Salon Reading Lists 1-10

Below are the topics for the first ten meetings of my local book salon. Each topic here includes a dozen representative books from the original lists of suggested books that were created to give people ideas about the possibilities for a given topic; however, participants are free to choose whatever book they believe fits the theme.

1: Quests
The Aeneid (Virgil)
Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes)
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Inferno (Dante Alighieri)
The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
Le Morte d’Arthur (Thomas Malory)
The Odyssey (Homer)
Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Watership Down (Richard Adams)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Frank L. Baum)

2: Cherchez la femme!
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Emma (Jane Austen)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
Lolita (Nabokov)
Madame Bovary (Flaubert)
Manon Lescaut (Prévost)
Moll Flanders (Daniel Defoe)
My Ántonia (Willa Cather)
Nana (Émile Zola)
Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier)
Sophie’s Choice (William Styron)
Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)

3: Russian Roulette
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
Dr. Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
Eugene Onegin (Alexander Pushkin)
Fathers and Sons (Ivan Turgenev)
The Gulag Archipelago (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
Lolita (Vladmir Nabokov)
The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
Pale Fire (Vladmir Nabokov)
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)

4: Horror
Dracula (Bram Stoker)
Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)
The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Washington Irving)
The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters)
The Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Leroux)
The Return (Walter De la Mare)
Salem’s Lot (Stephen King)
The Shining (Stephen King)
The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
Uncle Silas (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu)
The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)

5: Water, Water, Everywhere
Billy Budd (Herman Melville)
Black Water (Joyce Carol Oates)
Captains Courageous (Rudyard Kipling)
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
Master and Commander (Patrick O’Brian)
Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
The Odyssey (Homer)
The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
The Sea, the Sea (Iris Murdoch)
Ship of Fools (Katherine Anne Porter)
20,000 Leagues under the Sea (Jules Verne)
Two Years before the Mast (Richard Henry Dana, Jr.)

6: Because Atheism Has No Holidays
Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
The End of the Affair (Graham Greene)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
In This House of Brede (Rumer Godden)
Knowledge of Angels (Jill Paton Walsh)
The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
The Power and the Glory (Graham Greene)
A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
Silence (Shusaku Endo)

7: Books and the Bookish
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Dai Sijie)
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer)
The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova)
Lucky Jim (Kingsley Amis)
Mister Pip (Lloyd Jones)
Possession (A.S. Byatt)
The Reader (Bernhard Schlink)
The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)
Under the Net (Iris Murdoch)
Wonder Boys (Michael Chabon)

8: War, What Is It Good For?
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
The Charterhouse of Parma (Stendhal)
A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)
Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
The Iliad (Homer)
The Quiet American (Graham Greene)
Regeneration trilogy (Pat Barker)
Sarah’s Key (Tatiana de Rosnay)
Suite Française (Irène Némirovsky)
The Things They Carried (Tim O’Brien)
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)

9: Royals and Rulers
The Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey)
The Dream of the Red Chamber (Cao Xueqin)
The Feast of the Goat (Mario Vargos Llosa)
The Home and the World (Rabindranath Tagore)
I, Claudius (Robert Graves)
Ivanhoe (Walter Scott)
The Leopard (Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa)
My Name is Red (Orhan Pamuk)
Oedipus Rex (Sophocles)
The Prince (Niccolo Machiavelli)
La Reine Margot (Alexandre Dumas)
Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)

10: Crime and Punishment
And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)
Brighton Rock (Graham Greene)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Jeff Lindsay)
Dead Man Walking (Helen Prejean)
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
Les Misérables (Victor Hugo)
Mystic River (Dennis Lehane)
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
Strangers on a Train (Patricia Highsmith)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
The Trial (Franz Kafka)


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