Reading Lists

As a way to keep myself motivated, I am attempting to read through some of the best science fiction novels and some of the best Russian literature. Now, I won’t always be reading either Russian lit or science fiction, but I will be keeping track of my progress through both lists.

For SciFi, I will refer to this list. And, I will update this page with my progress.

To date (before this blog), I have read the following:

  • Orson Scott Card; Ender’s Game
  • George Orwell; Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Ray Bradbury; Fahrenheit 451
  • Ursula K. Le Guin; Left Hand of Darkness
  • Anthony Burgess; A Clockwork Orange
  • Ursula K. Le Guin; The Dispossessed
  • Margaret Atwood; The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Ursula K. Le Guin; The Lathe of Heaven

Since I started the blog:

  • Philip K. Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
  • Robert A. Heinlein: Starship Troopers

For Russian literature, I will refer to this list.*

To date, I have read the following:

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov
  • Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

*Please note: These lists do change, and I am merely using them as a direction with which to follow two different types of literature. I enjoy books from other genres and will likely read some in between reading books from both lists. Additionally, I will likely choose books (especially in science fiction) that do not appear on the list as a way to follow my literary nose.

Also, I will gladly take book suggestions revolving around these two areas, or even in poetry, or Arabic literature. I am also interested in dabbling with German literature, so any suggestions are welcome.

  1. September 3, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    For your Russian reading Samantha, do not skip Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita. Better yet, start with The White Guard. In my opinion, both are superb. They are the kind of novels you remember for the rest of your life.

    • September 4, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      I am currently reading The Master and Margarita and I am enjoying it quite a bit. As for The White Guard, would you recommend any translations?

      • September 5, 2012 at 1:25 AM

        Go with the Marian Schwartz translation. It’s the one I read and I found the prose powerful. The Glenny has some omissions. Apparently, Bulgakov’s use of Russian was extremely subtle so Glenny shied away from a few of the most challenging parts. I don’t know if there are any more recent translations.

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