For The Worlds Poor? – William Easterly
  86. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  87. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  88. Walden and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience – Henry David Thoreau
  89. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  90. The Subterraneans – Jack Kerouac
  91. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  92. The Quiet American – Graham Greene
  93. The Sheltering Sky – Paul Bowles
  94. Books Vs Cigarettes – George Orwell
  95. Rabbit, Run – John Updike
  96. Imperial Bedrooms – Bret Easton Ellis
  97. Dead Aid – Dambisa Moyo
  98. Freakonomics – Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
  99. Superfreakonomics – Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
  100. Nausea – Jean Paul Sartre
  101. Franny And Zooey – J.D Salinger
  102. Gang Leader For A Day – Sudhir Venkatash
  103. The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
  104. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
  105. The Internet Is A Playground – David Thorne
  106. NW – Zadie Smith
  107. Through The Language Glass: Why The World Looks Different In Other Languages – Guy Deutscher

Admiittedly before I came here I had aspirations of reading all the classics and devouring Russian literature. Obviously it hasn’t worked out that way. For the next year I need to read more Willpower books and less Enders Game.

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