Ideas for Dreamers

Ever been asked for book or author recommendations and your mind’s drawn a blank?

Me too.

To stave off that feeling in the future, a list of those whose company I remember enjoying somewhere along life’s path so far.

Maybe some have found or will find a similarly enjoyable place in yours, too 😃

(In alphabetical rather than chronological order, as that could get messy 🤔)

Richard Adams Watership Down

Nafeez Masaddeq Ahmed The War on Truth

Jon Lee Anderson Che Guevara – A Revolutionary Life

Mikhail Bakunin Selected Writings from Mikhail Bakunin: Essays on Anarchism

James Baldwin Tell Me How Long the Train’s been Gone <review>

Paul Bowles A Distant Episode – The Selected Stories

John Boyne The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Richard Brautigan In Watermelon Sugar

Buddhadasa Bhikku Anapanasati – Mindfulness with Breathing: Unveiling the Secrets of Life (A Manual for Serious Beginners)

Charles Bukowski Tales of Ordinary Madness

Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange

Jung Chang Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Henri Charrière Papillon

Noam Chomsky Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

John Cornwell Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII

Michael Cunningham Specimen Days

Richard Dawkins The God Delusion

Louis de Bernières The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts

Louis de Bernières Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Philip K. Dick A Scanner Darkly

Charles Dickens Great Expectations

Christopher Duggan A Concise History of Italy

Umberto Eco The Prague Cemetery

Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho

John Fante Brotherhood of the Grape

Sebastian Faulks Birdsong

Ludwig Feuerbach The Essence of Christianity

Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair

Rebecca Fraser A People’s History of Britain

Thomas R. Flynn Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction

Jostein Gaarder The Solitaire Mystery <review>

Neil Gaiman American Gods

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Love in the Time of Cholera

William Goldman The Princess Bride

John N. Gray False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism

John N. Gray Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

Henry Green Doting

Steve Hagen Buddhism Plain and Simple <review>

Mohsin Hamid The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Jaroslav Hašek The Good Soldier Švejk <review>

Victor Headley Yardie

Joseph Heller Catch-22

Hermann Hesse Beneath the Wheel

Hermann Hesse Knulp <review>

Hermann Hesse The Fairy Tales

Hermann Hesse Demian

Hermann Hesse Klingsor’s Last Summer <review>

Hermann Hesse (translated by James Wright) Wandering <review>

Hermann Hesse Narcissus and Goldmund

Hermann Hesse The Journey to the East

Nick Hornby High Fidelity

Nick Hornby A Long Way Down

Bohumil Hrabal The Little Town where Time Stood Still

Aldous Huxley Brave New World

Liz Jensen The Uninvited

Franz Kafka The Trial

Ryszard Kapuśiński Imperium <review>

Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Stephen King Salem’s Lot

Stephen King The Shining

Stephen King It

Stephen King The Drawing of the Three

Stephen King The Waste Lands

Stephen King Insomnia

Stephen King The Green Mile

Stephen King Wizard and Glass

Stephen King Black House

Milan Kundera The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Milan Kundera The Art of the Novel

Milan Kundera Immortality

Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson The Girl who Played with Fire

Stieg Larsson The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Ursula K. Le Guin City of Illusions

Nathan Long Jane Carver of Waar <review>

Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall <review>

Hilary Mantel Bring up the Bodies

Guy de Maupassant Pierre and Jean

Toni Morrison Beloved

Haruki Murakami A Wild Sheep Chase

Haruki Murakami Sputnik Sweetheart

Haruki Murakami Kafka on the Shore

Haruki Murakami What I Talk About when I Talk About Running <review>

John O’Brien The Assault on Tony’s

George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four

Arto Paasilinna The Howling Miller

Jeremy Paxman The English: Portrait of a People

David Peace The Damned United <review>

Francine Prose Blue Angel

Francine Prose Reading Like a Writer A Guide for People who Love Books and for Those who Want to Write Them

Lisa Purcell Anatomy, Stretching and Training for Cyclists <review>

Mario Puzo The Godfather

Walpola Rahula What the Buddha Taught

Anne Rice The Vampire Lestat

Anne Rice The Queen of the Damned

Anne Rice The Tale of the Body Thief

Anne Rice Blood and Gold

Gregory David Roberts Shantaram

Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses

J. D. Salinger Catcher in the Rye

Will Self The Book of Dave

Mary Shelley Frankenstein

Iceberg Slim Pimp

Susan Sontag In America

John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath

Neal Stephenson Quicksilver

Koji Suzuki Ring

Wisława Szymborska Chwila / Moment

Hunter S. Thompson Hell’s Angels

Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loating in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976

Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina

S.J. Watson Before I Go to Sleep

Irvine Welsh Filth

Irvine Welsh Porno

Irvine Welsh Skagboys

Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray

Tom Wolfe The Electric Kool-Aid Test

Virgina Woolf To the Lighthouse

Philip G. Zimbardo The Lucifer Effect – How Good People Turn Evil

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