Anchors aweigh!

 

I want a book that…

…ruminates on life and death

Comemadre
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
The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol
Still Life with Woodpecker

…has expert storytelling and a thick prose

It
The Little Friend

…is satirical and insightful

The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol
Comemadre
Deadeye Dick
Shame
Still Life with Woodpecker
Thank You for Smoking
White Teeth

…will take me places

A Room with a View
The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol
The Enchanted Wanderer
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Makioka Sisters

…has something to say about us humans

The Adolescent
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
The Fishermen
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Giver
The Kreuzer Sonata
The Long Valley
The Makioka Sisters
The Nest
Othello
Shame
The Stand
Still Life with Woodpecker
Three Theban Plays
Twelve Angry Men
Where Angels Fear to Tread

…has adventure, intrigue or mystery

The Adolescent
City of Thieves
The Enchanted Wanderer
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
House of Names
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Murder on the Orient Express
Red Sparrow
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
Three Theban Plays

…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
Three Theban Plays

…has heroism in spades

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

…is about becoming something

4321
The Adolescent
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
Mrs. Rosie and the Priest
The Long Valley

Review Index

(alphabetical by author)