2023 reading

what books have u read/re-read this year?

OP has read
>Journey to the End of Night, Celine
>Atomized, Houellebecq
>Plattform, Houellebecq
>Demian, Hesse
>Siddhartha, Hesse
>The Sound of Waves, Mishima
>Platos Republic
>Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Finishing The Hobbit rn and either read Lotr over the winter or pick up some other Book(The Brothers Karamasov, Ulysses or Homer)

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  1. 4 months ago

    >Journey to the End of Night, Celine
    Great book, perhaps my all time favourite
    >Atomized, Houellebecq
    On my list after I finish "Possibility of an Island"
    >Siddhartha, Hesse
    Really disliked Hesses Coelhoesque bullshit ideals

    I've read these books so far this year. Reached 20 read books today.

    • 4 months ago

      Good list. How did you like Tom Clancy's writing? I picked up a box set for cheap and I'm wondering where he should be on my backlog.

      • 4 months ago

        You shouldn't go into Tom Clancy looking for the most incredible prose there is, but Red Storm Rising was a book I really enjoyed. Clancy was able to predict a lot of the problems the current Russian army ran into in their invasion of Ukraine in his book. I haven't read anything else from him, but RSR was a really fun read.

  2. 4 months ago

    My top 5 of the 35 books I read this year:

    The Twilight World
    Moby Dick
    Heart of Darkness
    The Virgin Suicides

  3. 4 months ago

    I read Siddhartha for the first time this year also anon (mainly for because Close to the Edge has lyrics based on it) and I enjoyed it, super brief and breezy but felt heavy enough.
    Working on Pound's Cantos rn, shits wild.
    I've also read this year-
    Jane Eyre
    A Frolic of His Own
    Agape Agape
    On Being Blue

  4. 4 months ago

    Congrats OP, aside from the Mishima I like your list. I just never got into Mishima though.
    >Odyssey (highly recommend for your winter read, it doesn't take too long either.)
    >Nietzsche's bibliography minus Will To Power
    >On Investigations into Sperical Objects
    >The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    >Treatise on Probability
    >Being and Nothingness
    >World as Will and Representation

    Read for first time:
    >Submission by Houellebecq
    >Infinite Jest
    >The Pale King
    >Oblivion (DFW)
    >Something to do with Paying Attention (DFW)
    >The Stranger
    >The Plague
    >The Cynic Epistles
    >The Ego and its own
    >Judea Pearl's bibliography
    >The translated works of Theognis of Megara
    >The Essential Works of Foucault
    >On Sense and Reference
    >Psychology and the Occult (Jung)
    >The Prussian Officer
    >10 Days that Shook the World
    >The Beautiful and the Damned

    Hoping to get a few more in before the year it out.

  5. 4 months ago

    1. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
    2. The Piazza Tales by Herman Melville
    3. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    4. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allen Poe
    5. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
    6. The Abominable by Dan Simmons
    7. The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman
    8. Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo
    9. Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
    10. The Western Lands by William S. Burroughs
    11. Cup of Gold by John Steinbeck
    12. The Stonemason by Cormac McCarthy
    13. Wildlife in America by Peter Matthiessen
    14. Akenfield by Ronald Blythe
    15. Across the River and Into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway
    16. The Traveler’s Tree by Patrick Leigh Fermor
    17. Night Train by Martin Amis
    18. Nobody Move by Denis Johnson
    19. The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy
    20. The Friends of Pancho Villa by James Carlos Blake
    21. Defeat: Napoleon’s Russian Campaign by Phillipe-Paul de Segur
    22. Papillon by Henri Charriere
    23. Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
    24. The Burning of the World by Bela Zombory-Moldovan
    25. Castle to Castle by Louis Ferdinand Celine
    26. The Sea Wolf by Jack London
    27. Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
    28. The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
    29. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    30. Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
    31. The Hamlet by William Faulkner
    32. The Green Man by Kingsley Amis
    33. Devil's Day by Andrew Michael Hurley

    Currently reading pic related off an anon rec in one of the horror threads earlier this month. About 1/3 through and enjoying it so far.
    I had to put down Nightmare Alley. I just wasn’t enjoying it.

  6. 4 months ago

    I'm not good at photoshop but here you go

    • 4 months ago

      You like YA sci-fi and baseball huh?

