Anchors aweigh!

 

I want a book that…

…ruminates on life and death

The Death of Ivan Ilyich
The Idiot
Steppenwolf
The Stranger

…is inventive in style

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4321
All the Light We Cannot See

…has expert storytelling and a thick prose

It
The Little Friend

…is satirical and insightful

Deadeye Dick
Shame
Thank You for Smoking
White Teeth

…will take me places

A Room with a View
The Enchanted Wanderer
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Makioka Sisters

…has something to say about us humans

Chronicle of a Death Foretold
The Fishermen
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Kreuzer Sonata
The Long Valley
The Makioka Sisters
The Nest
Othello
Shame
The Stand
Twelve Angry Men
Where Angels Fear to Tread

…has adventure, intrigue or mystery

City of Thieves
The Enchanted Wanderer
The Fellowship of the Ring
House of Names
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Murder on the Orient Express
The Three Musketeers
The Woman in White

…is political

1984
Autumn Quail
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
The Beggar
Snow
The Thief and the Dogs

…is sad in the wistful way

4321
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
City of Thieves
The End of Days
The Garden of Eden
Hangover Square
Kokoro
The Makioka Sisters
Orient Express
Oryx and Crake

…has heroism in spades

4321
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
City of Thieves
It
The Three Musketeers

…is about becoming something

4321
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
This Side of Paradise

…is an afternoon’s pleasure

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
City of Thieves
The Long Valley

Review Index

(alphabetical by author)