Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 10 years ago

book list that needs titivating :)?

heres my list of books I am hoping to read:

1. The Know it all---A.J.Jacobs

2. 50 Things You Need to Know About British history---Hugh Williams

3. The Game---Neil Strauss

4. The God Delusion---Richard Dawkins

5. Pride and Prejudice--- Jane Austin

6. The Importance of Being Earnest---Oscar Wilde

7. Crime and Punishment, The Idiot---Fyodor Dostoyevsky

8. Lady Chatterley’s Lover---D.H. Lawrence

9. Winter’s Tale---Mark Helprin

10. Sophie’s World---Jostein Guarder

11. In Praise of Older Women---Stephen Vizinczey

12. The Captive Mind---Czeslaw Milosz

13. Heartbreak House---George Bernard Shaw

14. Thirteen Ways of looking at a Blackbird---Wallace Stevens

15. A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings---Gabriel Garcia Marquez

16. The flowers of Evil---Charles Baudelaire

17. East of Eden---John Steinbeck

18. The Divine Comedy---Dante

19. My Life---Anton Checkov

20. The Cherry Orchard---Anton Checkov

21. Everybody’s Autobiography---Gertrude Stein

22. The Sonnets---William Shakespeare

23. Othello---William Shakespeare

24. The Merchant of Venice---William Shakespeare

25. The Trial---Franz Kafka

26. To Kill A Mocking Bird---Harper Lee

27. As I Lay Dying---William Faulkner

28. Great Expectation---Chares Dickinson

29. A Brief History in Time---Stephen Hawking

30. The Universe in a Nut Shell---Stephen Hawking

31. The Grand Design---Stephen Hawking

32. Why Does E=mc²---Brian Cox

33. Mathematics of Life---Ian Stewart

34. Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know---John.D.Barrow

35. A Short History of Nearly Everything---Bill Bryson

36. Moon walking With Einstein—Joshua Foer

37. Too Smart For Our Own Good---Craig Dilworth

38. On The Significance of Science and Art---Leo Tolstoy

I'm looking at sort of intellectual books that will increase my range of vocabulary and understanding of the world, very into math science theorys, and good literature is there anything that is rubbish and shouldn't be on this list or anything i have missed out?

thanks in advance :) x

5 Answers

  • Loubie
    Lv 5
    10 years ago
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    Some of my favourites that aren't on your list:

    Anna Karenina and War and Peace by Tolstoy

    Demons (also published as The Devils and The Possessed) by Dostoevsky

    The Fabric of The Cosmos by Brian Greene (fantastic book on string theory, the big bang, quantum physics and parallel universes)

    13 Things That Don't Make Sense by Michael Brooks

    Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

    The Plague and The Outsider by Albert Camus

    Ulysses by James Joyce

    The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

    You already have some excellent choices on your list; Why Does E = MC2? and A Brief History in Time are fantastic. You could also subscribe (or ask for a subscription as a birthday present) to New Scientist magazine, I look forward to my copy arriving every week. If you plan on reading those two books I'm not sure how much more the Bill Bryson book will teach you, although he is an entertaining author.

  • 10 years ago

    I can't really help you with math/science theory books, but here are some novels on my to-read list that I've been working on for a while now:

    1) "Ishmael" - Daniel Quinn

    2) "The Satanic Verses" - Salaman Rusdie

    3) "Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book" - Percy Walker

    4) "Beyond Good and Evil" - Friedrich Nietzsche

    5) "Cloud Atlas" - David Mitchell

    6) "The Hour I First Believed" - Wally Lamb

    7) "Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts" - Clive James

    8) "Steppenwolf" - Herman Hesse

    9) "How Proust Can Change Your Life" - Alain de Botton

    10) "The Stranger" - Albert Camus

    11) "A Wolf at the Table" - Augustus Burroughs

    12) "Fates Worse Than Death" - Kurt Vonnegut

    13) "Heart of a Dog" - Mikhail Bulgakov

    14) "What’s to Become of the Boy: Or, Something to Do with Books" - Heinrich Boll

    Books I can vouche for as amazing:

    - Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut (practically anything by Vonnegut, actually. Slaughterhouse-five is a must).

    - Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

    - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

    - Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

    - Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger

    - The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

    - Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

  • 10 years ago

    How about The Picture of Dorian Gray? Or even the James Bond series by Ian Fleming? That was a fun way to increase my knowledge of espionage. :)

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    I've heard that the #1 book to read when hoping to improve vocabulary is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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