Great Reading: Top 50 Books

My blog turning a lot of lists, not that’s a bad thing really! So someone asked for something like this once and I think I did promise to blog something like this a longtime ago or both? Anyway it’s a good way to start December, I’m posting it because I can’t fuck about with this list anymore, well I could but wouldn’t if I just post it now! I guess, it a record of right now and my fave reads before or what books have been important to me, so far!

I would name W. Burroughs, H. Miller and F. Kafka as my three all-time fave authors and they do have the most below. A lot of what’s called classic novels are below too but that’s why they’re classic because they’re great reads. It’s not all fiction because well, I’ve included a few non-fiction I totally love too. What have I got: two Auto-bios, two interview type books, some diary like books, few kind-of essay books, couple of Aussie music books and is that it?

Everything I totally love reading is here, please fill free to ask questions because I’m not going to write something about each book! Maybe I should re-read them and do a blog post for each book, well I might that next year or something? I’ve not blogged any books for a month or two so hopefully all this makes up for that now?

Just in alphabet order by the title below and NOT ranted in anyway at all, OK? Here goes…

The Adding Machine by William S. Burroughs

The Air-Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller

And the Ass Saw the Angel by Nick Cave

The Autobiography by Malcolm X

The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat

Bolivian Diary by Ernesto Che Guevara

The Castle by Franz Kafka

The Cat Inside by William S. Burroughs

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Colossus Of Maroussi by Henry Miller

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Crash by J.G. Ballard

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

First Love and Other Novellas by Samuel Beckett

A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz

Fup by Jim Dodge

Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis

The Great Wall of China and Other Stories by Franz Kafka

Guignol’s Band by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Hunger by Knut Hamsun

Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester

Junky by William S. Burroughs

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lovesong by Elizabeth Jolley

Lynch on Lynch by Chris Rodley

The Man Who Disappeared (Amerika) by Franz Kafka

Maus by Art Spiegelman

The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara

My Life as a Fake by Peter Carey

My Wonderful World of Slapstick by Buster Keaton

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

Nexus (The Rosy Crucifixion #3) by Henry Miller

Noise In My Head: Voices From The Ugly Australian Underground Music by James Kritzler

The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind

Plexus (The Rosy Crucifixion #2) by Henry Miller

Proudflesh by Deborah Robertson

Prozac Diary by Lauren Slater

Queer by William S. Burroughs

Sexus (The Rosy Crucifixion #1) by Henry Miller

Spider by Patrick McGrath

Spasm by Lauren Slater

Stranded: The Secret History Of Australian Independent Music by Clinton Walker

The Transformation (Metamorphosis) and Other Stories by Franz Kafka

The Trial by Franz Kafka

Tropic Of Cancer by Henry Miller

Tropic Of Capricorn by Henry Miller

Wake In Fright by Kenneth Cook

Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor


Anybody wanna say anything about my list of books? Double dare everyone who’s looking at my blog post today to put your fave books into a list too, please!

Cheers 🙂


  1. Hi William,
    An interesting and eclectic list, as usual. I like Henry Miller (or did when I read him 40 years ago), but I haven’t read any of Burroughs, and I didn’t like Kafka too much.

    I’ll accept your dare, and put an old top 50 I did a few years ago, with a couple of more recent add-ins. There are a few of yours on it. It’s mainly fiction with a couple of biographies. Cheers, Peter

    1. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    2. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
    3. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    4. Dirt Music by Tim Winton
    5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
    6. Bliss by Peter Carey
    7. Stark by Ben Elton
    8. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
    9. An Imaginary Life by David Malouf
    10. War Crimes (short stories) by Peter Carey
    11. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
    12. In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondatje
    13. Shame by Salman Rushdie
    14. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    15. Wild Swans by Jung Chang
    16. Unreliable Memoirs by Clive James
    17. Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
    18. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (2014)
    19. Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
    20. Monkey Grip by Helen Garner
    21. 1984 by George Orwell
    22. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    23. Animal Farm by George Orwell
    24. Steppenwolf by Herman Hess
    25. Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
    26. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
    27. Winnie The Pooh by A. A. Milne
    28. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
    29. The Americans Baby by Frank Moorhouse (1972)
    30. The Sea by John Banville
    31. Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler
    32. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
    33. Tropic Of Cancer by Henry Miller
    34. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
    35. The Stranger by Albert Camus
    36. The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch
    37. The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
    38. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail
    39. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith by Thomas Keneally
    40. Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook
    41. The Electrical Experience by Frank Moorhouse (1974)
    42. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
    43. The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Boll
    44. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    45. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
    46. Tropic Of Cancer by Henry Miller
    47. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    48. A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin
    49. Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
    50. How To Be Both by Ali Smith

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    1. Wicked cool Peter and thanks for sharing your list! They’re a few I’ve read already on your list too but it’s got more that are on my too read list so those should be read sooner than later, i guess? So much tooooooooooo read! 🙂

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    1. Oh, did you know? Lynch has just published his autobiography book called ‘Room To Dream’ which I’ve only just got a copy but haven’t read it yet, should be a great read too!
      Cheers 🙂


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