  7. 4 months ago

    I'm stuck at 20 something again

  8. 4 months ago

    >On the Absence and Unknowability of God by Christos Yannaras
    >Buddha by Nikos Kazantzakis
    >The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
    >God in Pain by Slavoj Zizek and Boris Gunjevic
    >We Drink From Our Own Wells by Gustavo Gutierrez
    >Daniel by Daniel Berrigan
    >Christ the Center by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    >The Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ by St. Maximus the Confessor
    >Confession by Adrienne von Speyr
    >On Escape by Emmanuel Levinas
    >Of Grammatology by Jacques Derrida
    >Lacan by Alain Badiou
    >Jacques Lacan by Sean Homer
    >Baudrillard and Lacan by Victoria Grace
    >The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas
    >Thomas the Obscure by Maurice Blanchot
    >Contemplations on the Sermon on the Mount by Pope Shenouda III
    >Person and Eros by Christos Yannaras
    >The Four Vision Quests of Jesus by Steven Charleston
    >Continental Philosophy by Simon Critchley
    >The PIP Anthology of World Poetry of the 20th Century Volume I
    > Body Politics by John Howard Yoder
    >The Tempest by Shakespeare
    >Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
    >A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers
    >Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy and Molly Brown
    >The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    >The Agrarian Reader, edited by Norman Wirzba
    >Seeking God by Esther de Waal
    God's Trombones by James Weldon Johnson
    >The Prodigal by Derek Walcott
    >Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard
    >Seduction by Jean Baudrillard
    >Idol and Distance by Jean-Luc Marion
    >Works & Days and Theogony by Hesiod
    >Earthlight by Andre Breton
    >The Oxford Book of Marriage
    >The Jungian Tarot and its Archetypal Imagery by Robert Wang
    >Easter Vigil & Other Poems by Karol Wojtyla
    >Compassion by Ilia Delio
    >Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
    >The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen
    >The Great Story of Israel by Robert Barron
    >The Agony of Eros by Byung-Chul Han
    >Theory of the Solitary Sailor by Gilles Grelet
    >The Daoist Monastic Manual by Livia Kohn
    >The Book of Nightmares by Galway Kinnell

    • 4 months ago

      currently reading
      >The Power of the Poor in History by Gustavo Gutierrez
      >The Original Accident by Paul Virilio
      >The Pleasure of the Text by Roland Barthes

  9. 4 months ago

    my reading so far:

    Shoedog - george pelecanos
    Selected Writings of Walter Pater, ed. Harold Bloom
    The Death of Jesus
    Ghosts (trans. Rolf Fjelde) - ibsen
    The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences
    An Enemy of the People - ibsen
    The Lady from the Sea- ibsen
    John Gabriel Borkman- ibsen
    General Psychological Theory
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    Modern Critical Voices: James Joyce
    A Brief History of Seven Killings
    The Finnegans Wake Experience
    The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town
    This is How They Tell Me the World Ends
    Bollywood: Popular Indian Cinema through a Transnational Lens
    Lady Joker
    The Last Samurai
    The Invention of Morel
    Architecture in Translation: Germany, Turkey and the Modern House
    Stranger Shores: Literary Essays 1986-1999
    VC: An American History
    The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
    The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power
    The Moor's Last Sigh
    Lightning Rods - helen dewitt
    The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business
    Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
    Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present
    FROG - stephen dixon
    The Cattle Killing - john edgar wideman
    Politics Out of History - wendy brown
    Reuben - wideman
    Let's Get Real or Let's not Play
    Philadelphia Fire
    Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield
    The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia
    The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier
    The Trees
    Eichmann in Jerusalem
    Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
    Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
    Growing up Midcentury
    Seeing like a state

  10. 4 months ago

    This year I spent mostly working and audiobookmaxxing while at it. It was a great opportunity to familiarize me with popular shit and genretrash. Best books this year were:
    >the entire E A Poe
    >Dagon by Lovecrab
    >Studien by Adalbert Stifter

    • 4 months ago

      You read too much

      You can't read more than one thick book a week and really consider its ideas deeply
      This way it seems

      • 4 months ago

        readlet cope

      • 4 months ago

        >You read too much
        Most of the books I """read""" in that list were artbooks with lots of pictures.

      • 4 months ago

        Everything I expect from /lit in one bite size post.

  11. 4 months ago

    1. The Rainbow
    2. Far from the Madding Crowd
    3. The Outsider by Colin Wilson
    4. Steppenwolf
    5. The Antichrist and Twilight of the Idols
    6. The Stranger
    7. 1984
    8. Journey to the End of the Night
    9. Death in Venice
    10. A Farewell to Arms
    11. Tropic of Cancer
    12. Trainspotting
    13. A Bend in the River
    14. The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea

    • 4 months ago

      How was a bend in the river? Naipaul is fricking kino

      • 4 months ago

        A Bend in the River was well written but definitely not a pleasant read. It’s about a decolonizing African country taking over by a murderous dictator and a small time Indian businessman trying to find some sort of security in the ever changing new political climate. Pretty pessimistic about Africa and human nature in general I guess. He makes the tension and paranoia palpable, despite the Indian guy being an unpleasant character.

        • 4 months ago

          That sounds intense now I want to read it. Sounds very different from mr biswas which was very touching even for his very masculine and unsentimental style.

  12. 4 months ago

    >tfw you read one book too many

    • 4 months ago

      I didn't get this scene. Who the frick is Tutu Manny?

  13. 4 months ago

    how the frick have you not read these yet? its the same 10 fricking books discussed here over and over. have a nice day homosexual

    • 4 months ago

      >read something even remotely not in the top 10
      >0 replies

    • 4 months ago

      Nta but the list of basic b***h books is hundreds of books long. The average age here is probably in the low 20’s. Not many anons will have read all the basic b***h books and some minor/niche books. We all start somewhere anyway. Kinda messed up to come at someone who hasn’t read a lot of books yet. Besides, many of the basic b***h books are great and deserve rereads. Whenever I see a post like yours no one ever puts forth books as a suggestion, or lists what they consider to be “advanced”

      • 4 months ago

        Respectable smart and polite poster fighting for the IQfy renaissance

        • 4 months ago

          It grinds my gears a bit when someone b***hes about the quality of the board (completely understandable) but goes after anons who read who are/have the potential to be quality posters in the future. This board will never get off the ground again if the good sort are driven away. Plus I’m of the belief that obscure doesn’t mean better necessarily. I mean, if a book is published by Penguin or Oxford is it basic b***h tier? We are looking at ~1000 titles then. And we are going to give shit to anons who haven’t read all the basic b***h books? But then we are also going to give them shit for not reading a bunch of obscure or niche books? So anons who actually read shouldn’t post here until they have 1200 books under their belt as the catalog is filled up with inane off topic shit?

    • 4 months ago

      post your niche books then Black person

  14. 4 months ago

    A house for mr biswas
    Makioka sisters
    Amiel’s journal
    Kafka on the shore
    Many marriages
    A midsummer night’s dream
    The magus
    Madame bovary
    The company of women
    Love and Respect
    The book of Matthew
    Father Goriot

    • 4 months ago

      Oh and 120 days of sodom

    • 4 months ago

      Did you like Bovary? I'm thinking of getting into it.

  15. 4 months ago

    >the hero with a thousand faces
    >primitive mythology
    >oriental mythology
    >a fire in the mind
    >the hero's journey
    >meaning of happiness
    >wisdom of insecurity
    >way of zen
    >psychotherapy east and west
    >behold the spirit
    >on the taboo of knowing who you are
    >in my own way
    >genuine fake
    >cloud hidden whereabouts unknown
    >tao watercourse way
    >still the mind
    >alan watts here and now
    >memories dreams reflections
    >present and future & symbols and the interpretation of dreams
    >on becoming a person
    >a way of being
    >client centered therapy
    >life and work of carl rogers
    >a general intro to paychoanalysis
    >winnie the pooh
    >house at pooh corner
    >it's too late now
    >be here now
    >dune messiah
    >children of dune
    >condensed chaos
    >tao of pooh
    >perennial philosophy
    >wave in the mind
    >no time to spare
    >le guins translation of tao te ching
    >the secret history of vamps
    >embrace tiger return to mountain
    >god is not great
    >4 hour workweek
    >the dude and the zen master
    and I'm bored, but the list goes on. that's about two thirds of it

    • 4 months ago

      I just finished Watt’s Way of Zen yesterday and I liked it. It’s nice to see him getting posted a tad more nowadays; unsure why anons don’t like him, as most seem to have never read him. How are his other books?

      • 4 months ago

        i liked tao watercourse way, the way of zen (you mentioned), in my own way, and cloud hidden. meaning of happiness and wisdom of insecurity were ok. really didn't like the taboo on knowing who you are, psychotherapy east and west, and behold the spirit. if you like biographies i recommend genuine fake/zen effects, it went well alongside in my own way

    • 4 months ago

      >steal like an artist
      >wolf brother
      >power of your subconscious mind
      >12 rules
      >personality type
      >breasts and eggs
      >I'm ok you're ok
      >girl, interrupted
      >the giver
      >big magic
      >eat pray love
      >7 principles for making marriage work
      >building a second brain
      >darkly dreaming dexter
      >a room of one's own
      >the writer's journey
      >man and his becoming
      >strange weather in tokyo
      >in the miso soup
      >go down together
      >zipes grimm folk and fairy tales
      that's all unless I've forgotten two or three

  16. 4 months ago

    >The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
    >The Urth of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
    >The Camp of the Saints, Jean Raspail
    >Castle to Castle, Louis Ferdinand Celine
    >Ways That Are Dark, Ralph Townsend
    >Chaos and Night, Henry de Montherlant
    >Abbey's Road, Ed Abbey

    Too many manga to list

    • 4 months ago

      What did you think of Castle to Castle? It's probably my favourite Celine, just absurdly funny.

  17. 4 months ago

    Just finished IJ last week. Started on Gravity's Rainbow and am 150 pages in. Read the Northwest Territory series (5 books) by HA Covington before that. Read Turner Diaries, Hunter, Fight Club, and American Psycho, and Unintended Consequences before that.

  18. 4 months ago

    >Beyond Good and Evil
    >Thus Spoke Zarathustra
    >Genealogy Of Morals
    >The Stranger
    >The Myth Of Sisyphus
    >Blood Meridian
    >The Road
    >Crime and Punishment
    >The Brothers Karamazov
    >One Hundred Years Of Solitude
    >Notes from Underground
    >The Trial
    >A Clockwork Orange
    >Flowers For Algernon
    >Kite Runner (overrated)
    >The Plague
    >Catcher In The Rye
    >The Prince
    >Normal People

    This year was my start to get to the classics

  19. 4 months ago

    >treasure island
    >the martian
    >the last wish
    and some engineering and math books

  20. 4 months ago

    Read this year:
    Solenoid/Nostalgia by Mircea Cartarescu
    Artists Who Kill and Other Essays on Art by Alexander Theroux
    Fables/Early Stories/Later Stories/Truisms by Alexander Theroux
    The Passenger/Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy
    Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin
    The Garden of Seven Twilights by Miquel de Palol
    Omega Minor by Paul Verhaeghen
    The Wolves of Eternity by Karl Ove Knausgaard
    The Enchanters by James Ellroy
    Shadows of Love, Shadows of Loneliness by William T. Vollmann
    Larry McMurtry: A Life by Tracy Daugherty
    Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson
    California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric—And What It Means for America’s Power Grid by Katherine Blunt
    Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux

    Reread this year:
    Fathers and Crows by William T. Vollmann
    Darconville’s cat by Alexander Theroux

    Now reading:
    The MANIAC by Benjamin Labatut

  21. 4 months ago


  22. 4 months ago

    35 books so far.
    By Cormac Mccarthy: All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities Of The Plain, No Country For Old Men, Blood Meridian, The Road
    By Michel Houellebecq: The Possibility of an Island, Platform, Serotonin, The Map and the Territory, Soumission, Elementary Particles
    By Karl Ove Knausgaard: The Morning Star, Ulvene fra evighetens skog
    By Honore De Balzac: Eugenie Grandet, Pere Goriot, Cousin Pons, Lost Illusions, A Harlot High and Low, Gobseck, Cousin Bette, Vendetta
    By Philip Roth: Ghost Writer, Zuckerman Unbound, The Anatomy Lesson, Portnoy's Complaint, The Counter-life, American Pastoral, I married a communist, The Human Stain
    By Carlos Fuentes: The Death of Artemio Cruz
    By Saul Bellow: The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King
    By John Updike: Rabbit, Run, Rabbit, Redux
    I also re-read all of Sebald's work as well as a few novels by Kundera. Right now I am reading Rabbit is Rich by Updike.

  23. 4 months ago

    >The New Testament
    >The Art Of Controversy
    almost done with my 3rd

  24. 4 months ago

    I hate work.

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